Community Benefit

Federal Grant to Expand Physician Residency Program to Rural County

Posted on Jul 23, 2019 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation

HRSA Rural Residency Program Addresses Growing Shortage of Family Medicine Physicians in Gold Country Communities

Sutter Amador Hospital

JACKSON, Calif.Sutter Health was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand its Sacramento-based physician residency program to Amador County as part of the federal agency’s efforts to provide better access to quality medical care in rural areas.

The HRSA Rural Residency Planning and Development grant will help not-for-profit Sutter Health expand its successful Family Medicine Residency Program located in Sacramento and Davis to the Sutter Amador Hospital campus.

“The health challenges in rural America are clear: Rural communities face a greater risk of poor health outcomes than their urban counterparts,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “Programs like the Rural Residency Planning and Development grants take aim at one of the most persistent disparities: access to high-quality healthcare providers. HRSA is committed to increasing the number of providers serving rural communities and improving health in rural America.”

This grant is part of a larger $20 million multi-year initiative by HRSA to expand the physician workforce in rural areas by developing new, sustainable residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine and psychiatry.

The goal of the Sutter Health project is to develop a sustainable, accredited rural training track in the Mother Lode and to ultimately expand the area’s rural primary care workforce. In Amador County, there is an evident high need for primary-care physicians (PCPs)in the area as the ratio of the population to one PCP is 1,760-to-1; the ratio throughout the state of California is 1,280 residents to one PCP, according to the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps website.

“Because of the strength of its integrated network, Sutter has created multiple residency and fellowship programs in primary care and specialty areas over the last two decades,” said Ash Gokli, M.D., chief medical officer for the Sutter Health Valley Area. “By expanding our residency program into Amador County, we can help address the shortage of family medicine providers that is being felt disproportionately in rural areas. We are working to strengthen the physician pipeline throughout our integrated network so our patients receive the same high-quality care no matter what community they live in.”

The Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program is based at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. It is a community-based program where residents in family medicine complete core inpatient training in Sacramento during the first year, with their next two years in Sacramento or Davis. Currently there are 21 residents in the program, and the Amador County program will expand the program to 27 residents. Since its inception in 1995, the Sutter Family Medicine Residency Program has graduated 139 physicians, all of whom passed their Board Certification assessments on the first effort. For more on the program, go to www.suttermd.com/education/residency/family-medicine.

HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA programs help those in need of high quality primary health care, people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, and mothers. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery. For more on HRSA, go to www.hrsa.gov.

Los Rios, Partners Announce Comprehensive Plan to Address College Affordability

Posted on Jul 11, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Investments from Sutter Health, SAFE Credit Union, Wells Fargo and VSP Global mark largest combined corporate contribution in college affordability in Los Rios history

Press release courtesy of Los Rios Community College District

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–The Los Rios Community College District today announced the largest set of investments to address college affordability in Los Rios history. In total, Sutter Health, SAFE Credit Union, Wells Fargo and VSP Global will contribute $752,500 resulting in 1,234 Promise Scholarships that will remove financial obstacles to education for low-income students, like textbooks and living expenses, that are not typically covered by existing aid programs. These funds

Numerous community partners, including Sutter Health, are making investments into the Promise Scholarship program benefiting community college students.

build on the state’s newly announced two-year California College Promise Program, which guarantees free tuition for all first-time, full-time California community college students. These investments and state funds, along with partnerships with the City of Rancho Cordova and the City of West Sacramento and their respective Promise programs for the residents of those cities, will help Los Rios students reduce the financial barriers to academic success.

“Los Rios is committed to solving the financial challenges that our students face,” said Brian King, chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District. “We are proud to partner with the committed leadership at Sutter Health, SAFE Credit Union, Wells Fargo and VSP Global to address college affordability by building on the state’s investment in our students and providing the support our students need to achieve their academic goals.”

The combined total marks the largest contribution to address college affordability in Los Rios’ 50-plus year history.

