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
Modern Healthcare recently named Sutter Health president and CEO, Sarah Krevans, to its list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2016.”
In January 2016, Krevans became president and CEO of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network. Under her leadership, Truven Health Analytics named Sutter Health and Sutter’s Valley Area among America’s top five large health systems earlier this year. Truven Analytics’ independent data show that top performers like Sutter Health save more lives, have fewer complications and spend less per patient episode of care. Read More about Sutter Health CEO Named to ‘100 Most Influential People in Healthcare’ List
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 www.redcross.org.
Four hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network achieved recognition today as among the best hospitals in California for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings rate top hospitals in the state and in major metropolitan regions, as well as top hospitals according to their performance across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions
Sutter Health hospitals recognized among the top 50 in the state and top 10 in their metro area include:
San Francisco metro area
Sacramento metro area
In addition, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, received “high performer” recognition in eight adult procedures/conditions, California Pacific Medical Center received “high performer” in five adult procedures/conditions, and both Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Health Services received “high performer” recognition in four adult procedures/conditions.
“Rankings like these from U.S. News & World Report honor our network’s doctors, nurses, clinicians and employees who dedicate themselves daily to deliver high-quality, compassionate care across Northern California,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “This recognition validates our ongoing commitment to improving quality and patient safety for our patients.”
“U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”
The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey ranked hospitals according to reputation, mortality, patient safety and other areas, including nurse staffing and technology.
For more information and complete rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report.
Coordinated service transports patients needing specialized care
Today, not-for-profit Sutter Health announced the launch of a new medical transport network serving the critically ill, injured and most fragile patients needing to transfer to higher levels of care in Northern California. The network features a fleet of air ambulances operated by California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) and a fleet of ground ambulances operated by American Medical Response (AMR).
Sutter Health collaborated with AMR and CALSTAR to establish the new medical transport network, which will help quickly and efficiently transport patients from facility to facility—both within the Sutter Health network and outside of it. Minutes matter during medically delicate situations, and swift transfer to a facility with an appropriate level of care facilitates timely access to medically necessary treatment. Sutter Health’s goal is for CALSTAR and AMR to achieve immediate and seamless dispatch of air and ground ambulances with one call from the patient’s clinical care team. CALSTAR and AMR will strategically locate aircraft and vehicles across a dozen geographic deployment areas to minimize response and transport times.
“Our new transportation network helps us provide vital care quickly and efficiently,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Sutter Health’s chief medical officer. “After initial examinations and tests, clinical care teams may determine some patients need more intensive care. For example, a patient may suffer from a stroke and require specialized treatment at a hospital with neurointensive services.”