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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.

Sutter Davis Announces Expansion Plans to Meet Growing Needs of the Community

Posted on Sep 17, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

Brett Lee, mayor of the City of Davis; Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, California State Assemblymember, District 4; Rachael McKinney, CEO of Sutter Davis Hospital; Don Saylor, Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2; and Melissa Marshall, M.D., CEO, CommuniCare Health Centers, team up to announce plans for Sutter Davis Hospital’s expansion to meet the growing needs of the community.

Emergency Department, Maternity and Medical-Surgical Units Key Focus Areas

DAVIS, Calif.— On the 25th anniversary of caring for patients and families at its current location, Sutter Davis Hospital announced expansion plans today that will meet the evolving needs of the growing community and beyond.

“We have a proud history of reinvesting into this community to provide access to high- quality, personal and affordable care,” said Rachael McKinney, CEO of Sutter Davis Hospital. “Over the past decade, the population of greater Yolo County has increased by nearly 10%, and all indications point toward continued growth. To best care for our patients and communities now and into the future, we concentrated our plan to expand key areas of the hospital where needs were the greatest.”

The plan for the future of Sutter Davis Hospital, which is an investment of Sutter’s integrated network into the community, focuses on some of the most heavily used services.

  • Plans currently include an estimated $69.5 million, 28,154-square-foot project on the existing campus, which expects to welcome its first patients into new space in 2021. Plans include the following features:
    • The addition of five triage/flex spaces and 11 treatment areas (for an eventual total of 23 treatment areas) to the existing Emergency Department, expanding the ED by a little more than 11,000 square feet. The expanded ED will also allow for additional safety features to help address an increasing number of patients with mental health needs.
    • An expansion of the Labor and Delivery Department, allowing more patients access to innovative and personalized care. In total, plans include adding three Labor and Delivery rooms (for an eventual total of nine), four post-partum recovery rooms (for an eventual total of 16), two C-section delivery rooms, and the addition of three more tubs to the hospital’s popular and distinctive water birthing program (for an eventual total of five).
    • The expansion will also add five new medical-surgical unit beds (for an eventual total of 35), allowing increased patient access to a range of health and healing needs inside the hospital.

Joining McKinney at the community event sharing details about the expansion were Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, California State Assemblymember, District 4; Don Saylor, Yolo County Board of Supervisors, District 2; Brett Lee, mayor of the City of Davis, and Melissa Marshall, M.D., CEO, CommuniCare Health Centers.

“As Yolo County continues to grow and evolve, we look forward to seeing how Sutter Davis will broaden access to care for generations to come,” said Aguiar-Curry.

“Access to medical care is so important to a community’s wellbeing, and Sutter’s expansion will be a great addition to Yolo County,” said Saylor.

“Sutter Davis Hospital is a longstanding, valuable contributor to our community,” said Mayor Lee. “Their presence enriches our city with high-quality care and high-quality employment opportunities. We appreciate their commitment to keeping our community healthy and strong, and well-prepared to meet our needs in the future.”

“Sutter Health and CommuniCare Health Centers have worked closely together for many years to meet the healthcare needs of our community,” said Dr. Marshall. “As Sutter Davis expands care for patients and families, we look forward to growing our capacity as well. Through our continued collaboration, we will provide greater access to primary care, behavioral health and dental services for some of our community’s most vulnerable populations.”

Groundbreaking for this hospital expansion is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020.

Sutter Davis Hospital, part of the not-for-profit, integrated Sutter Health network, has a long, proud history of providing high quality care in Yolo County and beyond. The hospital is one of the area’s largest employers, with more than 500 employees and nearly 400 area physicians affiliated with the facility. Because of an unwavering focus on health and healing, Sutter Davis consistently ranks among top performers in providing high-quality, affordable patient care, both regionally and statewide. Recent recognitions include the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Healthgrades – Outstanding Patient Experience, LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader, Smart Care California Hospital C-Section Honor Roll and a Baby Friendly Re-designation. It is also recognized as an advanced primary stroke center by The Joint Commission.

