Community Benefit

A Salute to Service

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

Phoebe Jeter

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— On the night of Jan. 21, 1991, in the thick of the Gulf War with Iraq, U.S. Army Lt. Phoebe Jeter gave the order to fire Patriot missiles at an incoming SCUD missile attack. At her command, her all-male team destroyed two SCUDs that night. She was the only woman to shoot down a SCUD missile during Operation Desert Storm.

“We could have died,” she said. “God had his hand over us that night.”

Retiring from the military in 2009 as a major, Jeter holds those memories and experiences close. After some time of reflection, she felt compelled to serve in other way: ministry work.

Now a reverend, Jeter serves as staff chaplain at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center Van Ness Campus in San Francisco, supporting patients in the intensive care unit and on the oncology floor. She came to that role in January, after several years as a chaplaincy intern, resident and palliative care fellow at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.

“I love the patients,” she said. “That’s the most important thing to me. And the people I work with have been just wonderful.”

Every day, Jeter uses the skills she learned in her long military career.

“At Sutter, we’re a team. I learned in the military the importance of the team, and I learned that what you do affects your teammates. What I do now affects Team Sutter. That’s what’s important to me.”

Sutter’s Ongoing Commitment to Veterans
Sutter Health has about 1,400 employees throughout its integrated healthcare system who are veterans or reservists. They enhance the organization with the experience and skills they gained during their military service, and help support exceptional health care to patients and families.

“As we pay tribute to the selflessness and strength of the millions of military men and women who have served our nation, we also honor those veterans and reservists working within our network,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Every day, they continue to demonstrate their sense of mission and purpose in their work roles. It is our privilege to work alongside them.”

Recognizing the value military service men and women continue to bring, Sutter Health works with the Employment Development Department to promote jobs for military members seeking employment. Sutter also participates in military career fairs and posts to online military job boards. Additionally, Sutter Health teams up with DirectEmployers, a national non-profit organization that helps connect veterans and others with career opportunities.

Donations to Military Support Efforts
Sutter Health’s appreciation for military veterans goes beyond those who work within the not-for-profit network. Sutter Health also donated a total of $50,000 to Fisher House Foundation and the American Red Cross’ Reconnection Workshops—two military-support efforts dedicated to improving the lives of veterans and their families in Northern California.

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital they serve. Sutter Health’s $25,000 donation will help four families stay for free for one full year at one of the Fisher House facilities. This donation will also support the purchase of vital supplies such as food and personal care items for families staying at the Travis Air Force Base Fisher House.

The Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces Program helps ease the transition that many service members and veterans have experienced through Reconnection Workshops. These workshops, which are free and confidential, help veterans address the challenges of readjusting into life with their families, their jobs and their communities. Sessions and materials focus on learning useful skills, developing effective coping mechanisms, and locating additional resources. The Red Cross Gold Country Region will distribute the $25,000 donation to chapters across Northern California to support veterans and their families who attend these workshops. In 2018, Sutter Health’s contribution helped multiply their service delivery from 373 to 940 people in the Gold Country, Central California and the Northern California coastal regions.

Sutter Health Park Launches Health Events with ‘Light the Night’

Posted on Nov 4, 2019 in Affiliates, Community Benefit, People, Scroll Images, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – At the newly renamed Sutter Health Park, Sutter employees, clinicians and community members gathered to support a cause close to the heart of many: leukemia and lymphoma.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Greater Sacramento Area Chapter’s “Light the Night” event was the first Sutter-sponsored community event at Sutter Health Park, home of the Sacramento River Cats. As the presenting sponsor of “Light the Night,” Sutter Health was represented by members of its executive leadership team, cancer specialists and hundreds of employees, who were there to celebrate the occasion and help shine light on the fight against life-threatening blood diseases.

“We had an incredible turnout, not just from Sutter employees and their families, but the entire community,” said Michael Carroll, M.D., medical director of the Blood & Marrow Transplant Program at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “This Light the Night event helped to bring further awareness to the hundreds of thousands of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders. More importantly, the event raised funds to support patients and their families as well as laboratory and clinical research. Together, we can help find a cure for these diseases.”

