Sutter Health 'Health Care Heroes' Honored for Advancing Patient Care
Northern California Business Journals Recognize Leaders and Innovators
SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 31, 2012 - A kidney donation for a co-worker’s spouse in need of a transplant. A lifetime achievement recipient who, amid national advisory roles, still made time for house calls. A volunteer who’s logged more than 30,000 hours of dedicated service to emergency room patients.
Sutter Health congratulates 11 compassionate individuals in our network named “Health Care Heroes” by regional business journals this summer. Nominated by peers and colleagues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley and Sacramento region, finalists and award winners were honored for their outstanding contributions to local communities and for acting as role models in delivering personalized, patient-centered care.
San Francisco Business Times – July 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Martin Brotman, M.D., senior vice president of education, research and philanthropy, Sutter Health
Beloved by his patients and peers, Dr. Brotman leads by example through compassionate, personalized health care—on some occasions, even travelling hundreds of miles to care for patients outside of the Bay Area. In his 40-plus years of caring for patients, he’s emerged as a local and national leader in the field of gastroenterology and become a trusted mentor for new physicians. Continuing his lifelong interest in education and research, Dr. Brotman recently assumed responsibility for Sutter Health’s expanded Research, Development and Dissemination (RD&D) function.
Physician Award Winner
Toni Brayer, M.D., vice president and regional chief medical officer, Sutter Health West Bay Region
In addition to her professional commitments as a regional leader and practicing physician, Dr. Brayer frequently volunteers with disaster relief medical teams. She cared for patients in need following Hurricane Katrina and floods in Honduras, and also helped lead Sutter Health’s donation and surgical team relief efforts in Haiti. Dr. Brayer serves as the medical advisor for Sutter Health’s MyLifeStages, a wellness portal for women, while publishing an Everything Health blog.
Volunteer Award Winner
Barbara Rogers, volunteer, Mills-Peninsula Health Services
Barbara has volunteered more than 30,0000 hours over 39 years at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, working three full days each week in the Emergency Department, where she focuses on patient support by answering phones, providing a sense of calm and more. Barbara has twice served as the president of Mills-Peninsula’s Volunteer Auxiliary, and trains new volunteers.
Physician Award Winner
Enoch Choi, M.D., urgent care physician, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Every day, Dr. Choi cares for patients in the urgent care center in Palo Alto but his dedication to medical care extends both nationally and internationally. Dr. Choi created and launched his own foundation to help gather the people and resources necessary to send medical professionals on short-term deployments for disaster relief. His most recent efforts supported work in Haiti and Japan.
Community Impact Award Finalist
Gloria Brown, community outreach manager, planning & marketing, Mills-Peninsula Health Services
Outside of her role in Community Outreach at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Gloria founded the African-American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) and has supported the organization for 15 years. Her outreach efforts help inform and motivate the African-American community to improve education about and access to health care.
Safety Award Finalist
Deborah Tauscher, emergency preparedness coordinator, Mills-Peninsula Health Services
Debbie implements and conducts on-going education of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) for hundreds of employees—regularly planning and implementing disaster drills. She also maintains the hospital hazard vulnerability analysis to identify potential emergencies that could affect the need for additional services or hospital’s ability to provide those services.
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal – May 2012
Administrator Category Award Winner
David R. Quincy, M.D., M.P.H, medical director, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Camino division
For 15 years, Dr. Quincy has served as the medical director of the RotaCare Free Clinic in Mountain View, one of 11 free clinics that provide care to the growing population of working and unemployed residents who are unable to pay for primary health care.
Future Leader Category Award Winner
Albert Chan, M.D., M.S., chief medical officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Blending his talents in medicine and passion for technology, Dr. Chan champions the continued development of Sutter Health’s systemwide electronic health record. He recently helped lead the creation and launch of Sutter’s electronic patient health record, My Health Online, in mobile formats via the MyChart app on both Android and Apple devices.
Nursing Category Finalist
Frank delaRama, R.N., oncology nurse navigator, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Self-described as a ‘GPS system’ for cancer patients, Frank delaRama has a passion for guiding prostate and breast cancer patients on their journey toward recovery. He authors a prostate cancer blog on Sutter Health’s MyLifeStages , founded and chairs Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Cancer Patient Advisory Board, and serves national oncology advisory boards.
Sacramento Business Journal – May 2012
Nurse Category Award Winner
Mary Pare, R.N., CBCN, breast cancer navigator, Sutter Cancer Center
Eleven years ago, Mary became the first breast cancer navigator for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Serving as a patient’s trusted advocate, Mary’s unique role blends medical management of the disease with a patient’s lifestyle and preferences. She even visits each of her patients undergoing breast cancer surgery at the hospital.
Beyond the Call Category Award Winner
Beverly Cole, regional manager, Sutter Medical Foundation
When Beverly learned that her co-worker’s husband needed a kidney transplant, she immediately took a screening test. As a match, Beverly didn’t hesitate to donate her kidney—ultimately saving his life.
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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