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    Sutter Health-Affiliated Hospitals Announce Improvement in Reducing Infections

    Long-term Dedication and Focus Saves Lives

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., February 4, 2010 – A best-practice approach established in 2007 has helped reduce—and, in some cases, eliminate—the incidence of central line associated blood stream infections in hospitals affiliated with the not-for-profit Sutter Health network.

    “Our top priority is to ensure that every patient receives the absolute best quality care,” said Gordon Hunt, M.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “For more than three years, our system has followed a comprehensive program to eliminate central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs). By implementing best practices for treating patients with intravascular central line catheters, and improving training and education, the rate of these infections has steadily decreased across our network. In fact nine of our affiliated hospitals maintained zero CLABSIs for at least one year,” he added.

    The latest Sutter Health data available (through third quarter 2009) shows:

    • 9 affiliated hospitals maintained zero CLABSIs for at least one year. 
    • 6 affiliated hospitals reported zero CLABSIs for two years.
    • 39 patient lives saved as a result of focused efforts to reduce CLABSI
    • 242 infections prevented as a result of focused efforts to reduce CLABSI

    “Central line associated blood stream infections are preventable,” noted Dr. Hunt. “By establishing and following a set of evidence-based interventions, our affiliated hospitals have achieved significant reductions in infections, which means an even safer hospital stay for patients.”

    Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals report their rates of CLABSI to the California Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control.


    ICU Central Line Days

    Infection rate

    Memorial Hospital Los Banos


    No Infections

    Mills Peninsula Health Services


    No Infections

    Novato Community Hospital


    No Infections

    San Leandro Hospital


    No Infections

    Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital


    No Infections

    Sutter Coast Hospital


    No Infections

    Sutter Lakeside Hospital


    No Infections

    Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa


    No Infections

    Sutter Roseville Medical Center


    No Infections

    Memorial Medical Center Modesto


    Better than national average

    Marin General Hospital


    Better than national average

    St Luke’s Hospital


    Better than national average

    Sutter Davis Hospital


    Better than national average

    Eden Medical Center


    Better than national average

    Sutter Medical Center Sacramento


    Better than national average

    California Pacific Medical Center


    Better than national average

    Alta Bates Summit Medical Center


    Better than national average

    Sutter Amador Hospital


    Better than national average

    Sutter Solano Medical Center


    Below the national average

    Sutter Delta Medical Center


    Below the national average

    Sutter Tracy Community Hospital


    Below the national average

     Sutter Health System


    18 of 21 hospitals better than national average

    As part of Sutter’s commitment to continually improve the care provided to patients, the network’s doctors and hospitals routinely participate in quality studies. Sutter Health was also one of the first health systems in California to make vital quality data available online at

    Last year, the Sutter Health network was ranked number-one in California for health care quality by the respected Lewin Group, and the Integrated Healthcare Association named five medical groups within the Sutter Medical Network as top performers in health care quality.  

    Additionally, all Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals report quality performance data to a number of organizations including:

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    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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