Sutter Davis Hospital also cares for the larger community in ways that stretch beyond the walls of the hospital. It’s the primary partner of the Davis Farmers Market, and hosts a weekly market at the front doors of the hospital to create better access to fresh fruits and vegetables for the community. Additionally, Sutter Health has invested $1 million in Nourish Yolo, to provide programmatic support for efforts to meet all of Yolo County’s food security needs for the next five years.

Sutter Surgery Centers Honored for Excellence in Ambulatory Surgery

Posted on Sep 13, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images

(Sacramento, Calif.) The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) recently honored Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Surgery Center Palo Alto and PAMF Surgery Center San Carlos with three of four of its Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Excellence Awards. Each year, these awards go to member facilities that actively promote and advocate for ASC excellence.

Pictured, l-r: Terry Glubka, CEO SSCD; Melody States, Executive Director for Foundation ASCs, SSCD; Sandy Keating, Administrator, PAMF Surgery Center San Carlos; Johnny Russell, Director, PAMF Surgery Center Palo Alto; Andrew Kim, SSCD Administrator; Denise Meier, Marketing Specialist; Ernesto Brizuela, Administrator, Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center; Brad Heaton, Executive Director for Joint Venture ASCs, SSCD

“The staff and physicians at these centers provide their patients with quality, compassionate care, each and every day,” says Sutter Surgery Center Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Congratulations to these teams for this well-deserved honor.”

With membership totaling more than 350 ASCs, CASA is a proactive leader in the ambulatory surgery industry, and works to advance communication and education, appropriate legislative and regulatory actions and continue the enhancement of industry excellence to embrace the challenges of the 21st century.

Serving residents throughout California, not-for-profit Sutter Health’s ambulatory surgery centers focus on providing patients a caring, safe and efficient healthcare environment. Click here for more information about Sutter’s ambulatory surgery centers.

Sutter Medical Network Organizations Repeat Elite Honors

Posted on Sep 11, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images

Six physician organizations affiliated with Sutter Health achieve five stars for sixth consecutive year

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–America’s Physician Groups™ (APG), a national trade association for physician organizations, awarded five stars—its prestigious Elite rating—in its 2019 Standards of Excellence® (SOE) member survey to:

  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties
  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties
  • Sutter Medical Foundation, serving Amador, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, serving San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and Del Norte counties
  • Brown & Toland Physicians – a physician organization that contracts with Sutter Health affiliates to provide patient care – serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties

Since 2007, APG has administered the voluntary SOE survey to evaluate its member medical groups, health systems and independent practice associations, rating participants in care management practices, information technology, accountability and transparency, patient-centered care and group support of advanced primary care. This year, APG added new metrics to assess organizations’ performance on the social determinants of health, value-based incentives, financial standards and post-hospital discharge follow-up.

“As we strive to lead the transformation of healthcare to achieve the highest levels of accessible, safe, personal, and affordable care, we are proud to receive this recognition for our commitment to delivering the ultimate patient experience,” said Don Wreden, M.D., senior vice president, Patient Experience, for Sutter Health. “Our excellent performance in new survey categories, including value-based incentives and social determinants of health, demonstrates our focus on keeping patients healthy to enhance the well-being of the communities we serve. We are thrilled to honor these exceptional organizations for providing comprehensive, coordinated care to our patients throughout Sutter Health.”

The association posts member ratings on its website to help consumers evaluate the organizations’ technical quality, patient experience and affordability. This year 122 association member organizations nationwide took part in the survey.

America’s Physician Groups began as the Physician Groups Council in 1995 and later was renamed the California Association of Physician Groups, or CAPG. To reflect the growth of its national membership, the association was renamed America’s Physician Groups, or APG, in January.

