Sutter Health Donates $265,000 to Support Community Food Banks

Posted on Nov 16, 2018 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized

Food insecurity impacts the health and well-being of local communities



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sutter Health today announced more than quarter-million-dollar donation to 28 food banks across Northern California, and in Oregon and Hawaii. The donation by the not-for-profit health network enables local food banks to provide healthy meals or bags of food to those in need.

“While the issue of hunger typically comes into sharper focus during this season, it is a year-round problem that far too many people in our communities face every day,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “I’m proud that Sutter Health has long been a part of a greater effort to help those who need it most.”

Sutter Health’s donations to community food banks over the past 10 years total more than $2 million—which has fed countless individuals and families.

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Caring Hearts Have No Boundaries: Sutter Health Teams Across Northern California Support Camp Fire Victims

Posted on Nov 15, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

Gurmail Brar, M.D., Tawnya Hoffman, P.A., Bill Hoffman M.D., and Jessica Williams M.A., have donated time at the evacuation site at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—In its first week of existence, the Camp Fire in Butte County has already surpassed other California fires as the most destructive, deadly fire in California history.

“We in Northern California seem to be constantly confronted with natural disasters — wildfires, floods, and more— that test our mettle and ability to bounce back,” said John Rose, M.D., president and CEO of Sutter North Medical Group. “But there is something that is even more constant than the occurrence of a natural disaster. Time and again, we can count on our Sutter Health teams to provide compassion, kindness and assistance to those affected.”

Within days, Sutter Health announced a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund. And in parts of the organization across Northern California, Sutter team members are stepping in to help in other ways. Read More

11 Things You Didn’t Know About the U.S.’s Largest Non-Academic Kidney Transplant Center

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images

1. The kidney transplant team at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) transplanted its first kidney in 1969.

2. In March, the program will celebrate its 50th anniversary and move to its new home at the brand new CPMC Van Ness Campus.

3. More than 6,000 people have received life-extending kidney transplants at CPMC. That’s enough to fill 15 jumbo jets!

4. Not for profit Sutter Health’s CPMC is the largest non-academic medical center transplant program in the country. Over 200 kidney transplants are performed at CPMC annually, making it one of the largest kidney transplant centers in the western United States.

5. CPMC is a pioneer in kidney paired donation. In 2011, the program made history as the first California transplant program to perform five paired donor transplants in one day. A paired donor transplant is when someone donates their kidney on behalf of a loved one so the loved one can receive a compatible kidney from someone else.

6. A software developer/kidney transplant patient collaborated with his CPMC surgeon to create a groundbreaking software program, called MatchGrid, which allows people who are willing to donate their kidney to a friend or relative but are found incompatible to be paired with a matching patient.



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Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Help Camp Fire Relief Efforts

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 in Community Benefit, Scroll Images

KCRA 3’s Lisa Gonzales, Sutter Health’s Sue Haddad and John Rose, M.D., and Red Cross Gold Country Region’s Gary Strong at KCRA 3’s /American Red Cross’ telethon raising money to support victims of the Camp Fire.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Sutter Health made a $50,000 donation today to help those impacted by the Camp Fire, which continues to rage in Butte County.

Sutter Health’s donation will go to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund. The fund will help bring food, water and emergency shelter to the families affected by the devastation left in the fire’s wake.

“Our Butte County neighbors have suffered such tremendous losses from this devastating fire. We are so grateful for the heroism of the first responders, as well as those from Adventist Health’s Feather River Hospital who safely evacuated patients,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Through an outpouring of community support, we can help provide shelter and supplies to those most in need.” Read More

Rising through the Ranks: One Veteran’s Story

Posted on Nov 9, 2018 in Community Benefit

Military experience helps shape the career of Sutter Health Nurse


Stephanie Johnson in 1992 at the beginning of her career with the United States Air Force.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— In 1992, Stephanie Johnson was just starting her military career as a medical services specialist in the Air Force. Just 22 years old, married and with a young daughter back home in California, Johnson didn’t know what the next four years would hold for her—but her military experience would prove invaluable to her and her career at Sutter Health, which has spanned nearly 20 years.

Johnson’s first year in training for the Air Force was split between California and Texas, before she settled in North Dakota at Grand Forks Air Force Base. While she did not see combat, she cared for soldiers at a family medicine clinic on the base. She fondly recalls a certain colonel, who initially intimidated her but later became a mentor. He encouraged her to consider various angles to different situations, which helped inspire her to redesign a clinic workflow that would keep soldiers from having to travel off base to see a podiatrist. Instead, she switched around schedules so a podiatrist would be more readily available on certain days at her clinic. This saved time, energy and resources all around.

That sense of empowerment and teamwork left a strong impression on Johnson and is something she’s carried with her.

“The military gives you structure and respect for different roles. Nothing is done alone,” she said. Read More

Sutter Nurse Honored for Excellence in Eye Surgery

Posted on Nov 7, 2018 in Quality

Nancy Haskell, R.N., CNOR, CRNO

In October, the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN) awarded Capitol City Surgery Center Director of Nursing Nancy Haskell, R.N., CNOR, CRNO with its Excellence in Ophthalmic Nursing Award. Capitol City Surgery Center is part of the Sutter Surgery Center Division family.

ASORN’s Board of Directors selects one registered nurse from among its membership to receive the award each year at ASORN’s annual convention.

“Nancy exemplifies the ophthalmic nurse who demonstrates clinical competence, innovation, collaboration, delivers compassionate care, and supports the exceptional patient experience,” says ASORN President Debbie Ehlers, MSN, BSN, R.N. Read More

Innovative Street Nurse Program Awarded

Posted on Nov 2, 2018 in Community Benefit

Dedicated Nurses Meet People Where They Are

Eight companies were honored with awards Thursday at the third annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards put on by the Sacramento Business Journal.

WellSpace Chief Operating Officer, Brenda Shipp, and Sutter Health Valley Area Community Health Manager, Kelly Brenk, accept the award.

Sutter Health and WellSpace Health were picked from more than 100 applicants in eight categories.

All of the applicants had one common thread: new technology or developments that seek to solve problems.

The honorees were judged by a panel of dozens of entrepreneurs, technologists, technology executives and financiers. Under the Government & Civic category, the top pick was Sutter Health and WellSpace Health for its collaborative street nurse program for the homeless.

Amanda Buccinna, R.N., is part of the Street Nurse Program.

The R.N.’s mobile office travels with compassion meeting people in Sacramento where they are.

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