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Sutter Funds Study of SacRT’s Free Ride Program for Youth

Posted on Oct 1, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images, Transformation, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) announced at in front of CK McClatchy High School that the public transit agency is waiving fares for youth in the SacRT service area beginning today. The program aims to decrease truancy and eliminate obstacles for young people to get to school, after-school activities, sports, clubs and jobs.

A research brief released in November 2018 that recounts the findings of a travel survey administered to students in three Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) schools found that about 1 in 4 students report missing at least one day of school in the six weeks prior to the survey because of transportation barriers.

“What we’re doing here is filling an important gap,” said Henry Li, SacRT General Manager/CEO. “We’re offering universal access all day, every day during regular service hours for all Sacramento area youth that live in or attend school in our service area. It is another way SacRT works to deliver clean, safe, and accessible transportation to all Sacramento residents.”

A grant from Sutter Health will fund a yearlong study to be conducted by an external evaluator, who will provide insight on the benefits of the fare-free transit initiative for youth.

“We know by conducting Community Health Needs Assessments that lack of access to basic services is among the top health indicators affecting disadvantaged communities,” said Keri Thomas, Vice President of External Affairs for Sutter Health. “Unfortunately for many that includes barriers getting to school and other life enriching activities for young people. This program can make a huge difference in changing that trajectory.”

Affordable student transit programs have been rolled out in numerous cities across the state and nation, including Tempe, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Portland and Stockton. If other communities are any indication, SacRT anticipates promising results with potential of providing nearly 1,000,000 new trips to area youth during the year.

“We’re providing an equitable investment in receiving an education,” said Jay Schenirer, District 5 City Councilmember and SacRT Board Director. “By eliminating transportation barriers, we’re increasing chances for more young people to succeed in school, career and life.”

RydeFreeRT waives youth fares on bus, light rail, and SmaRT Ride microtransit service across SacRT’s service area, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Folsom, Citrus Heights, and Rancho Cordova and parts of Sacramento County. Approximately 220,000 students in grades TK through 12, home-schooled students, and foster and homeless youth are all eligible.

“Free RT is a game changer for many hardworking Sacramento area students and families. The exciting new program will make transportation to and from school, work, and activities, much more reliable and accessible for thousands of students in the region,” said SCUSD Board of Education President Jessie Ryan. “Sacramento City Unified School District is proud to partner to launch a free ride program that will help reduce absenteeism and improve student success in our high poverty district.”

Students enrolled in schools in SacRT’s service area have already been issued their 2019-2020 student ID card, which displays a special sticker for free SacRT ridership. Youth not enrolled in school can receive a RydeFreeRT card at a Sacramento library or at SacRT’s Customer Service and Sales Center located at 1225 R Street (adjacent to the 13th Street Station).

Partners and participating school districts include Sacramento Public Library, Center Unified School District, Elk Grove Unified School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Natomas Unified School District, Robla School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento County Office of Education, San Juan Unified School District, Twin Rivers Unified School District, City of Citrus Heights, City of Folsom, and City of Rancho Cordova.

RydeFreeRT is set to run for one year with an extension planned depending on program success and is financially supported by the City of Sacramento, other cities and school districts within SacRT’s service boundaries, and a funding grant from Sutter Health for a ridership study. Parents and students interested in more information about SacRT’s fare-free youth program can visit www.RYDEFreeRT.com.

What You Can Expect from an Integrated Network

Posted on Sep 30, 2019 in Scroll Images, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center

The Dos Santos family with two care team members.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Vivian Dos Santos lost consciousness at her home in Davis, Calif., just days away from delivering her third child, Stella. She woke up at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento – more than 15 miles away – with bandages on her head and no longer pregnant. She was unaware that care teams at two Sutter network facilities had come together to save her life and care for her baby after she suffered a sudden and severe stroke. Ultimately, Vivian’s care would include three Sutter network facilities coordinating an emergency caesarean section, lifesaving neurosurgery and extensive rehabilitation.

