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 Provides Care Packs for Homeless

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Community Benefit

As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health is committed to serving the needs of its communities. To help support homeless children and families in the Sacramento area, leaders across the Sutter Health network recently collected items and filled more than 500 care packages for Volunteers of America’s Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter.

The care packages included essential items such as toiletries, socks, healthy snacks, and age-appropriate teen and children books and school supplies.

Watch leaders explain why the packs matter.

21 Sutter Health Affiliates Honored as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 in Quality, Scroll Images

Twenty-one affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.

The annual survey, conducted by Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), recognizes facilities that meet key criteria, including foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.

“Valuing the diversity in our workforce and our patients is key to who we are at Sutter Health,” said Jill Ragsdale, senior vice president and chief people and culture officer for Sutter Health. “As a healthcare organization and a major employer in the more than 100 communities we serve in Northern California, we’re proud of earning this recognition and we’re committed to continuously pursuing ways we can enhance care for our LGBTQ community.”

The 21 Sutter Health affiliates earning a spot on the 2017 HEI Index include:

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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

Sutter Health Announces 2016 Financial Performance

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers announced its financial performance for 2016. Total income for 2016 was $554 million (or 5 percent of revenue), compared to $81 million in 2015. The system’s total 2016 operating revenues were $12 billion compared to $11 billion in 2015. Sutter Health posted $252 million in investment income and changes in net unrealized gains and losses from investments classified as trading in 2016, compared to ($142) million the prior year. Sutter Health’s combined 2016 income from the day-to-day operations of its hospitals, care centers and other services was $370 million, compared to $287 million in 2015.

Community-Based Investments to Improve Access to Health Care

Sutter Health invested $972 million in new facilities and lifesaving technology throughout Northern California in 2016—extending its total investment to nearly $10 billion during the last 10 years. Most notably, Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center continues to take shape in San Francisco with two new and innovative hospitals that will meet current seismic regulations. One is in the city center at Van Ness and Geary, the other is in the Mission District at Valencia and Cesar Chavez. Additionally, Sutter Health continues to facilitate access to physician clinics through construction projects in multiple communities, including Alameda, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

“We are proud that more patients and their families trusted us with their care in 2016, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve our communities,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans. “We continued our commitment to care for the poor, we were able to invest more in lifesaving technology and updated facilities, and we focused on how innovation can improve care.”

Care for the Underserved

Like many hospitals and health care networks across the state, Sutter Health received reimbursements from the Hospital Fee Program in 2016, which decreased its total Medi-Cal and community benefit investment. In 2016, Sutter Health received net reimbursement of $222 million, compared to $113 million in 2015. The Hospital Fee Program imposes fees to hospitals by the State of California that are matched with federal funds and then funds are distributed back to the State of California. This program helps hospitals offset the costs for expanding services to the most vulnerable population. And, since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, greater numbers of previously uninsured people now have health care coverage through the Medi-Cal program.

The payments for patients that are covered by Medi-Cal does not cover the full costs of providing care. In 2016, Sutter Health invested $388 million more than the state paid to care for Medi-Cal patients—compared to $712 million during 2015. Medi-Cal accounted for 19 percent of Sutter Health’s gross patient service revenues in 2016, compared to 20 percent in 2015. Sutter Health hospitals care for more Medi-Cal patients in our Northern California service area than any other system.

Sutter Health’s total investment in community benefit in 2016 was $669 million, compared to $957 million in 2015. This amount includes traditional charity care and unreimbursed costs of providing care to Medi-Cal patients, as well as investments in health education and public benefit such as community clinics and prenatal care for low-income patients. Read More

Sarah Krevans Named Among ‘Top 25 Most Influential Women in Healthcare’

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Sarah KrevansModern Healthcare has named Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans to its “Top 25 Most Influential Women in Healthcare” list.

This prestigious recognition honors female executives in health care who have influenced their organizations through leading change, policy and health care delivery improvement. The biennial program recognizes women in a variety of leadership roles across the country, spotlighting their administrative and professional accomplishments, as well as their mentoring and willingness to serve as a role model for others.

Read more about Sarah Krevans and this honor on Modern Healthcare’s website. And take a look at what Sarah told Modern Healthcare in “C-suite gender gap: Leadership training efforts falling short.”

Sutter Health Joins IBM Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Quality, Research

Sutter Health has joined the IBM Watson Health medical imaging collaborative to find ways to use the power of the Watson supercomputer to identify and predict the risk of cancer, diabetes, and diseases of the eye, brain and heart for patients.

The collaborative is designed to provide IBM Watson a real-world experience and share real-world findings because hospitals and health systems may employ different imaging machines, operational approaches or medical protocols.

Watson is a cloud-based system that analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions in everyday language, and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining knowledge over time, from previous interactions. Read More