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Sutter Health Names Its First Chief Population Health Officer

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images

Christopher Stanley, M.D., MBA, is chief population health officer for Sutter Health.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health today announced the appointment of Christopher Stanley, M.D., MBA, as chief population health officer.

In this new role within the not-for-profit health system, Dr. Stanley will have executive oversight of Sutter Population Health Services, a new division that further enhances the clinical support structure needed to provide high-quality, cost-effective care to employers, payers and individual patients. The newly formed division will also work to improve non-medical aspects of care that affect the health of all Sutter Health network patients. Dr. Stanley begins his new role on Feb. 4.

“As a member of Sutter Health’s System Enterprises leadership team, Dr. Stanley will closely partner with leaders and teams already employing innovative solutions to advance care coordination, eliminate duplication of services and improve the patient experience across the full continuum of our integrated network,” said Rishi Sikka, M.D., president, Sutter Health System Enterprises.

Dr. Stanley joins Sutter Health from Navigant Consulting, where he served as a director within its Healthcare Value Transformation practice. While there, he helped health systems and health plans succeed in the rapidly growing and advancing population health, pay-for-value, accountable care and clinical integration programs across the United States.

Prior to joining Navigant, Dr. Stanley served as system vice president of population health for Catholic Health Initiatives, where he successfully led population health efforts across 100 facilities in 19 states during his five-year tenure. At that time, CHI had 10 clinically integrated networks serving about 750,000 individuals in value-based programs.

Previously, Dr. Stanley also worked at UnitedHealthcare—a health insurance plan and division of UnitedHealth Group—where he served as senior medical director and chief medical officer for the Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana markets. He was responsible for quality and cost of care management for commercial and Medicare membership of more than 700,000.

Dr. Stanley began his career as a community-based pediatrician at Indian Crest Pediatrics in Denver, Colorado, and in the U.S. Army in Germany. He earned a medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed his pediatric internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Stanley also earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

“I am thrilled to join such an innovative, collaborative and community-focused system as Sutter Health as a senior leader,” said Dr. Stanley. “In this new role, I look forward to aligning and advancing the strengths that exist within the organization to further benefit patients, families and employers across Northern California.”

U.S. Army Reservist Thanks Sutter Colleagues for their Support

Posted on Jan 24, 2019 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Ernesto Brizuela, R.N., BSN, PHN

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center (SASC) Director of Nursing Ernesto Brizuela,R.N., BSN, PHN returned in December from a nine-month assignment as a medical surgical nurse with the U.S. Army Reserves in Honduras. While gone, he missed major milestones with his wife and four children: birthdays, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving.

One thing that made being deployed far from home a little easier was knowing that his SASC colleagues were fully behind him. The SASC team worked together to cover his duties while he was away, and Administrator Andrew Kim called him every two weeks to check in on him.

“Those phone calls really helped keep me connected to home, to my family at Sutter Alhambra,” Brizuela said.

The SASC team also contributed to a special care package full of his favorite treats from home—including beef jerky, cookies and coffee creamers.

“Opening that care package felt like Christmas,” Brizuela said. “I saw that everyone had contributed something from their heart. It was really meaningful.”

To thank Kim and his co-workers, Brizuela nominated them for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves’ (ESGR) Above & Beyond Award, which recognizes employers that provide their National Guard and Reservist service member employees additional, non-mandated benefits.

“Ernesto is an integral member of our team, and we’re all very proud to support him,” Kim says. “His commitment to his country, his family, and our Sutter Alhambra team is incredibly admirable.”

ESGR presented the award to the SASC team on Jan. 17.

Healthy ‘GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL’: Championing Wellness through Youth Soccer

Posted on Jan 22, 2019 in Scroll Images, Wellness

Kids these days.

They are their own mini versions of professional athletes. Year-round sports have superseded the seasonal variety—and this specialized focus has captivated the attention of kids and families alike.

Seeing an opportunity to team up with the youth soccer movement, Sutter Health will serve as the San Jose Earthquakes’ presenting sponsor of the Quakes Academy youth soccer teams and Quakes Academy jerseys.

 

“Physical activity, at any stage of life, can play an important part in one’s health and wellness goals,” said Richard Gayle, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and one of the Earthquakes’ team doctors. “The youth soccer movement is particularly inspiring, and youth sports overall are a natural way for our communities to come together. We appreciate the opportunity to align with the Quakes Academy to champion healthy habits.”

The Quakes Academy has blossomed in recent years, with both boys’ and girls’ teams producing youth national team-caliber players. Most recently, U-17 midfielder Sophie Jones – a Duke University commit – competed for the United States at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The boys’ academy has produced five Homegrown Players to date, including former U.S. U-20 goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and 2017 MLS Rookie of the Year finalist Nick Lima.

