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    Brown & Toland Physicians Joins the Sutter Medical Network

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 8, 2010 - Brown & Toland Physicians, one of the largest physician organizations in San Francisco, is joining the Sutter Medical Network (SMN) of Northern California physicians.

    The addition of Brown & Toland expands the Sutter Medical Network to nearly 5,000 physicians, increasing the network of available physicians to patients by providing access to quality and consistent care from respected physicians who use experience and proven best practice approaches in care.

    “When primary and specialty physicians come together with a common goal of creating the highest quality experience based on best medical practices, our patients and communities benefit,” said Jeff Burnich, M.D., Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of the Sutter Medical Network.

    Formed in early 2008, the Sutter Medical Network now includes 18 physician groups serving patients in dozens of cities and towns across two dozen Northern California counties – from Sonoma County to the Central Valley and from Santa Cruz to the Mother Lode foothills.

    “We are proud to welcome Brown & Toland physicians to our network,” Burnich said.

    One of the Bay Area’s most respected physician organizations; there are some 800 member-physicians of Brown & Toland, a multi-specialty independent practice association (IPA).

    “Brown & Toland and the Sutter Medical Network share a commitment to place patients at the center of what we do. We have a history of coordinating care with the physicians and medical groups within the network – and now we look forward to working with them to consistently deliver the highest quality, accessible care for patients,” said Joel Klompus, M.D., Brown & Toland’s President.

    Brown & Toland Physicians join the Sutter Medical Network in its goal to provide the same level of exceptional service to all patients regardless of where they access care. To set a consistent bar for performance, the network has created standards for clinical quality, timely appointments, patient satisfaction and technology adoption. The network’s medical groups and practicing physicians commit to achieving these standards to ultimately advance shared priorities of quality, accessible and affordable services for patients.

    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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    About Brown & Toland Physicians
    Brown & Toland Physicians, based in San Francisco, is an independent practice association (IPA) of more than 800 physicians serving more than 330,000 HMO and PPO members. Brown & Toland has earned numerous awards for quality and in 2010 was named for the third consecutive year an “Elite” Medical Group by the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG).

    Sutter Health
    Karen Garner
    (916) 286-6695 (Sutter Health Media Line)

    Brown & Toland Physicians
    Richard Angeloni
    (415) 972-4307