When Sutter Health announced the naming rights to the home of Triple-A Baseball’s Sacramento River Cats, it announced a partnership with the River Cats and the greater community to bring more health-related awareness and services to the area. With this premier event, Sutter Health Park is now serving as a community gathering space that actively promotes health and wellness throughout the year. Other plans include health and wellness programming and local events from walks and runs, to health screenings, flu immunization clinics and more. During the season, attendees will see even more cause-related nights and nonprofit community partners featured and supported in their mission and activities.

“Thank you to everyone who joined in and supported Sacramento’s Light the Night,” said President and CEO of Sutter Health Sarah Krevans. “Sutter Health was proud to sponsor this very special event and walk alongside thousands of families, friends, colleagues, patients, caregivers and community members to support and remember all those touched by leukemia and lymphoma. The light, warmth and support everyone generated at the event together delivers hope, and the thoughtful donations of so many people will help advance life-saving research to benefit cancer patients and their families.”

For more information on the Sutter Health-River Cats collaboration, go to this story in the Newsroom.

Show executive leadership at event
Sutter Health Senior Vice President Jill Ragsdale and CEO Sarah Krevans helped to ”Light the Night” at the newly renamed Sutter Health Park Saturday evening.

Tours of New LGBT Center Showcase Increased Access to Health Services

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

David Heitstuman, executive director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, make remarks at the open house.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and other local officials kicked off a public showcase Saturday of Sacramento LGBT Community Center’s new home, which received a $500,000 investment from Sutter Health to support increased access for LGBTQ+ people to health and other services.

The Sutter Health investment increases the organization’s physical space, staff and development capacity in order to provide more access to preventative sexual health and mental health support, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth support services, youth development activities, and cultural competency education over the next three years.

“The noble mission of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center – and the work they do every day to bring it to life – is so vital. We are so very proud to help contribute to their efforts to build a community that is inclusive, supportive, safe and empowered,” said Sutter Health Government Affairs Director Joe Gregorich.

The public was invited Saturday to tour the new center at 2012 K St. in the city neighborhood known as Lavender Heights. The LGBT Community Center recently relocated to this new home from a smaller space in midtown Sacramento. While larger with better facilities, this new Center will be temporary; the Sacramento City Council last month approved a $750,000 grant to help the center purchase a permanent home that will meet the LGBTQ+ community’s current and future needs.

Sutter Health’s transformational funding commitment and other grants allowed the Center to meet urgent space needs by relocating to the current temporary site while simultaneously executing its plan to purchase a permanent home for the Center. The 6,000-square-foot temporary space that the public toured on Saturday will accommodate all current programs and provide a slightly larger Q-Spot youth center. It also offers more confidential and community meeting space, improved connectivity across the Center’s continuum of health services, full accessibility via an elevator and three gender neutral restrooms, and more adequate workspace for staff, which will deliver greater opportunities for collaboration and better client outcomes.

This expanded capacity is especially important for hundreds of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness who will have access to food, clothing, survival supplies, showers, transportation, life skills development, mental health respite, crisis intervention, counseling, case management, emergency shelter and transitional housing on a pathway to self-reliance. Additional square-footage creates opportunity for more on-site mental health services, community education workshops, social justice advocacy, and community and cultural enrichment activities for thousands of LGBTQ+ community members who visit the Center each year.

“More than 40 years after the organization’s founding, we are elated to have the confidence and support of Sutter Health and the City as catalysts in our campaign to establish a permanent home for the LGBTQ community in Lavender Heights,” said Center Board President Carlos Marquez.

Sutter Funds Study of SacRT’s Free Ride Program for Youth

Posted on Oct 1, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images, Transformation, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) announced at in front of CK McClatchy High School that the public transit agency is waiving fares for youth in the SacRT service area beginning today. The program aims to decrease truancy and eliminate obstacles for young people to get to school, after-school activities, sports, clubs and jobs.

