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Stanford Health Care and Sutter Health sign letter of intent to explore opportunities to enhance care and improve choice for oncology patients in the East Bay

Posted on Jul 17, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Story Summary: This LOI formalizes ongoing discussions that began more than a year ago between Sutter Health and Stanford Health Care to expand and enhance clinical integration among their existing, high quality services, with a shared goal of providing patients and their families with coordinated, seamless cancer care in the East Bay. The two organizations are also in discussions about a potential joint venture that would operate an outpatient cancer center in the East Bay.

 

East Bay Area, CA (July 17, 2019) – Sutter Health and Stanford Health Care have signed a letter of intent to formalize discussions focused on opportunities to jointly provide cancer care for patients and their families in the East Bay. Initial activities between the two entities will focus on ways to build upon current and developing cancer related services and care settings already in place within the two organizations’ respective networks, to explore ways to increase access to cancer clinical trials and to make other enhancements to choice and quality of care for East Bay patients and their families.

Discussions also include potential plans to develop an integrated, multi-disciplinary cancer center in the East Bay, modeled on the highly successful Stanford Cancer Center South Bay concept. This outpatient cancer center would serve as a local hub for cancer care and offer East Bay patients and their families access to the most advanced, complete and coordinated care – from screening through survivorship.

“With this new collaboration, Stanford Health Care aims to bring the full complement of its world-class cancer prevention, treatment and clinical research programs to serve patients in the East Bay,” said David Entwistle, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care. “Partnering with Sutter Health, with its well-established, high-quality cancer program in the area, is the ideal opportunity, and we are pleased to move forward with them in this effort.”

“As an integrated network, Sutter Health has proudly provided accessible, high-quality care to our patients across the East Bay for over a century, and we’re excited to build on this legacy,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “This announcement is an example of Sutter and Stanford’s shared commitment as not-for-profit health systems to provide quality, compassionate and convenient care, and to do so in a way that delivers the best outcomes for our patients and our community.”

Julie Petrini, president of Bay Area Sutter Hospitals, agreed: “A collaboration between Sutter and Stanford is a natural fit, and one that will establish an unprecedented and easily accessible suite of services for all East Bay cancer patients. We are excited to formalize our discussions with Stanford through this LOI.”

Complete cancer care, delivered locally

The intent of the collaboration is to increase access to high quality, exceptional cancer care for patients as close to home as possible, by building on the integrated care networks of both Sutter Health and Stanford Medicine, with Stanford’s extensive oncology expertise. Both entities have a deep commitment to caring for the whole patient, and together their efforts will surround patients and their families with a full spectrum of coordinated, supportive care. The new East Bay oncology collaboration would help local patients simplify care coordination, reduce travel time, and focus on treatment and recovery.

New opportunities for innovative treatments

The treatment of cancer is a rapidly evolving field. A collaboration between Stanford and Sutter Health would greatly improve access for East Bay cancer patients to new opportunities for clinical care and clinical research, including an expanded array of clinically relevant local and offsite industry- and investigator-initiated clinical trials.

“Working with Sutter Health in the East Bay will broaden opportunities for participation in some of the world’s most innovative cancer treatment trials,” said Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine. “With breakthroughs in the detection, prevention and treatment of cancer and its side effects, Stanford Medicine’s physician-scientists are actively investigating new therapies and working to make sure that they are available to everyone who needs them. This collaboration presents a real opportunity for improvement for patients, and a benefit to the progress of cancer science, as more inclusion enables more discoveries.”

Stanford Health Care and Sutter Health also believe that this opportunity could greatly enhance their shared commitment to health equity by improving access to exceptional care for underrepresented minorities in the community who often lack access to advanced care options and the ability to participate in clinical trials.

Nationally recognized cancer and integrated healthcare

To this collaboration, Stanford Health Care brings its strength as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and its leadership as one of the founding members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.

Stanford Health Care is consistently recognized as one of the top hospitals in America for cancer care by US News & World Report, recognized for overall quality and safety by Vizient in 2018, and awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

A collaboration with Stanford and Sutter Health would also build on the efficient and high quality of care for which Sutter Health’s integrated network is consistently recognized, and would provide East Bay residents with seamless coordination of cancer care and support services from one caregiver to another.

Four hospitals within Sutter Health, including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC), have been recognized as top hospitals in California by US News & World Report. ABSMC has also received the highest rating (5 Stars) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Quality Ratings.  Additionally, Sutter Health includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations.

