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    Sutter Health Steps Up Electronic Health Record Installations at Affiliated Hospitals

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 15, 2010 - Sutter Health today announced plans to accelerate implementation of its electronic health record (EHR) system in affiliated hospitals across the not-for-profit network. Sutter estimates it will invest approximately $400 million over the next five years to complete the installations. The hospital focus builds on Sutter’s ongoing installations across its affiliated medical groups and follows the nationally-recognized installation at Sutter-affiliated Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame last year.

    “The EHR is a vital tool in our continuing commitment to provide high-quality, coordinated care and affordable services to our patients and communities,” said Pat Fry, Sutter Health president and CEO. “Last year we directed our resources to where the majority of our patients access care – physician offices. Now, we’re ready to ramp up our hospital roll out.”

    To accomplish multiple hospital go-lives in 2011, Sutter will launch important preparatory work this year. The network plans to have five additional affiliated hospitals in the South Bay and Central Valley communities (Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, Menlo Park Surgical Hospital, Memorial Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Los Banos and Sutter Tracy Community Hospital) live on its EHR next year.

    Sutter Health has already installed the EHR system in the majority of its physician care centers. Sutter’s EHR today connects more than 12,000 caregivers serving more than one million patients in Northern California. Nearly 300,000 patients use the network’s personal health record service to partner with their doctors in taking charge of and managing their health.

    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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    Kami Lloyd

    Sutter Health Media Line
    (916) 286-6695