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    Investing in Communities

    Sutter Health network doctors, hospitals and other caregivers work together to care for patients. This integrated approach helps ensure seamless access and treatment while reducing costs and improving quality.

    Unlike investor-owned health care systems, Sutter Health is a not-for-profit organization. This means any money left over after we pay our bills is reinvested back into the communities and patients we serve. See where our money goes...

    Construction Projects | Improving Care Centers

    In the past 10 years, we’ve invested $4.7 billion to build and improve health care facilities necessary to meet the growing and ever-changing needs of our communities—as well as California’s seismic safety requirements. This translates into creating or sustaining more than 130,000 construction-related jobs. We’ve also invested more than $3 billion to implement advanced patient care technology, including the electronic health record.

    Palo Alto Medical Foundation | Sunnyvale
    The new $160 million outpatient center provides space for 60 physicians, including internists, pediatricians, obstetricians-gynecologists and family physicians. The center also houses diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and a full-service cancer center with medical oncology and radiation oncology services. Learn more at Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s website.

    Mills-Peninsula Health Services | Burlingame
    The 241-bed Mills-Peninsula Medical Center opened in May 2011. The $640 million, 450,000 square-foot hospital includes advanced earthquake safety technology, all private rooms and meditation spaces, healing gardens and walking trails for patients, visitors, employees and neighbors. Learn more at Mills-Peninsula Health Services website.

    Eden Medical Center | Castro Valley
    This $320 million project includes the construction of a new, state-of-the-art hospital to meet the health care needs of the residents of Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and the surrounding communities. The new Eden Medical Center opened in December 2012. Learn more at Eden Medical Center’s website.

    More information about construction projects across our network
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    Investing in Advanced Technology

    Investing in state-of-the-art equipment better connects patients with doctors and helps improve health care quality. As part of an ongoing commitment to advancing quality in health care and increasing patient safety, Sutter Health will invest nearly one billion to implement electronic health record (EHR) technology. In addition, Sutter Health will spend $1.2 billion in a broad range of patient safety initiatives over the next 10 years, including digital imaging and computerized physician order entry.

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    Focus on Quality Medical Care

    Every day the Sutter Health network works to improve the health of everyone who enters our doors. We believe it’s your right to know what we’re doing to continually improve the care we provide and how we measure up against national quality benchmarks.

    Improving Outcomes
    Sutter Health has adopted an evidence-based model of care to further improve patient outcomes. Because we treat so many patients throughout Northern California, experts within Sutter Health are able to study the effectiveness of our care, and share what works best with doctors across our network. Drawing from our own best practices and scientific proof of the most effective treatments, we're finding better ways of caring for patients.
    Better, safer care - infection prevention, pressure ulcer prevention (bed sores) and other areas of clinical focus

    Quality Reports and Awards

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    Managing Costs and Meeting Commitments

    Sutter Health has stepped up to do our part in making quality health care more affordable.
    An open letter from Pat Fry, President and CEO of Sutter Health on quality, affordable health care

    Coordinated Care
    Sutter Health affiliated doctors, hospitals and other providers work together to care for patients and make health care more efficient.
    An independent study released in 2006 by John Wennberg, M.D., director of Dartmouth Medical School’s Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, found that doctors and hospitals in Sutter Health's Sacramento Sierra region provided among the nation’s most efficient and consistent quality care. The study declared the region’s level of care a national benchmark along with the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Intermountain Healthcare in Utah.
    Sutter Health Network a “Model” in Health Care Efficiency and Consistent Care in Groundbreaking Study
    A major milestone in health care reform - letter from Pat Fry, President and CEO of Sutter Health
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    Giving Back to Our Communities

    Our Mission in Action

    Community benefit and improving the health of our communities is at the core of Sutter Health’s mission, values and strategic planning principles. We invest back into our communities to improve facilities, add services and care for those without health insurance. Sutter Health provides an average of $3 million each week in charity care.
    Read more about community benefit and specific programs in Northern California
    Help for the Uninsured | Financial Assistance

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