2009 Report To Our Communities
"That's Our Mission: Love the Mission. Live the Values." Yolanda Gomez, Community Benefit Specialist

Creating Healthier Communities

Access to Quality Health Care for All

Sutter Health committed $11 million in financial support to community clinics and health centers to help the uninsured gain access to vital medical care.

Reaching Out to Those in Need

Sutter Health-affiliated hospitals donated operating rooms, surgical supplies and staff time to provide surgical services to the uninsured. Seven hospitals and surgery centers—along with 81 Sutter physicians—donated more than 360 surgical services through the nonprofit agency Operation Access. This translates to more than $4 million in charity care.

Sutter Health and Operation Access partnered to help uninsured patient Norma Gonzalez receive surgery for a torn meniscus.
View Norma's story video transcript

Employees Lend Helping Hands

Sutter Health donated staff time and funding to Project Homeless Connect, an event that links San Francisco’s homeless to critical health services and other resources.

Surgical Units Go Green

Surgical units across Sutter Health eliminated up to 3,378 pounds of landfill waste each week by recycling blue sterile wrap—plastic wrap that keeps surgical instruments sterile.

Support Feeds Hungry Families

Sutter Health donated more than $255,000 to 26 food banks across Northern California to put meals on the table for families in need.

Nurturing Our Nurses

Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation, Samuel Merritt University established a scholarship fund for undergraduate nursing students. Helping students earn a nursing degree and reducing the nursing shortage are two primary goals of the foundation.

Poor Economy, Strong Community Commitment

Despite these uncertain financial times, donors in communities across Northern California continued to invest in Sutter Health, its programs and its services. For example, California Pacific Medical Center received 12,000 financial donations to support lifesaving programs, services and advanced technology.

Marching Strong for Babies

Sutter Health raised more than $619,000 for the March of Dimes in support of healthier babies. For the past seven years, our organization has been the top fundraiser in Northern California. We’ve also become the top health care fundraising team nationally for the charitable organization.

Going to Bat for Kids

Teaming up with the Sacramento River Cats AAA baseball team, Sutter Health helped complete a baseball field makeover at Sacramento’s Grant High School, resulting in safer field conditions. The project prompted an outpouring of community involvement, which enhanced student pride.

Kick the Habit

Sutter Express Care clinics – located inside select Sacramento-area Rite Aid stores – offered a new smoking cessation program to help patients quit for good.

Focused on Cultural Competence and Diversity

At Sutter Health, we’re committed to providing quality care to all patients by enhancing organizational cultural competence. In 2009, we furthered our efforts to recruit and retain a diverse staff and increased resources to improve communication between caregivers and non English-speaking patients.

To learn more about our community commitment, visit www.sutterhealth.org/about/comben/

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