Sutter Health’s Perspective
As a not-for-profit health care network, Sutter Health strives to make the community healthier—this includes doing our part to create a sustainable environment. From conservation and recycling to green construction, Sutter Health finds and implements eco-friendly practices that nurture our communities and allow us to continue providing the high-quality care and exceptional service our patients expect and deserve.
Industry Background and Trends
Health care facilities by their very nature use a great deal of natural resources. Over the past several years, these facilities have been able to implement changes thanks to a focus on energy efficiency and conservation within the industry. Now, many new hospitals incorporate sustainable design into their very early planning stages. That means designing for energy efficiency, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices and reducing the overall environmental impact of health care operations.
Our not-for-profit Sutter Health network invites you to explore our online 2014 annual report. Through videos and other interactive features, see how our doctors, hospitals and medical teams partner to provide top-rated, personalized care in diverse communities across Northern California. This year our annual report focuses on our:
“At Sutter Health, we understand that in a rapidly changing world we must reimagine how we operate if we want to continue delivering the kind of quality care our patients expect and deserve,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “In 2014, we implemented advanced technologies, pursued groundbreaking research, streamlined work processes and launched more convenient ways to access care.”
Two affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for profit network received awards honoring their electronic health record. Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. and Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinics throughout the Bay Area earned prestigious Stage 7 Awards from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an industry authority in health care information technology.
Sutter Health will receive its awards at the 2015 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on April 12-16, 2015, in Chicago.
“As we partner to deliver a high-value, personalized experience for patients, our electronic health record enables our care teams to make significant strides in clinical quality, safety, connectivity and efficiency,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “These Stage 7 designations from HIMSS honor the complex, thoughtful work of our clinical care and information services teams to better support our more than 3 million patients and their families.”
A look back at some of Sutter Health’s key milestones in 2014.
Quality Achievement – Our commitment to quality and service means patients receive the excellent medical care they deserve, leading to better treatment results and a better quality of life. Our network received numerous awards for health care quality in 2014.
- The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations, recognized 13 hospitals in the Sutter Health network as among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures®.
- The Integrated Healthcare Association, a renowned industry leadership group in California, recognized seven physician organizations in our Sutter Medical Network (SMN) as leaders in medical care quality.
- Six SMN physician organizations that participated in the 2013 California Association of Physician Groups’ (CAPG) Standards of Excellence Survey each earned Elite status—the highest honor given.
- Fourteen Sutter Health hospital campuses also earned ‘A’ grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group® in its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score℠.
- Additionally, Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region earned recognition as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics.
Donation Part of Broad Program Supporting Service Members
Sutter Health today announced a $25,000 donation to The Fisher House Foundation and Canine Companions for Independence, two military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California. The total contribution represents one part of a broad, longtime commitment by the not-for-profit health system to help veterans.
“We are deeply grateful for the service and sacrifice of veterans and active military personnel across the country, including the more than 1,200 veterans who work on our Sutter Health team,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health.
Fry added, “We believe strongly that it’s our duty to support veterans. That’s why Sutter Health makes it a priority to recruit military members and to support organizations that support veterans.”