Posts Tagged "Oakland"

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Wellness

Couple on bikesOne in every three adults lives with high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), but many don’t know it. Often called the silent killer because it has no symptoms, if left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart diseasestroke, kidney failure, permanent disability from stroke and even death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) hypertension is the number one killer of all people worldwide. While high blood pressure can affect anyone it’s more common in African American adults than in Caucasian or Hispanic American adults.

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Sutter Medical Network Physician Groups Honored for Quality Health Care

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in Quality

The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California, today recognized six physician organizations connected to Sutter Health as leaders in medical care quality.

 Nearly 200 physician groups, representing approximately 35,000 physicians who provide care for about 10 million patients, participate in the IHA statewide Pay for Performance (P4P) program. In addition to celebrating top performers, IHA honored physician organizations that demonstrated the most quality improvement from 2011 to 2012. Sutter Medical Network members honored include:

 Sacramento/Central Valley Region

San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area

“We’ve been focused for several years on transforming how we deliver medical care; integrating doctors and hospitals and proactively managing the unique health needs of patients, not just when they need medical attention but before they get sick,” said Jeff Burnich, M.D. senior vice president and executive officer for the Sutter Medical Network. “IHA’s P4P awards help us evaluate and recognize our progress on this long-term goal.”

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Unnecessary Early Deliveries of Babies Reduced Considerably, Study Finds

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 in Quality

Sutter Health Network Sees Even Greater Decreases


A study published today in Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that multistate, hospital-based quality improvement programs, including the one piloted for March of Dimes at Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center, can be remarkably effective at reducing early elective deliveries of babies.

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The rate of elective early term deliveries (i.e., inductions of labor and Cesarean sections without a medical reason), in a group of 25 participating hospitals nationwide, fell significantly from 27.8 percent to 4.8 percent during the one-year study period, an 83 percent decline.

In 2010, Sutter Health implemented a similar program across its Northern California network to reduce the delivery of babies before 39 weeks of pregnancy. Since beginning its program, Sutter has seen a nearly 90 percent drop in early elective deliveries.

The March of Dimes, which partly funded the study, says the reduction of early elective deliveries is good news for moms and babies because newborns delivered before full-term are at increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life.

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Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Emergency Dept. Receives Alameda County’s “Professional Partner” Award

Posted on May 21, 2012 in We're Awesome

During National Emergency Medical Services Week (May 20-26), the Emergency Department at Sutter Health affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center received a special award recognizing the staff’s teamwork in administering life saving interventions to a cardiac arrest victim earlier this year.

Each year, Alameda County-based Emergency Medical Services nominate individuals or teams they deem worthy to receive one of Alameda County’s “Star” Awards. Congratulations to the Emergency Department staff!

Read more on Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s newsroom.

Leaders in Cardiac Care

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 in Quality

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s (ABSMC) Oakland hospital received a “better” than state-averages performance rating for the third year in a row for postoperative strokes on the California Report on Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery. The report also found that the number of bypass operations across the state declined while alternative, less invasive procedures were on the rise.

“We have patients who come to us because they’ve seen this data,” said Dr. Junaid Khan, director of cardiovascular services at ABSMC

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