Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Awards Scholarship to Aspiring Primary Care Physician

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in People, Quality, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz recently awarded its twelfth annual Primary Care Physician award to Sarah Herrman, a 2018 graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

The scholarship is administered by SMSC and the UC Santa Cruz Foundation to help carry out a mission to provide high-quality primary care to Central Coast Medi-Cal patients. Scholarship recipients receive $10,000 to help support their studies at an accredited medical school provided they commit to returning to the Central Coast to practice in primary care after their education is completed.

“Sarah’s passion for ensuring healthcare for all will make her a strong advocate for her patients,” said Trina White, Chief Administrative Officer for SMSC. “In addition, her outstanding academic background, which combines both traditional biology and research in the rapidly developing field of epigenetics, is well suited for a future where medical care will encompass new understandings of how genes and the environment interact to influence health. SMSC is proud to be able to help support her as she enters medical school.”

Herrman, a San Diego native, majored in Human Biology and participated in research in a UCSC epigenetics lab during her junior and senior year, as well as in an international research program in Switzerland during the summer of 2017. She wishes to become a primary care physician as it allows her to combine her passions for biology and advocacy.

“I am incredibly honored to be chosen as this year’s recipient,” Herrman said. “I firmly believe that adequate and affordable healthcare is a right that should be guaranteed to all. In my career as a physician, I hope to address the disparities in medicine that affect access to care for certain groups. This scholarship will help support my medical school education, thus allowing me to focus on gaining the knowledge and resources necessary to work towards these larger goals.”

Sutter Health Surgery Centers Honored for Excellence in Outpatient Surgery

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 in Affiliates, Organizational News, Quality, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) has honored not-for-profit Sutter Health’s Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center with its Ambulatory Surgery Center of the Year Award. CASA’s Board of Directors established the award to recognize the ASC that truly exemplifies best practices in the field of outpatient surgery.

L to R: Melody States, COO, Sutter Surgery Center Division; Andrew Kim, administrator, Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center; Nate Garner, administrator, Fort Sutter Surgery Center;
Sandy Keating, administrator, PAMF Surgery Center San Carlos; Brad Heaton, regional director of Operations, Sutter Surgery Center Division; Patty Robles, director of Nursing, Fort Sutter Surgery Center

CASA also awarded Sutter Alhambra, Fort Sutter Surgery Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Surgery Center San Carlos with three of four of its ASC Excellence Awards—which go each year to member facilities that actively promote and advocate for ASC excellence. There are 330 ASCs in California affiliated with CASA.

“It is an honor for our ASCs to be recognized for the outstanding care they provide their patients,” says Sutter Surgery Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Congratulations to these teams for this well-deserved honor.” Read More

Rock Health Features Sutter’s Approach to Innovation, Human-Centered Design

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 in Innovation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –When Sutter Health created its design and innovation team in 2015, the goal was to build a radically new approach to innovation and help make the healthcare experience more simple, engaging and human.

In September 2018, Rock Health interviewed Sutter Health’s Megan Moyer, director of Design and Innovation, and Katie Simpson, director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, to learn how the integrated health network works alongside entrepreneurs to pilot and integrate some of the best solutions into the hands of care teams and patients quickly and safely – transforming the future of healthcare.

Read the full interview with Sutter Health Design & Innovation team members on the Rock Health blog.

Sutter Health Organizations Earn Survey’s Highest Honor

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 in Quality, Scroll Images

For the fifth year, six Sutter-affiliated physician groups rated among the nation’s best


SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Six Sutter Health-affiliated physician organizations throughout Northern California have earned top honors for the fifth consecutive year in the annual America’s Physician Groups Standards of Excellence member survey.

America’s Physician Groups, a national trade association for physician organizations, awarded five stars—its prestigious Elite rating—in its 2018 survey to:

  • Brown & Toland Physicians, a Sutter-affiliated independent practice association
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

The six organizations have earned the survey’s Elite rating every year since 2014.