Each Elite honoree in the 2019 Standards of Excellence member survey will receive a plaque at the APG Colloquium 2019 in Washington, D.C., in November.

For complete nationwide survey results and additional information, visit the APG website.

Thinking of Vaping? Think Again! Surgeon Warns of Vaping Health Dangers

Posted on Sep 7, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Community Benefit, Quality, Scroll Images

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alta Bates Summit Medical Center director of Cardiovascular Services, Junaid Khan, M.D., is featured in Business Insider, ABC7 and  KTVU Fox 2 stories about the terrible health risks physicians are seeing in patients, especially young people and older people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, who vape. Alta Bates Summit is part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health integrated network of care.

Dr. Khan cites the alarming increase in the pace at which vaping-related illnesses and deaths are now being reported as he warns that vaping has become a public health crisis. He emphasizes that vaping can cause permanent, lifelong lung damage and that vaping is equally bad, if not worse, than smoking.

LGBT Center Announces Half-Million Dollar Investment from Sutter Health

Posted on Sep 6, 2019 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Courtesy of Sacramento LGBT Community Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento LGBT Community Center announced a $500,000 capacity building investment from Sutter Health as it opened its new location at 2012 K Street in Lavender Heights. The investment will support increased access for LGBTQ+ people to preventive sexual health and mental health support, homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth support services, youth development activities, and cultural competency education over the next three years. Funding will increase the organization’s physical space, staff and development capacity.

“We are extremely grateful for Sutter’s investment in our community’s future. Both the scale of this contribution and engagement by Sutter employees in our programs are an acknowledgement of how severe the need is in our community and demonstrate their commitment as a partner in our work to create a region where LGBTQ people can focus on all aspects of their health and well-being,” said David Heitstuman, executive director of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center.

“As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health is proud to reinvest in the communities we serve,” said Keri Thomas, vice president of External Affairs for Sutter Health Valley Area. “Improving the health of our communities starts with innovative thinking, diverse voices and inclusive approaches. We’re glad to team up with others within the community to help the Center expand services, which can now reach even more LGBTQ+ youth and foster youth so they may feel supported, safe and empowered.”

The announcement came the same week that the Sacramento City Council approved a $750,000 grant to help the Center purchase a permanent home that will meet the LGBTQ community’s current and future needs. Its long-time headquarters on L Street and annex office at 25th and J had significant structural deficiencies and were drastically undersized to keep up with recent growth. Since 2016, the organization launched six new programs, including three housing programs, and added 24 staff positions.

Sutter Health’s transformational funding commitment, and grants from the Johnson Family Foundation and Golden 1 Credit Union announced earlier this year, has allow the Center to meet urgent space needs by relocating to a temporary site at 2012 K Street, while simultaneously executing its plan to purchase a permanent home for the Center. The 6,000-square foot temporary space will accommodate all current programs and provide a slightly larger Q-Spot youth center. It also offers more confidential and community meeting space, improved connectivity across the Center’s continuum of health services, full accessibility via an elevator and three gender neutral restrooms, and more adequate workspace for staff, which will deliver greater opportunities for collaboration and better client outcomes.

This expanded capacity is especially important for hundreds of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness who will have access to food, clothing, survival supplies, showers, transportation, life skills development, mental health respite, crisis intervention, counseling, case management, emergency shelter and transitional housing on a pathway to self-reliance. Additional square footage creates opportunity for more on-site mental health services, community education workshops, social justice advocacy, and community and cultural enrichment activities for thousands of LGBTQ+ community members who visit the Center each year.

“More than 40 years after the organization’s founding, we are elated to have the confidence and support of Sutter Health and the City as catalysts in our campaign to establish a permanent home for the LGBTQ community in Lavender Heights,” said Center Board President Carlos Marquez.

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center works to create a region where LGBTQ people thrive. It supports the health and wellness of the most marginalized, advocates for equality and justice, and works to create a culturally rich LGBTQ community.