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.
Whether you live with diabetes or someone you love does, Diabetes Awareness Month is the perfect time to learn more. According to the American Diabetes Association:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
Throughout November we’re hosting a number of unique educational events. Please find details below.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services
Join us Nov. 5 at our free event to learn about prediabetes and how changing your lifestyle and habits can reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
Join us Nov. 12 for three free events in support of World Diabetes Day. Events include free screenings, an inspirational lecture by Lou Brock, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Type 2 diabetic, and a panel discussion of expert advice covering diet and fitness.
California Pacific Medical Center
To raise awareness about diabetes, California Pacific Medical Center will host an event on Nov. 13. Hear Ironman Jay Hewitt speak, watch a live cooking demo and get health tips from Karen Earle, M.D.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Join Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Diabetes Center and Ethnic Health Institute on Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Health Education Center. You’ll learn how to reduce the risk of diabetes, participate in free screenings related to diabetes and learn how to live well with diabetes. Additionally, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player, Lou Brock, will meet with attendees and talk about his experience with managing diabetes. Kitchen on Fire Cooking School will provide a live cooking demo with delicious, health food samplings.
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.
You can also view this video on our Sutter Health YouTube channel.
World Health Day is celebrated annually on April 7 to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The organization uses this day as an opportunity to raise awareness on areas of major importance to global health. This year’s theme focuses on vector-borne diseases.
According to WHO, more than half the world’s population is at risk for diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by vectors such as mosquitoes, flies or ticks. In fact, vector-borne diseases account for more than 17 percent of all infectious diseases.
While malaria is uncommon in Northern California, you’ve no doubt heard reports that some vectors in our area can transmit diseases such as West Nile fever and Lyme disease. As more of us prepare to head outdoors to enjoy warmer weather, we’ve asked infectious disease specialist David Busch, M.D., for a few tips on how to minimize your risk of getting bit.
|Mosquitoes and Ticks||Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin and use this same product on your pet too.|
|Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.|
|Mosquitoes||Remember mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. You can stay indoors if you want to reduce your risk.|
|Ticks||Examine your skin and your pet’s skin for ticks after returning from wooded areas or areas with high grass or brush.|
Don’t let mosquitoes and ticks keep you from enjoying the outdoors—just stay informed. Visit California’s West Nile virus website for the latest information on West Nile virus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to stay up-to-date on Lyme disease.
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.