“We could not be prouder of the commitment of these Sutter-affiliated physicians and care teams to continually improve the quality, safety, efficiency and accessibility of patient care,” said Don Wreden, M.D., senior vice president, Patient Experience, for Sutter Health. “This important honor from a respected industry group reflects their innovative work to provide comprehensive, coordinated care to patients across our healthcare network. The fact that these organizations have earned the Elite designation for five years shows how exceptional they are.” Read More

Sutter Health Scholarship Program Helps 228 Students Pursue College Dreams

Posted on Sep 7, 2018 in Organizational News, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health today announced it awarded college scholarships to 228 students for the 2018-2019 school year through its Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program.

Scholarship recipients attend a community college, four-year university or graduate program and received awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Administered by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the program’s competitive review process considers multiple factors, including academic achievement, school and community involvement, work experience, educational and career goals and special circumstances.

For 16 years, Sutter Health has proudly supported the continuing education of tomorrow’s leaders by offering these scholarships, named in honor of former longtime Sutter Health CEO Van R. Johnson. The scholarships are available exclusively to college-age children and grandchildren of employees within the Sutter Health network. Since 2002, Sutter has awarded 5,118 scholarships, totaling almost $8.6 million.

Sutter Health Proud Partner of San Francisco’s Doula Program

Posted on Sep 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

New program creates access to doula services for low-income families


Mothers delivering at CPMC’s campuses, including the new Mission Bernal hospital, can request a doula to assist with their delivery thanks to the City’s new program started through a fund set up by Sutter Health.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s President of the Board of Supervisors Malia Cohen today announced the launch of the City’s Doula Program that will provide doula services for low-income families. Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is proud to help fund the program.

The City’s Doula Program is made possible through the San Francisco Foundation’s Community Health Innovation Fund. Not-for-profit Sutter Health set up the fund as part of the development agreement for its two new CPMC hospitals in San Francisco. Mission Bernal Campus hospital opened on Aug. 25, and the Van Ness campus hospital opens in March 2019.

“We work to respect each family’s childbirth choice,” said Shannon Thomas, R.N., site administrator at CPMC Mission Bernal Campus. “CPMC provides access to free doula services for all expecting moms in our community, to ensure this specialized care is available to them during childbirth if they choose it.” Read More

Sweet Baby Coos Fill Hallways at Sutter Health’s CPMC Mission Bernal Campus Hospital

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in Women's Services

Families settle into private maternity suites, with amazing views, designed for comfort and healing


The Petersons, Ryan, Kaitlynn and baby Francis, comfortably settle into their private room at the CPMC Mission Bernal Campus Hospital

SAN FRANCISCO—Little 8-pound, 2-ounce Francis Peterson was wheeled over from St. Luke’s hospital on Saturday, Aug. 25, to applause as he and his mom Kaitlynn Peterson became the first patients at the new Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center Mission Bernal Campus Hospital. Francis was the last baby born at CPMC St. Luke’s Campus, which officially opened its doors in 1871.

Dad Santos Iraheta stands proudly alongside Mom, Alejandra Garrajal, and big brothers, Aiden and Jayden Iraheta, as they snuggle Isabella–the first baby born at the CPMC Mission Bernal Campus Hospital

The next day, at 12:00:24 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, baby Isabella arrived to the delight of parents Alejandra Garrajal and Santos Iraheta. At 7 pounds, 1.4 ounces and 20 inches in length—this girl makes history as the first baby born at the hospital.

These babies and families—as well as all others on the maternity unit at the Mission Bernal Campus Hospital— enjoy private rooms, with beautiful views of the city, while receiving specialized attention in a spacious environment from caring clinical teams.

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network officially opened the doors to its CPMC Mission Bernal Campus Hospital Saturday, Aug. 25. This neighborhood-based medical center for all San Franciscans is located at Cesar Chavez and Valencia Street.

The hospital integrates the latest technologies, advanced seismic safety and world-class healthcare into each of its seven floors. Every detail in its maternity, orthopedics, emergency and elder care services are geared toward creating the ideal patient experience.