Community Benefit

Takin’ it to the Streets: ‘Magic Bus’ Brings Healthcare to Homeless

Posted on Dec 3, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

New mobile service expands access to care for San Francisco’s most vulnerable

SAN FRANCISCO –Providing access to healthcare at the curbside to homeless people in the City’s Tenderloin neighborhood is the goal of HealthRIGHT 360’s new mobile healthcare service. The mobile clinic is a collaborative effort with major support from California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), a member of the not-for-profit Sutter Health’s integrated network of care.

“These are challenging times in healthcare, especially for the vulnerable populations we serve. Being able to provide Mobile Healthcare Services is a huge step forward,” said Vitka Eisen, MSW, Ed.D HealthRIGHT 360 president and CEO. “Over the years, our clients have gotten sicker, they have many more complex health challenges, more co-occurring mental health conditions, and fewer resources. Everyone is somebody’s child, somebody’s mother, someone who matters, we see the person and we’re here to heal.”

“Sutter and CPMC are proud to provide funds to help acquire and equip this medical bus. HealthRIGHT 360 addresses the healthcare needs of the City’s homeless population, including medical issues related to complications from behavioral health and substance use, with a focus on people seeking services in the high-need Tenderloin neighborhood,” said Dr. Warren Browner, CEO of CPMC.

HealthRIGHT 360’s new mobile service builds on its innovative, community-based healthcare model that integrates medical, dental, mental health, and substance use treatment for people who are very low-income and often marginally housed or experiencing homelessness. The street-based model is staffed by a range of medical providers and an outreach team, the mobile clinic has two complete exam rooms, a bathroom, and an elevator wheelchair lift. Currently operating in the Tenderloin neighborhood, the services will expand to the Haight Ashbury and other areas of great need across San Francisco.

“This mobile clinic is all about meeting people where they are and bringing quality medical care directly to the people who need it most,” said San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed. “It’s another great example of HealthRIGHT 360’s commitment to responding directly to the most pressing needs of San Franciscans, and demonstrates the importance of nonprofit organizations, the private sector, and government working together.”

In addition to Sutter Health and CPMC, other sponsors of HealthRIGHT 360’s Mobile Healthcare Services include Veritas Investments and Wells Fargo Bank.

HealthRIGHT 360 started in the 1960s during the historic “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, where two of its legacy organizations, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and Walden House, provided medical care and substance use disorder treatment to the youth who came to the City, motivated by the anti-war movement, music, sex, drugs, and the desire to bring about cultural change.

Counting Holiday Blessings

Posted on Dec 3, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Thanks to the generous spirit of employees, Sutter Health’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program is making the difference in the lives of families across the region. Let’s count all the ways in 2019!

250+ families will receive gifts this year, bringing the total to more than 2,500 Sacramento area and Central Valley families adopted in the past decade.

• Sutter Health collaborated with 10 not-for-profit community agencies that identified families in need:
o the Child Abuse Prevention Council in Sacramento County
o the Fighting Back Partnership in Solano County
o Hands of Hope in Yuba and Sutter counties
o Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus
o KidsFirst and Lincoln Lighthouse in Placer County
o Nexus Youth and Family Services in Amador County
o Women’s Center Youth and Family Services in San Joaquin County
o the Valley Crisis Center in Merced County
o Yolo County Children’s Alliance

• At 12 drop-off locations across the Sutter Health network, employees donated new gifts that range from clothes and shoes to toys and books—based on lists put together by the families.

Countless smiles from those involved, spreading holiday joy and goodwill to all!

• As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in giving back. Sutter Health’s total community benefit investment in 2018 was $734 million. These funds supported traditional charity care, unreimbursed Medi-Cal costs, health education as well as community clinics.

Photo: Numerous Sutter staff and community partners, including Sutter Center for Psychiatry’s Jenna Newman and Rebecca Monroe, foreground, supported the 2019 Holiday Adopt-a-Family program.

City of Vallejo and Local Healthcare Systems Collaborate to Build Navigation Center for the Homeless

Posted on Nov 18, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Courtesy of the City of Vallejo

Rendering of Vallejo Navigation Center

VALLEJO, Calif. – The City of Vallejo today announced that it has secured the funding needed to move forward with the construction and operation for a new proposed Vallejo Navigation Center in south Solano County. The center will provide access to temporary housing and wraparound services to support men and women living unsheltered in the City of Vallejo, thanks to a combined investment of $6.2 million from three not-for-profit healthcare systems: Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente and NorthBay Healthcare.

