Community Benefit

Sutter Health Gives Gift of Surgery to People in Need

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Community Benefit

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.

Sutter Health Donates $100,000 to California Wildfire Relief

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Cal fire helicopter

Photo courtesy CalFire

Sutter Health this week donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region to help bring food, shelter and other resources to families affected by the ongoing California wildfires.

“Our Sutter Lakeside Hospital has been part of Lake County, where the Clayton fire is burning, since 1945 and neighbors help each other in times of need,” said Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Operating Unit. “I hope our donation brings hope and healing to our community.”

“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Sutter Health,” said Gold Country CEO Gary Strong. “Donations to the Red Cross enable us to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from devastating events.”

As of Aug. 16, the Clayton Fire had burned 4,000 acres, claimed 175 buildings and displaced hundreds of people.

“These circumstances are especially difficult because many families in this area are still rebuilding from the damage caused by the Valley fire last summer,” said Gerard. “I also sincerely thank our team of doctors and employees who stepped up to care for an influx of patients when the fire threatened another area hospital.”

Sutter Health has long partnered the Red Cross and other organizations to help people in need.  Last year, Sutter Health invested $957 million in care and services for the poor and underserved.

For information on how you can help support relief efforts, visit the American Red Cross at


Sutter Health Helps At-risk Kids through Operation Backpack

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 in Community Benefit

Operation Backpack 2016This year, Sutter Health employees and physicians collected more than $5,000 and 1,350 backpacks filled with school supplies for Operation Backpack, an effort that helps homeless and at-risk kids in our communities. The annual drive, made possible through Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada, helps children return to school with the basics they need to start the school year right.

Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Support Veterans and Active Duty Military

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Community Benefit

Travis Fisher House Manager, Charlene Hall; President & CEO at Sutter Health, Pat Fry; Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van; Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; and Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt

Travis Fisher House Manager, Charlene Hall; CEO at Sutter Health, Pat Fry; Community Benefit Director at Sutter Health, Traci Van; Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi; and Lt. Col. Peter D. Reinhardt

Gifts Provide Resources for Mental Health, 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 $50,000 to Fisher House Foundation, USO and Healing Forces, three military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California and Hawaii.

“We deeply appreciate the service and sacrifice of veterans and active military personnel across the country, including more than 1,300 veterans who work on our Sutter Health team,” said Pat Fry, CEO of Sutter Health. “These teammates enrich our organization with diverse skills and experience from their military life, often earned under tough conditions and circumstances. It is our privilege to count them as partners who help us deliver exceptional, personalized care to our patients and families.” Read More

Twelve Years as Top Fundraiser for March of Dimes

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 in Community Benefit, Quality

newborn babySutter Health raised $659,437 for the March for Dimes this year, making 2015 Sutter’s 12th year as the top fundraising team in Northern California for the national foundation. The March of Dimes also recognized Sutter Health as its top healthcare fundraising team in the United States for the past five years.

Sutter Health has partnered with the March of Dimes since 1998 to promote safer birth experiences for moms and their babies. Over the past 17 years, the healthcare network raised more than $7.9 million to support life-saving research and programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies and babies have a healthy start at life.

Women gave birth to more than 35,000 babies in Sutter-affiliated hospitals in 2014. For a comprehensive online guide to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and caring for your newborn go to our Sutter Health Babies website.

2015 Northern California Wildfires

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 in Community Benefit

Firefighter at Butte FireNearly 150,000 acres burned. More than 1,000 homes destroyed. Thousands evacuated. With the devastating Valley and Butte wildfires now nearly 100 percent contained, the focus shifts to recovery in Amador, Calaveras, Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.

Visit our special newsroom page to learn more about how our Sutter Health family partnered in extraordinary ways during a time of crisis—supporting our patients, each other and our communities.