Sutter Health Pilots Velano Vascular’s Innovative Needle-Free Blood Draw Technology

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 in Quality, Transformation

Health network views Velano’s technology as a way to further demonstrate commitment to patient and practitioner-centered care

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network is among the first in the country—and the first in California—to offer patients a novel needle-free blood draw technology from Velano Vascular.

The PIVO™ vascular access device is an innovative solution to the age-old challenge of consistently drawing high quality blood samples with less discomfort and anxiety for hospitalized patients while enhancing safer care for practitioners.

“Blood draws are a near universal experience in healthcare – a critical procedure that can cause emotional trauma for some patients,” said Sutter Health Chief Innovation Officer Chris Waugh. “Every moment matters while patients are in our care. If we can help make them feel more comfortable and at ease, then we are creating a healing experience at all levels. Our collaboration with Velano Vascular is the first step of what we envision will be a ground-breaking journey toward a new industry-wide standard of more compassionate care in blood draws.” Read More

Sutter Health Donates $255,000 to Food Banks

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

 

Catherine Nishikawa, R.D., manager of Nutrition and Food Services at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Seniors First Executive Director, Jamee Horning.

Catherine Nishikawa, R.D., Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital manager of Nutrition and Food Services with Seniors First Executive Director, Jamee Horning.

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.

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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