Sutter Health and the Oakland Athletics are partnering to support those affected by the deadly Oakland warehouse fire.
Over the last few days the Northern California community has been stunned by the tragic loss of life, the grief and trauma, and the enormous impact on our community and first responders resulting from the fire.
“Sutter Health extends our deepest condolences to the victims’ loved ones and all others affected, and we have made a $75,000 donation to the Oakland A’s Community Fund,” said Sarah Krevans, Sutter Health president and CEO. The collaborative fundraising effort among community partners and the Oakland mayor’s office will support the Relief Fund for Victims of the Oakland Fire.
All funds collected will be directed to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the Oakland Fire.
“We made this donation on behalf of our compassionate employees, physicians and volunteers to help those greatly impacted by this tragic event,” said Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health Bay Area.
Sutter Health announced today a quarter-million-dollar-plus donation to 30 food banks across Northern California, and in Oregon and Hawaii. The donation by the not-for-profit health system enables local food banks to serve healthy meals to those in need this winter.
“Every day thousands of our neighbors, including children and families, worry about when they’ll have their next meal. Hunger deprives too many people of the energy to focus, learn and grow. By supporting local food banks, we help feed our communities, and support a hunger-free and healthier world,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health.
Sutter Health’s donations to community food banks over the past eight years total more than $1.8 million, which benefits countless individuals and families.
As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in giving back. Sutter Health’s total community benefit investment increased 25 percent to $957 million in 2015. These funds supported traditional charity care, unreimbursed Medi-Cal costs, health education and community clinics.
Gifts Provide Resources for Lodging and Wellness Needs
As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel and their families, the not-for-profit Sutter Health network donated a total of $35,000 to Fisher House Foundation and Operation HomeFront—two military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California.
“Our nation is grateful for the selfless service and bravery of our veterans and active military,” said Sarah Krevans, CEO of Sutter Health. “We’re especially proud of the nearly 1,400 veterans who are part of our Sutter Health family. These team members enhance our organization with diverse skills and experience from their military life, often earned in the face of adversity. It is our privilege to count them as partners who help us deliver care that is meaningful to our patients and families.” Read More about Sutter Health Donates $35,000 to Support Veterans and Active Duty Military
Volunteers and staff at four not-for-profit Sutter Health facilities are working to ensure that patients who are hospitalized on Election Day are still able to vote. On Nov. 7 and 8, many patients—from new mothers to people who have had heart attacks—will find themselves unexpectedly hospitalized. These individuals may not have planned on spending Election Day in a hospital gown, but teams at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Sutter Roseville Medical Center are dedicated to helping them cast their ballots.
“Our patients are people first, with responsibilities and commitments that go well beyond the time we spend caring for them in our facilities, and we respect that,” said Chris Waugh, Sutter Health’s chief innovation officer. “This gesture is one small way we can show how we care for our patients as a whole.”
At Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s three campuses (Herrick and Alta Bates in Berkeley, Summit in Oakland), Susan Abalos, volunteers director, leads the effort. Over two days, Abalos’ volunteer team will work to connect hospitalized registered voters with absentee ballots in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Patients will be given the opportunity to vote if they are registered voters and have not previously requested an absentee ballot.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Presents Hospice Volunteer Awards at National Conference
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has recognized Colonel Patsy Thompson, a volunteer with Sutter Care at Home Hospice in Roseville, California, as one of five outstanding volunteers in the United States.
The Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice Award recognizes hospice volunteers who best reflect the universal concept of volunteerism in its truest sense—serving as an inspiration to others. Read More about Sutter Hospice Volunteer Receives National Honor for Service
Eighty-nine people in need received life-changing surgeries through Sutter Health’s annual Gift of Surgery program this summer. Physicians and medical teams from 20 Sutter Health surgery centers volunteered their time and expertise to provide outpatient elective procedures including cataract and gallbladder removal, as well as hernia and knee ligament repairs. The surgeries, whether they helped patients walk pain-free or regain their sight, dramatically impacted patients’ quality of life. In some cases, these surgeries helped individuals return to work or experience the simple joys of playing with their grandchildren.
As part of its not-for-profit mission, Sutter Health gives millions every year to provide care to people in need—regardless of their income, insurance or immigration status. The surgeries provided through the Gift of Surgery program this summer have an estimated value of over half a million dollars. Sutter Health’s total community benefit investment increased 25 percent to $957 million last year. These funds supported traditional charity care, unreimbursed Medi-Cal costs, health education programs and community clinics.
Annually, Sutter Health partners with community health organizations that select appropriate candidates in advance for the Gift of Surgery program from among the patients they serve. Sutter collaborated this year with community organizations from across Northern California including Ravenswood Family Health Center, RotaCare, Samaritan House, Axis Community Health, School Health Clinic of Santa Clara, Operation Access, Tri-City Health Center, Community Health Center Network, Santa Clara Family Health Plan (Alameda County), Sacramento Physicians’ Initiative to Reach Out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) and Healthy Partners.