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Stupski Foundation to Enhance Palliative Care for Alameda County Patients with $3.5 Million Grant to Sutter Health

Posted on Sep 30, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Expanding Access, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Scroll Images

(OAKLAND, Calif) –The Stupski Foundation has awarded not-for-profit Sutter Health a $3.5 million, three-year grant to build a comprehensive Palliative and Advanced Illness Care (PAIC) program for northern Alameda County.

This significant grant will enable Sutter to build on successful palliative care programs already in place at the healthcare network’s Alameda County hospitals, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, while incorporating elements of both the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) innovative ambulatory palliative care and support services program and Sutter’s impactful home-based Advanced Illness Management Program.

The grant will help caregivers at these Sutter organizations integrate palliative and advanced illness care services across care settings, to provide more continuous and comprehensive support for patients and families facing serious illness. This collaborative model extends services to thousands of additional people in the county who suffer from the complex challenges of serious illnesses such as cancer, dementia or advanced heart, lung or kidney disease, by providing more timely, seamless and flexible services to address their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. Multidisciplinary palliative care teams at Sutter include specially trained doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

“We are honored to partner with the Stupski Foundation to improve patient and family experience by enhancing serious illness care across Alameda County,” says Elizabeth Mahler, M.D., Sutter Health Vice President Clinical Integration, Office of Patient Experience. “This generous grant will help us serve thousands more patients and families with collaborative care that seeks to decrease suffering by putting the personal preferences, needs and values of patients and families front and center.”

“Sutter Health has been recognized as a national leader in serious illness care since the creation of its Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program,” Dan Tuttle, director of health at the Stupski Foundation says. “This grant supports their efforts to roll out an even more comprehensive palliative care model for people with serious illness, bringing home-based care to hundreds of patients and new inpatient and outpatient services to thousands more throughout Alameda County every year. We hope that healthcare continues to move from inside clinic walls to meet people where they need it and we see quality home-based palliative care as a critical part of that shift.”

Reaching More Patients in Need

Sutter Health Palliative and Advanced Illness Management programs serving Alameda County are running close to maximum capacity, currently serve about 3,000 patients annually. Sutter palliative care program leaders estimate that an additional 2,000 patients will benefit from improved PAIC coordination, capacity and services made possible by the Stupski Foundation grant.

This new comprehensive model of care in Alameda County will encompass four key components of serious illness care including specialty palliative care, advance care planning, family caregiver support and links to social services.

“This grant gives Sutter the opportunity to more broadly provide compassionate care to the communities we serve. It will allow us to create a path of care, comfort and support for those patients and families who are facing an advanced illness in a way that we have previously not been able to provide,” says Jeffrey Stoneberg, DO, Palliative Care Medical Director at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Sutter will launch the ambulatory based PAIC program at Alta Bates Summit next year, followed by Eden starting in 2021.

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.

Sutter Davis Announces Expansion Plans to Meet Growing Needs of the Community

Posted on Sep 17, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

Brett Lee, mayor of the City of Davis; Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, California State Assemblymember, District 4; Rachael McKinney, CEO of Sutter Davis Hospital; Don Saylor, Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2; and Melissa Marshall, M.D., CEO, CommuniCare Health Centers, team up to announce plans for Sutter Davis Hospital’s expansion to meet the growing needs of the community.

Emergency Department, Maternity and Medical-Surgical Units Key Focus Areas

DAVIS, Calif.— On the 25th anniversary of caring for patients and families at its current location, Sutter Davis Hospital announced expansion plans today that will meet the evolving needs of the growing community and beyond.

“We have a proud history of reinvesting into this community to provide access to high- quality, personal and affordable care,” said Rachael McKinney, CEO of Sutter Davis Hospital. “Over the past decade, the population of greater Yolo County has increased by nearly 10%, and all indications point toward continued growth. To best care for our patients and communities now and into the future, we concentrated our plan to expand key areas of the hospital where needs were the greatest.”

The plan for the future of Sutter Davis Hospital, which is an investment of Sutter’s integrated network into the community, focuses on some of the most heavily used services.