Celebrating Pride Across the Sutter Health Network

Posted on Jul 9, 2019 in People, Scroll Images, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It’s Pride season and Sutter Health employees, physicians and volunteers are bursting with pride and joy at events across Northern

Team Sutter color guard spreads joy at Sonoma County Pride in Santa Rosa

California—and even further afield. So far this year, Sutter teammates have marched, danced and waved flags in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Davis, Sacramento and Utah. Sutter teams will participate in upcoming Pride events in Castro Valley, Modesto and Honolulu.

“I could not help noticing the smile on my husband Edwin’s face as he waved the rainbow flag. His joy and appreciation was priceless. This day was filled with joy and comfort for all,” said Esteban Ortega Menjivar, Sonoma County Pride Sutter team lead and medical records referral coordinator for Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation.

Team Sutter waves a giant rainbow flag at Sacramento Pride

At the June 9 Sacramento Pride event, about 400 employees, their family members and friends came together to march, dance, wave flags and joyfully celebrate Sutter’s steadfast support for LGBTQ+ teammates and patients. Representing Sutter’s 2019 Pride theme ‘Wave Your Flag,’ the team included a color guard with flags that represented several of the identities within the LGBTQ+ community. The show stopper was a giant rainbow flag, measuring half the length of a football field that billowed in the wind as the Sutter team proudly carried it in the parade.

At San Francisco Pride on June 30, another Sutter team dazzled the crowds with:

  • More than 400 Sutter team members, their friends, family members marching, dancing and waving flags
  • 70 brightly colored flags, including a fabulous color guard, representing gender and sexual identities of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Sutter vehicles, one of them an ambulance with the siren blaring
  • 1 giant rainbow flag, half the length of a football field, carried by the proud Sutter team
  • 1 sparkly float with 16 Sutter teammates aboard, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd

“I felt totally loved,” said Marena McNaney, digital imaging services coordinator at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, who was the DJ and master of ceremonies for the Sutter San Francisco Pride parade team and rode on the Sutter float with her wife Claire and her family. “It was such a great feeling to be surrounded by my family, teammates from so many Sutter locations and hearing the cheers from the crowd. I’m so glad to work for such an awesome company that is committed to supporting the LGBTQ+ community.”

The Sutter Pride Inclusion Resource Group (IRG) leads the organization’s participation in Pride events in local communities. The Sutter Pride IRG, one of four employee inclusion groups at the healthcare system, fosters an equitable and inclusive working environment where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer employees, and their supporters/allies, feel a sense of community and opportunity. The group adds value at Sutter by appreciating and promoting diversity and inclusion in the community.

Sutter is committed to leveraging a diverse and inclusive workforce and environment to achieve superior business results and attract, develop and retain the best employees. As it strives to be an employer and provider of choice, Sutter is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly, and have an opportunity to excel in their chosen careers and reach their maximum potential. To that end, Sutter Health supports Inclusion Resource Groups including Pride, Ability, Multicultural, and Military and Veterans groups.

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center Receives Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Expanding Access, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

BURLINGAME, Calif. – Mills-Peninsula Medical Center (MPMC), part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network, has received certification as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

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Safari-Themed ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’ Gives Career Exploration A Whole Meaning

Posted on Jun 19, 2019 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento hosted a “Take Your Child to Work Day,” but this is much different than the usual one where the children just sit around and watch Mom or Dad work. More than a dozen stations were set up for children to learn about healthcare and try their hand at specialized skills.

Among the stations:

  • A giant-sized game of “Operation” where kids can test their surgery skills.
  • A machine will “X-ray” the children’s arms in real time.
  • Kids were able to pet and interact with dogs used for therapy throughout the hospital.
  • The hospital’s germ-zapping robot will be displayed to show how it helps to kill germs in patient rooms.

“I love our pediatric services, and I love kids,” said Trisha Klaassen, R.N., SMCS clinical nurse educator who helped construct the oversized “Operation” game. “I wanted to find a good way to teach them about what we do here and how we teach.”

It was presented with a safari theme—featuring exotic animals (not real, of course!) such as lions, zebras, elephants and monkeysadding to the fun and adventure of the day.

The event is really a celebration of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento teams and the work they do every day. Staff put on the entire event themselves and look forward to it each year.

