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Designed for the Times: New San Francisco Hospital Embraces Mature Moms

Posted on Jan 17, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Carousel, Quality, Scroll Images, Women's Services

The CPMC Women and Children’s Center at the new Van Ness Campus will set the standard for hospital-based childbirth for a growing number of moms in their 30s and beyond.

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Sutter Amador Hospital CEO to Retire, Leaving Legacy of Community Health Excellence

Posted on Jan 16, 2019 in Carousel, Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Sutter Amador Hospital, Sutter Medical Foundation, Transformation, Uncategorized

JACKSON, Calif. – Anne Platt is retiring March 1 as CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital after 14 years presiding over unprecedented expansions and improvements to the medical campus and the local healthcare community. Replacing her is Tom Dickson, who has led some of Arizona’s most respected hospitals and has a proven record for excellence in patient care. His first day at Sutter Amador Hospital is Feb. 11.

Sutter Amador Hospital CEO Anne Platt is retiring after 14 years of leading several expansions in medical services for the Gold Country communities.

“Sutter really struck gold when Anne was recruited to take the helm of Sutter Amador Hospital,” said Grant Davies, CEO of Sutter Valley Area Hospitals. “She worked hard to bring many advanced medical services to the Gold Country and was a major contributor to the health and well-being of the community. It was tough to find someone who can ably fill her shoes as CEO, but we are confident that Tom is up to the task of carrying on Anne’s legacy.”

When Platt arrived in 2005, Sutter Amador was a beautiful, newly constructed, small rural hospital with limited resources for patients in several medical specialties. She leaves her post having greatly advanced the hospital — adding services that allow residents to receive care locally instead of having to leave the county.

“I care deeply about the health of our residents and the community, but none of this could have been accomplished without the support and generosity of the greater Jackson community and the contributions of an amazing staff of medical professionals,” Platt said. “It has been a pleasure to work with so many to ensure that our residents get the best healthcare right in their own backyard.”    Read More

Patients and Families Enjoy Greater Convenience, Access to Service at Tracy Care Center

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

Community Invited to Celebrate Sutter Facility’s First Year of Service at Open House

TRACY, Calif. – An open house is a time-honored, neighborly tradition. And as a long-time member of the community, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation is inviting residents from across the area to meet clinical care teams and tour the 47,000 square foot Tracy Care Center in celebration of the facility’s first year of high-quality service.

“Our number one goal was to enhance access to services through our Tracy Care Center, which offers greater convenience for our patients and families,” said Gary Zufelt, CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation. “This campus, with the hospital and medical offices right across from each other, has become a real town square of healthcare. It also is a bird’s eye view into the value of Sutter Health’s integrated network—where doctors and nurses, along with other specialists and staff, closely work together to support those in our care.”

The public is invited to the Tracy Care Center at 445 W. Eaton Ave. on Jan. 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Visitors can meet with providers and tour the facility, which features a wide array of care services including dermatology, ear, nose and throat, endoscopy, nephrology, neurology, Ob/GYN, orthopedics, podiatry, primary care, pulmonology, and rheumatology. Other convenient services inside the care center include an urgent care center, imaging services with X-ray and ultrasound, a lab with blood draw stations and an injection/shot clinic. Refreshments will also be served at the open house.

“Our open house is meant to be a fun and informal way of connecting with those in the community, a community we are so proud to be a part of,” Steven Mitnick, M.D., chief medical officer for Gould Medical Group. “Healthcare is incredibly personal, and opening our doors and meeting with our neighbors one on one is our privilege. We are excited to show them all the different ways they can access the right care, in the right setting and at the right time on this campus.”

Tracy Care Center Fun Facts

In its first year of service, the Tracy Care Center had:

  • 22 doctors and 53 employees care for 28,414 patients during 128,404 visits
  • Taken 6,345 X-rays and 920 ultrasound images

New Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital to Open in the Heart of San Francisco

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

First building in the U.S. to incorporate viscous wall dampers in case of “The Big One”

Smart hospital design merges advanced technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches – such as private rooms – to support the highest quality care

Grand opening on March 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco residents will have a modern new hospital at their doorstep. Sutter debuts its new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital on March 2, 2019. The facility represents a milestone community investment in the health of San Francisco and the first new hospital in the heart of the city in a generation. The state-of-the-art facility, featuring 11 floors and 274 acute-care beds, houses inpatient services with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, orthopedics, transplant, emergency and cardiac care, among other primary care services. Every detail of the new hospital is geared toward creating an inclusive, healing environment, where high quality, technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches will continue to be the norm.

The new, 1 million square-foot California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital, located at 1101 Van Ness Ave. at the intersection of Geary Blvd. in San Francisco.

“For more than 150 years, it has been our privilege to serve every person who calls San Francisco home,” said Warren Browner, M.D., CEO of CPMC. “The opening of Sutter’s CPMC Van Ness Campus provides a new and conveniently located hospital for people living throughout the city and beyond.”

