Sutter Health Employees Donate Backpacks To Students in Need

Posted on Aug 16, 2018 in Community Benefit, Organizational News, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Employees across Sutter Health’s Valley Area came together to donate more than 1,800 backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need as a part of Operation Backpack.

Operation Backpack is a yearly campaign organized by the Volunteers of America in partnership with Sutter Health that delivers backpacks, collected for students from pre-kindergarten through 12 graders, to homeless and at-risk children in the region.

“There’s nothing more exciting for a child than a new backpack and supplies to start the school year, but the cost of preparing a whole family for school can be overwhelming,” said Tommy Trejo, external affairs at Sutter Health. “Sutter Health wanted to help these families by supplying 1,870 backpacks to help these students have confidence and be successful in school.” Read More

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Recognized as a Bike Friendly Business

Posted on Aug 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital Earns Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business Designation by League of American Bicyclists

SANTA ROSA Calif.— Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists, a national bicycling and advocacy organization of nearly 20,000 members, with a prestigious Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) certification.

With the announcement of 64 new and renewing BFBs across the country, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital (SSRRH) joins a growing  list of 1,250 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies leading the way to transform transportation, health, and wellness for the betterment of U.S. workers and local communities.

“Business owners and workers across the country are looking for simple, straightforward ways to build their companies, do right by their workers and customers, and contribute positively to their local communities,” says Executive Director Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists. “Boosting participation in bicycling achieves all of that and more, and BFBs such as SSRRH are wonderful models of that success. We congratulate this latest class of business leaders for recognizing that one of the oldest and easiest forms of transportation still generates significant economic and societal rewards today.”

BFB requirements identify incentives, programming, and amenities proven to enable and inspire more people to ride bikes. Among those offered by SSRRH are secured covered bike parking, bike maintenance station (on-site pump/tools), helmet/shoe lockers for commuters, open bike racks in front for visitors, free Bike Coalition memberships, available staff showers, guaranteed ride home, bike-to-work day sponsorship and our online employee portal for green transit. For more award information, visit bikeleague.org/business.

Sutter Lakeside Hospital Reopens

Posted on Aug 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—At 2 p.m. today, Aug. 10, the doors at Sutter Lakeside Hospital reopened for patients—12 days after the Mendocino Complex Fire forced the evacuation of the 25-bed hospital. Beginning this afternoon, Sutter Lakeside Hospital will again offer full inpatient and emergency care services. Elective procedures will resume at a later date.

Two rural health clinics, Sutter Lakeside Family Medicine Clinic at 5176 Hill Road East and Sutter Lakeside Community Clinic at 5196 Hill Road East, Suite 300, will open Monday, Aug.13 at 8 a.m.  The Sutter Care at Home office at 889 11th St. in Lakeport has been open since Monday, Aug. 6. Read More

Sutter Lakeside Hospital Evacuation Update

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Clinics Continue to Be Closed Due to Fire Threat

Sacramento, Calif. — Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Sutter Care at Home offices in Lakeport continue to be closed to patients due to the Mendocino Complex fires.

The hospital and clinics have been under an evacuation order since Saturday, July 28, 2018.

A team of personnel are working onsite at the hospital to make sure it is secure, functional and able to open when it is appropriate. Although some local roads near the hospital may be opening, it is not yet certain when the hospital or the clinics will re-open.

“We are looking forward to once again serving patients with compassion and excellence when the hospital reopens,’’ said Dan Peterson, chief administrative officer at Sutter Lakeside Hospital. “When the hospital is cleared to open, we will notify patients and the communities we support.’’ Read More

Recommendations on Coping with Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfires

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome, Wellness

LAKEPORT, Calif.–Sutter Lakeside Hospital continues to be threatened by the Mendocino Complex fire. The fire, which includes the River and Ranch Fires, began Saturday, July 28, and to this date is still raging

As the fires continue, the air quality is poor. When pollution is bad, it can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Air quality has been rated unsafe to unhealthy for sensitive groups who live near the fires, and it is also rated unhealthy for those who live in the Sacramento area. Poor air quality and smoky air also have been reported in the East Bay, including Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley area.

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Sutter Lakeside Hospital: An Inside Look From the Evacuation Zone

Posted on Aug 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

Wildfires loom in the background of Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport, Calif.

LAKEPORT, Calif.–Air purifiers buzz as a handful of hospital employees gather in a conference room. Chief Administrative Officer Dan Peterson wears a gray Sutter Lakeside baseball cap, a week’s worth of stubble and teal green scrubs as he fields an endless stream of phone calls. Behind him hang large vinyl status boards attached with painter’s tape. Sutter Lakeside Hospital has been closed for several days because of raging wildfires that threaten the Lake County community.

It’s day five of Incident Command, a systemized, standard approach developed by FEMA for organizations to respond to emergencies. The hospital has been operating for four days as a shadow of its typical bustling self, its halls dark, with no patients or staff. Behind the hospital, flames from the River and Ranch fires engulf the hillsides, and smoke paints the sky orange, gray and white. Lake County is in crisis, battling two wildfires that threaten the communities of Kelseyville, Lakeport and Upper Lake.

A small team remains on site at Sutter Lakeside, and Lakeport remains under a mandatory evacuation order.

Early in the week, the hospital staff transported patients to receiving facilities, clearing each room in the hospital, charting and tracking transfers, coordinating communication with county agencies and securing the hospital for closure. Next will come the enormous task of preparing the hospital for reopening: restocking supplies, complying with state and federal regulations for patient repopulation and assisting the traumatized staff emotionally and financially.

For now, the team’s job consists of securing the hospital campus, monitoring equipment and systems that must remain in operation and balancing delicate conditions such as humidity, temperature and air content. The team also keeps an eye on the surrounding fires, thankful for the fortunate favor of the wind thus far.

Small team works through crisis

Dan Peterson, chief administrative officer at Sutter Lakeside Hospital, is among a small group standing watch inside the hospital.

“I’ve witnessed an incredible display of sacrifice and bravery under duress,” said Peterson. “While our patients may have evacuated on Sunday, our work has not ceased. Since then, a team of brave individuals has remained on site with me 24 hours a day, ensuring the safety, security and continued functionality of the hospital. They have chosen to stay up throughout the night, foregoing the comforts of home or hotel, and they often find themselves well into the day without food or reprieve.

“The remainder of the hospital leadership team has worked nonstop from various evacuation sites—hotels, friends’ homes, even campgrounds—to meet patient needs, all while staying in touch with their friends and families.”

Looking to the future

Sutter Lakeside has assembled a task force dedicated to planning its reopening. Leaders call in to provide direction for the onsite team about how to keep the equipment safe. Team members from Lake County to Utah are responsible for ensuring that patients continue to get the care they need, and an assistance group is dedicated to ensuring the emotional, physical and financial well-being of evacuated employees.

From the hospital roof, Peterson and his team can survey the hospital surroundings.

“When the smoke clears and the flames die down,” he says, “Sutter Lakeside will continue to serve our patients with compassion and excellence.”