Role of Philanthropy

The generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations helps make many Sutter Health programs and services possible. In 2013, our not-for-profit network received more than $78 million from donors, whose generosity allowed us to purchase equipment, invest in advanced technologies, create innovative programs and construct new facilities. Their contributions also helped our clinical research flow more quickly from the laboratory to the bedside and allowed us to care for patients with little or no access to health care or the means to pay.

Volunteers give time and talent

Throughout the year, more than 5,000 volunteers donated thousands of hours to help patients and families in our 100 Northern California communities. Our volunteers serve in countless compassionate ways—greeting visitors, assisting family members, providing transportation, rocking babies, feeding patients and comforting those in hospice care. They add a personal touch to our health care services, engaging and uplifting thousands of patients and families every day across our network.


Stephanie Chen, left, and Patricia Moeller, above, volunteer at Sutter-affiliated Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.

Philanthropy aids two vital projects

Visionary philanthropists donated more than $100,000 in 2013 to help our Sutter Health University develop new training curricula for operating room nurses. Growing nursing shortages nationwide have created a critical need for these highly skilled registered nurse specialists, who care for patients before, during and after surgery, closely monitoring their physical and emotional well-being. Donor generosity will help us develop new teaching methods and testing standards to ensure a future workforce of well-trained surgical nurses across our network.

In addition, an estate gift of $400,000 supported our 2013 participation in an innovative program seeking more effective ways to serve people who frequent hospital emergency rooms for nonurgent care. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Sutter Health was one of only six organizations nationwide chosen to test an analytics tool called Hotspotting. Findings from the testing will provide insight to medical providers and community partners, allowing them to better connect patients with the right care in the right place at the right time.

“Everybody gets better care when you teach nurses new skills. It completely enhances the experience for our patients.”

Jessica Liston, R.N.
Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz