This weekend, Sutter Health-affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will open its new Merritt Pavilion to patients.
The Merritt Pavilion, located in Oakland, includes 238 private patient rooms designed with the healing and comfort of patients and their families in mind. The spacious rooms include large showers, recliners or sofa beds and a flat-panel TV entertainment system that offers on-demand movies, music and health-related programs. Rooms are accessible for our patients with disabilities and equipped with overhead patient lifts for the safety and comfort of patients and staff.
Overhead patient lifts improve employee and patient safety and clinical quality
Today, not-for-profit Sutter Health announces an $11.5 million commitment to install overhead patient lifts at 19 intensive care units and acute rehabilitation centers across its Northern California network. Three years ago, the network invested an initial $11.5 million to install overhead lifts at 21 affiliate sites.
Overhead patient lifts make repositioning and moving patients easier, safer and less strenuous for caregivers. Initial outcomes from Sutter-affiliated hospitals with overhead lifts show that employee injuries from lifting and repositioning patients have dropped by more than 50 percent since 2011. The not-for-profit network anticipates even better outcomes as it installs additional lifts and employees become more familiar with using them.
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One in every three adults lives with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), but many don’t know it. Often called the silent killer because it has no symptoms, if left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, permanent disability from stroke and even death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) hypertension is the number one killer of all people worldwide. While high blood pressure can affect anyone it’s more common in African American adults than in Caucasian or Hispanic American adults.
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.