During 2010, Sutter Health invested $751 million in providing medical care for the poor and underservedincluding funding valuable health services throughout Northern California communities.
Sutter Lakeside Hospital's Rural Health Mobile Unit received full licensing from the state Department of Public Health, enabling us to bring basic health services directly to rural Lake County residents.
Philanthropic support from the Lake County community helped fund a mobile health unit, enabling Sutter Lakeside Hospital to expand its services in rural areas.
Sutter Health committed $1.48 million in financial support to community clinics and health centers. This funding helped underinsured and uninsured patients without health insurance gain access to vital medical care.
Sutter Health raised more than $630,000 to support March of Dimes' research and programs. With these efforts, our organization became the top March of Dimes fundraiser nationwide, among all health systems supporting March for Babies.
As families across California continued to struggle in the midst of a severe economic downturn, our not-for-profit network donated $255,000 to 27 food banks across the communities we serve.
Thanks to the support of our generous donors, Sutter Health has raised more than $700 million over the past 10 years to help our network bring an enhanced level of care to patients and communities. These donations have enabled us to purchase more lifesaving medical equipment, offer more specialty programs and services, further support clinical research, and provide even more care for the poor and underserved.
At Sutter Health, we're committed to providing quality care to all patients by enhancing our organization's ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. In 2010, we furthered our efforts to recruit and retain a diverse staff. We also increased our focus on facilitating communication between caregivers and patients who do not speak English. In recognition of these efforts, Sutter Health received a three-year grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to pilot video medical interpreting services at three outpatient clinics within California Pacific Medical Center.
Immediately following the San Bruno gas explosion, Sutter Health and three affiliates (California Pacific Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Health Services and Palo Alto Medical Foundation) donated $250,000 to aid victims of the fire.
Extending our mission beyond our communities, Sutter Health also helped victims of the devastating Haiti earthquake with a $1.25 million donation. These funds sent vital medical supplies and two medical teams to Haiti.