Quality

Sutter Health Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke Care

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in Cardiac, Quality, Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Seven hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network received recognition for providing a high level of stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the 2018 “Get With The Guidelines” awards.

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Summit campus) in Oakland, California Pacific Medical Center, (Pacific campus) in San Francisco, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. 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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Uninsured Patient Receives Knee Replacement Thanks to Sutter Health’s ‘Gift of Surgery’

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Community Benefit, Orthopedic Services, Quality, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Leticia Sanchez is only 52 years old, but she suffered with painful, disabling arthritis in her right knee for six years and didn’t receive permanent relief from injections and medications. She suffered through her job at a local thrift store and couldn’t walk more than a block at a time. Complicating matters, Leticia also doesn’t have health insurance.

Sutter Health orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., meets with patient Leticia Sanchez prior to her total knee replacement. With her is her sister, Azucena Sanchez.

“This surgery is very important to me because it will allow me to continue working,” the Rancho Cordova resident said. “I have to stand all day and it gets very painful.”

On Friday, May 16, Leticia received an answer to her prayers through Sutter Health’s “Gift of Surgery” program. She received a total knee replacement donated by Sutter Surgery Centers, orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., and anesthesiologist Jaime Dickerson, M.D., at the Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center in Sacramento. Read More

Sutter Health and Vynca Work Together to Clarify Patients’ End-of-Life Care Choices

Posted on May 8, 2018 in Quality

Collaboration provides clinicians throughout the Sutter Health network access to consistent, actionable and comprehensive advance care planning tools

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health, a leading not-for-profit healthcare network in Northern California, and Vynca, a provider of advance care planning solutions, have collaborated to improve end-of-life care communication between doctors and patients.

Vynca offers a comprehensive software solution to capture, store and access Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms—a tool used to ensure patients’ end-of-life wishes are met. Sutter Health uses Vynca’s software throughout its system, which includes hospitals, doctor’s offices and Advanced Illness Management (AIM) providers.

Elizabeth Mahler, M.D., Sutter Health’s vice president for Patient Health Management, said the system provides Sutter Health clinical teams across the care continuum a “single source of truth”—especially important during emergencies. Additionally, EHR integration eliminates redundant data entry, improving accuracy and saving time. Read More

Sutter ICUs Receive Beacon Awards for Critical-Care Excellence

Posted on May 4, 2018 in Cardiac, Quality, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO – Two intensive-care units at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received the prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence, given by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to laud hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes.

The Beacon Award for Excellence provides gold, silver and bronze levels of recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care and outcomes. Sutter Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Surgery ICU received the gold award, and the Med ICU the silver. Recognition continues for three years. Read More

Sutter Health Earns Prominent HIMSS Revalidation Achievement

Posted on May 3, 2018 in Quality

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– Sutter Health earned EMRAM and O-EMRAM Stage 7 revalidation honors from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an industry authority in health care information technology.  Only 6.7 percent of U.S. hospitals and 10.7 percent of outpatient facilities have reached this designation.

Attaining a Stage 7 healthcare system designation represents a near paperless environment with technology that supports optimized patient care. The not-for-profit network previously earned the prestigious Stage 7 award by HIMSS in 2015.

“Sutter Health’s provider network delivers clinical care to approximately one percent of the U.S. population and data interoperability is a critical attribute of our clinical integration model,” said Jon Manis, Sutter Health Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. “Foundational to our quality, safety and care coordination initiatives, we continuously strive to deliver value from our investments in data interoperability on behalf of the patients, providers and community we serve. While much work remains to be done, I am proud of the groundbreaking efforts of the collective teams within our Information Services department and our clinical and operational partners.” Read More