Creating Healthier Communities
Community outreach increases access to care
During 2012, we invested $795 million in providing health care programs, services and benefits to people in our communities who have low incomes and little or no medical insurance and to providing health care programs and services for the broader community.
Sutter and partners align to fight hepatitis B
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation partnered with the Asian Foundation, the San Francisco Department of Public Health and other community organizations in a collaborative campaign to rid San Francisco of the highly infectious hepatitis B virus. The Hep B Free program attracted national attention for its public education, free and low-cost screenings and vaccination clinics for people at significant risk of contracting the virus.
Employees partner to give babies a healthy start
Employees across Sutter Health raised more than $661,000 in 2012 to support March of Dimes research and programs to prevent premature births and improve the health of mothers and their babies. The achievement made our not-for-profit network the top health care fundraising team for the March of Dimes nationwide for the third consecutive year. Over the past 16 years, our employees have raised more than $6 million for the March of Dimes.
Sutter reaches out worldwide in times of trouble
The 2012 devastation of Hurricane Sandy prompted our donation of $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support aid efforts on the East Coast. Sutter Health has long contributed toward humanitarian relief to communities during disasters worldwide, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Donations support programs for those who serve
As part of a broader commitment to the well-being of military members in our communities, Sutter Health donated $18,400 to the Fisher House Foundation in 2012. The foundation provides lodging for families of military personnel undergoing medical treatment. We also gave $10,000 to Rivers of Recovery, which provides recreational rehabilitation and therapies to veterans and those in active service.
Donations and volunteers lend support to food banks
To help people struggling against hunger in our communities, Sutter Health donated $255,000 to 29 Northern California food banks in 2012. Also, during the holiday season, many of our employees, physicians and staff members volunteered to serve meals and prepare food baskets for people in need throughout our network.
Grants help support patients with critical needs
Grants totaling $2 million were released from the Sutter Health Access to Care Fund through the Marin Community Foundation to serve critical health needs in Marin County. These grants help patients gain access to dental care, adult vaccinations, behavioral health services and substance abuse treatment.
Philanthropic support enhances health care services
Sutter Health received donations of more than $47 million in 2012 to enhance the level of care we provide to patients and communities. These donations have enabled us to build new facilities, purchase more lifesaving medical equipment, offer more specialty programs and services, further support clinical research and provide even more care for people in need.