Partnerships Enhance Care

Recognizing the power of teamwork, Sutter Health actively pursues alliances with community groups, government agencies and health organizations. Through these partnerships—and ongoing investments in research and technology—we've helped create innovative solutions to meet the wide-ranging needs of our diverse communities. The result: We improve and broaden the scope of services that patients can access.

Partners' clinical trial examines treatments for autism

In August 2012, Sacramento's Sutter Neuroscience Institute, in partnership with stem-cell bank Cord Blood Registry, launched the first FDA-approved clinical trial to study the use of newborn stem cells to treat autism. The first-of-its-kind research comes at a time when experts say autism has become the fastest growing developmental disability.

Patient-focused health plan takes first step

In 2012, Sutter Health filed an application with the California Department of Managed Health Care for a license to operate its own health plan. The license, conditionally approved in spring 2013, is an important step in our ongoing efforts to make high-quality care more affordable and to improve the health of communities. To request more information about the health plan, email landonkm@sutterhealth.org. Please allow seven business days for a response.

Prevention project helps save patient lives

Hospitals in the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region completed a two-year grant project in sepsis care. The regional sepsis initiative, funded through a partnership of Sutter Health and the Moore Foundation, implemented evidence-based care practices in early sepsis screening, diagnosis and treatment to help improve patient care and save lives. We saved an estimated 697 patient lives during the two-year grant phase. Our efforts in early sepsis recognition and intervention continue with ongoing training and improvements in care.

Research investment supports patient care

Improving patient care quality and increasing affordability are the goals of Sutter Health's sustained commitment to medical research. In 2012, we began our five-year, more than $20 million investment in a new program that aligns, integrates and expands our research activities systemwide. Researchers can now more rapidly translate their findings into innovative products and treatments to benefit patients across our network. Two national leaders in medical research joined our network to oversee the program.

Sutter partners with national leaders to improve health care

In 2012, we began partnering with Mayo Clinic, Denver Health, Intermountain Healthcare, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and other leaders in health care through the High Value Healthcare Collaborative. Group participants share knowledge, data and methods to help all the organizations improve their health care services.

High-profile network collaborates to protect hospital patients

Sutter Health joined the federally funded Intermountain Healthcare Hospital Engagement Network to collaborate with other health organizations for better hospital care. The network focuses on reducing preventable hospital readmissions and preventing hospital-acquired conditions such as pressure ulcers, bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Organizations partner to help Medicare patients stay healthy

Novato Community Hospital, part of our Sutter Health network, partnered with Marin County and Marin General Hospital to help reduce rapid hospital readmissions of at-risk Medicare patients. The new partnership, Advance Care Transitions, is one of just 30 nationwide and the first in California. It's a test model created as a result of the Affordable Care Act to reduce Medicare costs by providing community support to discharged patients at risk for hospital readmission.

Digital system helps doctors better coordinate care

In 2012, we continued to provide digital tools to connect our physicians in independent practices across Northern California to our electronic health record (EHR) system. The tools—Sutter Community Connect, SutterLink and Epic Hyperspace—give doctors instant and secure access to health histories, medication information and other critical patient data on our EHR system. This further improves patient safety, quality and coordination of care.

Sutter part of prestigious national home care study

Sutter Health participated in the Vulnerable Patient Study, sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Associations of America. The study identified whether characteristics of vulnerable patients—such as complex medical conditions—are linked to inadequate Medicare reimbursement. The research aims to ensure that such patients maintain access to the services they need through sufficient payment to home health care providers.