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.
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.
A decision by an independent arbitrator finds that Sutter Health complied with its fiduciary duties to Marin General Hospital (MGH) and affirms that Sutter Health does not owe any monies to MGH related to Sutter’s long-held practice of pooling financial resources for the benefit of Sutter’s network of care.
“We were always confident that we met our fiduciary obligations to Marin General Hospital, invested an appropriate amount of capital and left the hospital in a strong financial position,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry.
Grants Bring Three-Year Total to $6 Million
The Marin Community Foundation has announced an additional $2 million in grants to community clinics throughout Marin County from its Sutter Health Access to Care Fund. These grants bring the three-year total to $6 million of support from this five-year, $10 million fund, established by Sutter Health in 2010.
The new grants will build on previous support to improve access to health care for uninsured and underinsured patients of Marin’s community clinics. As a result of these grants, vulnerable residents have better access to oral health care, behavioral health services, vaccinations, adult day health center services, and breast cancer screenings and case management. In addition, children will maintain enrollment in a subsidized health insurance program, and teens will have access to medical and mental health services geared to their needs.