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    Sutter Health Leaders Named ‘Health Care Heroes’

    Regional Business Journals Highlight Innovators

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 31, 2011 - From a food service staffer known for his made-to-order milkshakes to a nationally-recognized pioneer in electronic medical records, several leaders in the Sutter Health network of care were recognized for exhibiting outstanding leadership, groundbreaking innovations and patient-centered care by regional Business Journals’ 2011 Health Care Heroes Awards.

    Colleagues nominated hundreds of candidates from the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley for this special supplement to area publications. The selection panel included regional leaders in health care as well as editorial staff.

    Silicon Valley Business Times – June 2011

    Special Achievement
    Dr. Enoch Choi, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Urgent Care Physician – Peers honored Dr. Choi, a true humanitarian at heart, for his ongoing efforts to mobilize medical volunteer teams for disaster relief efforts around the world — including trips to Haiti, New Orleans and most recently to Japan. He regularly organizes medical professionals in short term-deployments to provide acute care and public health services while implementing health IT and green tech solutions to improve medical aid in disaster situations.
    San Jose Business Journal - Special Achievement, Dr. Enoch Choi

    Future Leader
    Dr. Peter Paul Yu, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Director of Cancer Research – In addition to seeing patients in PAMF’s hematology and oncology departments, Dr. Yu oversees strategies in applying the technology of electronic health records (EHRs) to develop a database on diagnoses, treatment and results to better monitor cancer patient care. He is a nationally-recognized health IT leader in the areas of EHRs and oncology.
    San Jose Business Journal - Future Leader Winner, Dr. Peter Paul Yu

    San Francisco Business Times – July 2011

    Award Winners
    Technical Innovation
    Dr. Paul Tang, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Vice President and Chief Information Officer – Dr. Tang pioneered the digital medical record movement after joining Palo Alto Medical Foundation — the first large medical group in California to connect doctors to network clinics via electronic medical records. Dr. Tang directs PAMF’s David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation and is vice chair of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Information Technology Policy Committee
    San Francisco Times - Health Care Heroes, Technical Innovation Winner, Dr. Paul Tang

    Unsung Hero
    Bernie Brown, California Pacific Medical Center, Davies Campus Food & Nutrition Services – Dubbed “The Milkshake Guy" by patients at California Pacific Medical Center, Bernie uses his background in nutrition to create custom milkshakes and smoothies for patients and their families. Bernie’s blends are especially appreciated by cancer patients who often struggle to eat or experience a lack of appetite following treatment.
    San Francisco Business Times - Health Care Heroes - Unsung Hero Winner, Bernard Brown

    Research and Development
    Dr. Stewart Cooper, California Pacific Medical Center & Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, Director of Liver Immunology Laboratory at CPMC, Physician Scientist and Hepatologist – Peers recognized Dr. Cooper for pioneering liver immunology research, with an emphasis on viral hepatitis research and management. Dr. Cooper has also spearheaded advocacy efforts through San Francisco Hep B Free, a program that has screened thousands of local residents and identified hundreds who have the virus or require the vaccination.
    San Francisco Times - Health Care Heroes - Research & Development Winner, Dr. Stewart Cooper

    Laura Euphrat, California Pacific Medical Center, R.N., California Campus Pediatrics – Laura is the co-founder and president of Little Wishes, a non-profit created to grant the modest wishes of seriously ill children in the pediatrics unit. While the volunteer-based program expands to other care centers, she offers hope and support to children and families in CPMC’s intensive care unit.
    San Francisco Business Times - Health Care Heroes - Nursing Finalist, Laura Euphrat

    Dr. Daniel Becker, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Medical Director, Behavioral Health program – Dr. Becker was honored for expanding access to mental health and substance abuse programs in the Bay Area with his oversight of the new Mills-Peninsula Health Services behavioral health clinic — the only location on the Peninsula offering inpatient programs for adolescents battling chemical dependency.
    San Francisco Business Times - Health Care Heroes - Mental Health Finalist, Dr. Daniel Becker

    Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Sutter Health East Bay Region, Chief Medical Officer — Following a 25-year career as an anesthesiologist, Dr. Lockhart now manages patient safety initiatives for the region’s three hospitals and 16 out-patient care centers to deliver a more integrated approach. He also organized medical teams for relief efforts in Haiti.
    San Francisco Business Times - Health Care Heroes, Safety Finalist, Dr. Stephen Lockhart

    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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