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We’ve Got Your Back(pack)

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in Community Benefit, People, Scroll Images, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

The start of any school year isn’t complete without the confidence of knowing you’re prepared. And what better way to tackle the year ahead with a backpack full of the necessary supplies.

This summer Sutter employees, led by the External Affairs team, collaborated with Volunteers of America to support Operation Backpack, an initiative that provides backpacks and school supplies to low-income students. Sutter staff purchased school supplies – including new backpacks – and volunteered their time to fill more than  2,000 backpacks with the necessities that every school child needs to succeed.

“We know that having the right supplies to start the school year off right gives children confidence to succeed in school,” said Melanie Rivera, external affairs associate, Sutter Health Valley Area. “Together, we are helping children learn and thrive in school, stay in school and build a bright future.”

Sutter employees, staff and volunteers also gave early $3,000  in monetary donations to the organizations that distribute the backpacks to families across the communities we serve. Organizations like the Samaritan House which serves San Mateo County, Family Giving Tree which serves Alameda and Santa Clara counties, Elk Grove Unified and San Juan Unified in Sacramento County, Nexus Youth and Family Services which serves Amador County, and Saving Our Kids Resource Center which serves Placer County.

“The backpacks from Sutter’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center fulfill all the requests we have from families in San Mateo and Redwood City,” said  Jenny Saba, associate director of Volunteers and Engagement at Samaritan House. “Thank you so much!”

This is the eighth year that Sutter Health has participated in Operation Backpack, donating backpacks and supplies to kindergartners through 12th graders.

 

A Lifetime Supply of Care: 98-Year-Old Reflects Back on Nearly a Century of Support

Posted on Aug 5, 2019 in Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Patient serves as living history of medical foundation’s commitment to access, high-quality care

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Sutter Hospitals Honored By U.S. News & World Report

Posted on Jul 30, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Five hospital campuses within Sutter’s not-for-profit network achieved recognition today as among the best hospitals in California for 2019-2020 from U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings rate top hospitals in the state and in major metropolitan regions, according to their performance across 25 adult specialties, procedures and conditions.

Sutter hospital campuses ranked among the top 50 in the state include:

California Pacific Medical Center was also among the top 50 hospital in the U.S. in the Gastroenterology & GI Surgery specialty ranking. Only 165 out of 4,500 U.S. hospitals evaluated received a national ranking in a least one of the 16 specialty areas.

And Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento was one of 57 hospitals across the nation (out of 4,500 surveyed) to earn high ratings for their handling of nine specific surgical procedures and chronic conditions.

Four Sutter hospitals are among the top 10 hospitals in the San Francisco metro area, including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Summit and Alta Bates Campuses), California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific Campus) and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center. Additionally, two Sutter hospitals are among the top 10 hospitals in the Sacramento metro area, including Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Eight additional Sutter hospital campuses earned recognition today as “high performers” in at least one adult specialty, condition or procedure, including:

“Recognitions like these honor our network’s doctors, nurses, clinicians and employees who dedicate themselves daily to delivering high-quality, compassionate care across Northern California,” said Bill Isenberg, M.D., vice president of Patient Safety for Sutter Health. “This work validates our ongoing commitment to improving quality and safety for our patients.”

Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network set out to build a truly integrated system—one that offers comprehensive patient services and quality health programs tailored to the diverse communities we serve. Today, Sutter Health cares for more than 3 million patients throughout its Northern California network of physicians, hospitals, home health providers and other services. Its coordination and focus on standardizing best practices reduce complications in care, lower hospital readmission rates and bring down the total cost of care.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey ranked hospitals according to risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care, physician surveys and other care-related indicators.

For more information and complete rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report.

Baby Basics: Sutter’s Smart Start Program Expands with Funding from First 5 Lake County

Posted on Jul 9, 2019 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Innovation, Pediatric Care, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Women's Services

LAKEPORT, Calif. – New babies come with new worries. “Parents leave the hospital, head home, and suddenly realize they’re solely responsible for caring for an infant” said Jackie Rad, R.N.C., M.S.N., nurse manager of the Sutter Lakeside Family Birth Center. “On top of sleep deprivation and recovery from childbirth, many families in our area experience income and housing instability, which can result in unsafe conditions for newborns.” Read More

Sutter Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke and Cardiac Care

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ten hospitals within Sutter’s not-for-profit network received recognition by the American Stroke Association for providing a high level of stroke care as part of the 2019 Get With The Guidelines® awards. Additionally, 20 hospitals in the Sutter system received recognition from the American Heart Association for consistently applying the American College of Cardiology guidelines when treating patients with heart failure.

Stroke Care

Sutter hospitals including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific and Davies campuses) in San Francisco, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Novato Community Hospital, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment by following nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

To attain this recognition, hospitals met or exceeded performance-focused quality measures set forth by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

“Our care teams work closely together, using evidence-based clinical practices, so our patients receive safe, high-quality care and exceptional service,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “Our goal of continuous improvement helps drive and strengthen our integrated health care network.”

Each of the honored hospitals are designated by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers and serve as a resource available to patients needing stroke-related services.

Nine of the Sutter hospitals honored also earned a place in the Honor Roll —with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Oakland campus), Eden Medical Center, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each receiving Elite Plus Honor Roll status. To qualify for this recognition, these hospitals met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Cardiology Care

The 2019 Get With The Guidelines® awards also recognizes hospitals that maintain high standards in the treatment of heart failure and deliver evidence-based care. Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Oakland and Berkeley campuses), California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific , Davies and Mission Bernal campuses), Memorial Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Los Banos, Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Novato Community Hospital, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each earned a Get With The Guidelines®- Silver Quality Achievement Award for high quality heart failure care.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are pleased to recognize these Sutter hospitals for their commitment to stroke and cardiac care,” said said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

Sutter Health proactively implements programs across its integrated network that continuously improve the quality and value of healthcare for patients. Its integration across regions, clinical settings and data environments is delivering care models with high-quality clinical outcomes. From heart transplants to valve replacements to cardiac ablations, Sutter uses innovative procedures and treatments to care for patients with a wide variety of specialized heart and vascular needs.