Sutter Health receives $1.2 million grant by California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Research

Partnership with UCSF researchers will support those living with multiple sclerosis

Walter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., vice president and chief research officer for Sutter Health and MS-SHARE project lead

Walter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., vice president and chief research officer for Sutter Health and MS-SHARE project lead

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network was awarded $1.2 million by the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine to support patients with multiple sclerosis—and help improve how we target and treat health matters across the entire state.

Sutter Health’s Research & Development team and colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco will jointly develop a software application called MS-SHARE. The neurology practice application will be used to improve the precision of care for multiple sclerosis (MS). Read More

Sutter Health Donates $35,000 to Support Veterans and Active Duty Military

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Gifts Provide Resources for Lodging and Wellness Needs

Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi, left, shares his gratitude to the Fisher House Foundation team

Registered In-House Counsel at Sutter Health, Edward S. Fabi, left, shares his gratitude to members of the Fisher House Foundation team. Fabi spent nearly 10 years in active duty service with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps.

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

HQI Vanguard Award for Sutter Health’s AIM Program

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Quality

HQI Vanguard Award 2016

Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management Program Wins HQI Vanguard Award

Top honors for unique program in home health patient safety, quality improvement

Fairfield, Calif.— Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program won the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) Vanguard Award—a remarkable feat for a program that launched as a small pilot in 2009 with a visionary approach to that part of life between relative wellness and hospice care.

“Sutter Health’s AIM program application was chosen from a field of 53 qualified applications, reflecting a remarkable breadth and depth of quality work occurring in our state,” HQI President/CEO Julianne Morath said. “This is a successful global solution to a problem that affects every family sooner or later.” Read More

Sutter Health Volunteers, Staff To Help Hospitalized Patients Vote

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Community Benefit

Election Vote ButtonsVolunteers 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.

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Sutter Hospice Volunteer Receives National Honor for Service

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in Community Benefit

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

Eleven Sutter Health Hospitals Honored for Low C-Section Rates

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 in Quality, We're Awesome

A happy mother kisses her baby's feet while she is lying down. The baby is looking up at her wearing a white baby grow.

Sutter Health hospitals, which have among the lowest cesarean section (C-section) rates in California, were recognized by the California Health and Human Services Department for reducing cesarean births for first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies. Eleven Sutter hospitals were named to the state’s 2016 Hospital C-section Honor Roll.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley announced achievement awards this week on behalf of Smart Care California, a coalition of public and private health care purchasers that collectively cover 16 million people statewide—or 40 percent of all Californians.

The following Sutter Health hospitals were named to the 2016 Hospital C-section Honor Roll:
• Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley
• California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
• Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley
• Sutter Davis Hospital
• Sutter Delta Medical Center, Antioch
• Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Lakeport
• Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz
• Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
• Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
• Sutter Roseville Medical Center
• Sutter Solano Medical Center, Vallejo

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Sutter Health, Validic Lead Pilot Demonstration to Capture, Share and Use Patient-Generated Health Data

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Research

Not-for-profit Sutter Health, recognized as an innovator in digital patient engagement, and Validic have begun a pilot demonstration to determine how patient-generated health data can best be delivered to care teams and researchers to improve the care and outcomes. The results of this work will inform federal government policy and help determine how the healthcare industry implements remotely-collected patient health data across the nation.

In health care today, many mobile applications, wearables and clinical in-home devices can collect patient data remotely. These devices help patients live with and manage chronic diseases. However, what is missing is a single, secure pipeline to deliver protected health data into the electronic health record or clinical dashboard so care teams can use the remote information effectively.

“We’re excited that Sutter Health is playing a leading role in a project that we expect to have a profound impact in how care teams use patient-generated health data. Creating a secure, effective pipeline for this data to the electronic health record establishes a connection between patients and clinicians like never before,” said Albert Chan, M.D., vice president and chief of digital patient experience.

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