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    Sutter Medical Network Members among “Elite” of California Physician Organizations

    Honored by California Association of Physician Groups

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 25, 2011 - Four medical group members of Sutter Health’s Sutter Medical Network recently were rated as “elite” or “commendable” by the California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) in its annual Standards of Excellence survey.

    Sutter Medical Network members recognized includes:

    • Elite rating
      Brown & Toland Physicians (serving the greater Bay Area)
      Palo Alto Medical Foundation (serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Alameda Counties)
      Sutter Medical Foundation (serving El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties)
    • Commendable rating
      Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation (serving San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and Lake Counties)

    CAPG’s Standards of Excellence survey evaluates the features and capabilities of medical groups across California in four key areas to rate “the infrastructure of a healthcare organization…the tools, people, and processes” needed to deliver high-quality care, affordable care and a positive patient experience. The four domains include care management, health information technology, accountability and transparency, and patient-centered care.

    “Over the past several years, doctors and other caregivers across Sutter Health have helped our network significantly transform how we provide care so that we’re bringing more value to our patients and communities,” said Jeff Burnich, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of the Sutter Medical Network. “The Standards of Excellence survey shows us where we’re doing well…and where we may have opportunities to further improve health care quality and efficiency so we can continue to do our part to support fundamental change in health care delivery.”

    Physician organizations voluntarily participate in the Standards of Excellence survey. This year, 76 CAPG members collectively caring for 11 million Californians took part in the evaluation. For more about the survey and results, visit

    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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