Thanks for taking a few moments to view our online annual report. Here, you'll see firsthand how our dedicated team of health care professionals is making a difference for patients and their families in communities throughout Northern California.
I'm proud to share that our Sutter-affiliated physician groups were among those recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association as top performers for quality care and patient satisfaction. Additionally, our hospitals performed at or very near the top 10 percent on quality areas defined by the federal government.
Committed to enhancing the health of our communities, we continued partnering with local organizations to better understand and serve the diverse needs of our neighbors. In addition, our Sutter Health network donated an average of more than $2.3 million per week in charity care for those in need.
On the national front, 2010 will long be remembered as the year when federal health care reform was signed into law. This set into motion a series of changes designed to make high-quality medical care more accessible for patients. At Sutter Health, this has long been our mission. We're committed to providing our patients with the safest, highest quality and most accessible carewhile doing our part to manage health care costs.
Together, we're working around the clock to help ensure that every patient receives nothing but the besta high level of expert, personalized care. I invite you to learn more about our Sutter Health family by further exploring our online annual report.