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.”
Engineering News-Record (ENR) California selected Sutter Health as its 2015 “Owner of the Year” for our systemwide construction investment, innovation, sustainable design and commitment to community benefit.
The story highlighted upcoming and recently completed projects including California Pacific Medical Center, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Merritt Pavilion, Eden Medical Center and and Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s San Carlos Center. The story also shares insights from our own expert construction partners at Boldt and SmithGroupJJR.
Read the article and learn more about how we earned the title.
Sutter Health’s health plan that serves the greater Sacramento and Central Valley areas, Sutter Health Plus, will now offer its competitively priced products in the Sonoma County community. The announcement comes after the Department of Managed Health Care approved the HMO’s expansion plans.
Not-for-profit Sutter Health decided to start its own health plan as a way to partner directly with patients to manage their total health needs, including quality and cost of care. Now, after a full year of operations, Sutter Health Plus is ready to offer Sonoma County the same affordably priced HMO products available elsewhere in its service area.
In Sonoma County, Sutter Health Plus’ network includes the new $284 million state-of-the-art Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital; Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, including locations in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol and Healdsburg; Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods; and Novato Community Hospital in Marin County.
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.