Quality

Sutter Health Surgery Centers Honored for Excellence in Outpatient Surgery

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 in Affiliates, 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 Organizations Earn Survey’s Highest Honor

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 in Quality, Scroll Images

For the fifth year, six Sutter-affiliated physician groups rated among the nation’s best

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Six Sutter Health-affiliated physician organizations throughout Northern California have earned top honors for the fifth consecutive year in the annual America’s Physician Groups Standards of Excellence member survey.

America’s Physician Groups, a national trade association for physician organizations, awarded five stars—its prestigious Elite rating—in its 2018 survey to:

  • Brown & Toland Physicians, a Sutter-affiliated independent practice association
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

The six organizations have earned the survey’s Elite rating every year since 2014.

“We could not be prouder of the commitment of these Sutter-affiliated physicians and care teams to continually improve the quality, safety, efficiency and accessibility of patient care,” said Don Wreden, M.D., senior vice president, Patient Experience, for Sutter Health. “This important honor from a respected industry group reflects their innovative work to provide comprehensive, coordinated care to patients across our healthcare network. The fact that these organizations have earned the Elite designation for five years shows how exceptional they are.” 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 Quality, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz, We're Awesome

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

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

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

Dr. Veena Jones and Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider

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.

Sutter Health Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke Care

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, 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 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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