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Statement from Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital regarding Wildfires

Posted on Oct 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Update: 7 p.m., 10/10/2017

The firestorm which erupted early Monday morning has devastated our community, destroying hundreds of homes, including the homes of many of our employees and medical staff.  Many of our physicians and employees called with offers to assist, even as their own homes were threatened.  We are extremely grateful for the incredible acts of courage of our employees, clinicians and first responders in managing the crisis.

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital was forced to evacuate, safely transferring 77 patients to facilities throughout the Bay Area.  The hospital is currently closed and remains on emergency power.  We do not know exactly when all utilities will be restored, but we expect it will take several days.  Significant cleaning and restocking of supplies is currently underway.   We are working with the California Department of Public Health in anticipation of the re-opening of the hospital. At this time we expect the hospital will be closed until at least the middle of next week.

In coordination with physicians, elective procedures are being canceled.  All patients who are scheduled for a surgical procedure are being called directly and will be rescheduled.

Patients, their families, employees and community members with questions can call 1-866-961-2889. A list of updated clinic openings and closures is also available.

We are very appreciative of the support we have received from our medical staff, our employees, Sutter Health and from the other hospitals in the community.  We will continue to update you as events unfold.

The health and safety of our patients, communities, employees and physicians is our highest priority.

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Update: 5:45 p.m., 10/9/2017

Seventy Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital patients were safely transferred to several other area hospitals by 8:45 a.m. this morning.

The hospital has no known structural damage, but remains closed at this time. We have set up a hotline for additional concerns or questions: 1-866-961-2889. More information is available on sutterhealth.org. Sutter Health President and CEO also delivered a personal message to employees today.

The health and safety of our patients, communities and employees remains our top priority. We will share more information as it becomes available.

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Original: 11:15 a.m., 10/9/2017

All Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital patients are safe and have been transferred to other area hospitals. Due to road closures, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital is inaccessible at this time. The health and safety of our patients, communities and employees remains our top priority. We’re continuing to gather details and will share more information as it becomes available.

Statement by Sarah Krevans, president and CEO, on the Graham-Cassidy health care amendment

Posted on Sep 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sarah Krevans

Sarah Krevans

“The Graham-Cassidy amendment marks yet another attempt to take a significant step backward for health care in this country. By proposing to roll back the gains that have been made under the ACA, this amendment paints a bleak picture of more Americans without health insurance and fewer protections for vulnerable populations and those with preexisting conditions.

“I’m particularly concerned about what the Graham-Cassidy amendment would mean for the poor who receive their care through Medicaid. The proposed reductions would be devastating and put the health care coverage of millions of Californians at risk, including children, seniors and working families.

“In California, 5 million people have gained access to health insurance under the ACA. Estimates show that California would be the most negatively impacted state in the country, with a possible reduction in federal health care funding of $148 billion between 2020 and 2026 and $57.5 billion annually after 2027. Also in jeopardy is funding for 1.3 million Medi-Cal eligible children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Taking care away from those who need it most is not the answer. We should be working together on reforms and solutions that expand access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”

To view Krevans’ previous statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, please visit: http://news.sutterhealth.org/2017/06/27/statement-by-sarah-krevans-president-and-ceo-on-the-better-care-reconciliation-act/.

Sutter Health Joins Cutting-Edge Study for Early Breast Cancer Detection

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Research, Transformation

Under the guidance of Sutter Health Research, several Sutter Health sites across Northern California are participating in a study that is evaluating a new tool for detection of early stage breast cancer.

The multicenter study, called the STRIVE Study, will evaluate a new blood test to be complementary to mammography for early detection of breast cancer. The test is being developed by GRAIL, Inc., and the study is recruiting women at mammography centers across the Sutter Health system and Mayo Clinic.

“The STRIVE Study is unprecedented in its size and scope, and has the potential to improve how we screen for breast cancer in the future,” said Walter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, Sutter Health’s chief research officer. Read More

Sutter Health Donates $250,000 for Tropical Storm Harvey Relief Efforts

Posted on Aug 29, 2017 in Community Benefit

From left, Gary Strong, with American Red Cross, KCRA’s Galston Dart, and Dr. Hal Humphreys, Chief of Staff at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

Sutter Health today announced a $250,000 donation to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region to support disaster relief efforts across Texas.

The donation bolsters the American Red Cross’ ongoing efforts to provide food, shelter and other desperately needed supplies to those affected by the devastating hurricane.

“We want the people of Texas to know that they’re not alone, and we hope our donation will help bring safety, shelter, comfort and relief to those in need,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Now is the time for communities across the nation to come together and support the first responders and help those who have lost so much.”

Sutter Health has long partnered with the American Red Cross and other organizations to help people in need both close to home and around the world. Our contributions have helped support relief efforts during many natural disasters including the typhoon in the Philippines, the earthquake in Nepal, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina and the massive Northern California fires. Last year, Sutter Health invested $669 million in care and services for the poor and underserved.

For information on how you can help support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

Sutter Health and Quartet Collaborate to Advance Mental Healthcare in Northern California

Posted on Aug 22, 2017 in Expanding Access, Quality, Transformation, Wellness

Platform enables better teamwork between primary care doctors and mental health specialists to improve total patient health and well being

Sutter Health, a leading not-for-profit healthcare system in Northern California, and Quartet, a data-driven health technology company, today announced they will advance the connections between mental and physical healthcare in Sutter Health’s network. This collaboration is designed to improve overall patient health and well being for residents.

Nearly half of the U.S. adult population has a chronic physical disease, and two-thirds of those have an accompanying mental health condition. These patients account for 50 percent of overall healthcare spend. However, patients suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or arthritis can have a significantly higher quality of life and learn to better manage their physical symptoms by addressing their mental health needs. Only by treating physical and mental health together, can overall patient well being be improved. Collaborative care, and giving patients better access to mental health services, has been proven to be highly effective both in improving patient outcomes and driving down healthcare costs.

“At Sutter Health, we are taking strong steps to raise awareness and further educate ourselves and the communities we serve about the importance of mental healthcare. Our work ranges from partnering with organizations to broaden access to support services, address workplace mental health, and even expand the use of electronic video evaluations in our own emergency departments,” said John Boyd, Sutter Health CEO, Mental Health Services. “Strengthening our efforts to integrate mental healthcare throughout our system, specifically into our primary care network, and being a champion in community-based care is another critical part of the solution—one that will take innovative companies like Quartet.” Read More