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    Three Sutter Health Affiliate Hospitals Honored for Excellence in Quality Care

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 7, 2011 - Three hospitals affiliated with the not-for-profit Sutter Health network earned a July 2011 “Certificate of Excellence” from the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force (CHART).

    Recognizing outstanding performance bi-annually, only 29 hospitals across California received awards for their performance in 50 health care quality categories.

    Recognized Sutter Health hospitals include:

    Links | Sutter Health 2010 Quality ReportsPatient Videos | Quality in ActionAbout CHART
    CHART, a third-party consumer-reporting agency, was established in 2004 to develop a statewide hospital performance reporting system using a multi-stakeholder collaborative process. It 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. The not-for-profit Sutter Health network has participated in the CHART process since its inception.

    For detailed information on each hospital participating in CHART, visit Published by the California HealthCare Foundation, consumers can search the online report card for quality information about hospitals by location, name or medical condition.

    “For a number of years, we’ve committed to finding new ways to deliver high-quality care, reduce costs and meet the changing needs of patients,” said Gordon Hunt M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “Some of Sutter Health’s quality and efficiency improvements have not only saved thousands of lives but conserved financial resources, including a reduction of nearly $200 million in health care costs through aggressive efforts to decrease hospital-acquired infections and pressure ulcers.”

    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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