Posts by Monique

11 Things You Didn’t Know About One of the U.S.’s Largest Non-University Kidney Transplant Centers

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images

1. The kidney transplant team at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) transplanted its first kidney in 1969.

2. In March, the program will celebrate its 50th anniversary and move to its new home at the brand new CPMC Van Ness Campus.

3. More than 6,000 people have received life-extending kidney transplants at CPMC. That’s enough to fill 15 jumbo jets!

4. Not for profit Sutter Health’s CPMC is one of the largest non-university medical center transplant programs in the country. Over 200 kidney transplants are performed at CPMC annually, making it one of the largest kidney transplant centers in the western United States.

5. CPMC is a pioneer in kidney paired donation. In 2011, the program made history as the first California transplant program to perform five paired donor transplants in one day. A paired donor transplant is when someone donates their kidney on behalf of a loved one so the loved one can receive a compatible kidney from someone else.

6. A software developer/kidney transplant patient collaborated with his CPMC surgeon to create a groundbreaking software program, called MatchGrid, which allows people who are willing to donate their kidney to a friend or relative but are found incompatible to be paired with a matching patient.



Read More

Tracking Health Data: the Key to Unlocking Prevention of Chronic Disease

Posted on Oct 31, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center

CPMC Joins Initiative to Improve Care for City Residents


SAN FRANCISCO— Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is joining a San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) initiative to leverage clinical data from the City’s health systems to better address an array of chronic diseases. Sharing more timely and accurate information about chronic disease in San Francisco will enable the SFDPH to more effectively tackle the greatest burdens of disease in the community.

On World Cities Day, San Francisco Mayor London Breed affirmed her commitment to proven public health policies that prevent deaths and injuries as part of the Partnership for Healthy Cities.

“San Francisco is proud to be a leader in public health, and joining with other cities around the world is a great way to continue to learn, share progress and make improvements,” said Mayor London Breed. “San Francisco’s many efforts – such as addressing food insecurity, reducing new HIV infections, banning flavored tobacco, reducing the consumption of sugary drinks, improving traffic safety, supporting walking and biking, and improving the health of people who are homeless — all add up to making a healthier, safer city for all our residents and visitors. The new Healthy Cities project to share chronic illness data is an innovation that will allow us to make even more progress.”

San Francisco’s proposed partnership between health systems and public health is a powerful one. Chronic illness data from participating health systems such as Sutter Health and UCSF Health, along with the San Francisco Health Network and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, can help the City identify neighborhoods and areas that need extra attention. The data will also help track in real time whether those efforts are effective.

“Sutter Health’s CPMC is proud to partner on this initiative. Sharing valuable health information about the chronic conditions that we treat in our hospitals and clinics every day, as well as the efforts we make to care for our patients who suffer from them, is an important first step toward improving the health of San Franciscans,” said Sutter Health CPMC CEO Warren Browner, M.D.

Read More

ER on Wheels: Groundbreaking Approach to Stroke Care

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in Innovation, Scroll Images

BURLINGAME, Calif. –Experts estimate that every minute treatment for stroke is delayed can mean life or death for 2 million brain cells. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and the top contributor to long-term disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the Bay Area, not-for-profit Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center is partnering to pilot a specially-equipped and -staffed ambulance, called a mobile stroke unit (MSU). The goal is to test whether bringing stroke diagnosis and treatment to patients—rather than waiting for them to arrive at the emergency department—improves outcomes.

Mills-Peninsula’s new mobile stroke unit will bring care to patients on scene.

Mills-Peninsula is the first hospital in Northern California to pilot a mobile stroke unit, joining medical centers in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles. Read More

Sutter Health Surgery Centers Honored for Excellence in Outpatient Surgery

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 in Affiliates, 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.