Sutter Health is providing the largest investment toward the Promise effort, committing $512,500 over five years. In a single year, this funding will support 180 students with $500 Promise Scholarships—helping reduce financial barriers and to support students’ post-secondary and workforce success. Additionally, a portion of the investment will be added to the Los Rios Promise Endowment, ensuring that students benefit from Sutter’s generosity for generations to come. They will also be using some of their contribution to create an endowment for the Los Rios Colleges Foundation Student Emergency Fund, which will build a sustainable source of funding to provide emergency grants to Los Rios students in their time of greatest need.

“As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health reinvests in the communities we serve. We appreciate the opportunity to form strong partnerships that support impactful programs, which help meet our communities’ most pressing needs,” said Keri Thomas, vice president of External Affairs, Sutter Health Valley Area. “Education is one of the foundational pillars to the health of any community. We hope that these Promise scholarships provide the reassurance and spark the inspiration students need to continue pursuing their dreams and reaching for their goals. Students of today will help shape our communities of tomorrow.”

Wells Fargo was the first corporate partner to support this effort, giving $90,000 total over the past two years. Their gifts will fund 80 of the 120 inaugural Promise scholarships this fall, at $500 per student, and another 90 scholarships next year. Their gift will also support an additional $10,000 for the Los Rios Colleges Foundation Student Emergency Fund.

SAFE Credit Union’s gift of $120,000 will be shared between the Los Rios Promise Scholarship, providing 120 student scholarships, as well as supporting students who serve as program assistants at the STEM Center at American River College’s innovative new STEM building under construction. SAFE’s first pledge payment created the Los Rios Promise Endowment, and 10% of all future Promise Scholarship gifts will be invested into the endowment so that funding can support Los Rios students in perpetuity.

VSP Global’s recent gift of $30,000 to the Promise Scholarship will help support 54 students with $500
scholarships and $3,000 contributed to the Los Rios Promise Endowment. Several years ago, VSP Global
designed ‘Professional Pathways – with VSP Global,’ a school-to-work/college program in partnership with Los Rios, Cordova High School, Folsom Lake College and the City of Rancho Cordova. The program helps local underserved students successfully transition to a path aligned with their career aspirations following high school.

The cities of Rancho Cordova and West Sacramento have been leaders in this effort, having dedicated local voter-supported tax measures to help residents of their cities with the cost of attending college. In Rancho Cordova, those funds have supported student tuition fees, book vouchers and other mandatory fees. In West Sacramento, the funds have covered tuition and other student fees as part of the city’s West Sacramento Home Run program.

Along with the generous support of corporate partners, the Los Rios Promise effort is supported by a number of individual donors, who are making it possible for the Los Rios Colleges Foundation to award 40 Promise Scholarships in 2019-2020.

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

From Sidewalk to Services: Working Together to Shelter Homeless People in Oakland

Posted on Jul 3, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Sutter Supports ‘Community Cabins’ to Offer Safer and Healthier Respite from the Streets

 

OAKLAND, Calif. –Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center representatives today joined with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Emeryville Mayor Ally Medina, state and local government officials, and other community partners including Home Depot, Target and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, to announce the opening of the city of Oakland’s fifth Community Cabin site. The new site, which will house 76 unsheltered people, is located on Caltrans property near the West Oakland/Emeryville border on Mandela Parkway.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announces the Mandela Parkway Community Cabin site opening

Sutter and Alta Bates Summit are committed to improving the health and wellness of the community by investing in innovative solutions and collaborative partnerships. Together, they have contributed nearly a half million dollars in community health grants to support the city of Oakland’s initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters. The Mandela Parkway Community Cabin site is the fifth such site in Oakland to which Sutter and Alta Bates Summit have provided monetary support over the past couple of years.

According to Mayor Schaaf, there are roughly 3,000 unsheltered people living on the streets of Oakland—the majority of whom are long-term Oakland residents.

Community Cabin sites are an emergency intervention designed to serve as a temporary bridge from the sidewalk to services, from the street to housing. At the Community Cabin sites, people in need are connected to health services including healthcare, mental health and addiction recovery services, wrap-around social services, public benefits and other resources to help them end their unsheltered status. The Community Cabin sites are designed to increase people’s health, stability, dignity and safety while service providers work intensively to help end their unsheltered status.

One of the new Community Cabins at a new site to temporarily house unsheltered people in Oakland

“What is unique about this model is that we’re offering people privacy and security,” Mayor Schaaf said. “They know their possessions are securely stored and they have onsite navigators to help them toward full employment as well as permanent housing.

