Community Benefit

Sutter Health Valley Area Renews Commitment to Placer County Homeless

Posted on Jan 8, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Whole Person Care program receives additional $1 million for housing

From a County of Placer Press Release

AUBURN, Calif. — The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a $1 million contribution from Sutter Health Valley Area today to benefit the county’s Whole Person Care program in 2019. This is the second such investment made by Sutter Health to purchase permanent housing units and rental subsidies for participants in the Whole Person Care program who are experiencing homelessness and often grappling with complex medical and social challenges.

“Sutter’s support has been crucial to our success in housing more than 85 people so far, and their continued collaboration will help Whole Person Care make an even deeper impact,” said Placer County Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham. “Placing homeless individuals can be challenging in our housing market, but we’ve been able to meet these challenges with creativity and collaborative relationships.”

Sutter Health has supported the Whole Person Care program since Placer County was selected by the California Department of Health Care Services in 2016 to participate in the pilot, which includes a match in federal dollars of up to $10 million over five years. The program is designed to bring multiple agencies together, including hospitals, federally qualified health centers, government and nonprofit service providers to coordinate and deliver services to meet the needs of high-risk, high-needs individuals, with a specific focus on persons who are experiencing homelessness.

“As a not-for-profit health system in Placer County, we are committed to improving access to care for the underserved, including not only our patients but all residents in the area,” said Brian Alexander, CEO of Sutter Roseville Medical Center. “Whole Person Care has facilitated unmatched partnership among government, hospitals and nonprofits in this region and we’ve been able to accomplish much more working together.”

Using Sutter Health’s initial $1 million contribution in 2016, Placer County was able to purchase two properties with a total of 14 bedrooms and provide permanent housing for 14 people at a time during the first year. This second investment will allow Placer County to obtain additional housing units to complement the mental health, substance abuse and supportive services provided through the Whole Person Care program.

To learn more about Whole Person Care, explore this in-depth podcast series following the journeys of members and their case workers – including clients who have moved into the properties purchased with Sutter grant funding.

The grant from Sutter Health is part of the health system’s Getting to Zero strategy, a regional effort to end chronic homelessness in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties by encouraging public and private sector collaboration on innovative housing projects. This year marks the final phase of the three-year campaign, during which Sutter Health has invested more than $5 million in four local jurisdictions to provide housing for over 1,000 individuals.

“We strive to improve lives beyond the walls of our hospitals and care centers by addressing the whole health of each individual,” said Mitch Hanna, CEO of Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “We know that access to housing is a necessary component to improve an individual’s overall health, and our partnership with Placer County will help meet the community’s pressing need for more housing.”

The Spirit of Giving and Gifting

Posted on Dec 20, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Risks & Insurance Operations Team in Santa’s Workshop

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lots of people dread wrapping up holiday gifts, but that wasn’t the case in Sacramento this week.

Several employees from not-for-profit Sutter Health volunteered to wrap Christmas presents for children in need.

The sounds of scissors cutting and paper ripping filled an empty office building as it was transformed into Santa’s workshop on Wednesday.

The Sacramento Children’s Home is dedicated to caring for some of our community’s most vulnerable children and families.

This gift-wrapping event is part of the organization’s Holiday Giving Program.

Basketballs are the most requested item from the children

“We have more than 1,200 gifts to wrap,” said Nick Houser, director of communications at the Sacramento Children’s Home.

“This is just one small way we can give back to kids in our community,” said Mark Field, director of  Risk & Insurance Operations Team at Sutter Health.

Field worked with Team Giving to organize volunteers to play elf for the day.

The event even got the attention of  KXTL-Channel 40 in Sacramento.

“You get to wrap presents, and what’s not fun about that?” said Trudy Harris with Team Giving. “You can remember when you were a kid and got to open Christmas presents.”

More than 1,000 children will be surprised with the presents at a Santa’s breakfast event on Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

“We have a lot to be grateful for, and during this season of giving, teams within our organization are eager to help those in need and sprinkle some holiday joy,” says Field.

At this time of year, that gratitude and joy is wrapped in festive paper.

 

 

Gift of Surgery Program Gives Patients Life-Changing Moments

Posted on Dec 12, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Blanca Calderon and Michael W. Leathers, M.D., consult before her carpal tunnel surgery at Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center on Nov. 2, 2018.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Blanca Calderon has always worked with her hands.

For the last several years, she’s used them at a Sacramento bakery, mixing and measuring ingredients, and kneading, cutting and shaping dough.

