2009 Report To Our Communities
"Infections? No, not on my watch!" Kari Rohrer, R.N., Infection Control

2009 Quality Achievements

Prevention Efforts Pay Off

Aggressive infection prevention efforts in hospitals across Sutter Health’s network significantly reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia among patients. Eleven hospitals had no incidences of ventilator-associated pneumonia for one year, and six Sutter hospitals had no incidences for two years.

Patients First, Always

Nine Sutter-affiliated hospitals had no central line-associated bloodstream infections among patients for one year, and four hospitals had no incidences for two years.

Dropped 78 Percent

Systemwide, incidences of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers dropped by 78 percent since 2003.

Saving Lives; Creating Best Practices

Sutter Health reduced sepsis-related deaths among hospitalized patients by 26 percent over the past three years. With the help of a $2.1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Sutter Health will further its efforts to establish best practices for reducing sepsis deaths. Sutter Health’s improvement efforts exceed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s target for a quarter reduction in sepsis mortality.

Investments Saves Lives

In 2006, we received a $6.1 million four-year patient safety grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Sutter Health also made an $8.8 million contribution. With the help of this funding, we achieved the following in 2009 through staff-led nursing councils known as PACE (Partners Advancing Clinical Excellence):

  • 83 percent reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Eden Medical Center/San Leandro Hospital
  • 70 percent reduction in central-line infections at Marin General Hospital and California Pacific Medical Center
  • 35 percent reduction in deaths related to sepsis at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center/San Leandro Hospital, Marin General Hospital, Novato Community Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Health Services
  • 62 percent overall reduction in the AMI (heart attack) death rate across our network

Moore Grant

Designated funds from the Moore Grant have bolstered clinical outcomes and patient safety programs at six Sutter-affiliated Bay Area hospitals.

Putting Patient Safety First

Sutter Health’s affiliated physician organizations were among the first in the country to adopt e-prescribing—a patient safety system recommended by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Shaping Health Information Technology Adoption Nationwide

Paul Tang, M.D., vice president and chief medical information officer for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, became appointed to a federal committee that shapes and fosters EHR adoption across the country.

A Decade of Excellence

Sutter Health’s Management and Clinical Excellence program celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2009. The hands-on educational series—offered to a range of professionals across our network—teaches participants how to work together to further improve health care quality and affordability for patients.

Learn more about our focus on quality at http://www.sutterhealth.org/quality/reports/

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