Community Benefit

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Supports Oakland’s Unsheltered Residents

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 in Community Benefit, People

Dr. Jerry Kozai, Alta Bates Summit CEO, pledges his support to an Oakland initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters.

People that live and work in Oakland know that the number of homeless encampments in the city has been on the rise for several years. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of unsheltered residents in Oakland has increased by 26 percent.

To help work on this crisis, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has partnered with the City of Oakland to support the city’s initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters. Over the last 10 months, the city has opened three Tuff Shed Shelter Community Cabin sites that provide shelter to Oakland’s long-term homeless population with social services connecting clients to health services, public benefits and other resources.

“Alta Bates Summit is committed to improving the health and wellness of our community and we are honored to be part of this collaborative partnership with the City of Oakland to help tackle the homeless crisis,” said Dr. Gerald Kozai, CEO, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “Homelessness is a public health issue and these shelter sites are providing a safe and healthier alternative than living on the streets.” Read More

Sutter Health Donates $100,000 to Help Fire Relief Efforts in California

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in Community Benefit

Funds help support those affected by devastating Carr and Mendocino Complex fires

Sutter Health Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Sprague presents a check to the American Red Cross during a telethon hosted by NBC affiliate KCRA 3 in Sacramento. KCRA 3’s Brian Heap interviews Sprague about Sutter’s commitment to the community.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.,—Sutter Health made a $100,000 donation today to support fire relief efforts across California, including several Northern California communities.

Sutter Health’s donation will go to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund. The fund will help bring food, water and emergency shelter to the families affected by this summer’s wildfires, including the massive Carr Fire still raging in Shasta and Trinity counties, and the River and Ranch Fires—also known as the Mendocino Complex Fire—still burning in Lake and Mendocino counties.

“We’re deeply saddened by the mass destruction these fires have caused in our communities,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our hearts are with our patients, co-workers and all those facing loss and uncertainty in the wake of these wildfires. Our donation will help bring relief to those most in need, and we offer our sincere appreciation to all the firefighters and volunteers.” Read More

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Neurologist Receives Public Service Award from KPIX-5 TV

Posted on Jul 9, 2018 in Community Benefit, We're Awesome

Dr. Joanna Cooper, a Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) neurologist has received the Jefferson Award from KPIX-5 San Francisco for her work co-founding Maya’s Music Therapy, a music therapy nonprofit that improves the quality of life developmentally disabled participants.

Watch to learn more about this inspirational program on @CBSSanFrancisco.

Maya’s Music Therapy Fund honors Dr. Cooper’s severely disabled daughter, Maya who died at age 14 from a rare neurologic disorder.

“She was nonverbal, but she could really come alive with music,” Dr. Cooper recalled.

When Dr. Cooper and Maya’s father founded the nonprofit in 1989, they started with a handful of children. Today, the nonprofit is 29 years old and serves more than a hundred children and adults. Read More

Memorial Hospital Los Banos Partners with Local Church to Provide Showers for Homeless

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 in Community Benefit

Memorial Hospital Los Banos contributed funds to allow Bethel Community Church to purchase a mobile, 2-unit shower station for the homeless community in Los Banos.

LOS BANOS – Memorial Hospital Los Banos partnered with Bethel Community Church to provide a mobile 2-station shower unit that will be parked at the church. MHLB donated more than $26,000 enabling the church to purchase the unit.

The shower was unveiled on Friday during the church’s annual Homeless Connect event, a free one-day event for people who are currently experiencing homelessness. The event brought together public agencies, faith-based and nonprofit organizations, private businesses and community members to talk with individuals about services and resources available to them. Memorial Hospital Los Banos provided health screenings to attendees. Read More