The repetitive work took its toll, causing numbness, tingling and swelling in her hands and wrists. It was incredibly painful—especially at night—and made it hard for her to work, do household chores, or even sleep.

Calderon’s children helped when they could—with errands, laundry and dishes—but she missed being able to do normal, everyday things. Most of all, she missed being able to carry her grandchildren.

Like many people who don’t have health insurance, Calderon could not afford medical treatment. She suffered through the pain for 15 years.

This fall, Sutter Health and the Sacramento Physicians’ Initiative to Reach out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) partnered to find Blanca a surgeon to alleviate her pain.

Orthopedic surgeon Michael Leathers, M.D.,  performed carpel tunnel surgery on both of Calderon’s hands at Sacramento’s Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center on Nov. 2. John McCall, M.D., a Central Anesthesia Service Exchange (CASE) Medical Group doctor, administered anesthesiology during the procedure.

“Surgery can be life changing,” Dr. Leathers says. “It’s incredibly meaningful to be able to help people who would might otherwise continue to live in pain.”

At her follow-up appointment, Calderon came into the office with a huge smile, minimal pain from the surgical sites, and normal feeling in her fingers.

About Sutter Health’s Gift of Surgery Program

Each year, Sutter Health works with community organizations like SPIRIT, as well as Operation Access in the Bay Area, to provide surgeries to patients without health insurance. The organizations identify patients based on their medical condition, health status and financial need, and work with the physicians and care teams at Sutter Health’s outpatient surgery centers to schedule procedures.

Teams from 18 Sutter ambulatory surgery centers volunteered their time and expertise to perform 60 life-changing procedures during the 2018 Gift of Surgery program. Surgeries included hernia repair, cataract repair and gallbladder removal; procedures were all completed in the outpatient setting and did not require overnight hospitalization.

As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in giving back. Sutter Health’s total community benefit investment was $612 million in 2017. These funds supported traditional charity care, unreimbursed Medi-Cal costs, health education and community clinics.

Two Hundred-Fifty Reasons to Be Thankful this Holiday Season

Posted on Dec 4, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Gifts purchased by Sutter Health employees for families in need are loaded into moving van as part of the annual Holiday Adopt-a-Family program

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Watercolor paints and paper. Snuggly jammies. Train sets. Modeling clay. Rain boots and jacket.

These items may be found on any child’s holiday wish list, but these gifts have extra special meaning. Presents like these, as well as a host of others, came from lists of more than 250 families throughout the greater Sacramento area and Central Valley who benefit from Sutter’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program.

Cindy Coffey, a 17-year employee who works as a part of the administrative team for the Sutter Health Valley Area, says her department has been participating in the event for years.

“I think giving back is just the epitome of Christmas and the giving spirit,” Coffey said. “In light of the recent fires and the devastation those communities have suffered and endured, I think this year the opportunity to give means so much more than it ever has. It’s special to have the opportunity to give to those who expect so little, yet need it the most.” Read More

Caring Hearts Have No Boundaries: Sutter Health Teams Across Northern California Support Camp Fire Victims

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Gurmail Brar, M.D., Tawnya Hoffman, P.A., Bill Hoffman M.D., and Jessica Williams M.A., have donated time at the evacuation site at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—In its first week of existence, the Camp Fire in Butte County has already surpassed other California fires as the most destructive, deadly fire in California history.

“We in Northern California seem to be constantly confronted with natural disasters — wildfires, floods, and more— that test our mettle and ability to bounce back,” said John Rose, M.D., president and CEO of Sutter North Medical Group. “But there is something that is even more constant than the occurrence of a natural disaster. Time and again, we can count on our Sutter Health teams to provide compassion, kindness and assistance to those affected.”

Within days, Sutter Health announced a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund. And in parts of the organization across Northern California, Sutter team members are stepping in to help in other ways. Read More

Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Help Camp Fire Relief Efforts

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

KCRA 3’s Lisa Gonzales, Sutter Health’s Sue Haddad and John Rose, M.D., and Red Cross Gold Country Region’s Gary Strong at KCRA 3’s /American Red Cross’ telethon raising money to support victims of the Camp Fire.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health made a $50,000 donation today to help those impacted by the Camp Fire, which continues to rage in Butte County.

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 the devastation left in the fire’s wake.

“Our Butte County neighbors have suffered such tremendous losses from this devastating fire. We are so grateful for the heroism of the first responders, as well as those from Adventist Health’s Feather River Hospital who safely evacuated patients,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Through an outpouring of community support, we can help provide shelter and supplies to those most in need.” Read More