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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

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

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Updated statement: May 11, 2018

Unfortunately, the California Attorney General’s lawsuit gets the facts wrong and mischaracterizes how Sutter Health serves patients and communities as a not-for-profit organization in the competitive Northern California healthcare environment. Our integrated network of high-quality doctors and care centers aims to provide better, more efficient care—and has proven to help lower costs. We will stay true to our mission of delivering excellent healthcare with compassion, especially for the poor and vulnerable, and we will defend against what the lawsuit claims and seeks, which would disrupt healthcare delivery across our communities and harm patient choice.

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 insurance companies to less than 3 percent annually since 2012, despite our expenses for labor, facilities and technology increasing by an average of 6 percent each year. Given these single-digit increases, we don’t know why some insurance companies have increased their rates to consumers by as much as 20 percent in a single year.
  • 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 insurance companies 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.


21 Sutter Health Affiliates Earn Recognition as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in Community Benefit, Organizational News, Scroll Images, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Twenty-one affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
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Steve Wigginton Chosen to Lead Sutter Health | Aetna Joint Venture

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Sutter Health | Aetna

WALNUT CREEK, Calif., – Following a nationwide executive search, Sutter Health and Aetna have named Steve Wigginton as the new CEO of the Sutter Health | Aetna joint venture. The jointly owned health care company formed by the two organizations in 2017 currently offers employers with employees in Northern California self-insured commercial products with effective dates as early as April 1, 2018.

“Steve is a respected leader with a proven track record of driving culture, growth and innovation in the health care industry,” said Kristen Miranda, Aetna’s market president for California. “Steve has a passion for creating a better health care experience for consumers, and a clear vision of what will make Sutter Health | Aetna successful.

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Sutter Health Donates $25,000 to Support Canine Companions for Independence®

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 in Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —The not-for-profit Sutter Health network today announced a $25,000 donation to Canine Companions for Independence to support its work enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs.


“People achieve health and wellness in many different ways—from regular check-ups with their doctor to yoga and meditation,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D. senior vice-president and chief medical officer of Sutter Health. “A healthcare partner can also take various forms, including four legs instead of two. Animal friends like Canine Companions can offer emotional and physical benefits that help the healing process.”

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