Sutter Davis Hospital, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.
Sutter Davis Hospital is the first organization in the greater Sacramento area and first Northern California hospital to receive the honor. Pewaukee School District in Wisconsin and Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas also received awards.
“This milestone award recognizes a five-year journey of focused, collaborative work to continue advancing quality at Sutter Davis Hospital,” said Gordon Hunt M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “Sutter Davis serves as a role model for hospitals nationwide in providing patients with high-quality care.”
Hunt added, “Typically, it takes twice as long—a full decade—before Baldrige award applicants can demonstrate the caliber of performance to merit this honor. Raising the quality bar this high and sustaining it takes partnership and perseverance by every employee, doctor, nurse and volunteer at the hospital. I congratulate the entire team at Sutter Davis for their dedication.”
“In spite of the struggles that health care finds itself in today, there is great care being delivered every day to every patient at Sutter Davis Hospital,” said Sutter Davis Hospital CEO Janet Wagner. “This recognition from the Baldrige foundation may seem like the end to a long journey; however, it is just a springboard to executing the many innovative ideas and processes that this complex health care environment demands.” Read More about Sutter Health Hospital Receives Nation’s Highest Award for Performance Excellence
The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California, today recognized six physician organizations connected to Sutter Health as leaders in medical care quality.
Nearly 200 physician groups, representing approximately 35,000 physicians who provide care for about 10 million patients, participate in the IHA statewide Pay for Performance (P4P) program. In addition to celebrating top performers, IHA honored physician organizations that demonstrated the most quality improvement from 2011 to 2012. Sutter Medical Network members honored include:
Sacramento/Central Valley Region
- Top Performer and Most Improved – Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group, serving Sacramento, El Dorado, Solano, Yuba, Placer and Nevada counties, affiliated with the Sutter Medical Foundation
San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Mills-Peninsula Division / Mills-Peninsula Medical Group, serving San Mateo county
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation, serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Alameda counties
- Top Performer – Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, serving Sonoma and Lake counties
“We’ve been focused for several years on transforming how we deliver medical care; integrating doctors and hospitals and proactively managing the unique health needs of patients, not just when they need medical attention but before they get sick,” said Jeff Burnich, M.D. senior vice president and executive officer for the Sutter Medical Network. “IHA’s P4P awards help us evaluate and recognize our progress on this long-term goal.”
Sutter Health Network Sees Even Greater Decreases
A study published today in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that multistate, hospital-based quality improvement programs, including the one piloted for March of Dimes at Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center, can be remarkably effective at reducing early elective deliveries of babies.
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The rate of elective early term deliveries (i.e., inductions of labor and Cesarean sections without a medical reason), in a group of 25 participating hospitals nationwide, fell significantly from 27.8 percent to 4.8 percent during the one-year study period, an 83 percent decline.
In 2010, Sutter Health implemented a similar program across its Northern California network to reduce the delivery of babies before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Since beginning its program, Sutter has seen a nearly 90 percent drop in early elective deliveries.
The March of Dimes, which partly funded the study, says the reduction of early elective deliveries is good news for moms and babies because newborns delivered before full-term are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.
This is the third time SMCS received this honor, and the fourth time and third year in a row SDH won this award.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven researchers evaluated publicly available data on nearly 3,000 short-term, acute care and non-federal hospitals. Only those that demonstrated high-quality patient outcomes and improved efficiencies in care received this prestigious recognition—just 15 hospitals in California made the cut. To learn more about the study and to view the list of honored hospitals, visit www.100tophospitals.com.
Sutter Davis Hospital (SDH) received the highly-coveted Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence, one of only five organizations statewide in 19 years to be honored with this prestigious honor.
The Governor’s Award is the highest level of recognition from the California Council for Excellence, part of a nationwide alliance with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program that honors organizations demonstrating the highest levels of quality and performance.
SDH was honored for its visionary leadership, an integrated strategic planning process, and a very strong focus on process improvement and management.
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