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    Sutter-Affiliated Hospitals are off the Quality CHARTs!

    Eight Hospitals Awarded Prestigious “Certificate of Excellence” for Quality Care by the Independent California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force (CHART)


    SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 21, 2010 - Eight hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health received the prestigious “Certificate of Excellence” from the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force (CHART). Only 40 hospitals across California received the award – and Sutter Health facilities comprise 20 percent of those honored for quality achievements in 50 categories. CHART is a third-party consumer-reporting agency.

    Recognized Sutter Health hospitals include:

    • Memorial Medical Center, Modesto
    • Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Burlingame
    • Sutter Amador Hospital, Jackson
    • Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Auburn
    • Sutter Davis Hospital, Davis
    • Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa
    • Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville
    • Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, Tracy
    CHART presents the “Certificate of Excellence” to hospitals that achieve “above average” or “superior scores” in five of the eight CHART measurement areas; do not receive a “below average” or “poor” score on any measure, and report data for all measurements for which they qualify. These measures include patient satisfaction and experience in common reasons for admissions such as cardiac care, maternity services and treatment for pneumonia. Participating hospitals voluntarily submit data. The not-for-profit Sutter Health network has participated in the CHART process since its inception in 2004.

    For complete performance information on the hospitals participating in CHART, see www.CalHospitalCompare.org. Published by the California HealthCare Foundation, the user-friendly online report card helps consumers search for quality information about hospitals by location, name or medical condition.

    QUOTES
    “Across our Sutter Health network, we want every single patient’s care–whether received in one of our hospitals, a physician’s office, over the telephone, or in the patient’s home–to be the absolute best,” said Gordon Hunt, M.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “As part of this steadfast commitment, we routinely participate in quality surveys such as CHART. Doing so helps our hospitals identify opportunities to improve care, increase safety and provide better outcomes for patients in our communities.”

    “Sutter Health believes that patients who are informed can take a more active role in their care. That’s why we take part in quality surveys such as CHART and were among the first health systems in California to make critical quality data available to everyone online,” said Gordon Hunt, M.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “We’ve pulled back the curtain to show consumers exactly where we’re performing well and where we need to improve in nationally recognized measures of quality for certain medical conditions.”

    LINKS
    View CHART’s report card | www.CalHospitalCompare.org

    See how Sutter Health is improving quality and safety for patients | sutterhealth.org/quality

    Learn how Sutter Health measures up in quality | sutterhealth.org/quality/report/

    Hear our patients talk about Sutter Health’s quality | sutterhealth.org/stories

    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.

    For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, please visit
    SutterHealth.org/about/ | www.Facebook.com/SutterHealth | www.YouTube.com/SutterHealth



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