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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Receives National Environmental Awards

Posted on Apr 18, 2018 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In recognition of successful programs to reduce its environmental impact, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received two awards from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. Partner for Change and Greening the OR are two of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health-care sector.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes health-care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably, and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas. Read More

Sutter Health Statement Regarding the Lawsuit Filed by the California Attorney General:

Posted on Apr 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Updated statement: April 16, 2018

“Unfortunately, the California attorney general’s filing is factually inaccurate. It mischaracterizes the activities of our not-for-profit organization, and it fails to adequately account for Northern California’s robust and competitive health care environment. Our integrated network plays a valuable role in providing our communities with more efficient care—and in helping lower healthcare costs. Our focus remains on our not-for-profit mission to serve our patients and communities, including the poor and vulnerable.

Here are some important facts to know:

  • Publicly available data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development show that, on average, total charges for an inpatient stay in a Sutter hospital are lower than what other Northern California hospitals charge.
  • Sutter Health has held average overall rate increases to health plans to the low single digits since 2012 in spite of our actual expenses for labor, facilities and technology increasing more than 37 percent during the same time period. We don’t know why some health plans have increased their rates to consumers as much as 20 percent annually.
  • Healthy competition and choice exists across Northern California. There are 17 major hospital systems and 146 hospitals in Northern California, including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity, Adventist, Tenet, UC and more. Health plans can elect to include or exclude parts of the Sutter Health system from their networks, and health plans have been doing so for many years.”

Original statement: March 30, 2018

We are currently reviewing the complaint, so we cannot comment on specific claims.

Sutter Health is proud to save patients, government payers and health plans hundreds of millions of dollars each year by providing more efficient and integrated care. It’s important to note that publicly available data (from the OSHPD) show that on average, total charges for an inpatient stay in a Sutter hospital are lower than what other Northern CA hospitals charge.

Further, Sutter Health has held average overall rate increases to health plans to the low single digits since 2012 in spite of our actual expenses for labor, facilities and technology increasing more than 37 percent during the same time period. We don’t know why some health plans have increased their rates to consumers as much as 20 percent annually.

It’s also important to note that healthy competition and choice exists across Northern California. There are 15 major hospital systems and 142 hospitals in Northern California, including Kaiser Permanente, Dignity, Adventist, Tenet, UC and more. And health plans can elect to include or exclude parts of the Sutter Health system from their networks, and health plans have been doing so for many years.

 

App Created to Educate Clinicians, Public about Chest-Wall Deformities

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 in Cardiac, Children's Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized

“The Pectus Clinic” app is available for free on all smartphones.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento congenital cardiothoracic surgeon Teimour Nasirov, M.D., is on a mission to educate the public and physicians on chest-wall deformities. He created a free app called “The Pectus Clinic” that describes common chest-wall deformities, their diagnosis, as well as conservative and surgical management. It is available for all smartphones by searching “pectus.”

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has one of the few programs in the United States that offer chest-wall deformity surgeries for both children and adults.

Dr. Nasirov said that he wanted to create a simple-to-use application to provide information to clinicians as well as public in general on signs, symptoms, work-up and management of the most common chest-wall deformities. Read More

Sutter Amador Hospital Opens New Infusion Center

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 in Cancer, Uncategorized

Jackson, Calif. – For people with cancer, care is now one step closer to home. Sutter Amador Hospital has opened a new infusion center to patients on March 23.

The Irene Marie Infusion Center, a new facility located on the second floor of the Outpatient Services Building at Sutter Amador Hospital, now gives cancer patients a local option for treatment for many types of cancer that uses infusion for treatments.

“This monumental new addition to the hospital allows local residents to receive care in the community instead of driving more than an hour for these types of treatments,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Amador Hospital. “The Irene Marie Infusion Center, named in honor of the Spinty Foundation, provides a dedicated space for our patients to receive lifesaving treatments in a comfortable environment. This investment in new services at our hospital shows our continued commitment to our patients, our neighbors and our region.” Read More

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento ‘Super-Preemie’ Is March of Dimes’ Ambassador

Posted on Mar 16, 2018 in Children's Services, Quality, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Uncategorized, Women's Services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March of Dimes’ 2018 March for Babies ambassador is 3½-year-old Christian Nathaniel Rios Ashley, whose life was saved due to the advanced care of the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento High-Risk Maternity Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Christian, this year’s March of Dimes’ ambassador, with, from left, big brother Devin Ashley, Christian Ashley, mom Christina Rios-Ashley and godmother Andrea Browning.

After trying for several years, Christian’s parents, Christina and Daniel, were thrilled when they got pregnant. But at 22 weeks into her pregnancy, Christina was quickly hospitalized in the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento High Risk Maternity Unit for incompetent uterus. The doctors told Christina, “We need to get this baby to 24 weeks,” where the odds of survival were much higher.

Christian was just 1 pound, 4 ounces at birth.

They came close. Christian was born just a couple days’ shy of 24 weeks and weighed only 1 pound, 4 ounces. The doctors prepared both Daniel and Christina for the worst. However, Christian’s parents didn’t give up and knew the Sutter team would do whatever they could to keep their baby alive and growing. Read More

Sutter Health Announces 2017 Financial Performance

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif.,—The Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers announced its financial performance for 2017. Income attributable to Sutter Health for 2017 was $893 million, compared to $554 million in 2016. The system’s total 2017 operating revenues remained consistent with 2016 at $12 billion. Sutter Health posted $651 million in investment income and changes in net unrealized gains and losses from investments classified as trading in 2017, compared to $252 million the prior year. Sutter Health’s combined 2017 income from the day-to-day operations of its hospitals, care centers and other services was $326 million, compared to $377 million in 2016.

Community-Based Investments to Improve Access to Healthcare

A stable financial position gives Sutter Health the opportunity to further expand community access to high-quality healthcare. Sutter Health invested $924 million in new facilities and lifesaving technology throughout Northern California in 2017—extending its total investment to nearly $10 billion during the last 10 years. Read More