The coordinated care that Sutter provided to the Dos Santos family is a testament to our integrated healthcare network and the coordination that occurs between multiple medical facilities, practitioners, and services to ensure that patients receive timely, high quality care when they need it most. (To view an infographic on Sutter’s integrated network and Vivian’s journey, click here.)

Vivian’s first sign of trouble came on Dec. 31, 2018. As she prepared to ring in the New Year with her husband and their two young sons, she began experiencing an excruciating headache. Shortly after she suddenly lost consciousness, an ambulance rushed Vivian to Sutter Davis Hospital’s Emergency Department.

There, doctors determined that Vivian was suffering from an intracerebral hemorrhage – a life-threatening brain bleed. Vivian’s obstetrician and physician at Sutter Davis consulted with a neurosurgeon at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (SMCS) and ultimately decided an immediate emergency C-section was the safest treatment approach for Vivian and her baby. The Sutter Davis care team stabilized Vivian while delivering baby Stella, and then airlifted Vivian to SMCS for immediate neurosurgery.

During surgery, stroke experts at SMCS successfully stopped the bleeding. After Vivian recovered from surgery, she was transferred to the Sutter Rehabilitation Institution in Roseville where she received advanced rehabilitation care. Meanwhile, Sutter Davis’ labor and delivery team helped Vivian’s husband care for the couple’s healthy newborn daughter, Stella.

Our team’s ability to develop and implement a treatment plan spanning multiple facilities — which remained in constant communication and included comprehensive access to Vivian’s medical records — proved critical to saving Vivian and Stella’s lives.

“When you have a single network, it really improves the communication,” said Dr. Rudolph Schrot, Vivian’s neurosurgeon. “You have a very rapid transfer from one facility to another, from Sutter Davis to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, to the Sutter Rehab Institute. There’s a constant thread that goes through this patient’s experience, where there’s immediate access to medical records, communication between providers, and also a very rapid response.”

Sutter’s integrated system helps provide patients like Vivian and Stella with qualified, highly-trained medical staff throughout a life-threatening medical emergency. The system allows for smoother transitions between inpatient and outpatient services, multi-specialty teams that can address patient care holistically while reducing complications and, in turn, lower hospital readmission rates and total cost of care for patients. The coordinated care model also allows teams to share ideas, improve communication and spread best practices across locations – ultimately contributing to improved care, a more user-friendly experience, and better patient outcomes.

“Coordinating our efforts across facilities, doctors, teams and locations is crucial to providing patient-centered care throughout a patient’s journey,” said Steve Lockhart, M.D., Sutter Health’s Chief Medical Officer. “Our integrated network enables us to be attuned to a patient’s needs and provide personalized care from inpatient to outpatient, preventive to rehabilitative, hospice to home healthcare.”

Lockhart continues, “At Sutter, we believe ready access to multiple types of patient-centered care from well-informed and highly coordinated providers sets integrated care networks apart. This connectivity allows Sutter to provide innovative, quality care to more than 3 million Californians. Our integrated system ultimately helps improve patient outcomes, resulting in happier, healthier families and communities.”

Stupski Foundation to Enhance Palliative Care for Alameda County Patients with $3.5 Million Grant to Sutter Health

Posted on Sep 30, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Expanding Access, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Scroll Images

(OAKLAND, Calif) –The Stupski Foundation has awarded not-for-profit Sutter Health a $3.5 million, three-year grant to build a comprehensive Palliative and Advanced Illness Care (PAIC) program for northern Alameda County.

This significant grant will enable Sutter to build on successful palliative care programs already in place at the healthcare network’s Alameda County hospitals, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, while incorporating elements of both the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) innovative ambulatory palliative care and support services program and Sutter’s impactful home-based Advanced Illness Management Program.

