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Sutter Health Leaders Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

Posted on Dec 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

Becker’s Hospital Review this week recognized Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health, in its 2017 ‘183 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know’ list. According to the publication, the CEOs recognized on the list lead some of the most successful nonprofit healthcare organizations in the country.

In addition, Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Sarah Krevans, Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital and Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., CEO of Medical Foundations of Sutter Health Bay Area to its annual list of ‘130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.’ The publication notes the leaders on the list are executives from across the nation. From multi-state health systems to 25-bed critical access hospitals, the leaders represented face the challenges of running a healthcare organization head-on.


Sutter Health Hospital Campuses Earn National Award for Quality

Posted on Dec 7, 2017 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Recognized for achievements in patient safety and quality, The Leapfrog Group® named three Sutter Health hospital campuses as Top Hospitals in 2017. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

Sutter Health hospital campuses named as Top Hospitals in 2017 include:

“Across our network our doctors and hospital teams partner together each day to give patients exceptional, high-quality care in a safe environment,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D. chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “By working as an integrated system, we share knowledge and best practices. This teamwork helps positively impact other aspects of care beyond quality and safety, including improving the patient experience and lowering costs.” Read More

Seven Sutter Medical Network Organizations Earn Top IHA Honors

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Seven Sutter Health-aligned physician organizations received top honors today for providing exceptionally high-quality medical care to seniors and people with disabilities in 2016.

The Integrated Healthcare Association, a nonprofit organization committed to improving healthcare quality and affordability, recognized the seven Sutter Medical Network members, among 181 physician groups the IHA evaluated statewide.

Using 12 clinical quality measures, the IHA assigned star ratings based on how well the physician groups cared for patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage health plans. Measures included rates of eye exams, breast and colorectal cancer screenings, and blood sugar control for patients with diabetes.

Three Sutter-affiliated physician organizations, among only 10 eligible groups statewide, received a five-star rating, the IHA’s highest, for 2016:

Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group
Sutter East Bay Medical Group
Mills-Peninsula Medical Group

Four Sutter groups received a 4.5-star rating:

Gould Medical Group
Sutter Medical Group
Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods
Central Valley Medical Group Read More

Sutter Health’s Design and Innovation Team Recognized By Becker’s Hospital Review

Posted on Oct 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

This week, Becker’s Hospital Review released its 2017 list of “58 Hospitals and Health Systems With Innovation Programs,” featuring health systems across the country committed to innovation. The publication selected Sutter Health’s Design & Innovation team, among their list.

Led by Sutter’s first-ever Chief Innovation Officer Chris Waugh, the not-for-profit-network embraces a human-centered design approach that sets out to develop new product and service experiences, forge strategic partnerships with cutting-edge startups and technology companies, and help create a culture of innovation across the organization.

Sutter Health’s Design & Innovation Team has helped creative collaborations come to life with Augmedix, OpenIDEO, Lyft, Velano Vascular, just to name a few:

  • Augmedix: Patients enjoy the undivided attention of their Sutter Health doctors thanks to a pilot featuring Google Glass technology and remote scribes, which frees doctors from notetaking and medical charting during appointments.
  • Lyft: Emergency Department patients who would not otherwise have a ride upon discharge are provided convenient and timely transportation by the ride-hailing company from Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
  • OpenIDEO: Through a partnership with OpenIDEO, Sutter Health drove an important conversation about end-of-life care by sponsoring an online conversation to gather ideas and input from around the world about the universal yet deeply personal subject of dying. Contributors from 90 different countries offered more than 300 ideas in the initial phases of the conversation, with the goal of identifying and supporting compassionate solutions to improve the end-of-life experience for those who are dying – and their loved ones.
  • Velano Vascular: Patients experience less discomfort during blood draws through a needleless technology that nurses use at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and California Pacific Medical Center’s St. Luke’s campus in San Francisco.

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Sutter Health’s Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D. Named To Governor Brown’s Precision Medicine Advisory Committee

Posted on Oct 5, 2017 in Uncategorized

Continuing the state’s efforts to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat and prevent disease, California Governor Jerry Brown established the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Precision Medicine. Among those appointed is Steven Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Sutter Health chief medical officer and an expert in this field as well as health equity.

Sutter Health is a leader in precision medicine, which aims to use data-driven tools and analysis to develop new diagnostics, therapies and insights into health and disease. Sutter’s Precision Medicine Institute brings together researchers in genomics and epidemiology—along with experts in health services research. Together, they discover diagnostics and treatments that can address unmet patient care needs and rapidly translate these discoveries into clinical protocols throughout Northern California and beyond. The organization’s highly diverse patient base, billion dollar investment in electronic health records, existing research and infrastructure capabilities—and a centralized Biobank laboratory facility—also allows the health system to conduct research faster and at a lower cost.

“California is a world leader in medicine and technology. This committee of experts will help us think through how precision medicine can improve health and health care for Californians,” said Governor Brown in today’s press release announcement. Read More