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    Sutter Health Donates Nearly $1.5 Million to 18 Community Clinics

    Grants to Help Expand Access for Patients Who Cannot Afford to Pay for Health Care


    SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 4, 2010 - To help patients in need access vital medical services, Sutter Health has donated $1.48 million to 18 community health clinics in dozens of communities across Northern California. These latest grants are part of the not-for-profit network’s lasting commitment to serve all patients who need health care regardless of their ability to pay.

    These donations will help community clinics improve direct patient care through:

    • Purchase and/or upgrade of vital health equipment used in direct patient care
    • Increase of community clinic capacity to serve patients
    • Maintain or extend hours of patient services
    • Extend access to vital specialty care services for community clinic patients
    • Launch disease prevention and/or chronic disease management programs for patients

    These donations add to the $1.1 million Sutter Health donated to community clinics in the Sacramento and Central Valley regions of Northern California in late 2009.

    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 $667 million in 2009.

    Donations
    Sutter Health East Bay Region
    (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties)
    • Asian Health Services (Oakland, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $100,000
      Funds Support: Development of new clinic site
    • LifeLong Medical Care (Berkeley, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $25,000
      Funds Support: Improvements and capital campaign for LifeLong’s West Berkeley Family Practice, which will increase clinic capacity by 3,000 patients per year.
    • Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Inc. (Alameda County, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $150,000
      Funds Support: Expand primary care services to low- income and under/uninsured residents of Cherryland and Ashland communities.
    • La Clinica de la Raza (Oakland, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $200,000
      Funds Support: Increase services of the perinatal program by 50 percent to provide comprehensive prenatal and delivery care to an additional 350 women in need.
    • La Clinica de la Raza (Oakley Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $150,000
      Funds Support: Expand services in East Contra Costa County by opening a satellite office in the city of Oakley
    Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region
    (San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties)
    • Samaritan House (San Mateo, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $100,000
      Funds Support: Maintain clinic services to ensure access to needed specialty care and disease prevention and management
    • South County Community Health Center Ravenswood Family (East Palo Alto, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $50,000
      Funds Support: Improve asthma care and outcomes among children.
    • Tri-City Health Center (Fremont, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $100,000
      Funds Support: Mobile medical clinic for homeless health care services, adult dental services, and family planning/STD screenings and treatment for its Teen City Clinic
    • RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $100,000
      Funds Support: Expand primary care services
    • Axis Community Health (Palomares, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $75,000
      Funds Support: Reconfigure existing clinic buildings to expand capacity to provide primary and preventive health care services to underserved patients in the Tri-Valley area
    • Dientes Community
      Dental Clinic (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $45,000
      Funds Support: Purchase digital panoramic X-Ray machine
    • Salud Para La Gente (Watsonville, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $75,000
      Funds Support: Teen pregnancy prevention among Hispanics in the Watsonville area
    • County Health Services Agency of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $30,000
      Funds Support: Restorative Care to Patient of Homeless Persons Health Project – Project Connect
    • Santa Cruz Women’s
      Health Center (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $50,000
      Funds Support: Provide a medical home for low-income residents with chronic conditions and increase number of chronic care visits provided
    Sutter Health West Bay Region
    (City and County of San Francisco, and Marin, Lake and Sonoma Counties)
    • Coastal Health Alliance (Marin County, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $62,500
      Funds Support: Expand access to chronic disease management services through expansion of Care Team model and additional staff training
    • Jewish Community Free Clinic (Rohnert Park, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $75,000
      Funds Support: Expand clinic hours
    • West County Health Centers (Sonoma County, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $50,000
      Funds Support: Maintain critically important dental services for low-income families and children
    • Mendocino Community
      Health Clinic (Mendocino, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $49,754
      Funds Support: Increase access to care by ensuring appropriate transportation to health services as well as improving the ability to care for patients at Lakeside Health Center
    Sutter Health Central Valley Region – donated in late 2009
    (Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties)
    • Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (Modesto, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $100,000
      Funds Support: Improved access to integrated behavioral health care
    Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region – donated in late 2009

    (Amador, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties)
    • The Effort (Sacramento, Calif.)
      Amount Donated: $1,000,000
      Funds Support: Costs associated with an estimated 8,000 additional medical care and mental health care visits in the Sacramento area over the next two years
    QUOTES
    Sue Compton, CEO of Axis Community Health (Palomares, Calif.)
    “Axis is serving a rapidly growing number of patients and is currently enrolling more than 300 new patients each month. Our medical records department has been stretched far beyond capacity and must be enlarged to accommodate the many new medical records we are creating each month,” said Sue Compton, CEO of Axis Community Health. “Support from Sutter Health will assist us in relocating our medical records department to a more spacious area that can both accommodate our current needs as well as allow us to move into the electronic health records arena in the near future.”

    Sherry Hirota, executive director of Asian Health Services (Oakland, Calif.)
    “On behalf of the patients, Board and staff of Asian Health Services, I wish to say a big thank you to Sutter Health for supporting our new clinic located at East Lake Merritt in Oakland. This new clinic represents a 25 percent expansion of our capacity or access to primary health care for 5,000 new patients in Oakland and Alameda County. The new center’s medical staff will provide a full range of services and an integrative approach to treatment including acupuncture, health coaches, group visits and culturally appropriate measures to reduce social isolation experienced by immigrant and refugee groups. Sutter’s contribution is so fitting; at a time we are dedicating the clinic to Frank Kiang – civic leader, founder of Metropolitan Bank and former Trustee of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.”

    Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health
    “Community clinics are lifelines for thousands of Northern Californians who need health care. Supporting them is an extension of Sutter Health’s not-for-profit mission and our network’s dedication to caring for those who cannot afford to pay for health care.

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