Community Benefit

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.

Thinking of Vaping? Think Again! Surgeon Warns of Vaping Health Dangers

Posted on Sep 7, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Community Benefit, Quality, Scroll Images

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alta Bates Summit Medical Center director of Cardiovascular Services, Junaid Khan, M.D., is featured in Business Insider, ABC7 and  KTVU Fox 2 stories about the terrible health risks physicians are seeing in patients, especially young people and older people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, who vape. Alta Bates Summit is part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health integrated network of care.

Dr. Khan cites the alarming increase in the pace at which vaping-related illnesses and deaths are now being reported as he warns that vaping has become a public health crisis. He emphasizes that vaping can cause permanent, lifelong lung damage and that vaping is equally bad, if not worse, than smoking.

LGBT Center Announces Half-Million Dollar Investment from Sutter Health

Posted on Sep 6, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Courtesy of Sacramento LGBT Community Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento LGBT Community Center announced a $500,000 capacity building investment from Sutter Health as it opened its new location at 2012 K Street in Lavender Heights. The investment will support increased access for LGBTQ+ people to preventive 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. Funding will increase the organization’s physical space, staff and development capacity.

“We are extremely grateful for Sutter’s investment in our community’s future. Both the scale of this contribution and engagement by Sutter employees in our programs are an acknowledgement of how severe the need is in our community and demonstrate their commitment as a partner in our work to create a region where LGBTQ people can focus on all aspects of their health and well-being,” said David Heitstuman, executive director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

“As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health is proud to reinvest in the communities we serve,” said Keri Thomas, vice president of External Affairs for Sutter Health Valley Area. “Improving the health of our communities starts with innovative thinking, diverse voices and inclusive approaches. We’re glad to team up with others within the community to help the Center expand services, which can now reach even more LGBTQ+ youth and foster youth so they may feel supported, safe and empowered.”

The announcement came the same week that the Sacramento City Council approved a $750,000 grant to help the Center purchase a permanent home that will meet the LGBTQ community’s current and future needs. Its long-time headquarters on L Street and annex office at 25th and J had significant structural deficiencies and were drastically undersized to keep up with recent growth. Since 2016, the organization launched six new programs, including three housing programs, and added 24 staff positions.

Sutter Health’s transformational funding commitment, and grants from the Johnson Family Foundation and Golden 1 Credit Union announced earlier this year, has allow the Center to meet urgent space needs by relocating to a temporary site at 2012 K Street, while simultaneously executing its plan to purchase a permanent home for the Center. The 6,000-square foot temporary space 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.

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center works to create a region where LGBTQ people thrive. It supports the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocates for equality and justice, and works to create a culturally rich LGBTQ community.

We’ve Got Your Back(pack)

Posted on Aug 29, 2019 in Community Benefit, People, Scroll Images, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

The start of any school year isn’t complete without the confidence of knowing you’re prepared. And what better way to tackle the year ahead with a backpack full of the necessary supplies.

This summer Sutter employees, led by the External Affairs team, collaborated with Volunteers of America to support Operation Backpack, an initiative that provides backpacks and school supplies to low-income students. Sutter staff purchased school supplies – including new backpacks – and volunteered their time to fill more than  2,000 backpacks with the necessities that every school child needs to succeed.

“We know that having the right supplies to start the school year off right gives children confidence to succeed in school,” said Melanie Rivera, external affairs associate, Sutter Health Valley Area. “Together, we are helping children learn and thrive in school, stay in school and build a bright future.”

Sutter employees, staff and volunteers also gave early $3,000  in monetary donations to the organizations that distribute the backpacks to families across the communities we serve. Organizations like the Samaritan House which serves San Mateo County, Family Giving Tree which serves Alameda and Santa Clara counties, Elk Grove Unified and San Juan Unified in Sacramento County, Nexus Youth and Family Services which serves Amador County, and Saving Our Kids Resource Center which serves Placer County.

“The backpacks from Sutter’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center fulfill all the requests we have from families in San Mateo and Redwood City,” said  Jenny Saba, associate director of Volunteers and Engagement at Samaritan House. “Thank you so much!”

This is the eighth year that Sutter Health has participated in Operation Backpack, donating backpacks and supplies to kindergartners through 12th graders.