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    Sutter Health Donates $255,000 to Help the Hungry this Holiday Season


    SACRAMENTO, Calif., November 9, 2009 - Sutter Health, a family of doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers, is donating $255,000 to food banks across Northern California. A variety of local food banks will share the quarter-million-dollar donation to help put much-needed meals on the tables of thousands of families across the north state.

    Sutter Health has a long history of partnering with and supporting charitable programs and services. This donation – made on behalf of the employees around the Sutter network – further expands this commitment. As budgets are stretched thin during these difficult economic times, donations such as Sutter Health’s help community food banks extend their significant purchasing power. For instance, at one area food bank, a $1 donation translates into $7 worth of distributed food.

    Meeting community health care needs is the cornerstone of Sutter Health's not-for-profit mission. Its care and services for the poor and underserved, and benefits for the broader community, totaled $599 million in 2008.

    Donations

    • Monday, November 9, 2009
      Alameda County Community Food Bank, 10:30 a.m.
      San Francisco Food Bank, Noon
    • Thursday, November 12, 2009
      Davis Street Family Resource Center, 8:45 am
    Additional donations are being scheduled throughout the month. Please contact us directly for more information about donations in your community.

    QUOTES
    “As community caregivers, our employees have seen firsthand how the national recession has stressed so many families,” said Patrick E. Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Sutter Health makes this donation in honor of our hardworking employees, and we hope it will make the holiday season a little brighter for those in need.”

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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 join resources and share 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 Organization. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.