The Earthquakes and Sutter Health will work in tandem to provide physical and mental wellness, stress management, and nutritional education programming for all Quakes Academy players. They will launch a web portal later this year filled with information in each of those categories, which will serve as a wellness resource for all athletes in the Bay Area.

Sutter Health’s work with the San Jose Earthquakes focuses on numerous aspects of health and wellness. Sutter will continue to present Get Earthquakes Fit, a program targeted at fighting childhood obesity in Northern California. The program has been adopted at more than 35 schools annually since 2016, impacting more than 16,000 students to date. Doctors at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, part of Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network, will continue serving as the Earthquakes’ official team physicians. The doctors, who specialize in orthopedics and primary care, use their experience and expertise to support Earthquakes players so they may reach their peak performance.

In addition to supporting healthy activity in communities, not-for-profit Sutter Health gives back to communities in other ways, too. Sutter Health’s total community benefit investment was $612 million in 2017. These funds supported traditional charity care, unreimbursed Medi-Cal costs, health education and community clinics. Learn more about ways Sutter cares for Northern California at sutterpartners.org.

Patients and Families Enjoy Greater Convenience, Access to Service at Tracy Care Center

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

Community Invited to Celebrate Sutter Facility’s First Year of Service at Open House

TRACY, Calif. – An open house is a time-honored, neighborly tradition. And as a long-time member of the community, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation is inviting residents from across the area to meet clinical care teams and tour the 47,000 square foot Tracy Care Center in celebration of the facility’s first year of high-quality service.

“Our number one goal was to enhance access to services through our Tracy Care Center, which offers greater convenience for our patients and families,” said Gary Zufelt, CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation. “This campus, with the hospital and medical offices right across from each other, has become a real town square of healthcare. It also is a bird’s eye view into the value of Sutter Health’s integrated network—where doctors and nurses, along with other specialists and staff, closely work together to support those in our care.”

The public is invited to the Tracy Care Center at 445 W. Eaton Ave. on Jan. 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Visitors can meet with providers and tour the facility, which features a wide array of care services including dermatology, ear, nose and throat, endoscopy, nephrology, neurology, Ob/GYN, orthopedics, podiatry, primary care, pulmonology, and rheumatology. Other convenient services inside the care center include an urgent care center, imaging services with X-ray and ultrasound, a lab with blood draw stations and an injection/shot clinic. Refreshments will also be served at the open house.

“Our open house is meant to be a fun and informal way of connecting with those in the community, a community we are so proud to be a part of,” Steven Mitnick, M.D., chief medical officer for Gould Medical Group. “Healthcare is incredibly personal, and opening our doors and meeting with our neighbors one on one is our privilege. We are excited to show them all the different ways they can access the right care, in the right setting and at the right time on this campus.”

Tracy Care Center Fun Facts

In its first year of service, the Tracy Care Center had:

  • 22 doctors and 53 employees care for 28,414 patients during 128,404 visits
  • Taken 6,345 X-rays and 920 ultrasound images

New Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital to Open in the Heart of San Francisco

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

First building in the U.S. to incorporate viscous wall dampers in case of “The Big One”

Smart hospital design merges advanced technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches – such as private rooms – to support the highest quality care

Grand opening on March 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco residents will have a modern new hospital at their doorstep. Sutter debuts its new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital on March 2, 2019. The facility represents a milestone community investment in the health of San Francisco and the first new hospital in the heart of the city in a generation. The state-of-the-art facility, featuring 11 floors and 274 acute-care beds, houses inpatient services with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, orthopedics, transplant, emergency and cardiac care, among other primary care services. Every detail of the new hospital is geared toward creating an inclusive, healing environment, where high quality, technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches will continue to be the norm.

The new, 1 million square-foot California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital, located at 1101 Van Ness Ave. at the intersection of Geary Blvd. in San Francisco.

“For more than 150 years, it has been our privilege to serve every person who calls San Francisco home,” said Warren Browner, M.D., CEO of CPMC. “The opening of Sutter’s CPMC Van Ness Campus provides a new and conveniently located hospital for people living throughout the city and beyond.”

Centrally located along a major arterial thoroughfare

Formerly the site of the Cathedral Hill Hotel, CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital occupies an entire city block between Geary and Post streets along San Francisco’s bustling Van Ness corridor. Across the street from the hospital, a 9-story, 476,000 square-foot medical office building will provide outpatient services, emphasizing the benefit of Sutter Health’s integrated network and its dedication to easily accessible care. The two buildings are connected via an underground tunnel. The medical office building is slated to open in spring 2019.

