HMR Program Ranked a No. 1 “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet” for Third Year

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 in Uncategorized, We're Awesome

PALO ALTO, Calif.– For the third consecutive year, HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been ranked as a No. 1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet  in an annual 2018 ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

The simple and high-intensity lifestyle intervention program is offered by Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation at two locations, 301 Old San Francisco Road in Sunnyvale, and 795 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. 

The magazine evaluated 40 of the most popular diets and weight-loss programs on a range of levels from heart healthiness to their likelihood of helping people lose weight.

“Successful weight loss is not only about losing pounds quickly, it’s about creating changes around eating and physical activity that you can sustain over the long term,” said Carol Addy, M.D. MMSc, Chief Medical Officer at HMR. “By keeping the plan simple, people can lose weight quickly while building the skills they need for long-term weight management.”

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Uninsured Patient Receives Knee Replacement Thanks to Sutter Health’s ‘Gift of Surgery’

Posted on May 23, 2018 in Community Benefit, Orthopedic Services, Quality, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Leticia Sanchez is only 52 years old, but she suffered with painful, disabling arthritis in her right knee for six years and didn’t receive permanent relief from injections and medications. She suffered through her job at a local thrift store and couldn’t walk more than a block at a time. Complicating matters, Leticia also doesn’t have health insurance.

Sutter Health orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., meets with patient Leticia Sanchez prior to her total knee replacement. With her is her sister, Azucena Sanchez.

“This surgery is very important to me because it will allow me to continue working,” the Rancho Cordova resident said. “I have to stand all day and it gets very painful.”

On Friday, May 16, Leticia received an answer to her prayers through Sutter Health’s “Gift of Surgery” program. She received a total knee replacement donated by Sutter Surgery Centers, orthopedic surgeon Michael W. Leathers, M.D., and anesthesiologist Jaime Dickerson, M.D., at the Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center in Sacramento. Read More

Sutter Health invests $2.3 Million to Address Homelessness in the City of Sacramento

Posted on May 21, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized

Funds will help keep homeless Triage Center open


From a City of Sacramento Press Release

Sacramento, Calif. — Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Monday that investments from Sutter Health Valley Area and a private donor will allow the city’s Triage Center in North Sacramento to remain open through the end of August. The shelter, run by Volunteers of America, had been winding down operations in anticipation of closing May 31.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg, second from left, thanks Sutter Health Valley Area and SHVA Vice President of External Affairs Keri Thomas, third from left, during a press conference Wednesday.

Sutter Health has committed $1 million toward funding the Triage Center for the next three months. The family of Helene and David S. Taylor has also made a generous donation.

In addition, Sutter Health is investing another $1.3 million to support the City as it creates longer-term emergency triage shelters to replace the Triage Center when it closes. City and Sutter Health staff members have been exploring strategies employed by other cities, including San Diego and San Francisco, which use large portable structures that can be erected quickly and house hundreds of people. Read More

Network Downtime Updates

Posted on May 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

Update: May 18, 2018

A Message from President and CEO Sarah Krevans to Sutter Health Employees and Physicians

Sarah Krevans, Sutter Health president and CEO, today shared a video message with the not-for-profit network’s employees and physicians in which she addressed the May 15 network downtime and the challenges it presented to those providing patient care. Krevans noted that a multidisciplinary team, including outside independent advisors, will investigate all aspects of the matter. She thanked staff for their efforts to provide high-quality patient care during the outage.


Updated statement: 2 a.m., May 16

All Sutter Health information systems are back up and running following an outage caused by an activation of the fire suppression system in one of our data centers. Our technical teams worked throughout the night and today to resolve this issue and fully restore system access. All Sutter Health data remains secure.

As always, our patients are our top priority. While some of our care centers had to delay or reschedule services, downtime procedures were in place, allowing our caregivers and office staff to continue providing quality patient care.

We apologize for any challenges this has caused, and we appreciate the dedicated work of our caregivers and staff in following downtime processes.

Updated statement: 10 p.m., May 15

Our technical teams continue to work on restoring our information systems as quickly as possible, and they are making progress toward restoring all functionality.

We apologize for the challenges this situation caused, and we appreciate the dedicated work of our caregivers and staff in following downtime processes and their ongoing commitment to patient safety and high-quality care.

It’s important to know the following:

  • All Sutter Health data remains secure.
  • Standardized downtime procedures have been activated and are designed to support high-quality, safe patient care.
  • Services will be open tomorrow.
  • The outage was caused when our fire suppression system was activated at one of our data centers, and we are investigating the root cause. There was no property damage in our data center.

Original statement: 10:30 a.m., May 15

Some of our information systems are currently offline. We have implemented our standard downtime procedures and are working to restore our systems.

Our top priority is patient care and safety. Services are open, although some services may need to be delayed or rescheduled. Patients are asked to arrive at their appointments as scheduled unless they have been contacted with specific instructions otherwise.

Information systems are various computer systems we use to run our business, including the patient electronic health record and some phone systems.

 Downtime procedures are processes staff use during routine system maintenance or when computer systems are not available to them.  

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: May 11, 2018

Unfortunately, the California Attorney General’s lawsuit gets the facts wrong and mischaracterizes how Sutter Health serves patients and communities as a not-for-profit organization in the competitive Northern California healthcare environment. Our integrated network of high-quality doctors and care centers aims to provide better, more efficient care—and has proven to help lower costs. We will stay true to our mission of delivering excellent healthcare with compassion, especially for the poor and vulnerable, and we will defend against what the lawsuit claims and seeks, which would disrupt healthcare delivery across our communities and harm patient choice.

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 insurance companies to less than 3 percent annually since 2012, despite our expenses for labor, facilities and technology increasing by an average of 6 percent each year. Given these single-digit increases, we don’t know why some insurance companies have increased their rates to consumers by as much as 20 percent in a single year.
  • 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 insurance companies 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.