Recommendations on Coping with Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfires

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome, Wellness

LAKEPORT, Calif.–Sutter Lakeside Hospital continues to be threatened by the Mendocino Complex fire. The fire, which includes the River and Ranch Fires, began Saturday, July 28, and to this date is still raging

As the fires continue, the air quality is poor. When pollution is bad, it can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Air quality has been rated unsafe to unhealthy for sensitive groups who live near the fires, and it is also rated unhealthy for those who live in the Sacramento area. Poor air quality and smoky air also have been reported in the East Bay, including Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley area.

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PAMF Physicians Award Scholarships to Aspiring Future Doctors

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

PALO ALTO, Calif.–Three recent high school graduates are the latest recipients of college scholarships awarded by Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) physicians. The annual scholarships, created to help meet the need for future physicians, are awarded to deserving local students who are committed to becoming medical doctors.

The students, who are chosen through a competitive process, receive $25,000 or $12,000 scholarships that are paid over several years to help cover the costs of undergraduate studies and medical school.

Since 1993, PAMF physicians have funded and awarded more than 50 scholarships to outstanding local high school students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors. In addition, PAMF’s philanthropy department has awarded eight scholarships over the years thanks to generous community donors. Read More

Two Sutter Executives Named to Becker’s 40 Under 40 Healthcare Leaders for 2018

Posted on Jul 26, 2018 in People, Quality, Uncategorized

Two physicians with Sutter Health connections were named to Becker’s Healthcare’s list of 40 healthcare leaders under 40 years old. The list honors rising stars in healthcare who will be among the next generation of leaders. Becker’s recognized leaders for their innovative approach to patient care and health system improvement, overseeing crucial expansion projects and growing companies from the ground up. The honorees connected to Sutter are:

 Veena Goel Jones, M.D., medical director of Digital Patient Experience at Sutter Health and Pediatric Hospitalist at Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Jones joined Sutter Health in 2016. Since taking on her current role, she has helped facilitate Sutter’s digital transformation, including spearheading efforts to improve end-user experiences with Sutter’s patient portal, My Health Online.

Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D., founder of End Well Symposium, an event designed to address end-of-life issues in the multidisciplinary community, and the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund, which supports innovative programs that further palliative care education. In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Dr. Ungerleider serves on the teaching faculty for Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and sits on the foundation board of trustees.

Modern Healthcare Names Dr. Stephen Lockhart as One of Top Minority Executives in US

Posted on Mar 3, 2018 in People, Quality, Uncategorized

Modern Healthcare named Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D, chief medical officer of Sutter Health, to its 2018 list of the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare. Every two years, the recognition program honors the top minority healthcare executives who are influencing the policy and care delivery models across the country.

As CMO of Sutter Health, Dr. Lockhart has responsibility for quality, patient safety, research and education.  His passion for equitable health outcomes has fueled his leadership efforts to provide equitable care across the Sutter system, which resulted in the design and implementation of a health equity program and Health Equity Index across Sutter. Using a precision medicine-like approach, the HEI provides Sutter with a deeper understanding of health outcomes among different patient populations.

In 2017, Dr. Lockhart was named to Governor Brown’s Precision Medicine Advisory Committee as part of California’s continued effort to use advanced computing and technology to better understand, treat and prevent disease.

For more than a decade, Dr. Lockhart has been a valued leader at Sutter Health. A board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Lockhart first served as chief administrative officer at the St. Luke’s campus of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Since then, he’s held several executive positions before being named chief medical officer for the not-for-profit system in 2015. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. Lockhart earned a Master of Philosophy degree in economics from Oxford University and Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in biostatistics degrees from Cornell University.