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    Four Sutter Health Physician Organizations Receive Quality Awards

    High Performance and Key Improvements Result in Integrated, Enhanced Quality Patient Care

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 22, 2010 - Four physician organizations within the Sutter Medical Network were honored today by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a prominent industry leadership group that promotes and recognizes quality improvement and affordability in health care statewide.

    The four Sutter affiliates receiving quality awards through IHA’s Pay for Performance (P4P) recognition program are:

    • Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation, serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Alameda counties
    • Top Performer – Sutter West Medical Group, serving Yolo and Solano counties, affiliated with the Sutter Medical Foundation
    • Top Performer – Sutter Medical Group, serving Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Nevada counties
    • Most Improved – Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties
    In IHA’s P4P program, each participating medical group’s performance is measured against key benchmarks including clinical quality, patient experience, information technology-enabled systemness and coordinated diabetes care. Top performing physician organizations are identified by calculating a composite score in each of the four P4P measurement domains, which are then weighted according to the recommended P4P payment weightings to compute an overall composite score.

    Jeff Burnich, M.D. senior vice president and executive officer for the Sutter Medical Network
    “Physician groups throughout the Sutter Medical Network devote their time and energy to delivering the highest-quality patient care,” said Jeff Burnich, M.D. senior vice president and executive officer for the Sutter Medical Network. “The IHA P4P awards are a true testament to our ongoing commitment to serving our patient communities and advancing new technology in health care.”

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    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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