As of the end of June 2019, the four exiting Community Cabins sites have served 350 individuals and are currently serving 104 people. Sixty-seven percent of all exits from the Community Cabins to date have been positive (167 of 250 exits), meaning program participants end their unsheltered status by moving into permanent housing, shelter placement, or reunification with friends and family.

 

 

 

‘People Back Home Really Care’

Posted on Jun 7, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

KCRA Interviews Chris Faeh, Sutter Health Technical Services operations director and U.S. Air Force veteran, during the Operation Care Package drop-off at the Roseville Automall.

Sutter Teammates Join the Ranks of those who Support Active Military and Veterans through Operation Care Package

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Getting up early this morning—3:15 a.m., to be exact—is hardly a sacrifice when it comes with an opportunity to give back.

When Chris Faeh was serving in the Air Force, there weren’t any “typical” days, but many of them started in the wee hours where he was fixing or testing equipment or joining a convoy vehicles and beginning a mission. Today, he joined his Sutter colleagues to drop off donated supplies to military members at home and abroad as part of Operation Care Package. From beef jerky and powdered drink packets, to bar soap and shampoo, Sutter team members from across the Valley filled bins and boxes to the brim.

As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel, their families and veterans, not-for-profit Sutter Health teamed up with the Red Cross Gold Country Region for a sixth year to deliver the supplies to the official Operation Care Package donation site, the Roseville Automall.

“As a veteran of the Air Force, I can tell you that ‘mail day’ is a day we look forward to the most. When we’d get boxes of supplies, it lifted our spirits. It showed us that people back home really care,” said Faeh, who currently serves as an operations director for Sutter Health’s Technical Services Department. “I’m so proud to work for an organization that values our military men and women overseas.”

The Sutter Health Operation Care Package morning delivery crew takes a well-earned break after offloading supplies from their trucks. L to R, Ed Brooks, Doug Angrove, Chris Faeh, Leah Soos and Ed Fabi.

Sutter’s Ongoing Commitment to Veterans

Sutter Health greatly values the contributions military veterans provide—to the United States as well as to its network. Sutter created a Military and Veterans Inclusion Resource Group to support members of the military, veterans and their friends and family. Sutter Health collaborates with the Employment Development Department to promote jobs for military members seeking employment. Additionally, the healthcare organization’s military recruitment efforts include participation in military career fairs and posting to online military job boards. Sutter Health also teamed up with Veteran Jobs Mission, a national organization committed to employing and mentoring veterans.

Sutter Health employs approximately 1,400 veterans and reservists.

 

Davis Community Meals and Housing Announces Funding and Support for Paul’s Place, a First-of-its-Kind Vertical Tiny Home Village to Serve Unsheltered in our Community

Posted on Jun 5, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Sutter Health Valley Area Board Member Helen Thomson, Sutter Health COO James Conforti, Sutter Health Valley Area Vice President of External Affairs Keri Thomas and Sutter Davis Hospital CEO Rachael McKinney celebrate another milestone achieved for Paul’s Place by the Davis community.

Innovative Multi-Use Building Designed by Local Architect and Supported by Davis Opportunity Village

Local Business and Community Leaders Raise Nearly $2 Million to Meet $2.5 Million Matching Investment from Sutter Health

Courtesy of Davis Community Meals and Housing

DAVIS, Calif.–In a celebration acknowledging years of planning, design, review and outreach, the nonprofit Davis Community Meals and Housing (DCMH) today announced the greater Davis community has raised more than $4 million of the estimated $5 million cost to replace its dilapidated building at 1111 H Street with Paul’s Place, a new innovative, multi-functional facility, designed by a local architect. Paul’s Place will provide day services, critical health and human resources, emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing to people living homeless in Davis.

DCMH, in partnership with the nonprofit Davis Opportunity Village (DOVe) and local business leaders and campaign co-chairs Reed and Susan Youmans, sought contributions from members of the community, securing a $750,000 grant from Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC), to leverage a matching investment from Sutter Health of up to $2.5 million.

