Quality Care

Critical Blood Shortage May Impact Hospitals

Posted on Jun 9, 2020 in Quality Care, Scroll Images

OAKLAND, CALIF. – Hospitals across the country are facing the potential for critical blood shortages as a result of blood drive cancellations during mandatory shelter in place orders. Blood donation may also be hampered by the changes blood banks have had to make to keep donors safe.

Now Ronn Berrol, M.D., medical director of the Summit campus emergency department at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, explains the impact of the blood shortage on hospitals in a recent interview with KTVU Fox 2.

Watch the video interview

For a while, the drop in blood donation wasn’t as problematic since there was a lower demand for blood as people obeyed shelter in place orders—the number of emergency surgeries and hospitalizations was reduced— and elective procedures were cancelled, says Dr. Berrol. But as people begin venturing out and hospitals resume urgent and elective surgeries, he says there is the potential for disruption or delays for blood-intensive surgical procedures such as complicated heart, cancer, gynecologic or orthopedic surgery because of the blood and blood product shortage.

The solution?

Dr. Berrol urges healthy people to contact their local blood bank to make an appointment to donate blood. He also counsels patience because, though the need for blood donation is urgent, there may be a delay of a week or two for an appointment since blood banks have had to reduce the number of appointments they can offer in order to implement safety measures like physical distancing and extra cleaning.

Contact the Red Cross or Vitalant to learn more about how you can donate blood in your community.

Sarah Krevans Honored as Healthcare Leader and Diversity Champion

Posted on Mar 8, 2020 in Quality Care, Scroll Images

Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans was honored as the recipient of National Medical Fellowships’ (NMF) “Leadership in Healthcare Award” at its 2020 Bay Area Champions of Health Awards on March 7, 2020.

In a letter to Krevans, Esther Dyer, NMF President & CEO wrote: “National Medical Fellowships holds these annual awards to support our scholarship programs and to honor those individuals who have made a lasting impact on healthcare and diversity in healthcare, as well as outstanding corporate leaders whose role and influence drives positive change in the business community and the communities they serve. Your visionary work as a healthcare leader and an advocate of advancing all backgrounds in the workplace, makes you a true champion in your field. You are someone our young scholars should emulate as professionals and individuals.”

Following her acceptance of the award, Krevans provided the event’s keynote address where she shared Sutter Health’s journey in diversity and inclusion, advancing health equity, and the importance of partnering with patients and communities to improve access to quality care for the underserved.

Krevans has served as Sutter Health’s president and CEO since 2016. The Northern California not-for-profit integrated health system cares for 3 million patients—or one in every 100 Americans, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the world. Krevans oversees Sutter Health’s 24 hospitals, 60,000 employees, 14,000 clinicians, outpatient services, research facilities, and home health and hospice care.