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Sutter Davis Hospital Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Doula Program

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

DAVIS, Ca — Sutter Davis Hospital will be accepting its next round of applications for the hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program starting February 15. The application will be open until March 1 to interested applicants.

Doulas provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to mothers during the childbirth process. The hospital’s Doula Program is a highly sought after opportunity with rigorous requirements. It is administered by Birthing Center nurses who have many years of experience supporting women in labor.

Doulas are a part of the Culture of Caring that is unique to SDH. Studies show that when doulas are present at birth, women have shorter labors, fewer medical interventions, fewer cesareans, healthier babies, and breastfeed longer. Recent evidence also suggests that when a doula provides labor support, women are more satisfied with their experience and the mother-infant interaction is enhanced long after the birth. Read More

Cord Blood Stem Cell Study Shows Promise for Autism

Posted on Feb 7, 2018 in Quality, Research, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A first-of-its-kind double-blinded, crossover study of children with autism who were treated with their own cord blood showed the treatment to be safe and suggests improvement in socialization.

Michael Chez, M.D., of Sutter Neuroscience Institute.

The study, which was published Feb. 6 in the medical journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, involved 30 children and was conducted by Michael Chez, M.D., the primary investigator who designed the study that was carried out through the Sutter Neuroscience Institute of Sacramento and the Sutter Institute for Medical Research, with research grant funding by Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®). It was the first randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial performed in the United States to assess the feasibility of treating autistic children by using their own newborn cord blood harvested from their banked umbilical cord. The study can be viewed here.

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Sutter’s Largest Medical Office Building in Sonoma Co. to Reopen After Fires

Posted on Dec 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

Fire forced the closure of Sutter North Bay Health Plaza, located at 3883 Airway Drive in Santa Rosa, on October 9, 2017. The facility, which is normally staffed with 43 doctors and 250 employees, has begun the process of reopening and will resume the majority of services by Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Most remaining departments will reopen in January 2018. Family Medicine is the only service not anticipated to return to Airway.

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A Message from President & CEO Sarah Krevans to Sutter Health Employees, Physicians and Volunteers Regarding Recent Developments in the UFCW Case

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans

Many of you may have seen the local media coverage related to old boxes of data that were discarded from one of our offsite storage locations. What may not be apparent from the articles and information readily available about the UFCW case in San Francisco is how seriously Sutter takes this matter. We identified this problem ourselves and—without pressure or prompting—self-disclosed the error. We raised our hand.

Sutter’s commitment to doing the right thing extends even to those situations where coming forward is likely to cause us additional difficulty, attention or even embarrassment. This is one of those situations. We understand and appreciate that mistakes do happen, even mistakes that should not happen or that have the potential to paint us in a bad light. My commitment as your CEO and my commitment for this organization is that we will never shy away from the obligation to do the right thing—and that we will never stop learning from our mistakes.  Read More

Sutter Health Reports Patient Information Incident

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health notified 1,303 Sutter Medical Foundation patients that some of their personal information was obtained in a theft that occurred on Oct. 23, 2017. An unknown person broke into an employee’s locked car and stole paper documents containing patient information. Sutter Health recovered the documents about one week later.

Following discovery of the theft, the employee reported the incident to the Sacramento Police Department, and Sutter Health immediately began an internal investigation.

The documents contained patient names, treatment provider names, medical record numbers, appointment times, reason for patients’ visits and notes on any needed accommodations. They did not contain patient financial records, social security numbers or addresses.

Sutter Health identified all impacted patients and notified them of the incident by mail. It established a toll-free help line to answer patients’ questions. Concerned patients can call toll-free at 1-855-771-4220, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

“Sutter Health is committed to providing the best possible patient care, as well as protecting the privacy and security of our patients and their information, and we deeply regret this incident occurred,” said Sutter Health Chief Privacy and Information Security Officer Jacki Monson.

Information Regarding UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health

Posted on Nov 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

In 2014, the United Food and Commercial Workers and Employers Benefit Trust filed a lawsuit against Sutter on behalf of itself and other self-funded payers that access our network through our contracts with insurers. We continue to maintain that the substantive allegations in this lawsuit claiming anti-competitive conduct are false and without merit. Please see the following statement from Sutter Health regarding the latest development in this case:

We regret that as part of the mistaken application of a routine archiving process, we failed to preserve some boxes of decades-old hard-copy documents that UFCW’s attorneys seek now in discovery. We stepped forward to disclose the situation as soon as we discovered the missing boxes.

The archived boxes in question included printouts of contract proposals, letters and other papers that were between 10 and 20 years old and had been in a warehouse for more than 10 years.

If these issues are raised at trial, we are confident that the full record will confirm that the incident was a mistake made as part of a routine process of destroying paper records that are more than a decade old. Read More