The grant will help caregivers at these Sutter organizations integrate palliative and advanced illness care services across care settings, to provide more continuous and comprehensive support for patients and families facing serious illness. This collaborative model extends services to thousands of additional people in the county who suffer from the complex challenges of serious illnesses such as cancer, dementia or advanced heart, lung or kidney disease, by providing more timely, seamless and flexible services to address their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. Multidisciplinary palliative care teams at Sutter include specially trained doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

“We are honored to partner with the Stupski Foundation to improve patient and family experience by enhancing serious illness care across Alameda County,” says Elizabeth Mahler, M.D., Sutter Health Vice President Clinical Integration, Office of Patient Experience. “This generous grant will help us serve thousands more patients and families with collaborative care that seeks to decrease suffering by putting the personal preferences, needs and values of patients and families front and center.”

“Sutter Health has been recognized as a national leader in serious illness care since the creation of its Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program,” Dan Tuttle, director of health at the Stupski Foundation says. “This grant supports their efforts to roll out an even more comprehensive palliative care model for people with serious illness, bringing home-based care to hundreds of patients and new inpatient and outpatient services to thousands more throughout Alameda County every year. We hope that healthcare continues to move from inside clinic walls to meet people where they need it and we see quality home-based palliative care as a critical part of that shift.”

Reaching More Patients in Need

Sutter Health Palliative and Advanced Illness Management programs serving Alameda County are running close to maximum capacity, currently serve about 3,000 patients annually. Sutter palliative care program leaders estimate that an additional 2,000 patients will benefit from improved PAIC coordination, capacity and services made possible by the Stupski Foundation grant.

This new comprehensive model of care in Alameda County will encompass four key components of serious illness care including specialty palliative care, advance care planning, family caregiver support and links to social services.

“This grant gives Sutter the opportunity to more broadly provide compassionate care to the communities we serve. It will allow us to create a path of care, comfort and support for those patients and families who are facing an advanced illness in a way that we have previously not been able to provide,” says Jeffrey Stoneberg, DO, Palliative Care Medical Director at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Sutter will launch the ambulatory based PAIC program at Alta Bates Summit next year, followed by Eden starting in 2021.

Physical Therapy Takes a Giant Step Forward

Posted on Sep 25, 2019 in Community Benefit, Eden Medical Center, Expanding Access, Innovation, Scroll Images

(CASTRO VALLEY, Calif) –The community came together at the recent Castro Valley Fall Festival to support advanced health care at Sutter’s Eden Medical Center, raising more than $10,000 –which will be matched by an additional $10,000 from the Rotary Club of Castro Valley —toward the purchase of an Ekso GT Robotics Exoskeleton therapy device. The wearable robotic technology helps survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again by providing comprehensive gait therapy beyond what a physical therapist can do with conventional tools.

 

“We are proud to support Eden Medical Center in their vision to bring this remarkable technology to our local community, and we can’t say enough about how proud we are in the community’s outpouring of support at the Fall Festival,” said Todd Anglin, president of the Castro Valley Rotary.

To complete the funding of the exoskeleton, Sutter Health will match more than $100,000 toward the $207,000 needed.

“We are so honored that the Rotary and so many community members came together at the Fall Festival to achieve this generous match,” said Stephen Gray, immediate past CEO of Eden. “Donor gifts will directly enhance the level of care we are able to bring to this community and we are grateful for this partnership with the Rotary.”

Eden Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit integrated network of healthcare, treats more than 700 stroke patients each year and serves as a referral center for advanced neurological conditions. The Ekso GT Robotics Exoskeleton provides advanced rehabilitation technology to achieve optimal outcomes for stroke patients.

Stroke is the number one cause of disability in the nation and regaining mobility is one of the biggest challenges during stroke rehabilitation. Over 60% of acute stroke survivors are unable to walk or experience difficulty with walking. Physical therapy guided by trained specialists can help patients to regain the strength, balance, and endurance they need to walk following a stroke.

Rehab centers at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Sutter Roseville Medical Center also have the exoskeleton therapy device.

To make a gift toward purchasing the exoskeleton for Eden Medical Center, click here.

Sutter Health Statement on Antitrust Litigation

Posted on Sep 20, 2019 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

The largest health insurance companies in the nation openly and actively support this lawsuit, which irresponsibly targets Sutter Health’s integrated network.  Insurance companies want to maximize profits by pushing patients into insurance plans that limit their choices and result in surprise billing.  Sutter Health faces fierce competition, including the expansion of other health systems in the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley regions.

