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Food Safety During COVID-19

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Tips to keep you safe

Many people are making trips to the grocery store or using food delivery services right now. So how do you know your food is virus-free when it gets to your doorstep?

According to the USDA, “We are not aware of any reports at this time of human illness that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.” However, experts say it’s still important to follow good food hygiene.

Here are simple steps you can take to try and limit your exposure to coronavirus. Many of these tips will sound familiar, but they are good reminders.

Wash your hands
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others in your home from the spread of germs. Remember to clean the ‘webs’ between fingers and thumbs. Don’t have access to soap and water? Use hand sanitizers.


Wash your produce
Whether you’re concerned about the coronavirus or not, you should always wash your produce. For hard-skinned produce, scrub skins or peels with a soft-bristled vegetable brush. For other types of produce, including leafy greens, soak in water for 10 to 15 minutes. Plain water is fine. You can also use a little dish soap. However, do not use bleach or chlorine on your fruits and veggies. Still concerned? Try fruits that can be peeled such as bananas, oranges and apples.

Wash nonporous containers
Use dish soap on metal cans, plastic containers and glass jars before putting them away. It’s also a good idea to wash you hands after opening containers and boxes.

Keep your kitchen area clean
Use disinfectants to clean your surfaces such as countertops, your refrigerator door handle, sink handle and cabinet knobs. This will not only kill viruses but also help you avoid food-borne illness from possible cross contamination.


Cook food properly
You can help ensure you’re cooking food at the correct heat, by using a food thermometer. Check the government’s safe cooking temperature chart.

“Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and other foods rich in antioxidants has consistently been shown to increase overall health, including our immune systems,” says William Isenberg, M.D., Sutter’s chief quality and safety officer. “Staying healthy increases the body’s ability to fight infections. “

By taking a few common-sense precautions, such as frequent hand-washing and washing produce, consumers can continue to reap the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Isenberg’s bottom line advice: “Use serious concern and precaution, but do not panic and give up healthy food that’s good for your mind and body.”

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Dramatically Different Healthcare: Sutter Health’s CEO Talks About What She Sees in the Future

Posted on Aug 27, 2019 in Expanding Access, Innovation, Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans

Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans sat down with The Advisory Board President Eric Larsen. The in-depth article digs into a number of subjects including the value of integrated health systems, the challenges of delivering the healthcare of today while planning for the healthcare of tomorrow, healthcare competition in Northern California and Krevans’ personal interests.

The article provides an exceptional look into the complexities of today’s healthcare marketplace, and how Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network delivers on its mission by providing safe, personal, affordable and accessible care to patients and communities.

 

Sutter Health and Anthem Blue Cross Reach Multiyear Agreement that Protects Patient Choice

Posted on Mar 20, 2019 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health and Anthem Blue Cross today announced that they have reached an agreement that continues to provide consumers access to the integrated Sutter Health network through Dec. 31, 2022.

This agreement applies to Anthem Blue Cross Medi-Cal, HMO and PPO products and provides continued in-network access to Sutter Health affiliated providers and facilities.

“Sutter Health is pleased that we have reached a multiyear agreement with Anthem Blue Cross that provides patients with access to Sutter Health’s high quality integrated network while keeping care affordable,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans.  “We value the relationship we have with our patients and the ability to continue to serve them.”

Impacted patients with questions can call the number on the back of their Anthem ID card or visit  www.sutterhealth.org/anthem.

Sutter Health’s integrated network includes 24 hospitals, five medical foundation and 36 outpatient surgery centers that provide care to more than 3 million patients.

 

The Spirit of Giving and Gifting

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Risks & Insurance Operations Team in Santa’s Workshop

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lots of people dread wrapping up holiday gifts, but that wasn’t the case in Sacramento this week.

Several employees from not-for-profit Sutter Health volunteered to wrap Christmas presents for children in need.

The sounds of scissors cutting and paper ripping filled an empty office building as it was transformed into Santa’s workshop on Wednesday.

The Sacramento Children’s Home is dedicated to caring for some of our community’s most vulnerable children and families.

This gift-wrapping event is part of the organization’s Holiday Giving Program.

Basketballs are the most requested item from the children

“We have more than 1,200 gifts to wrap,” said Nick Houser, director of communications at the Sacramento Children’s Home.

“This is just one small way we can give back to kids in our community,” said Mark Field, director of  Risk & Insurance Operations Team at Sutter Health.

Field worked with Team Giving to organize volunteers to play elf for the day.

The event even got the attention of  KXTL-Channel 40 in Sacramento.

“You get to wrap presents, and what’s not fun about that?” said Trudy Harris with Team Giving. “You can remember when you were a kid and got to open Christmas presents.”

More than 1,000 children will be surprised with the presents at a Santa’s breakfast event on Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

“We have a lot to be grateful for, and during this season of giving, teams within our organization are eager to help those in need and sprinkle some holiday joy,” says Field.

At this time of year, that gratitude and joy is wrapped in festive paper.