Statement by Sarah Krevans, president and CEO, on the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sarah Krevans

Sarah Krevans, president and CEO, Sutter Health

While the U.S. Senate today postponed its vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the debate around changes to the Affordable Care Act continues. Through it all, it is essential to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable care.

Nearly 20 million Americans gained insurance coverage when the ACA was signed into law in 2010, including about 5 million Californians. The ACA also enacted insurance reforms and established new payment models to reduce costs and improve quality. However, like any other major legislation, there are areas of the ACA in need of further refinements and adjustments. Any changes should move healthcare forward and build on the existing reforms that have expanded coverage and positively transformed healthcare access.

As it stands now, proposals like the Better Care Reconciliation Act, will move us in the wrong direction. We’re concerned about the proposed drastic cuts to the country’s Medicaid program, which would unfairly target low-income families, seniors and disabled patients. We need to remember that nearly one-third of Californians are currently covered by Medicaid. We should also take into account the Congressional Budget Office’s report, which estimates the number of uninsured Americans would increase by 22 million under the Senate proposal. Based on these and other proposed changes that would weaken coverage of pre-existing conditions and essential healthcare benefits, the results could be devastating. Read More

Eden Medical Center Acquires New Technology for Complex Brain and Spine Surgery

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 in Quality, Uncategorized

Surgeons Will Soon Use Advanced Imaging to Better See Brain Structures and Nerve Pathways

Deep-seated brain tumors and blood clots have often been beyond the reach of neurosurgeons because the act of surgery risks damaging brain fibers that control body functions like speech, movement and learning. Now, using a new technology called BrightMatterTM, surgeons can map a patient’s brain in 3-D to see where nerve pathways are and plan the best surgical approach around them.

Eden Medical Center is the first hospital in Northern California to employ the system, adding to the already exceptional reputation of Eden’s Neuroscience Center.

Better Planning

The neural pathways in your brain control activities of daily living; allowing you to see, move muscles and speak. While everyone has these pathways, they are laid out differently in each individual.

For this reason, neuroradiologists have had to spend six to ten hours creating a map of brain fibers near the surgical site. The BrightMatter software performs this process in minutes and does it for the entire brain.
“This technology gives me more options to reach a lesion or clot without damaging a neural pathway in the process” said Lawrence Dickinson, M.D., Neurosurgeon, Eden Medical Center.

Better Surgery

The technology also offers an unprecedented view of a patient’s brain or spinal cord in real time, allowing for a shorter surgery and smaller incisions that heal more quickly. The high-powered magnification system can show a patient’s anatomy – magnified 48 times more than what the human eye can see – during surgery.

Better Outcomes

This technology will improve outcomes for patients with brain tumors, stroke, head and spine trauma, as well as patients with chronic neck and back pain. This advancement may also offer surgery as an option for patients with conditions previously deemed to be inoperable – bringing new hope for meaningful treatment.

“This technology will revolutionize the way we manage neurological patients,” said Dickinson. “Patients can now have surgery with much less risk of disturbing the important pathways of the brain, and surgeons and reach places they couldn’t before. This advancement may also allow for smaller incisions and shorter patient recovery time.”

Eden Medical Center thanks the donors to Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health philanthropic foundation, for provided the funding to bring the BrightMatter technology to Northern California.

Sutter Health Physician Leader Appointed to National Committee

Posted on May 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

Steven Lane, M.D., Sutter Health’s clinical informatics director of Privacy, Information Security and Interoperability, was recently appointed to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (ONC). ONC is the principal federal agency that coordinates nationwide efforts to use the most advanced health information technology and electronic exchange of health information.

“This appointment is a clear recognition of Dr. Lane’s personal and passionate commitment to health technology, health data exchange, systems interoperability and information security—all in the interest of providing the highest possible quality patient care,” said Sutter Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jon Manis.

Dr. Lane, a physician at Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is recognized nationally for his work in interoperability and health information exchange. He recently hosted the California Health Information Exchange Regional User Group meeting with representatives from more than 15 medical centers and physician groups from four western states. His work with the ONC will support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.

New Partnership to Galvanize Workplace Mental Health Efforts

Posted on May 9, 2017 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Uncategorized, We're Awesome, Wellness

Sutter Health is partnering with One Mind at Work and the Steinberg Institute to transform employer-based approaches aimed at improving employee well-being, reducing business costs and addressing the social prejudice that affects 1-in-4 people worldwide who have mental health conditions.

Sutter and the Steinberg Institute will provide expertise, resources and leadership to bolster the reach and impact of One Mind at Work—a global coalition of leading employers driving the adoption of workplace best practices in brain fitness and mental health. The organizations are announcing the partnership in May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

“Through this game-changing partnership, our two organizations will join One Mind at Work and its existing partners to take action, empower employers to more effectively address workplace mental health, and make a difference in a coordinated way,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “As a healthcare employer, Sutter Health knows firsthand the hurdles organizations and employees face — from stigma to barriers to service — and we look forward to sharing our ongoing efforts and experiences in creating a healthier workforce.” Read More

Sutter Health Names New Chief External Affairs Officer

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sutter Health announced today the appointment of Grace Davis as chief external affairs officer.

Davis will lead the comprehensive external affairs strategy that builds on Sutter Health’s strong community ties and its dedication to improving the health of all through its not-for-profit mission.

“In the face of unprecedented change in healthcare, our pioneering care team is committed to remaining a steady, trusted source for equitable healthcare,” said Jill Ragsdale, Sutter Health’s senior vice president and chief people and culture officer. “Grace will play an instrumental role in advancing that focus by leading a coordinated approach to public affairs and community benefit across our network.”

Davis joins Sutter Health from Intel Corporation, where she spent the last 17 years in a series of leadership roles within the company. She most recently oversaw public affairs for Intel’s manufacturing and employment footprint in the U.S. and overseas markets, including China, Southeast Asia, Israel, Ireland and Latin America.

Before joining Intel, Davis served as the executive director for TechAmerica, now part of CompTIA, where she managed a council consisting of 900 high-tech companies. She also spent a few years on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and legislative director.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Jose State University. Additionally, she has served on multiple boards of directors, including the Bay Area Council, California Manufacturers and Technology Association, United Way of Sacramento, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, which she chaired in 2014. She was recognized in 2013 by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of its “Women who Mean Business” honorees.

Sutter Health Names New CEO of Physician Services

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sutter Health announced today the appointment of Jeremy Eaves as CEO of Sutter Physician Services (SPS). Eaves begins his new role April 24.

“Jeremy’s leadership and results-oriented focus is an excellent fit into our ongoing work supporting those who care for patients,” said Ed Berdick, leader of Sutter Health’s Shared Services. “Our goal is to always be thinking ahead, learning and innovating. Jeremy’s vision, dedication and team-first approach will keep us ahead of the curve and help caregivers remain in the best position to deliver exceptional care.”

An experienced leader in the health care industry, Eaves currently works at Baylor Scott & White Health, where he serves as senior vice president of Financial Operations. From 2008 to 2014, he served as vice president of Revenue Cycle Management at Baylor Health Care System. The largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Baylor Scott & White includes more than 1,000 care sites and 48 hospitals. Read More