A Focus on STRIVE: Sutter Health Leads its Largest-enrolling Clinical Trial to Date

Posted on Feb 20, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Novato Community Hospital, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO – Several Sutter Health sites participated in STRIVE, a study that is evaluating a new tool for the detection of early-stage breast cancer. Begun in 2017 and now closed to enrollment, the study recruited the highest number of Sutter patients of any trials to date, regardless of therapeutic area.

The multicenter study will evaluate a new blood test potentially complementary to mammography for early detection of breast cancer. The test is being developed by GRAIL, Inc., and the study recruited women at mammography centers across Sutter Health and the Mayo Clinic.

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Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Care Center Earns Designation for Quality Care from National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Posted on Feb 11, 2019 in Affiliates, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Berkeley, Calif. – Sutter Health announced today that a neurology team at Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) has been recognized for exceptional care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program.

The SEBMF care center at 2850 Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley has been designated by the Society as a Partner in MS Care – Comprehensive Care Center for providing high quality, coordinated care to people living with multiple sclerosis.

         Joanna Cooper, M.D.

“We are so proud to collaborate with Sutter Health to enhance coordinated, comprehensive care for the people who live with MS in the Bay Area,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, president and CEO of the National MS Society. “In earning this recognition, Dr. Joanna Cooper and her Sutter team have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in MS care, making a tremendous impact on people affected by MS in this community.”

Multiple sclerosis affects about 2.3 million people worldwide, making it the most common cause of non-traumatic disability in young people. It is an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the central nervous system and the rest of the body.

Joanna Cooper, M.D., a neurologist and medical director of specialty services at SEBMF who led the effort to earn the national designation, will accept a plaque at a Feb. 11, 2019 ceremony honoring her and SEBMF for exceptional care and support for people living with multiple sclerosis.

The designation means that Dr. Cooper and a team of clinicians at SEBMF have experience and knowledge in treating MS patients, offer a coordinated array of medical, nursing, mental health, rehabilitation and social services and have a strong collaboration with the National MS Society. Dr. Cooper collaborated with the National MS Society in order to better provide complex services, support and education for MS patients as well as continue developing excellent care models.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition, which will enhance our MS care,’’ Dr. Cooper said. “MS patients have many complex needs over time and it takes a dedicated and coordinated team to help them manage this disease. We have a team and collaborate with multiple specialties to provide this quality of care through the Sutter network.”

The SEBMF Care Center is now one of four Comprehensive MS Care Centers designated by the National MS Society in the Bay Area and one of 143 in the country with the designation.

Some of the specialists in Sutter trained to take care of MS patients include clinicians in primary care, urology, gynecology, hematology, neuroradiology, infectious disease, nursing, physical and occupational therapy and other rehabilitation specialists as well as the clinical research teams.

“It’s a disease that affects young people in the prime of their life,” Dr. Cooper said. “The care is complex, treatment has become high risk, and the right kind of care is essential to achieve the best quality and outcomes.’’

Racing Against Time, Mobile Stroke Unit Treats First Stroke Patient

Posted on Feb 11, 2019 in Expanding Access, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Scroll Images, Women's Services

The Sutter Health Mobile Stroke Unit team got the call they had been preparing for and raced into action.

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Providing new treatment options to patients with advanced cancers: Sutter participates in innovative TAPUR™ study

Posted on Feb 11, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Innovation, Memorial Hospital, Los Banos, Memorial Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO – Sutter Health is enrolling patients to the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization (TAPUR™) study, a national, prospective, non-randomized clinical trial determining the safety and efficacy of approved, targeted anticancer drugs.





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Flu: Are You In the Clear this Year?

Posted on Feb 6, 2019 in Scroll Images, Wellness

Even in a mild flu year experts urge you to take the virus seriously. Read More

Sutter’s New CPMC Van Ness Campus Open House a Smashing Success

Posted on Feb 2, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – Sutter’s new CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital hosted a free community open house to nearly 3,000 people on Saturday, Feb. 2, offering our Bay Area neighbors a sneak peek of the new facility ahead of opening day on March 2.

Festivities kicked off with lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association, sharing wishes of good fortune. Free activities for families included a teddy bear ‘first aid’ clinic (hosted by CPMC’s Child Life experts), face painting and balloon animals; silent disco; silent yoga; chair massages; photo booths; live music; and healthy cooking demonstrations by Williams-Sonoma. Many visitors eagerly signed up for tours of the hospital, too.

The 11-story hospital includes 274 acute-care beds and houses myriad inpatient services – with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, transplant, orthopedics, emergency and cardiac care. The hospital also uses first-in-the-nation seismic technology, which allows it to withstand a major earthquake. When fully complete, the campus will knit together Sutter hospital and emergency services, affiliated medical offices and specialty outpatient services.


Sutter Health Names Its First Chief Population Health Officer

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 in Quality, Scroll Images

Christopher Stanley, M.D., MBA, is chief population health officer for Sutter Health.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health today announced the appointment of Christopher Stanley, M.D., MBA, as chief population health officer.

In this new role within the not-for-profit health system, Dr. Stanley will have executive oversight of Sutter Population Health Services, a new division that further enhances the clinical support structure needed to provide high-quality, cost-effective care to employers, payers and individual patients. The newly formed division will also work to improve non-medical aspects of care that affect the health of all Sutter Health network patients. Dr. Stanley begins his new role on Feb. 4.

“As a member of Sutter Health’s System Enterprises leadership team, Dr. Stanley will closely partner with leaders and teams already employing innovative solutions to advance care coordination, eliminate duplication of services and improve the patient experience across the full continuum of our integrated network,” said Rishi Sikka, M.D., president, Sutter Health System Enterprises.

Dr. Stanley joins Sutter Health from Navigant Consulting, where he served as a director within its Healthcare Value Transformation practice. While there, he helped health systems and health plans succeed in the rapidly growing and advancing population health, pay-for-value, accountable care and clinical integration programs across the United States.

Prior to joining Navigant, Dr. Stanley served as system vice president of population health for Catholic Health Initiatives, where he successfully led population health efforts across 100 facilities in 19 states during his five-year tenure. At that time, CHI had 10 clinically integrated networks serving about 750,000 individuals in value-based programs.

Previously, Dr. Stanley also worked at UnitedHealthcare—a health insurance plan and division of UnitedHealth Group—where he served as senior medical director and chief medical officer for the Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana markets. He was responsible for quality and cost of care management for commercial and Medicare membership of more than 700,000.

Dr. Stanley began his career as a community-based pediatrician at Indian Crest Pediatrics in Denver, Colorado, and in the U.S. Army in Germany. He earned a medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed his pediatric internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Stanley also earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Missouri State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

“I am thrilled to join such an innovative, collaborative and community-focused system as Sutter Health as a senior leader,” said Dr. Stanley. “In this new role, I look forward to aligning and advancing the strengths that exist within the organization to further benefit patients, families and employers across Northern California.”