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2010 Quality Achievements

For the Record

Sutter Health joined a select group of organizations nationally to launch Care Everywhere, a new technology that enables medical teams from separate organizations to share a patient's medical records at the time he or she receives care. Through this technology, Sutter Health is now linked with UC Davis Health System, Stanford, and Santa Cruz County Health Services to share vital patient information.

Stepping Up

Sutter Health accelerated the pace of our electronic health record (EHR) implementation within our affiliated hospitals. We will invest hundreds of millions of dollars to make this important technology tool available to our caregivers—enhancing patient safety and quality care.

Compassionate Care

Sutter Health's Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program received national recognition for its approach to better meeting patients' end-of-life care wishes, improving quality of life and easing the cost burden on patients, their families and the overall health care system.

Raising the Bar on Infection Prevention

By adopting best practice safety standards, Sutter Health medical teams have saved 86 lives and prevented 569 cases of central line-associated blood stream (CLABSI) and ventilator-associated pneumonia infections since 2007. In addition, zero cases of CLABSI were reported in 18 of our affiliated hospitals from 2007 to 2010.

Early Detection Saves Lives

Targeted efforts to promote the early detection and treatment of sepsis—a serious bloodstream infection—has reduced sepsis-related deaths in our affiliated hospitals by 29 percent since 2008.

Lowering the Pressure

Across our network, we have reduced the incidence of pressure ulcers (bed sores) in hospitalized patients by 86 percent since 2003.

Investing in Lifesaving Care

We've made it a priority to reduce hospital-acquired infections such as central line infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia and sepsis. From 2007 to 2010, our patient safety efforts have prevented more than 500 infections and reduced care costs by nearly $43 million.

In 2010, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation invested an additional $3.6 million in Sutter Health to further our patient safety efforts for superior medical outcomes.

Staff-led nursing councils are making great strides in improving patient safety, thanks to a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Learn more about our focus on quality at http://www.sutterhealth.org/quality/reports/ (Link opens in a new window)