  • Plans currently include an estimated $69.5 million, 28,154-square-foot project on the existing campus, which expects to welcome its first patients into new space in 2021. Plans include the following features:
    • The addition of five triage/flex spaces and 11 treatment areas (for an eventual total of 23 treatment areas) to the existing Emergency Department, expanding the ED by a little more than 11,000 square feet. The expanded ED will also allow for additional safety features to help address an increasing number of patients with mental health needs.
    • An expansion of the Labor and Delivery Department, allowing more patients access to innovative and personalized care. In total, plans include adding three Labor and Delivery rooms (for an eventual total of nine), four post-partum recovery rooms (for an eventual total of 16), two C-section delivery rooms, and the addition of three more tubs to the hospital’s popular and distinctive water birthing program (for an eventual total of five).
    • The expansion will also add five new medical-surgical unit beds (for an eventual total of 35), allowing increased patient access to a range of health and healing needs inside the hospital.

Joining McKinney at the community event sharing details about the expansion were Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, California State Assemblymember, District 4; Don Saylor, Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2; Brett Lee, mayor of the City of Davis, and Melissa Marshall, M.D., CEO, CommuniCare Health Centers.

“As Yolo County continues to grow and evolve, we look forward to seeing how Sutter Davis will broaden access to care for generations to come,” said Aguiar-Curry.

“Access to medical care is so important to a community’s wellbeing, and Sutter’s expansion will be a great addition to Yolo County,” said Saylor.

“Sutter Davis Hospital is a longstanding, valuable contributor to our community,” said Mayor Lee. “Their presence enriches our city with high-quality care and high-quality employment opportunities. We appreciate their commitment to keeping our community healthy and strong, and well-prepared to meet our needs in the future.”

“Sutter Health and CommuniCare Health Centers have worked closely together for many years to meet the healthcare needs of our community,” said Dr. Marshall. “As Sutter Davis expands care for patients and families, we look forward to growing our capacity as well. Through our continued collaboration, we will provide greater access to primary care, behavioral health and dental services for some of our community’s most vulnerable populations.”

Groundbreaking for this hospital expansion is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020.

Sutter Davis Hospital, part of the not-for-profit, integrated Sutter Health network, has a long, proud history of providing high quality care in Yolo County and beyond. The hospital is one of the area’s largest employers, with more than 500 employees and nearly 400 area physicians affiliated with the facility. Because of an unwavering focus on health and healing, Sutter Davis consistently ranks among top performers in providing high-quality, affordable patient care, both regionally and statewide. Recent recognitions include the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Healthgrades – Outstanding Patient Experience, LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader, Smart Care California Hospital C-Section Honor Roll and a Baby Friendly Re-designation. It is also recognized as an advanced primary stroke center by The Joint Commission.

Sutter Davis Hospital also cares for the larger community in ways that stretch beyond the walls of the hospital. It’s the primary partner of the Davis Farmers Market, and hosts a weekly market at the front doors of the hospital to create better access to fresh fruits and vegetables for the community. Additionally, Sutter Health has invested $1 million in Nourish Yolo, to provide programmatic support for efforts to meet all of Yolo County’s food security needs for the next five years.

Keeping pace with cardiovascular diseases research

Posted on Sep 3, 2019 in Affiliates, California Pacific Medical Center, Cardiac, Expanding Access, Innovation, Research, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – For many people, a quickened heart beat is a normal physiologic response to physical activity or stress. But for at least 2.7 million Americans with atrial fibrillation, an abnormal or irregular heartbeat can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications if left untreated. Learn how research at Sutter is helping guide and inform care for patients with this cardiovascular disease.

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Dramatically Different Healthcare: Sutter Health’s CEO Talks About What She Sees in the Future

Posted on Aug 27, 2019 in Expanding Access, Innovation, Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans

Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans sat down with The Advisory Board President Eric Larsen. The in-depth article digs into a number of subjects including the value of integrated health systems, the challenges of delivering the healthcare of today while planning for the healthcare of tomorrow, healthcare competition in Northern California and Krevans’ personal interests.

The article provides an exceptional look into the complexities of today’s healthcare marketplace, and how Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network delivers on its mission by providing safe, personal, affordable and accessible care to patients and communities.