By the numbers

The 274-bed Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital consists of close to 1 million square feet of acute care, diagnostic, clinical treatment and administrative space, which includes:

• 60 medical/surgical beds
• 36 intensive care unit beds
• 64 labor/delivery and postpartum beds
• 35 neonatal intensive care unit beds
• 6 antepartum beds
• 25 pediatric beds
• 8 pediatric intensive care unit beds
• 16 operating rooms, including three dedicated to obstetrics
• 30 post-anesthesia care unit beds
• 38 exam/treatment rooms in the 24-hour emergency department, which consists of:
• 31 adult treatment bays and 7 exam/treatment rooms that are dedicated to pediatrics
• All 274 patient rooms are private and feature exterior city or garden views, with an abundance of natural light
• 5 living roof gardens, including a public outdoor terrace

The hospital design, which incorporates a theme of natural materials and touchable artwork, is focused on the well-being of patients, families and the surrounding community. Public spaces, including the main lobby and the Chuck Williams Café, are accessible via the main entrance on Van Ness Ave. The ambulance/patient drop-off area is located off-street under a covered alcove to minimize the impact to traffic, and parking for 435 cars is available beneath the building.

“Our new Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital will continue to deliver the kind of coordinated, patient-centered quality care that San Francisco expects and deserves from a Sutter facility – with safety, security and inclusive care being paramount with each visit,” said Vernon Giang, M.D., chief medical executive at CPMC.

Shaking things up: CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital makes history with advanced seismic technology

Viscous wall dampers at the new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital in San Francisco make the facility seismically sound.

Not only is CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital built to meet or exceed California’s stringent seismic laws, but the structure is the first in North America to incorporate innovative viscous wall dampers. Already used extensively in Japan, viscous wall dampers are designed to absorb strong movement during an earthquake, which helps to reduce overall stress on the building itself. This will help the hospital to remain fully operational, with patient care being relatively uninterrupted even after a strong seismic event. The Van Ness Campus hospital incorporates 119 viscous wall dampers.

“In the event of a major disaster, CPMC Van Ness Campus is built to be self-sustaining for at least four days,” said Jim Benney, R.N., senior project manager for the hospital. “We’re prepared to continue regular operations with the support of three emergency generators, food and water.”

Healthy environments foster healthy people

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the hospital was constructed and operates in an environmentally conscious way. Water-saving features include using captured rainwater for the hospital’s five rooftop gardens and high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures, which will save more than 3 million gallons of water per year.

CPMC Van Ness Campus uses 14 percent less power than the average U.S. hospital in part because 80 percent of patient rooms receive direct natural sunlight. LED bulbs generate more light at lower temperatures, creating less heat in areas like procedural and operating rooms. Additionally, our sophisticated filtration system allows the hospital to deliver 100 percent clean and fresh air.

The public rooftop garden at the new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital in San Francisco.

A truly integrated healthcare network

The hospital serves as the hub for all consolidated inpatient facilities and outpatient services. When fully complete, the campus will knit together hospital and emergency services, affiliated medical offices and specialty outpatient services – including lots of parking in a tight urban setting.

“Thanks to being part of the Sutter Health integrated network, this new Van Ness Campus hospital was built with the most technologically advanced, patient-focused design details in mind,” said Dr. Browner. “Once open, it will serve as the jewel of the CPMC system.”

Bells and whistles that help accelerate care

CPMC Van Ness Campus uses the latest innovative technologies designed to reduce infection and increase efficiency. For instance:

• AeroScout Hand Hygiene Monitoring technology leverages the hospital’s Wi-Fi infrastructure to automatically identify (via badges) when caregivers sanitize their hands.
• The smart pneumatic tube system works like an underground freeway interchange to deliver medications, samples and supplies throughout the hospital swiftly, safely and securely. Badge-enabled containers keep contents secure, track information and reduce staff time spent transporting samples, supplies and medications between the laboratory, blood bank and pharmacy.

Building a modern hospital beckons a bold design vision and collaborative execution

Imagined as the urban hospital of the future by SmithGroupJJR, the final $2.1 billion project achieves economic, environmental and social sustainability. The building also exemplifies Sutter’s goal of connecting health and the community. Led by general contractor HerreroBOLDT, the hospital broke ground in 2013 and is scheduled to open sooner than similar hospital construction projects. This fast-tracked delivery is attributed to the team’s implementation of the Integrated Project Delivery process. This utilizes a cohesive design and construction approach that keeps costs down and predicts construction challenges ahead of time, so they can be resolved without time-consuming delays.

Connecting Health to Patients and the Community

Sutter’s CPMC campuses support more than 80 non-profit organizations whose work is deeply rooted in the community. The team collaborated with CityBuild Academy, Mission Hiring Hall, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and numerous other community-based hiring partners to optimize the construction process. The project has injected 1,500 new construction jobs and more than $70 million in wages into San Francisco’s economy since 2013.

Nurturing patients extends beyond physical care. When the new CPMC Van Ness Campus opens, patients will enjoy 755 unique and carefully chosen art pieces in a variety of different styles and mediums. Beautiful original paintings in oil and acrylics, vibrant photographs, art pieces created of wood and shaped from clay and metal, large prints bring color, light and beauty to the new hospital’s walls and help create a warm, inviting environment.