A research brief released in November 2018 that recounts the findings of a travel survey administered to students in three Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) schools found that about 1 in 4 students report missing at least one day of school in the six weeks prior to the survey because of transportation barriers.

“What we’re doing here is filling an important gap,” said Henry Li, SacRT General Manager/CEO. “We’re offering universal access all day, every day during regular service hours for all Sacramento area youth that live in or attend school in our service area. It is another way SacRT works to deliver clean, safe, and accessible transportation to all Sacramento residents.”

A grant from Sutter Health will fund a yearlong study to be conducted by an external evaluator, who will provide insight on the benefits of the fare-free transit initiative for youth.

“We know by conducting Community Health Needs Assessments that lack of access to basic services is among the top health indicators affecting disadvantaged communities,” said Keri Thomas, Vice President of External Affairs for Sutter Health. “Unfortunately for many that includes barriers getting to school and other life enriching activities for young people. This program can make a huge difference in changing that trajectory.”

Affordable student transit programs have been rolled out in numerous cities across the state and nation, including Tempe, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Portland and Stockton. If other communities are any indication, SacRT anticipates promising results with potential of providing nearly 1,000,000 new trips to area youth during the year.

“We’re providing an equitable investment in receiving an education,” said Jay Schenirer, District 5 City Councilmember and SacRT Board Director. “By eliminating transportation barriers, we’re increasing chances for more young people to succeed in school, career and life.”

RydeFreeRT waives youth fares on bus, light rail, and SmaRT Ride microtransit service across SacRT’s service area, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, and Rancho Cordova and parts of Sacramento County. Approximately 220,000 students in grades TK through 12, home-schooled students, and foster and homeless youth are all eligible.

“Free RT is a game changer for many hardworking Sacramento area students and families. The exciting new program will make transportation to and from school, work, and activities, much more reliable and accessible for thousands of students in the region,” said SCUSD Board of Education President Jessie Ryan. “Sacramento City Unified School District is proud to partner to launch a free ride program that will help reduce absenteeism and improve student success in our high poverty district.”

Students enrolled in schools in SacRT’s service area have already been issued their 2019-2020 student ID card, which displays a special sticker for free SacRT ridership. Youth not enrolled in school can receive a RydeFreeRT card at a Sacramento library or at SacRT’s Customer Service and Sales Center located at 1225 R Street (adjacent to the 13th Street Station).

Partners and participating school districts include Sacramento Public Library, Center Unified School District, Elk Grove Unified School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Natomas Unified School District, Robla School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento County Office of Education, San Juan Unified School District, Twin Rivers Unified School District, City of Citrus Heights, City of Folsom, and City of Rancho Cordova.

RydeFreeRT is set to run for one year with an extension planned depending on program success and is financially supported by the City of Sacramento, other cities and school districts within SacRT’s service boundaries, and a funding grant from Sutter Health for a ridership study. Parents and students interested in more information about SacRT’s fare-free youth program can visit www.RYDEFreeRT.com.

Physical Therapy Takes a Giant Step Forward

Posted on Sep 25, 2019 in Community Benefit, Eden Medical Center, Expanding Access, Innovation, Scroll Images

(CASTRO VALLEY, Calif) –The community came together at the recent Castro Valley Fall Festival to support advanced health care at Sutter’s Eden Medical Center, raising more than $10,000 –which will be matched by an additional $10,000 from the Rotary Club of Castro Valley —toward the purchase of an Ekso GT Robotics Exoskeleton therapy device. The wearable robotic technology helps survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again by providing comprehensive gait therapy beyond what a physical therapist can do with conventional tools.

 

“We are proud to support Eden Medical Center in their vision to bring this remarkable technology to our local community, and we can’t say enough about how proud we are in the community’s outpouring of support at the Fall Festival,” said Todd Anglin, president of the Castro Valley Rotary.