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of work by so many in our community who want to improve both the lives of those that need it most and the quality of life for all,” said Bill Pride, executive director of Davis Community Meals and Housing. “Our project is a creative community-based solution to a national problem – a solution that can be replicated by others as we in Davis show this approach can work.”

Like many regions statewide, the City of Davis is faced with a challenge in how to address issues related to homelessness. According to a 2017 point-in-time count for Yolo County, there were 146 homeless individuals living in Davis. The 2019 count conducted on a single day in January, however, found 190 people living homeless in Davis, a more than 20 percent increase in two years. Considering the number of people experiencing homelessness in the course of an entire year, it is no wonder that DCMH serves 900 people annually at its current H Street Resource Center, affirming the need for a new collaborative, multi-functional facility.

“Partnership HealthPlan of California is excited to support Davis Community Meals and Housing to expand its services for Davis’ vulnerable population,” said Liz Gibboney, CEO of Partnership HealthPlan of California. “Projects like these can be transformative to a community – and that’s what it is ultimately going to take to address homelessness – community.”

Inspired by a matching grant opportunity from Sutter Health to “think big” about innovative approaches to addressing homelessness, Davis city staff brought together a wide coalition of community members including the faith community, housing advocates, law enforcement, local business and homeless service providers to collaborate on a project that could gain the community and financial support needed to secure a Sutter Health funding match. After months of meetings, several efforts were folded into what ultimately became Paul’s Place, a first-of-its kind vertical housing village that will provide services to hundreds.

“Sutter Health’s support for Paul’s Place is particularly meaningful to me, both because of what it says about our organization and because I am in this community every day and see what happens when private, public and philanthropic partners come together. Sutter Health is thrilled that the match offered through our Getting to Zero campaign encouraged such meaningful collaboration. It is what we had hoped for when we announced the Getting to Zero campaign three years ago,” said Rachael McKinney, CEO at Sutter Davis Hospital. “This investment shows what’s possible in a true culture of caring when the continuum of care extends beyond the care patients receive inside our hospital doors and truly helps improve lives throughout the region.”

The new multi-functional structure was designed by award-winning local architect Maria Ogrydziak to have:

  • Beautiful outdoor space to enrich the neighborhood.
  • A first floor Resource Center with enhanced program space to connect participants with public benefits, housing and employment opportunities, and health and human services — as well as basic needs for food, clothing, showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. It also will feature, four new emergency shelter beds for law enforcement and other service providers to help people in crisis get off of the streets.
  • The second floor features transitional housing that will provide 10 single residence bedrooms, a communal kitchen, family room, bathrooms and laundry.
  • The third and fourth floors will have a total of 18 300-square-foot private micro-unit apartments of permanent supportive housing, two of which will be accessible for those with physical disabilities, and where all residents will have access to wraparound services to help ensure stability and independence.

“We would not have challenged ourselves to dream this big if not for the matching grant from Sutter Health,” said former Davis Mayor and Paul’s Place Committee Co-Chair Robb Davis. “Paul’s Place is an innovative vertical tiny home village that will provide not only shelter but customized wraparound supportive services to meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness – whether for mental health support, addiction recovery, the medically fragile, and/or other social service needs.”

Former long-time Davis Joint Unified School District Trustee and UC Davis Law Professor Emeritus, Marty West, rounds out the leadership team as co-chair with Robb Davis of the committee charged with raising the needed funds during this early stage of the campaign.

Securing the $5 million in construction funding is the first and most crucial phase of the effort to address homelessness in Davis through Paul’s Place. The community team supporting Paul’s Place is continuing to raise the final funds needed to build the project, fund the relocation of crucial programs during construction, to create a fund and endowment to maintain the building once constructed, and provide ongoing operational support for long-term sustainability.

“This is a defining moment in Davis and our mutual efforts to enhance the quality of life for all of our neighbors,” said Campaign Chair Reed Youmans. “As a business owner and long-time resident, I believe Paul’s Place is the right project at the right time. Together, we can help change the lives of those experiencing homelessness, help more people transition to stability, and improve the community for all.”

Plans for Paul’s Place must be reviewed and voted on by the Davis Planning Commission and the Davis City Council. DCMH hopes to gain the needed approvals by fall 2019.