According to a new list by Forbes magazine, Sutter Health ranked 26th on California’s list and took the top spot for employers headquartered in the Sacramento region.

Sutter Health Statement on Antitrust Litigation

Posted on Jun 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

Sutter Health is vigorously defending itself against what we believe are baseless allegations brought by self-interested plaintiffs whose lawsuit is supported by insurance companies.  It is insurance companies who will benefit from the remedies sought through this litigation, not Northern California patients who would be left with reduced access to quality and affordable healthcare.

The Affordable Care Act explicitly encourages integrated models of care like Sutter Health to foster better quality and value in healthcare. Yet the plaintiffs suing us want to dismantle Sutter’s integrated network in order to expand insurance companies’ market share and give them more power to create contracts that move Northern California patients into a narrow band of doctors and providers, making it easier for insurers to limit patient choice, reduce patient reimbursements and deny patient claims.

Put simply, the plaintiffs in this matter are attempting to usurp government authority and use the Court to achieve the insurance industry’s public policy objectives, making an end-run around the State’s legislators and regulators. Regulating Sutter Health is the responsibility of the California Department of Public Health, which acts in the best interest of the State’s citizens, not out-of-state insurance companies.

 

Sutter Delivers the Best Mother’s Day Gifts: New Babies

Posted on May 12, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized, Women's Services

SACRAMENTO and SAN FRANCISCO — While looking down lovingly at her brand-spanking-new little baby boy, Cody, a tired yet glowingly beautiful Leah Strange of Sacramento pondered how grateful she felt to have given birth on Mother’s Day.

Leah Strange gave birth to baby Cody on Mother’s Day at Sutter Medical Center. Looking at his baby girl is Dad Adam Strange.

“He was overdue,” Leah said, “but I had a feeling he was going to wait it out and make it an extra-special day.”

By Sunday afternoon, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento already made it an extra-special day for 11 women by delivering the best Mother’s Day gift ever – 11 new babies. By the end of the day, it was expected that 15 bundles of joy would be born at what is known by the locals as “Sacramento’s baby hospital,” which has delivered a city worth of babies – nearly 400,000 – in its 95-year history. More than 6,000 babies are born there every year.

Ninety miles west, it was the first Mother’s Day at Sutter CPMC Mission Bernal campus, one of the newest hospitals in Northern California, having replaced the venerable St. Luke’s campus. As extra-special treats, Mission Bernal serenaded new moms with a musical duo from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to go along with their new, spacious rooms and penthouse views of the City by the Bay.

Janelle McCarthy was born at St. Luke’s, but gave birth to her second daughter, Evelyn, at the new CPMC Mission Bernal hospital campus. With them is Dad Sean McCarthy and their first daughter, Alexandria.

Janelle McCarthy, with her baby, Evelyn, was getting ready to go home, but she and her little family stopped long enough to appreciate the calming classical sounds of the flute-and-guitar duo.

“I am really happy to be at this hospital,” she said. “I was born at St. Luke’s, my first child was born at St. Luke’s, and now my second child was born here at Mission Bernal. They really take care of you here. It’s great.”

In Northern California, more babies are born at Sutter Health hospitals than anywhere else. The CPMC campuses at Mission Bernal and Van Ness deliver half of all babies born in San Francisco, and Mission Bernal is on target for more than 1,000 newborns in its first year. Throughout Northern California, an average of about 85 babies – or almost four kindergarten classes worth – are born at Sutter Health hospitals every single day … and some, like Cody Strange, hold out to be born on Mother’s Day.

“I feel super lucky and fortunate to have the opportunity to carry him and deliver him, and then be healthy and here,” said Leah Strange as she fought back tears. “So, I’m super grateful.”

Charisse Francis and Kalin Green are all smiles with Kalin’s “Mother’s Day gift,” baby Marley-Rose.

Down the hall, though, it sounded more like the Mother’s Day present was for Dad, not Mom.

Charisse Francis of Sacramento looked stunning as she prepared to go home with her third child, a beautiful, little girl named Marley-Rose. Waiting at home are Marley-Rose’s two brothers, who are just 3 and 2 years old.

“I have two boys who really, really love Mom a lot,” said proud papa Kalin Green as he held Marley-Rose. “I understand. I’m a Mama’s boy, and they are too, so I need a Daddy’s girl.” As Charisse laughed, Kalin looked down at his little sweetheart and said, “So this is mine.”