Organizational News

Sutter Health Surgery Centers Honored for Excellence in Outpatient Surgery

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 in Affiliates, Organizational News, Quality, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) has honored not-for-profit Sutter Health’s Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center with its Ambulatory Surgery Center of the Year Award. CASA’s Board of Directors established the award to recognize the ASC that truly exemplifies best practices in the field of outpatient surgery.

L to R: Melody States, COO, Sutter Surgery Center Division; Andrew Kim, administrator, Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center; Nate Garner, administrator, Fort Sutter Surgery Center;
Sandy Keating, administrator, PAMF Surgery Center San Carlos; Brad Heaton, regional director of Operations, Sutter Surgery Center Division; Patty Robles, director of Nursing, Fort Sutter Surgery Center

CASA also awarded Sutter Alhambra, Fort Sutter Surgery Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Surgery Center San Carlos with three of four of its ASC Excellence Awards—which go each year to member facilities that actively promote and advocate for ASC excellence. There are 330 ASCs in California affiliated with CASA.

“It is an honor for our ASCs to be recognized for the outstanding care they provide their patients,” says Sutter Surgery Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Congratulations to these teams for this well-deserved honor.” Read More

Sutter Health Scholarship Program Helps 228 Students Pursue College Dreams

Posted on Sep 7, 2018 in Organizational News, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health today announced it awarded college scholarships to 228 students for the 2018-2019 school year through its Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program.

Scholarship recipients attend a community college, four-year university or graduate program and received awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Administered by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the program’s competitive review process considers multiple factors, including academic achievement, school and community involvement, work experience, educational and career goals and special circumstances.

For 16 years, Sutter Health has proudly supported the continuing education of tomorrow’s leaders by offering these scholarships, named in honor of former longtime Sutter Health CEO Van R. Johnson. The scholarships are available exclusively to college-age children and grandchildren of employees within the Sutter Health network. Since 2002, Sutter has awarded 5,118 scholarships, totaling almost $8.6 million.

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 Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz Earns Two Awards for Excellent Care of Mothers and Newborns

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 in Children's Services, Organizational News, Quality, We're Awesome, Women's Services

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.–Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, part of the Sutter Health network, announced today it has earned a Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission as well as designation as a Baby-Friendly hospital – two recognitions from prestigious industry groups underscoring the hospital’s outstanding care for families and newborn babies. Read More

PAMF Research Institute’s Dr. Harold Luft Receives 2018 Centennial Medal from Harvard University

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Organizational News, Quality, Research, We're Awesome

Dr. Harold Luft, Ph.D., director, PAMF Research Institute

PALO ALTO, Calif.- Harold S. Luft, Ph.D., director of Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), has been awarded the Centennial Medal from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the school’s highest honor recognizing outstanding alumni whose contributions to knowledge, to their disciplines, to their colleagues, and to society have made a fundamental and lasting impact.

Dr. “Hal” Luft, who is also a senior scientist at PAMF’s Research Institute and the Caldwell B. Esselstyn Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Health Economics at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, received the honor for his influential work as a health care economist.

Dr. Luft was presented with the award on May 23 at a ceremony at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in Cambridge, Mass. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Harvard’s Department of Economics, completing his Ph.D. thesis in 1973 on the impact of poverty on health, and health on poverty, in America.

“Harold Luft’s dedication to advancing interdisciplinary, empirical research has improved health care for the benefit of millions of Americans,” said Emma Dench, GSAS interim dean. “We are proud to award him the 2018 Centennial Medal.”

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Sutter Health Further Evolves Senior Leadership Structure

Posted on Apr 11, 2018 in Organizational News

Longtime leaders take on roles of Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Services; Greater Emphasis on Mental Health and Population Health

Not-for-profit Sutter Health today announced updates to its senior leadership team. James Conforti, who currently serves as President of Sutter Health’s Valley Area Operating Unit, will become the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Jeff Gerard, currently President of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Operating Unit has been named Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategic Services. Conforti and Gerard will assume their new roles on June 1, and their previous positions will be eliminated. Additionally, Rishi Sikka, M.D., President of System Enterprises, will expand his role to help Sutter Health further increase its focus on mental health and population health services.

“It’s a dynamic and exciting time to be in healthcare and these updates to my senior leadership team are part of our continual process to evolve the care we provide to meet our patients’ expectations,” said Sarah Krevans, Sutter Health President and CEO. “We want to better enable collaboration, innovation and technology, and align our clinical services to deliver high-quality, personalized, and affordable care.

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