Centrally located along a major arterial thoroughfare

Formerly the site of the Cathedral Hill Hotel, CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital occupies an entire city block between Geary and Post streets along San Francisco’s bustling Van Ness corridor. Across the street from the hospital, a 9-story, 476,000 square-foot medical office building will provide outpatient services, emphasizing the benefit of Sutter Health’s integrated network and its dedication to easily accessible care. The two buildings are connected via an underground tunnel. The medical office building is slated to open in spring 2019.

By the numbers

The 274-bed Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital consists of close to 1 million square feet of acute care, diagnostic, clinical treatment and administrative space, which includes:

• 60 medical/surgical beds
• 36 intensive care unit beds
• 64 labor/delivery and postpartum beds
• 35 neonatal intensive care unit beds
• 6 antepartum beds
• 25 pediatric beds
• 8 pediatric intensive care unit beds
• 16 operating rooms, including three dedicated to obstetrics
• 30 post-anesthesia care unit beds
• 38 exam/treatment rooms in the 24-hour emergency department, which consists of:
• 31 adult treatment bays and 7 exam/treatment rooms that are dedicated to pediatrics
• All 274 patient rooms are private and feature exterior city or garden views, with an abundance of natural light
• 5 living roof gardens, including a public outdoor terrace

The hospital design, which incorporates a theme of natural materials and touchable artwork, is focused on the well-being of patients, families and the surrounding community. Public spaces, including the main lobby and the Chuck Williams Café, are accessible via the main entrance on Van Ness Ave. The ambulance/patient drop-off area is located off-street under a covered alcove to minimize the impact to traffic, and parking for 435 cars is available beneath the building.

“Our new Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital will continue to deliver the kind of coordinated, patient-centered quality care that San Francisco expects and deserves from a Sutter facility – with safety, security and inclusive care being paramount with each visit,” said Vernon Giang, M.D., chief medical executive at CPMC.

Shaking things up: CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital makes history with advanced seismic technology

Viscous wall dampers at the new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital in San Francisco make the facility seismically sound.

Not only is CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital built to meet or exceed California’s stringent seismic laws, but the structure is the first in North America to incorporate innovative viscous wall dampers. Already used extensively in Japan, viscous wall dampers are designed to absorb strong movement during an earthquake, which helps to reduce overall stress on the building itself. This will help the hospital to remain fully operational, with patient care being relatively uninterrupted even after a strong seismic event. The Van Ness Campus hospital incorporates 119 viscous wall dampers.

“In the event of a major disaster, CPMC Van Ness Campus is built to be self-sustaining for at least four days,” said Jim Benney, R.N., senior project manager for the hospital. “We’re prepared to continue regular operations with the support of three emergency generators, food and water.”

Healthy environments foster healthy people

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the hospital was constructed and operates in an environmentally conscious way. Water-saving features include using captured rainwater for the hospital’s five rooftop gardens and high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures, which will save more than 3 million gallons of water per year.

CPMC Van Ness Campus uses 14 percent less power than the average U.S. hospital in part because 80 percent of patient rooms receive direct natural sunlight. LED bulbs generate more light at lower temperatures, creating less heat in areas like procedural and operating rooms. Additionally, our sophisticated filtration system allows the hospital to deliver 100 percent clean and fresh air.

The public rooftop garden at the new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital in San Francisco.

A truly integrated healthcare network

The hospital serves as the hub for all consolidated inpatient facilities and outpatient services. When fully complete, the campus will knit together hospital and emergency services, affiliated medical offices and specialty outpatient services – including lots of parking in a tight urban setting.

“Thanks to being part of the Sutter Health integrated network, this new Van Ness Campus hospital was built with the most technologically advanced, patient-focused design details in mind,” said Dr. Browner. “Once open, it will serve as the jewel of the CPMC system.”

Bells and whistles that help accelerate care

CPMC Van Ness Campus uses the latest innovative technologies designed to reduce infection and increase efficiency. For instance:

• AeroScout Hand Hygiene Monitoring technology leverages the hospital’s Wi-Fi infrastructure to automatically identify (via badges) when caregivers sanitize their hands.
• The smart pneumatic tube system works like an underground freeway interchange to deliver medications, samples and supplies throughout the hospital swiftly, safely and securely. Badge-enabled containers keep contents secure, track information and reduce staff time spent transporting samples, supplies and medications between the laboratory, blood bank and pharmacy.

Building a modern hospital beckons a bold design vision and collaborative execution

Imagined as the urban hospital of the future by SmithGroupJJR, the final $2.1 billion project achieves economic, environmental and social sustainability. The building also exemplifies Sutter’s goal of connecting health and the community. Led by general contractor HerreroBOLDT, the hospital broke ground in 2013 and is scheduled to open sooner than similar hospital construction projects. This fast-tracked delivery is attributed to the team’s implementation of the Integrated Project Delivery process. This utilizes a cohesive design and construction approach that keeps costs down and predicts construction challenges ahead of time, so they can be resolved without time-consuming delays.

