Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Receives National Environmental Awards

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In recognition of successful programs to reduce its environmental impact, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received two awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Partner for Change and Greening the OR are two of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health-care sector.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes health-care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas. Read More

Dodging raindrops, supporters enjoy Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 16th annual golf tournament fundraiser

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 in Cancer, Cardiac, Community Benefit

MODESTO, Calif. – Over 100 teams braved the elements at Modesto’s Del Rio Golf and Country Club on Monday, April 16th to assist in the fundraising efforts for Memorial Medical Center’s support services programs.

The 16th Annual Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic is a popular event in the Modesto community. Business leaders and community members mark their calendars each April to enjoy a day of golf, camaraderie, dining and auction activities, all in support of community health care.

Members of the complementary therapies Art program display their original works, to be auctioned off at the golf tournament. L-R, Zina Hopson, Charlie Lockett and Ida Cremers, with Art group facilitator Galen Martin.

Memorial Hospital Foundation was created in 1975 to accept private gifts from the community to support Memorial Medical Center. Since its founding, the Foundation has received more than $18 million to support healthcare services that meet the needs of the local community. Read More

Sutter Health Opens Latest Walk-In Care Clinic in Oakland

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 in Expanding Access, Quality, We're Awesome

New innovative center in Oakland offers same-day, convenient care
for non-urgent issues

Oakland, Calif. – Sutter Health opened the newest Walk-In Care clinic in Oakland, a service of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, today at 5095 Telegraph Ave., Suite B.

Sutter’s Walk-In Care clinics offer a quick, convenient care option for everyday illnesses and health needs in a stand-alone storefront that is easily accessible. The Oakland clinic is Sutter Health’s seventh Bay Area location. Other clinics are located in Dublin, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and San Jose.

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Sutter Health Further Evolves Senior Leadership Structure

Posted on Apr 11, 2018 in Organizational News

Longtime leaders take on roles of Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Services; Greater Emphasis on Mental Health and Population Health

Not-for-profit Sutter Health today announced updates to its senior leadership team. James Conforti, who currently serves as President of Sutter Health’s Valley Area Operating Unit, will become the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Jeff Gerard, currently President of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Operating Unit has been named Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategic Services. Conforti and Gerard will assume their new roles on June 1, and their previous positions will be eliminated. Additionally, Rishi Sikka, M.D., President of System Enterprises, will expand his role to help Sutter Health further increase its focus on mental health and population health services.

“It’s a dynamic and exciting time to be in healthcare and these updates to my senior leadership team are part of our continual process to evolve the care we provide to meet our patients’ expectations,” said Sarah Krevans, Sutter Health President and CEO. “We want to better enable collaboration, innovation and technology, and align our clinical services to deliver high-quality, personalized, and affordable care.

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Sutter Health Statement Regarding the Lawsuit Filed by the California Attorney General:

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Updated statement: April 16, 2018

“Unfortunately, the California attorney general’s filing is factually inaccurate. It mischaracterizes the activities of our not-for-profit organization, and it fails to adequately account for Northern California’s robust and competitive health care environment. Our integrated network plays a valuable role in providing our communities with more efficient care—and in helping lower healthcare costs. Our focus remains on our not-for-profit mission to serve our patients and communities, including the poor and vulnerable.

Here are some important facts to know:

  • Publicly available data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development show that, on average, total charges for an inpatient stay in a Sutter hospital are lower than what other Northern California hospitals charge.
  • Sutter Health has held average overall rate increases to health plans to the low single digits since 2012 in spite of our actual expenses for labor, facilities and technology increasing more than 37 percent during the same time period. We don’t know why some health plans have increased their rates to consumers as much as 20 percent annually.
  • Healthy competition and choice exists across Northern California. There are 17 major hospital systems and 146 hospitals in Northern California, including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity, Adventist, Tenet, UC and more. Health plans can elect to include or exclude parts of the Sutter Health system from their networks, and health plans have been doing so for many years.”

Original statement: March 30, 2018

We are currently reviewing the complaint, so we cannot comment on specific claims.

Sutter Health is proud to save patients, government payers and health plans hundreds of millions of dollars each year by providing more efficient and integrated care. It’s important to note that publicly available data (from the OSHPD) show that on average, total charges for an inpatient stay in a Sutter hospital are lower than what other Northern CA hospitals charge.

Further, Sutter Health has held average overall rate increases to health plans to the low single digits since 2012 in spite of our actual expenses for labor, facilities and technology increasing more than 37 percent during the same time period. We don’t know why some health plans have increased their rates to consumers as much as 20 percent annually.

It’s also important to note that healthy competition and choice exists across Northern California. There are 15 major hospital systems and 142 hospitals in Northern California, including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity, Adventist, Tenet, UC and more. And health plans can elect to include or exclude parts of the Sutter Health system from their networks, and health plans have been doing so for many years.

 

Sutter Health Sponsors Sacramento River Cats Bike Valet

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 in Community Benefit, Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The sun is shining and the faint sound of a ball hitting a bat resonates around West Sacramento these days. That means just one thing – baseball season is upon us.
The Sacramento River Cats open their 2018 season next week and Sutter Health fans looking forward to attending games have another mode of transportation to get to Raley Field – their bicycles.
Sutter Health is sponsoring the River Cats bike valet this season, allowing fans to ride their bikes to the stadium and park them in a safe location where they will be monitored during the game. Fans who ride their bikes to evening games will get a special Sutter Health bike light while supplies last. All riders will receive information about Sutter Health Urgent Care clinics with directions to the nearest locations.
“We are excited to sponsor this very cool service that the River Cats offer to their fans,” said Ariel Feigenbaum, principal, strategic partnerships, Sutter Health. “Sacramento is such a walkable city and riding your bike to the game is a healthy choice. We want the community to know that we are proud of them for making a healthy choice and as a result strive to make their biking experience the best one possible.” Read More

Rural Docs and City Specialists Pool Knowledge to Benefit Lake County Patients

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in Expanding Access

Regular case conferences, education and networking through telemedicine give local Obstetricians the confidence to care for women who have high risk pregnancies and babies born early or ill.

LAKEPORT, Calif., On March 21st Dr. Scott Witt spent time getting ready for an important date. Dr. Witt, who normally works at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, packed up his car, as he does every six months, and drove to Lakeport to spend two hours with Obstetricians and nurses who care for patients at the Sutter Lakeside Hospital Family Birth Center.

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