“The center is a longtime dream of mine, and I’m so proud of our community for coming together and finding a way to make this a reality for people who are desperately in need,” said City of Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan. “Sutter, Kaiser Permanente and NorthBay have proven track records of improving the health in this region, so it was no surprise that all three not-for-profit healthcare systems stepped up to help. This is truly a remarkable demonstration of how we can collaborate for the overall good of our community.”

The proposed Vallejo Navigation Center is an important step to enhance the regional shelter infrastructure for people experiencing homelessness. For the City of Vallejo, building the center is a critical milestone in implementing a spectrum of housing policies that help create a pathway for individuals without housing to secure housing. This means connecting individuals to health services, income sources, and eventually a path towards permanent housing; this is an effort that has been dubbed P.A.T.H. – Providing Access To a Home.

Like many places in California, the City of Vallejo and the County of Solano have identified homelessness as a significant and concerning issue as the city has seen an increase in the number of homeless people. To deal with this issue it is important for the City to find ways to maintain safe, healthy communities where residents can be housed.

“Homelessness is a statewide crisis and public-private partnerships like this are exactly the type of solutions we need to bring to scale throughout California,” said Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento Mayor and Co-Chair on the Governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors. “This facility will provide a safe place for people experiencing homelessness to stabilize, access on-site supportive services and the housing coordination needed to get off the streets and into housing.”

The center will serve as a “one-stop shop” for services that are critical to help address some of the core causes of homelessness. It will include:

• Access to shelter beds;
• Individual case management to help connect those who need services like respite care after medical treatment, substance abuse counseling, mental health support and job training; and
• Assistance with housing readiness support, training and securing permanent housing.

The City of Vallejo focused its efforts following the vision of the Community Action Partnership of Solano Joint Powers Authority’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, which recommends a ‘housing first’ policy approach to lower barriers to permanent, emergency and temporary housing and also recommends the improvement of navigation of homelessness services. Providing navigation can help connect individuals to the right services to improve their ability to obtain and maintain shelter. The Vallejo Navigation Center will do both: improve the access to wrap-around services and provide access to temporary shelter beds for up to six months.

“The center will provide a safe, healthy and stable environment where vital services can more effectively coordinate and have a significant impact on getting individuals experiencing homelessness on a track to obtaining ongoing services and support, while lessening the impact on other public services,” said Solano County Supervisor Monica Brown.

“As a not-for-profit integrated health network, Sutter focuses on improving the health of those inside and outside the walls of our hospitals and care centers,” said Sutter Solano Medical Center CEO Abhishek Dosi. “We know that when unhoused people find housing, their health improves. This investment builds on Sutter’s commitment to improve the health of the entire community we serve.”

“Projects like this can transform communities and change the narrative around homelessness. This initiative will highlight the profound impact that a person-centered approach coupled with comprehensive services can have,” said Nor Jemjemian, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and area manager for Napa-Solano Area. “We know that this center will transform lives. We hope that it will also be a catalyst for change in how those who are homeless are treated – here in Solano County and beyond.”

“We all play a role in lifting up our communities,” said Aimee Brewer, NorthBay Healthcare Group president. “When private and public partners team up, creative and thoughtful approaches emerge. The Vallejo Navigation Center is evidence of that teamwork.”

“The project could not move forward without the partnership of the City of Vallejo and Solano County joined with the support of all three healthcare systems,” said Supervisor Erin Hannigan, Chairwoman of the Solano County Board of Supervisors. “We are now better positioned to improve our efforts to properly address the homelessness crisis in our community.”

The Vallejo Navigation Center is expected to serve up to 125 people at one time and serve approximately 500 people annually. The center will receive referral services from direct referral partners, including law enforcement, area hospitals, coordinated entry and Veteran’s the Administration. It is scheduled to welcome its first clients in 2020 and will be operationally sustainable for the next three years, thanks to the investments of Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, and NorthBay Healthcare.

A media kit with renderings, a staff report, video clips and photos will be available here.

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.