Community Benefit

Sutter Health Employees Donate Backpacks To Students in Need

Posted on Aug 16, 2018 in Community Benefit, Organizational News, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Employees across Sutter Health’s Valley Area came together to donate more than 1,800 backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need as a part of Operation Backpack.

Operation Backpack is a yearly campaign organized by the Volunteers of America in partnership with Sutter Health that delivers backpacks, collected for students from pre-kindergarten through 12 graders, to homeless and at-risk children in the region.

“There’s nothing more exciting for a child than a new backpack and supplies to start the school year, but the cost of preparing a whole family for school can be overwhelming,” said Tommy Trejo, external affairs at Sutter Health. “Sutter Health wanted to help these families by supplying 1,870 backpacks to help these students have confidence and be successful in school.” Read More

Sutter Health Honors Military, Families and Veterans through Operation Care Package

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Trevor Zuccala and Kendall Corder, from the Technical Services team, start to unload items donated from Sutter Health employees to Operation Care Package.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel, their families and veterans, Sutter Health teamed up with the Red Cross Gold Country Region to donate supplies to military members, at home and abroad. This year marks the fifth time the not-for-profit health network participated in Operation Care Package. Last Friday, Sutter Health employees delivered three moving-truck-loads of donated supplies to the official Operation Care Package donation site, the Roseville Automall. Read More

Let the music play! Memorial Medical Center celebrates piano donation

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Cancer, Community Benefit, Memorial Hospital Foundation, Memorial Medical Center

 

MODESTO, Calif. – Music helps in the healing process. Music brings comfort, excitement, emotion and energy to patients, family members and caregivers. Now—thanks to a Memorial Hospital Foundation campaign, and donations by employees, volunteers, clinicians and a local music family—all who enter Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will join in the experience.

At an unveiling event in the North Tower lobby, Memorial Hospital Foundation and MMC leaders, along with employees, clinicians and others, celebrated the arrival of the Yamaha grand piano and enjoyed both live performances and the auto-play capability the piano offers.

“Patients, families and employees will hear the sweet sounds of music, contributing even more to the healing environment at Memorial Medical Center,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health’s South Valley. “We are so happy to be able to offer this enhanced experience, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Memorial Medical Center teams have provided music therapy to cancer patients at the bedside at Memorial Medical Center since 2005.

“This creates a beautiful environment for everyone as they come in and out of our lobby,” said Justine Hancock-Marsh, a board certified music therapist who will help determine the types of music best suited for creating a soothing atmosphere in the lobby. “It helps create a more healing environment for our patients.”

Uninsured Patient Receives Knee Replacement Thanks to Sutter Health’s ‘Gift of Surgery’

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Community Benefit, Orthopedic Services, Quality, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Leticia Sanchez is only 52 years old, but she suffered with painful, disabling arthritis in her right knee for six years and didn’t receive permanent relief from injections and medications. She suffered through her job at a local thrift store and couldn’t walk more than a block at a time. Complicating matters, Leticia also doesn’t have health insurance.

Sutter Health orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., meets with patient Leticia Sanchez prior to her total knee replacement. With her is her sister, Azucena Sanchez.

“This surgery is very important to me because it will allow me to continue working,” the Rancho Cordova resident said. “I have to stand all day and it gets very painful.”

On Friday, May 16, Leticia received an answer to her prayers through Sutter Health’s “Gift of Surgery” program. She received a total knee replacement donated by Sutter Surgery Centers, orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., and anesthesiologist Jaime Dickerson, M.D., at the Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center in Sacramento. Read More

Sutter Health invests $2.3 Million to Address Homelessness in the City of Sacramento

Posted on May 21, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized

Funds will help keep homeless Triage Center open

 

From a City of Sacramento Press Release

Sacramento, Calif. — Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Monday that investments from Sutter Health Valley Area and a private donor will allow the city’s Triage Center in North Sacramento to remain open through the end of August. The shelter, run by Volunteers of America, had been winding down operations in anticipation of closing May 31.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg, second from left, thanks Sutter Health Valley Area and SHVA Vice President of External Affairs Keri Thomas, third from left, during a press conference Wednesday.

Sutter Health has committed $1 million toward funding the Triage Center for the next three months. The family of Helene and David S. Taylor has also made a generous donation.

In addition, Sutter Health is investing another $1.3 million to support the City as it creates longer-term emergency triage shelters to replace the Triage Center when it closes. City and Sutter Health staff members have been exploring strategies employed by other cities, including San Diego and San Francisco, which use large portable structures that can be erected quickly and house hundreds of people. Read More

Sutter Health helps launch Street Medicine Team in the Central Valley

Posted on May 7, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access

MODESTO, Calif. – Sutter Health, along with its affiliated hospitals and medical foundations, continues to implement innovative efforts to address the health care needs of those experiencing homelessness in the Central Valley. The latest efforts include news of an expanding partnership with Golden Valley Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

The GVHC Street Medicine Team. L-R: Sandra Arevalo, Community Health Worker; Hortensia Maldonado, LVN – Street Nurse; and Alma Chaves, Community Health Worker

With the help of a community health investment by Sutter Health, a Street Medicine Team (SMT) — consisting of a licensed vocational nurse and community health workers from Golden Valley — is travelling throughout the Modesto and Los Banos communities to provide essential whole health services.

“The SMT model is based on the Street Nurse program (launched in Sacramento in partnership with WellSpace Health) that has seen positive results and health outcomes,” said Holly Harper, Director of External Affairs for Sutter Health’s Valley Area. Read More