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    Sutter Health Honored for Red Cross Support

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Monday, June 20, 2011 - In times of emergency or disaster, Sutter Health is often one of the first organizations to step up to support the American Red Cross response efforts. In recognition of this commitment, Sutter Health will be receiving one of the local chapter’s prestigious awards on Tuesday, the Joyce Raley Teel Humanitarian Philanthropy Award.

    Established in 2006 in honor of a long-time supporter of the local Red Cross chapter, the Joyce Raley Teel Humanitarian Philanthropy Award is given annually to an individual, business, church, school or organization that has demonstrated exceptional leadership gifting to help local area people who benefit from Red Cross services and programs.

    “The Red Cross wouldn’t be able to do what we do everyday—help local residents prevent and prepare for emergencies—without the support of companies like Sutter Health. We wouldn’t be able to help disaster victims here in our own community, much less victims across the country, or even around the world,” said Dawn Lindblom, CEO of the Capital Region Chapter.

    Sutter Health’s most recent contribution to the Red Cross was $500,000 in support of the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami. The largest local gift received to date for that disaster.

    “Aiding communities in times of great need and helping alleviate the suffering of disaster victims is an extension of our not-for-profit mission and the right thing to do,” said Traci Van, community benefit director for Sutter Health. “The American Red Cross is a longtime and essential partner as we support our neighbors at home and abroad.”

    This Annual Meeting celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, starting at 6:00 p.m.

    Five additional awards will also be handed out to recognize outstanding local volunteers: the James McColm Lifetime Achievement Award, the Linda Brandenburger Legacy Leadership Award, the Frank Corti Fund Development Award, the Henri Dunant Award and the Clara Barton Award.

    About the American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Capital Region Chapter serves an eleven-county region including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, eastern Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo counties. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at

    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.

    For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, please visit: | |

    Contact | American Red Cross, Capital Region Chapter
    Trista Jensen
    Capital Region Chapter
    1565 Exposition Boulevard
    Sacramento, CA 95815
    (916) 993-7084
    (916) 206-8604

    Contact | Sutter Health
    Sutter Health Media Line
    (916) 286-6695