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Sutter Offers ‘Gift of Surgery’ to Those in Need

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

In Redwood City, 67-year-old Rosa spent the last two years with discomfort in both eyes and deteriorating vision. In Citrus Heights, 38-year-old Angelica lived with constant nausea, inflammation and pain due to gallbladder stones. And in Santa Rosa, 59-year-old Maria missed out on family activities as pain from a mass behind her knee limited her mobility.

To help these and other people in need across Northern California receive life-changing surgeries, medical teams at 17 Sutter Health outpatient surgery centers volunteered their time and expertise to provide free surgeries as part of the not-for-profit health care network’s annual Gift of Surgery program.

From July through September, Sutter Health partnered with community health clinics—Operation Access, SPIRIT and RotaCare—for the Gift of Surgery program. The clinics identified patients based on their medical condition, health status and financial need.


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Sutter Health and Mental Health America Launch New Collaboration; Combined Effort Will Broaden Critical Access to Mental Health Services

Posted on Oct 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

New, first-of-its-kind Screening-To-Supports online tool and National Certified Peer Specialists certification are first key elements of initiative

Sutter Health, a leading not-for-profit health care system in Northern California, and Mental Health America (MHA), a national leader in mental health support, recovery and advocacy, today announced they will work together in the development of tools and resources that proactively address mental health concerns before they escalate. This collaboration is designed to provide earlier access and connect people with the support and services they need.

One in five American adults, or more than 40 million Americans, are dealing with a mental health concern; however, 56 percent of adults don’t receive treatment[i]. Cost, lack of access or awareness, social prejudice and stigma prevent people from accessing the mental health care they need to treat concerns associated with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addiction and schizophrenia. Together, Sutter Health and MHA are enabling people to access support services in a way that’s convenient, safe, secure and confidential. By providing early screening and detection services through online channels, Sutter Health and MHA are expanding individuals’ ability to understand their own mental health wherever and whenever they need it.

In summary, Sutter Health and MHA are working together on two initial specific programs to broaden access:

  • With initial funding from Sutter Health, MHA is developing Screening-to-Supports (S2S), an innovative online tool that connects people with the mental health support and services they want and need in real-time. This program will use technology to customize each person’s results, and will offer support and services beyond what the original Screening Program MHA developed in 2014 offered.
  • Four domains of the new program include: 1) evidence-based mental health information tailored to someone’s specific concerns; 2) links to online support, telehealth and face-to-face consults; 3) tools people can use on their own to develop coping skills and track concerns, and; 4) peer-to-peer community engagement mediums where people can connect and learn from others with similar experiences.
  • Secondly, Sutter Health will begin integrating National Certified Peer Specialists (NCPS) into their workforce. NCPS’ are professionals certified by MHA with the highest levels of knowledge and skills to work in public and private mental health settings that can help bridge the gap on longstanding mental health workforce shortages.

“This is just the beginning of actions we are taking at Sutter Health to be a national leader in eliminating social prejudice and stigma around mental health and providing real solutions within our communities,” said John Boyd, Sutter Health CEO, Mental Health Services. “It’s more urgent than ever to put mental health on par with physical health, and MHA’s philosophy aligns with our integrated care approach to address all of our patients’ – and employees’ – needs.”

The enhanced S2S platform will launch this fall. In addition to the online tool, Sutter Health and MHA will work together to develop an evidence-based workplace mental health strategy and a public education campaign to target suicide and self-harm. The campaign will reach Northern California communities first, with the intent to develop a strategy that could take the campaign nationwide.

“As people have more options to seek support, it can lead to earlier interventions before mental health challenges escalate into crisis situations,” said Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America. “By teaming up with a leading health care organization like Sutter Health, we can continue working to address mental illnesses before they reach crisis stage –as we say, before Stage 4 –and offer broader access to services for people to change the trajectory of their lives.”

[i] Mental Health America. The State of Mental Health in America. Accessed September 21, 2017.

Sutter Physician Organizations Earn Awards for Quality, Patient Experience

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

Physician organizations connected to not-for-profit Sutter Health received eight awards this week from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California. Seven of those awards recognize excellence in clinical quality and/or patient-centered care.

Sutter Medical Network members honored for achieving a top 10 percent in their category, out of 200 physician organizations in California, include:

Clinical Quality, Top 10 Percent

Patient Experience, Top 10 Percent

In addition, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation received IHA’s Ronald P. Bangasser Memorial Award for Quality Improvement. This award recognizes a physician organization in the Bay Area that made exceptional strides in clinical quality between 2015 and 2016. Read More

CASA Honors Five Sutter Surgery Centers with ASC Excellence Awards

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

From left: Sutter Surgery Center leaders Ernest Brizuela, Melody States, Andrew Kim, Kristi Burns, Johnny Russell and Katrina Holmes represented Sutter’s winning surgery centers during the California Ambulatory Surgery Association awards presentation.

The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) recently honored Sutter Surgery centers with five out of seven CASA Awards for Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Excellence:

  • Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center
  • Sutter Stockton Surgery Center
  • Surgery Center Palo Alto
  • Surgery Center San Carlos
  • Surgery Center Fremont

This is the second year in a row that Surgery Center Palo Alto won the CASA Award, which acknowledges CASA member facilities that exemplify best practices in the surgery center industry and actively promote and advocate for ASC excellence.

“The highly skilled clinicians and staff at our outpatient surgery centers do an outstanding job providing patients expert care in a safe environment,” said Sutter Surgery Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Congratulations to these teams for this well-deserved honor.” Read More

Sutter Health Scholarship Program Helps 230 Students Pursue College Dreams

Posted on Aug 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the 230 students who earned college scholarships from Sutter Health for the 2017-2018 school year through our Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program.

For 15 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 4,890 scholarships, totaling $8.1 million.

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.