Six-year tally exceeds $1.4 million, aiding countless individuals and families
Sutter Health announced today a quarter-million-dollar-plus donation to 29 food banks across Northern California and Hawaii. The donation by the not-for-profit health system enables local food banks to serve more than 1 million nutritious meals to those in need this winter.
“A nutritious diet plays an important role in improving overall health and wellness and can even help protect against diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “We’re partnering with our food bank neighbors to help families stay healthy—and well nourished.”
On average, every dollar donated to food banks translates to more than four meals served. Over the past six years, our donations to community food banks total more than $1.4 million, which benefits countless individuals and families.
Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals welcomed several precious little ones on New Year’s Day. Cheers to all the families who welcomed a baby at the start of the New Year! Meet some of Northern California’s newest residents below.
And, if you or someone you love is expecting, be sure to visit our pregnancy and newborn website.
Sutter Health Launches Innovative Advanced Care Program in Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced counties
Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® Reduces Hospitalizations, Health Care Costs
Even with a history of cervical cancer and heart problems, 92-year-old Enes Cereni of South San Francisco says she enjoys time with her husband of 63 years and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren thanks to Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® program, which launched in El Dorado, Placer, Solano, Sonoma and San Mateo counties recently, as well as in the East Bay Region and in San Francisco. Beginning today, patients in the Sutter Central Valley Region service area with late-stage chronic illness can access the same resources and support available to Mrs. Cerini through AIM’s next major expansion in Northern California. The expansion extends access to eligible Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Los Banos, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Sutter Care at Home and Central Valley Medical Group patients in portions of Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced counties.
The AIM program provides nurse-led care management, palliative care, and advance care planning for patients with late-stage chronic illness. With a pilot program in Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region showing positive outcomes, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) awarded Sutter Health a three-year, $13 million Health Care Innovation Award to support the expansion of AIM throughout Northern California.
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.
The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations, today named seven Sutter Health network hospitals Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™. Only 620 – or 18 percent – of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals in the nation earned the distinction of Top Performer for quality performance in 2011. Hospitals receive recognition in health care quality for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Sutter Health recognized hospitals include:
Greater Sacramento Region
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care
Sutter Davis Hospital – Recognized for pneumonia and surgical care
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia care
North Bay Area
Sutter Medical Center, Santa Rosa – Recognized for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care
South Bay Area
Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz– Recognized for surgical care