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11 Things You Didn’t Know About the U.S.’s Largest Non-Academic Kidney Transplant Center

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images

1. The kidney transplant team at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) transplanted its first kidney in 1969.

2. In March, the program will celebrate its 50th anniversary and move to its new home at the brand new CPMC Van Ness Campus.

3. More than 6,000 people have received life-extending kidney transplants at CPMC. That’s enough to fill 15 jumbo jets!

4. Not for profit Sutter Health’s CPMC is the largest non-academic medical center transplant program in the country. Over 200 kidney transplants are performed at CPMC annually, making it one of the largest kidney transplant centers in the western United States.

5. CPMC is a pioneer in kidney paired donation. In 2011, the program made history as the first California transplant program to perform five paired donor transplants in one day. A paired donor transplant is when someone donates their kidney on behalf of a loved one so the loved one can receive a compatible kidney from someone else.

6. A software developer/kidney transplant patient collaborated with his CPMC surgeon to create a groundbreaking software program, called MatchGrid, which allows people who are willing to donate their kidney to a friend or relative but are found incompatible to be paired with a matching patient.

 

 

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Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Help Camp Fire Relief Efforts

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

KCRA 3’s Lisa Gonzales, Sutter Health’s Sue Haddad and John Rose, M.D., and Red Cross Gold Country Region’s Gary Strong at KCRA 3’s /American Red Cross’ telethon raising money to support victims of the Camp Fire.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health made a $50,000 donation today to help those impacted by the Camp Fire, which continues to rage in Butte County.

Sutter Health’s donation will go to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund. The fund will help bring food, water and emergency shelter to the families affected by the devastation left in the fire’s wake.

“Our Butte County neighbors have suffered such tremendous losses from this devastating fire. We are so grateful for the heroism of the first responders, as well as those from Adventist Health’s Feather River Hospital who safely evacuated patients,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Through an outpouring of community support, we can help provide shelter and supplies to those most in need.” Read More

ER on Wheels: Groundbreaking Approach to Stroke Care

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in Innovation, Scroll Images

BURLINGAME, Calif. –Experts estimate that every minute treatment for stroke is delayed can mean life or death for 2 million brain cells. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and the top contributor to long-term disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the Bay Area, not-for-profit Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center is partnering to pilot a specially-equipped and -staffed ambulance, called a mobile stroke unit (MSU). The goal is to test whether bringing stroke diagnosis and treatment to patients—rather than waiting for them to arrive at the emergency department—improves outcomes.

Mills-Peninsula’s new mobile stroke unit will bring care to patients on scene.

Mills-Peninsula is the first hospital in Northern California to pilot a mobile stroke unit, joining medical centers in New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles. 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

Doors Officially Open at Sutter Health’s CPMC Mission Bernal Campus

Posted on Aug 25, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images, Transformation

Shannon Thomas, R.N., site administrator for Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center Mission Bernal Hospital Campus, unveils signage outside the emergency department.

Teams will care for the community inside this hospital that features latest technologies, advanced seismic safety and world-class healthcare

 

SAN FRANCISCO—The not-for-profit Sutter Health network will officially open the doors to its California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Mission Bernal campus hospital Saturday, Aug. 25. This neighborhood-based medical center for all San Franciscans is located at Cesar Chavez and Valencia Street.

“For 150 years, we have had the privilege to care for San Franciscans from every neighborhood of our wonderful city,” says California Pacific Medical Center CEO Warren Browner, M.D., MPH. “We are delighted to carry on that tradition and meet the ever-changing needs of our City by the Bay.”

“The new Sutter Health CPMC Mission Bernal Campus is a state of the art facility that will serve San Francisco for generations to come,” said Mayor London Breed. “The grand opening today is a culmination of years of collaborative work between the City, CPMC and the community to ensure that we provide quality healthcare for all of our diverse communities.” Read More

Leading Health Systems Form Alliance to Address Climate Change in California

Posted on Aug 22, 2018 in Scroll Images, Transformation, We're Awesome

From a Health Care Without Harm press release

California Health Care Climate Alliance will advocate for climate-smart policies

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Amid deadly fires and record-breaking heat waves in California, four of the state’s largest health systems – Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente, Providence St. Joseph Health, and Sutter Health – have formed the California Health Care Climate Alliance. The Alliance was formed in advance of next month’s Global Climate Action Summit which calls for deeper commitments and accelerated action to address climate change by all sectors of society.

Representing 107 California hospitals and serving more than 20 million patients in the state, the Alliance aims to drive stronger commitments from California’s health care sector to protect the public from the health impacts of climate change and to work with policymakers in Sacramento to support the state’s climate goals. Read More