To complete the funding of the exoskeleton, Sutter Health will match more than $100,000 toward the $207,000 needed.

“We are so honored that the Rotary and so many community members came together at the Fall Festival to achieve this generous match,” said Stephen Gray, immediate past CEO of Eden. “Donor gifts will directly enhance the level of care we are able to bring to this community and we are grateful for this partnership with the Rotary.”

Eden Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit integrated network of healthcare, treats more than 700 stroke patients each year and serves as a referral center for advanced neurological conditions. The Ekso GT Robotics Exoskeleton provides advanced rehabilitation technology to achieve optimal outcomes for stroke patients.

Stroke is the number one cause of disability in the nation and regaining mobility is one of the biggest challenges during stroke rehabilitation. Over 60% of acute stroke survivors are unable to walk or experience difficulty with walking. Physical therapy guided by trained specialists can help patients to regain the strength, balance, and endurance they need to walk following a stroke.

Rehab centers at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Sutter Roseville Medical Center also have the exoskeleton therapy device.

To make a gift toward purchasing the exoskeleton for Eden Medical Center, click here.

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Breaks Ground on Major Expansion to Meet Growing Needs of the Community

Posted on Sep 20, 2019 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa

3-story expansion, plus a 10,000-square-foot renovation, will add 40 private room hospital beds, treatment areas in the emergency department and additional surgical suites

SANTA ROSA, Calif.Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital today broke ground on a major expansion and renovation to enhance access to acute hospital services and continue to meet the evolving needs of the growing community..

 

The $158 million investment, made possible through Sutter’s integrated network, will add more than 67,000 square feet of space to help support the health and healing of patients across multiple departments and services.

Listen to KCBS radio’s story about the groundbreaking.

“We have a long history of providing quality, innovative care to our community,” said Michael Purvis, CEO of Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. “This expansion project will enhance our ability to provide coordinated healthcare and help us meet the growing needs of Sonoma County patients for years to come.”

Expansion and Renovation Plans
Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital opened in 2014 and is now starting its second phase of construction. The building expansion is expected to be complete and open for patient care in 2022, with both growth and renovation plans focused on enhancing access to heavily used services, including:

  • A new three-story wing to the east side of the existing hospital will include the addition of 40 licensed private-room beds, two operating rooms, an endoscopy unit, 20 intensive care unit beds and 11 post-anesthesia care unit bays.
  • The project also includes renovation of 10,713 square feet in the existing hospital to add nine emergency department exam rooms, expanded dietary service, expanded lab/blood bank, as well as renovation of a central processing unit to support the expanded facility.
  • The expansion builds on Sutter’s commitment to the environment and energy independence – the new building will also leverage the hospital’s recently installed solar panels and will be LEED Gold Certified.

Click here for more information on the expansion and renovation plans for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital.

Ground is officially broken for the Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Expansion project.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Marked by Local Elected Officials
Joining CEO Michael Purvis at the groundbreaking event to celebrate the hospital expansion were Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore; Windsor Town Council Mayor Dominic Foppoli; Steve Plamann, president of the Mark West Area Chamber of Commerce; Lorene Romero, president & CEO of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce; and Peter Rumble, CEO of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“Sutter Health’s commitment to Sonoma County and our values is evident in every aspect of this expansion. This isn’t just about creating greater access to high-quality care for our residents – it’s about being environmentally conscious, forward-looking and community-focused,” said Gore.

About Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital

Sutter also cares for the larger community in ways that stretch beyond the walls of the hospital. In the past three years, Sutter Health has annually provided over $26.6 million in charity, uncompensated care, and other community benefits to indigent, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Sonoma County. Sutter partners to provide financial support to serve 12 local community organizations, including Social Advocates for Youth and the Center of Well-Being, organizations providing homeless support services, counseling and career services to youth, and educational health and wellness programs to families in our community.

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, part of the not-for-profit, integrated Sutter Health network, has a long, proud history of providing high quality care in Sonoma County and beyond. Because of an unwavering focus on health and healing the hospital is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the region.