Connecting Health to Patients and the Community

Sutter’s CPMC campuses support more than 80 non-profit organizations whose work is deeply rooted in the community. The team collaborated with CityBuild Academy, Mission Hiring Hall, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and numerous other community-based hiring partners to optimize the construction process. The project has injected 1,500 new construction jobs and more than $70 million in wages into San Francisco’s economy since 2013.

Nurturing patients extends beyond physical care. When the new CPMC Van Ness Campus opens, patients will enjoy 755 unique and carefully chosen art pieces in a variety of different styles and mediums. Beautiful original paintings in oil and acrylics, vibrant photographs, art pieces created of wood and shaped from clay and metal, large prints bring color, light and beauty to the new hospital’s walls and help create a warm, inviting environment.

Sutter Health Valley Area Renews Commitment to Placer County Homeless

Posted on Jan 8, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Whole Person Care program receives additional $1 million for housing

From a County of Placer Press Release

AUBURN, Calif. — The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a $1 million contribution from Sutter Health Valley Area today to benefit the county’s Whole Person Care program in 2019. This is the second such investment made by Sutter Health to purchase permanent housing units and rental subsidies for participants in the Whole Person Care program who are experiencing homelessness and often grappling with complex medical and social challenges.

“Sutter’s support has been crucial to our success in housing more than 85 people so far, and their continued collaboration will help Whole Person Care make an even deeper impact,” said Placer County Health Officer Dr. Rob Oldham. “Placing homeless individuals can be challenging in our housing market, but we’ve been able to meet these challenges with creativity and collaborative relationships.”

Sutter Health has supported the Whole Person Care program since Placer County was selected by the California Department of Health Care Services in 2016 to participate in the pilot, which includes a match in federal dollars of up to $10 million over five years. The program is designed to bring multiple agencies together, including hospitals, federally qualified health centers, government and nonprofit service providers to coordinate and deliver services to meet the needs of high-risk, high-needs individuals, with a specific focus on persons who are experiencing homelessness.

“As a not-for-profit health system in Placer County, we are committed to improving access to care for the underserved, including not only our patients but all residents in the area,” said Brian Alexander, CEO of Sutter Roseville Medical Center. “Whole Person Care has facilitated unmatched partnership among government, hospitals and nonprofits in this region and we’ve been able to accomplish much more working together.”

Using Sutter Health’s initial $1 million contribution in 2016, Placer County was able to purchase two properties with a total of 14 bedrooms and provide permanent housing for 14 people at a time during the first year. This second investment will allow Placer County to obtain additional housing units to complement the mental health, substance abuse and supportive services provided through the Whole Person Care program.

To learn more about Whole Person Care, explore this in-depth podcast series following the journeys of members and their case workers – including clients who have moved into the properties purchased with Sutter grant funding.

The grant from Sutter Health is part of the health system’s Getting to Zero strategy, a regional effort to end chronic homelessness in Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties by encouraging public and private sector collaboration on innovative housing projects. This year marks the final phase of the three-year campaign, during which Sutter Health has invested more than $5 million in four local jurisdictions to provide housing for over 1,000 individuals.

“We strive to improve lives beyond the walls of our hospitals and care centers by addressing the whole health of each individual,” said Mitch Hanna, CEO of Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. “We know that access to housing is a necessary component to improve an individual’s overall health, and our partnership with Placer County will help meet the community’s pressing need for more housing.”

Sutter Delivers on New Year’s, Including West Coast’s First Baby of 2019

Posted on Jan 3, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Uncategorized, Women's Services

ROSEVILLE — The first baby born in 2019 on the West Coast was delivered just eight seconds after midnight at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Alan Armenta was born at 8 pounds, 15 ounces to Patricia Romero and Juan Armenta of Elk Grove right at midnight. This is a rare achievement, as the odds are that only about a half-dozen babies would be born during the first minute of any day in the U.S.

Patricia Romero gave birth to Alan at just seconds past midnight on New Year’s Day at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. His proud sister is Allison.

Alan was the first of dozens of babies born on New Year’s Day at Sutter hospitals. Every year, Sutter Health’s birth specialists help deliver more than 40,000 babies across Northern California – and every year, a good handful of those babies arrive in the wee hours of Jan. 1, making them the first babies of the year in their communities.

Delivering little Alan was Sutter Medical Group’s Amy Riley, M.D., who was called just 20 minutes before midnight for the delivery, and baby Alan entered the world very quickly after that.

“You can’t predict it. Sometimes moms push one time, and sometimes moms push for two hours,” Dr. Riley said. “So Patricia pushed one time and out he came, just seconds after midnight.”

At that point, the staff cheered, put on New Year’s party hats and served sparkling cider to the new parents. In addition, the staff gave the family a gift basket – actually an infant bathtub full of goodies for the baby, including blankets, washcloths, bath soap, lotion and other baby care essentials.

While Dad was mostly happy that Mom and Alan were perfectly healthy, Patricia said she was excited to have a New Year’s baby.

“He got lucky,” Patricia said. “We all did.”

Here are a few more of Sutter’s 2019 New Year’s babies: Read More