What really is at stake in this lawsuit is the ability of Sutter Health and other care providers, including Kaiser Permanente, to further the goals of the Affordable Care Act by providing access to patient-centered, high quality and efficient care.  Our integrated care delivery model enables Sutter Health to deliver the right kind of care to patients at the right time and place. Our integrated model also allows us to care for more Medi-Cal patients than any other system in our Northern California footprint. And our integrated model enables our system to invest in and spread new life-saving technologies across our network, including in poor and rural communities that may struggle to recruit physicians and keep care facilities open.

The bottom line is that this lawsuit is designed to skew the healthcare system to the advantage of large insurance companies so they can market inadequate insurance plans to Californians.  There is robust competition in Northern California, and Sutter Health looks forward to demonstrating in court why its integrated care model promotes competition and, most importantly, benefits patients and communities.

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Breaks Ground on Major Expansion to Meet Growing Needs of the Community

Posted on Sep 20, 2019 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa

3-story expansion, plus a 10,000-square-foot renovation, will add 40 private room hospital beds, treatment areas in the emergency department and additional surgical suites

SANTA ROSA, Calif.Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital today broke ground on a major expansion and renovation to enhance access to acute hospital services and continue to meet the evolving needs of the growing community..

 

The $158 million investment, made possible through Sutter’s integrated network, will add more than 67,000 square feet of space to help support the health and healing of patients across multiple departments and services.

Listen to KCBS radio’s story about the groundbreaking.

“We have a long history of providing quality, innovative care to our community,” said Michael Purvis, CEO of Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital. “This expansion project will enhance our ability to provide coordinated healthcare and help us meet the growing needs of Sonoma County patients for years to come.”

Expansion and Renovation Plans
Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital opened in 2014 and is now starting its second phase of construction. The building expansion is expected to be complete and open for patient care in 2022, with both growth and renovation plans focused on enhancing access to heavily used services, including:

  • A new three-story wing to the east side of the existing hospital will include the addition of 40 licensed private-room beds, two operating rooms, an endoscopy unit, 20 intensive care unit beds and 11 post-anesthesia care unit bays.
  • The project also includes renovation of 10,713 square feet in the existing hospital to add nine emergency department exam rooms, expanded dietary service, expanded lab/blood bank, as well as renovation of a central processing unit to support the expanded facility.
  • The expansion builds on Sutter’s commitment to the environment and energy independence – the new building will also leverage the hospital’s recently installed solar panels and will be LEED Gold Certified.

Click here for more information on the expansion and renovation plans for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital.

Ground is officially broken for the Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Expansion project.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Marked by Local Elected Officials
Joining CEO Michael Purvis at the groundbreaking event to celebrate the hospital expansion were Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore; Windsor Town Council Mayor Dominic Foppoli; Steve Plamann, president of the Mark West Area Chamber of Commerce; Lorene Romero, president & CEO of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce; and Peter Rumble, CEO of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce.

“Sutter Health’s commitment to Sonoma County and our values is evident in every aspect of this expansion. This isn’t just about creating greater access to high-quality care for our residents – it’s about being environmentally conscious, forward-looking and community-focused,” said Gore.

About Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital

Sutter also cares for the larger community in ways that stretch beyond the walls of the hospital. In the past three years, Sutter Health has annually provided over $26.6 million in charity, uncompensated care, and other community benefits to indigent, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Sonoma County. Sutter partners to provide financial support to serve 12 local community organizations, including Social Advocates for Youth and the Center of Well-Being, organizations providing homeless support services, counseling and career services to youth, and educational health and wellness programs to families in our community.

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital, part of the not-for-profit, integrated Sutter Health network, has a long, proud history of providing high quality care in Sonoma County and beyond. Because of an unwavering focus on health and healing the hospital is consistently ranked as one of the top hospitals in the region.