Community Partnerships

As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in being a great neighbor by giving back to our communities. In 2013, we invested $901 million across Northern California, compared with $795 million in 2012. In addition to providing care for people with little or no insurance, we helped support children’s health centers, food banks, youth education and job-training programs and public health services, such as community clinics and prenatal care for low-income patients.

$1.3 million expands services for families

In 2013, thanks to $1.3 million from Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center, the Bayview Child Health Center in San Francisco doubled in size at a new location to better serve critical health care needs for families. Since 2007, the center has served a neighborhood challenged by crime, poverty, lack of services and high rates of chronic health conditions, such as asthma. The expanded center, which opened in October, expects to serve 2,000 people each year. Doctors and staff members go beyond providing comprehensive pediatric medical services. They create close bonds with families, partnering with parents through every stage of their children’s development, and provide additional vital services, such as nutritional education, social services support and mental health counseling for families experiencing domestic abuse and violence.

“They care about the whole family.”

Catherine Porchia
whose three children receive care at Bayview Child Health Center

Programs prep teens for health careers

Sutter Health supports and works with numerous community partners across Northern California to encourage and train the next generation of health care professionals. In 2013, we continued our long-standing support of two diversity-minded teen programs within our network.

In Oakland, Youth Bridge at Sutter-affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center offers students, mostly African American, health-career classes and paid internships in the hospital’s emergency, cardiology, neonatal intensive care and other departments. In Sonoma County, Healthcare Workforce Development—a collaborative effort of Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and various community organizations—provides Latino teens with tutoring, financial aid and other services to help them stay in school. Participants in both programs often become the first in their families to graduate from high school and college, and many go on to pursue health care careers.

Partnerships aid emergency outreach

To help people struggling against hunger, Sutter Health donated $255,000 to 29 food banks in communities across Northern California in 2013. Whether through financial donations, direct resources or volunteerism, our many partnerships with charitable organizations help such groups expand their services to people in our communities who need food, temporary housing or emergency care. In Modesto, for example, Sutter-affiliated Memorial Medical Center and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation contributed $20,000 in fall 2013 to support local food services of the Salvation Army.

“I’m not scared anymore. They saved
my life.”

Leanda Gunter
received food and other help in 2013 from Sutter-supported Salvation Army

Volunteers provide health education

In 2013, our Ethnic Health Institute in Oakland reached out to more than 4,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area with health screenings and church-based educational fairs on common chronic conditions, such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. A service of Sutter-affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, the institute gives special focus to ethnic minority groups and people with little or no access to health care services. Participating Sutter Health doctors volunteer to provide community education and to mentor medical-student interns at the institute who want to gain experience and knowledge of community health. The Joint Commission has lauded our Ethnic Health Institute for exceptional community outreach and stroke education.

Alliance makes new clinic possible

Sutter Health support and partnership in 2013 will allow a longtime Santa Cruz community clinic to expand its services in 2014. Our Sutter-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center joined forces with Dominican Hospital to help the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center raise $7 million for a second clinic in nearby Live Oak. The new facility will provide primary care services for women, men and children. For 40 years, the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center has been dedicated to providing culturally sensitive services to people with low incomes and little or no insurance. The center served 5,200 patients in 2013. The two facilities expect to treat 10,000 patients annually.

The Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center helped Livia Monteleone survive cancer and a severe motorcycle accident.

Collaboration improves patient care

Sutter Health partners with community clinics across our network to help people without doctors find the medical services they need. Our hospital emergency rooms often receive walk-in patients seeking non-emergency treatment and social services. We help connect these patients to neighborhood clinics and organizations that can provide quality primary care services, as well as resources such as food, transportation and housing. For example, our collaboration with the Community Health Center Network, a partnership of eight health centers in Alameda County, helps patients learn more about their health and obtain the ongoing care and social services support they need to stay well. Our partnerships also help reduce overall health care costs by encouraging patients to avoid costly visits to emergency departments and hospital readmissions.