Expanding Access

Telepsychiatry program debuts at Sutter Health hospitals in the Central Valley

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 in Expanding Access

A workstation on wheels allows Sutter Health caregivers to connect patients in need with an on-call telepsychiatrist.

Increases to 13 the number of Sutter Health hospitals offering service

MODESTO, Calif. — In late July, Sutter Health’s telepsychiatry service launched at the emergency departments and inpatient medical units at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Memorial Hospital Los Banos.

The technology augments psychiatry consultation services and continuing efforts to use a standardized approach throughout Sutter Health’s acute care hospitals.

First launched at seven Sutter Health hospitals in October 2017, telepsychiatry services have continued to roll out to other locations this spring and summer, with two hospitals in April, one in May, and now Sutter’s three South Valley hospitals in July.

“System-wide, the service has completed over 1,283 consults since the initial launch in October,” said Tim Jones, Sutter Health’s telepsychiatry program manager for Mental Health Services. “We anticipate that our telepsychiatry service will be available at all Sutter hospital sites by the end of this year.”

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Memorial Hospital Los Banos Offers Expanded Hours to Community

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 in Expanding Access, Wellness

Memorial Hospital Los Banos Rural Health Clinic will offer expanded hours to the community beginning on July 1.

LOS BANOS, Calif.  Memorial Hospital Los Banos Rural Health Clinic will be expanding its hours beginning on July 1.

The clinic will be open from 8 a.m.-midnight Monday-Saturday at its current location, 1253 West I St., Los Banos, CA 93635.

“Expanding the clinic’s hours will allow us to dedicate resources to walk-in appointments and same day appointments so we can continue to provide outstanding health care to our community,” said Doug Archer, administrator, Memorial Hospital Los Banos. “We are excited about the continued success and growth of the Rural Health Clinic.”

To schedule an appointment, call the clinic at (209) 710-6333. For more information on the clinic, visit the Sutter Health website.

Porges family honored for helping create “Pathway” to good health

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Cardiac, Expanding Access

L-R: Lauren Schmidt, Leia Schmidt, Evan Porges, Norm Porges, Marilyn Porges, and Ronna Porges celebrate the pathway to good health created by their support of the Heart and Vascular Institute.

MODESTO, Calif. – May 24, 2018 –The Porges family, owners of the successful chain of Prime Shine Car Wash locations in the Central Valley, was recently honored during a reception acknowledging their $100,000 donation to Memorial Hospital Foundation for the Sutter Health Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Medical Center.

The hall that leads to the Heart and Vascular Institute on the 3rd floor of MMC’s North Tower is now known as the “Porges Family Pathway to Your Good Health.”

“Prime Shine has been a part of the Central Valley for over twenty-seven years, and we couldn’t be more proud that we have the ability to donate to this institute,” said Evan Porges, Prime Shine Car Wash president. “It will provide our community vital heart care, not just today, but for generations to come.”

The institute allows MMC to place a renewed emphasis, not only on providing new treatments for heart disease, but also new ways to prevent this devastating illness — the number one killer in America. Heart disease can strike anyone at any time, without regard for age, ethnicity or gender. Half of men and two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary artery disease have had no symptoms and no known risk factors. 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

Sutter Health Opens Latest Walk-In Care Clinic in Oakland

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 in Expanding Access, Quality, We're Awesome

New innovative center in Oakland offers same-day, convenient care
for non-urgent issues

Oakland, Calif. – Sutter Health opened the newest Walk-In Care clinic in Oakland, a service of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, today at 5095 Telegraph Ave., Suite B.

Sutter’s Walk-In Care clinics offer a quick, convenient care option for everyday illnesses and health needs in a stand-alone storefront that is easily accessible. The Oakland clinic is Sutter Health’s seventh Bay Area location. Other clinics are located in Dublin, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and San Jose.

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