Amazon Puts Big Smiles on Children’s Faces During Tech Camp

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Vinnie wore a big smile on his face while running circles around the conference room at the Sacramento Amazon Fulfillment Center on Wednesday. It wasn’t long ago that the blond-haired little boy was lying in a hospital bed being treated for cancer.

Vinnie assists an Amazon employee in sealing a package during Camp Amazon on Wednesday.

Employees at Sacramento’s Amazon Fulfillment Center cheered loudly, clapped enthusiastically and wore smiles on their faces all morning as they greeted Vinnie and four other Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento patients and their families for Camp Amazon.

Camp Amazon is put on in partnership with the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), giving pediatric oncology patients the opportunity to experience STEM and robotics up close and personal. The event is part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

There may be no better place to experience robotics than the fulfillment center, a warehouse filled with technology and robots that’s sole purpose is to deliver packages to online shoppers in a timely fashion. Read More

Sutter Health’s Cynthia Cantril Recognized by Biden Cancer Initiative

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 in Cancer

First-Ever FIERCE Awards Highlight Exemplary Work Supporting Cancer Patients

Dr. Jill Biden, co-chair Biden Cancer Initiative (left), Cynthia Cantril director of Cancer Support Services and Patient Navigation, Sutter Health (center), Vice President Joe Biden (right).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cynthia Cantril, R.N., MPH, OCN, CBCN, director of Cancer Support Services and Patient Navigation for not-for-profit Sutter Health’s Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, has been recognized by the Biden Cancer Initiative as one of 10 individuals or organizations nationwide making a transformative impact on the lives of cancer patients.

Today Cantril received a first-ever FIERCE Award at a ceremony held at the Biden Cancer Summit for her work establishing patient navigation systems that help cancer patients and their caregivers find their way through the complicated and confusing maze that is the cancer journey.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted the summit to promote new solutions and bring together problem solvers epitomizing what it means to be cancer FIERCE. As part of the initiative, more than 350 communities throughout the country organized their own cancer summits focusing on improving the cancer journey for patients, their families and caregivers. Read More

Sutter Health partnership provides a safe place for homeless after hospital discharge

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC), Sutter Health and Dignity Health have announced a partnership for a pilot program that will provide respite care for those experiencing homelessness who need a safe place to rest and recover after being discharged from the hospital.

The Haven House program, located in Woodland, will focus on providing a safe place for homeless individuals to recuperate after hospital discharge and getting them linked to wraparound services and resources. They will be able to stay at Haven House, which offers four respite beds, for up to 29 days. During their stay, YCCC staff will assist guests by working to connect them to services including health insurance enrollment, finding a medical home, substance use and mental health services and placement in permanent housing.

As part of the partnership, Sutter Health and Dignity Health together have contributed $10,000 for tenant improvements to the Haven House, as well as providing $60,000 each for the program’s first year. Read More

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Awards Scholarship to Aspiring Primary Care Physician

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in People, Quality, We're Awesome

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. –Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz recently awarded its twelfth annual Primary Care Physician award to Sarah Herrman, a 2018 graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

The scholarship is administered by SMSC and the UC Santa Cruz Foundation to help carry out a mission to provide high-quality primary care to Central Coast Medi-Cal patients. Scholarship recipients receive $10,000 to help support their studies at an accredited medical school provided they commit to returning to the Central Coast to practice in primary care after their education is completed.

“Sarah’s passion for ensuring healthcare for all will make her a strong advocate for her patients,” said Trina White, Chief Administrative Officer for SMSC. “In addition, her outstanding academic background, which combines both traditional biology and research in the rapidly developing field of epigenetics, is well suited for a future where medical care will encompass new understandings of how genes and the environment interact to influence health. SMSC is proud to be able to help support her as she enters medical school.” Read More

Sutter Health Surgery Centers Honored for Excellence in Outpatient Surgery

Posted on Sep 13, 2018 in Affiliates, Organizational News, Quality, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Ambulatory Surgery Association (CASA) has honored not-for-profit Sutter Health’s Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center with its Ambulatory Surgery Center of the Year Award. CASA’s Board of Directors established the award to recognize the ASC that truly exemplifies best practices in the field of outpatient surgery.

L to R: Melody States, COO, Sutter Surgery Center Division; Andrew Kim, administrator, Sutter Alhambra Surgery Center; Nate Garner, administrator, Fort Sutter Surgery Center;
Sandy Keating, administrator, PAMF Surgery Center San Carlos; Brad Heaton, regional director of Operations, Sutter Surgery Center Division; Patty Robles, director of Nursing, Fort Sutter Surgery Center

CASA also awarded Sutter Alhambra, Fort Sutter Surgery Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Surgery Center San Carlos with three of four of its ASC Excellence Awards—which go each year to member facilities that actively promote and advocate for ASC excellence. There are 330 ASCs in California affiliated with CASA.

“It is an honor for our ASCs to be recognized for the outstanding care they provide their patients,” says Sutter Surgery Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Congratulations to these teams for this well-deserved honor.” Read More

Rock Health Features Sutter’s Approach to Innovation, Human-Centered Design

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 in Innovation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –When Sutter Health created its design and innovation team in 2015, the goal was to build a radically new approach to innovation and help make the healthcare experience more simple, engaging and human.

In September 2018, Rock Health interviewed Sutter Health’s Megan Moyer, director of Design and Innovation, and Katie Simpson, director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, to learn how the integrated health network works alongside entrepreneurs to pilot and integrate some of the best solutions into the hands of care teams and patients quickly and safely – transforming the future of healthcare.

Read the full interview with Sutter Health Design & Innovation team members on the Rock Health blog.

Sutter Health Organizations Earn Survey’s Highest Honor

Posted on Sep 11, 2018 in Quality, Scroll Images

For the fifth year, six Sutter-affiliated physician groups rated among the nation’s best

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Six Sutter Health-affiliated physician organizations throughout Northern California have earned top honors for the fifth consecutive year in the annual America’s Physician Groups Standards of Excellence member survey.

America’s Physician Groups, a national trade association for physician organizations, awarded five stars—its prestigious Elite rating—in its 2018 survey to:

  • Brown & Toland Physicians, a Sutter-affiliated independent practice association
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

The six organizations have earned the survey’s Elite rating every year since 2014.

“We could not be prouder of the commitment of these Sutter-affiliated physicians and care teams to continually improve the quality, safety, efficiency and accessibility of patient care,” said Don Wreden, M.D., senior vice president, Patient Experience, for Sutter Health. “This important honor from a respected industry group reflects their innovative work to provide comprehensive, coordinated care to patients across our healthcare network. The fact that these organizations have earned the Elite designation for five years shows how exceptional they are.” Read More