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A Lifetime Supply of Care: 98-Year-Old Reflects Back on Nearly a Century of Support

Posted on Aug 5, 2019 in Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Patient serves as living history of medical foundation’s commitment to access, high-quality care

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Sutter Hospitals Honored By U.S. News & World Report

Posted on Jul 30, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Five hospital campuses within Sutter’s not-for-profit network achieved recognition today as among the best hospitals in California for 2019-2020 from U.S. News & World Report. The annual rankings rate top hospitals in the state and in major metropolitan regions, according to their performance across 25 adult specialties, procedures and conditions.

Sutter hospital campuses ranked among the top 50 in the state include:

California Pacific Medical Center was also among the top 50 hospital in the U.S. in the Gastroenterology & GI Surgery specialty ranking. Only 165 out of 4,500 U.S. hospitals evaluated received a national ranking in a least one of the 16 specialty areas.

And Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento was one of 57 hospitals across the nation (out of 4,500 surveyed) to earn high ratings for their handling of nine specific surgical procedures and chronic conditions.

Four Sutter hospitals are among the top 10 hospitals in the San Francisco metro area, including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Summit and Alta Bates Campuses), California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific Campus) and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center. Additionally, two Sutter hospitals are among the top 10 hospitals in the Sacramento metro area, including Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Eight additional Sutter hospital campuses earned recognition today as “high performers” in at least one adult specialty, condition or procedure, including:

“Recognitions like these honor our network’s doctors, nurses, clinicians and employees who dedicate themselves daily to delivering high-quality, compassionate care across Northern California,” said Bill Isenberg, M.D., vice president of Patient Safety for Sutter Health. “This work validates our ongoing commitment to improving quality and safety for our patients.”

Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network set out to build a truly integrated system—one that offers comprehensive patient services and quality health programs tailored to the diverse communities we serve. Today, Sutter Health cares for more than 3 million patients throughout its Northern California network of physicians, hospitals, home health providers and other services. Its coordination and focus on standardizing best practices reduce complications in care, lower hospital readmission rates and bring down the total cost of care.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey ranked hospitals according to risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care, physician surveys and other care-related indicators.

For more information and complete rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report.

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.