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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 and Vynca Work Together to Clarify Patients’ End-of-Life Care Choices

Posted on May 8, 2018 in Quality

Collaboration provides clinicians throughout the Sutter Health network access to consistent, actionable and comprehensive advance care planning tools

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health, a leading not-for-profit healthcare network in Northern California, and Vynca, a provider of advance care planning solutions, have collaborated to improve end-of-life care communication between doctors and patients.

Vynca offers a comprehensive software solution to capture, store and access Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms—a tool used to ensure patients’ end-of-life wishes are met. Sutter Health uses Vynca’s software throughout its system, which includes hospitals, doctor’s offices and Advanced Illness Management (AIM) providers.

Elizabeth Mahler, M.D., Sutter Health’s vice president for Patient Health Management, said the system provides Sutter Health clinical teams across the care continuum a “single source of truth”—especially important during emergencies. Additionally, EHR integration eliminates redundant data entry, improving accuracy and saving time. Read More