Philanthropy in Action

Every year, generous and dedicated donors give to Sutter Health in so many important ways, large and small. Their gifts allow us to fulfill our commitment to provide personalized, high-quality medical care and to forge deep and abiding partnerships within our more than 100 communities across Northern California.

Community giving supports hospital

In an act of generosity in one of our network’s smaller communities, residents of Amador County stepped up in 2014 to give more than $2 million to improve services at our Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson.

Local donors, including the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians and the Sutter Amador Hospital Auxiliary, contributed $1.15 million toward our hospital’s $7.3 million emergency department expansion. The expansion increased treatment rooms from six to 14, added computer-based monitoring systems and modernized the lobby.

Also in 2014, the estate of longtime Amador County residents Audrey and Mervin Sheppard awarded our hospital a generous bequest. For decades before their deaths—he in 2006 at age 91, she in 2013 at age 100—the Sheppards worked tirelessly with Sutter Health to ensure that their small Mother Lode community offered the best medical care possible. The couple volunteered at the hospital, rallied neighbors to support upgraded facilities, donated funds and encouraged others to do so. Their legacy of generosity lives on in the community they loved.

Foundation aids music therapy program

Young patients at our Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center in Sacramento will benefit from the healing powers of music, thanks to a 2014 donation from the Forever Young Foundation. The foundation—a philanthropic organization of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and his wife, Barb—contributed $150,000 to help build a 1,000-square-foot music therapy area within the children’s hospital where kids can listen to music, sing, write songs and learn to play instruments. Research shows that music therapy can help children feel more relaxed, experience less pain, require less sedation for medical procedures and restore their sense of playfulness during stressful hospital stays. Scheduled for completion in fall 2015, the new therapy space, Sophie’s Place, will honor Sophie Barton, a music-loving family friend of the Youngs who often performed for pediatric patients in Utah before she died of a heart condition at age 17.

Philanthropy enhances home health services

Gifts of time and money enrich our Sutter Care at Home hospice program, which provides personalized, compassionate care for people at the end of life. In 2014, donors gave $1.7 million to our home care and hospice services, ensuring access for patients and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. Hospice services include on-call nurses, social workers, grief counselors and specially trained volunteers who visit with patients, run errands and give caregivers much-needed breaks. Our program provides a powerful network of helpers, as Chris Fesuk of Citrus Heights discovered in the final months of her mother’s life.

Gift boosts brain health care, research

In 2014, our Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco received the final part of a $21 million gift from the family of the late Ray Dolby, audio innovator and founder of Dolby Laboratories. The center, renamed the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center, helps patients and families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other brain disorders. A multidisciplinary team, including neurologists, dieticians and exercise physiologists, focuses on diagnosis, treatment, research, technology and psychosocial support so patients and caregivers can deal positively with memory changes to maintain independence and harmony. Working in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California, the center has served more than 2,000 patients since opening in 2012.

“We could not have done this without the involvement of the Dolby family.”

Catherine Madison, M.D.
medical director, Ray Dolby Brain Health Center