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.
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.
Sutter Health affiliate Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) celebrated its topping out ceremony yesterday for the new San Carlos Center.
The state-of–the-art, full service medical center is set to open on 101 Industrial Road in the Fall of 2014 and will have:
- 75 physicians (with future capacity to house 120 physicians)
- Primary and specialty care services
- An Urgent Care Center
- An Outpatient surgery center
- Laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments
Watch as the final beam gets hoisted into place and hear from Tony Marzoni, M.D., PAMF executive vice president and president of PAMF’s Palo Alto Division. Visit the Palo Alto Medical Foundation newsroom >>
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Construction began on Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) latest state-of–the-art, full service medical center. PAMF’s San Carlos Center will house nearly 30 primary and specialty care departments, 75 physicians (with future capacity to house 120 physicians), an Urgent Care Center, an outpatient surgery center, and complete laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments.
Construction of the 192,000-square-foot medical center and parking structure is estimated to take two years, with the new medical center expected to open in fall 2014.
Read more on Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Newsroom.