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    Sutter Health Ranks Tops in California for Quality Health Care


    SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 31, 2009 - The Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals and other health care service providers is California’s top-ranking health system in health care quality according to the respected Lewin Group, an independent health care policy and research firm.

    The Lewin Group produces rankings of America’s 120 largest health systems. Its latest study uses quality and patient satisfaction data from 2007, as reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its Hospital Compare Web site. Sutter Health was listed the best in California and 30th nationwide in the study.

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    “Findings of this respected quality study reflect the dedication of our hard-working employees – from clinical staff to those who work behind the scenes. It confirms that Sutter Health has further improved health care quality for patients,” said Gordon Hunt, M.D., senior vice-president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health.

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    Hear from Gordon Hunt, M.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health.
    audio icon | Dr. Hunt talks about what the results of the study means for patients (MP3)
    audio icon | Dr. Hunt discusses the link between quality health care and affordability (MP3)

    Learn about Sutter Health’s quality directly from patients
    video icon | www.sutterhealth.org/stories/

    Watch us on YouTube
    video icon | www.youtube.com/sutterhealth

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, 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. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health family, please visit www.sutterhealth.org.




    Sutter Health Contact
    Kami Lloyd
    Communications Coordinator
    (916) 286-6680 | direct
    (916) 286-6695 | media line
    Lloydk@SutterHealth.org