Community Benefit

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 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

Dodging raindrops, supporters enjoy Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 16th annual golf tournament fundraiser

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 in Cancer, Cardiac, Community Benefit

MODESTO, Calif. – Over 100 teams braved the elements at Modesto’s Del Rio Golf and Country Club on Monday, April 16th to assist in the fundraising efforts for Memorial Medical Center’s support services programs.

The 16th Annual Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic is a popular event in the Modesto community. Business leaders and community members mark their calendars each April to enjoy a day of golf, camaraderie, dining and auction activities, all in support of community health care.

Members of the complementary therapies Art program display their original works, to be auctioned off at the golf tournament. L-R, Zina Hopson, Charlie Lockett and Ida Cremers, with Art group facilitator Galen Martin.

Memorial Hospital Foundation was created in 1975 to accept private gifts from the community to support Memorial Medical Center. Since its founding, the Foundation has received more than $18 million to support healthcare services that meet the needs of the local community. Read More

Sutter Health Sponsors Sacramento River Cats Bike Valet

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 in Community Benefit, Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The sun is shining and the faint sound of a ball hitting a bat resonates around West Sacramento these days. That means just one thing – baseball season is upon us.
The Sacramento River Cats open their 2018 season next week and Sutter Health fans looking forward to attending games have another mode of transportation to get to Raley Field – their bicycles.
Sutter Health is sponsoring the River Cats bike valet this season, allowing fans to ride their bikes to the stadium and park them in a safe location where they will be monitored during the game. Fans who ride their bikes to evening games will get a special Sutter Health bike light while supplies last. All riders will receive information about Sutter Health Urgent Care clinics with directions to the nearest locations.
“We are excited to sponsor this very cool service that the River Cats offer to their fans,” said Ariel Feigenbaum, principal, strategic partnerships, Sutter Health. “Sacramento is such a walkable city and riding your bike to the game is a healthy choice. We want the community to know that we are proud of them for making a healthy choice and as a result strive to make their biking experience the best one possible.” Read More

21 Sutter Health Affiliates Earn Recognition as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in Community Benefit, Organizational News, Scroll Images, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Twenty-one affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
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Memorial Medical Center, Golden Valley Health Centers Partner to Implement ED Navigator Program

Posted on Jan 29, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access

Latest in a series of efforts to help patients receive “Whole Health Services”

ED Navigators Rita Mejia and April Gomez at Memorial’s emergency department.

Modesto, Calif. – Memorial Medical Center, part of Sutter Health, has implemented an Emergency Department Navigator Program to help with efforts to ensure area patients are receiving health care in the right place at the right time.

The program is in place via a unique partnership with Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC) — a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with clinics throughout the Central Valley. Read More