Sweeping changes throughout the health care industry have given us even more opportunities to improve the quality and safety of our medical services, while ensuring that patients receive care tailored to their unique needs. Alliances with other health agencies, as well as continued investments into new technologies and research, help us meet the changing health care needs of our communities.
In 2011, Sutter Health shared ideas and information with more than a dozen nationally recognized health systems, as part of the High Value Healthcare Collaborative. Founded by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, this group includes representatives from such organizations as the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. Participants discuss and share data on various medical conditions to help identify ways to improve treatment success, while reducing health care costs for patients and insurers.
Through our long-time partnership with the March of Dimes, we're helping to prevent premature births and improve the health of moms and babies. Our collaborative efforts support innovative research on preconception planning and preterm labor. They also help prevent early, elective deliveries. As a result, Sutter Health has introduced clinical programs and advancements now being adopted nationwide.
Our partnerships with clinics and other caregivers in our communities support patients beyond the walls of our care centers.
In September 2011, Sutter-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and the Marvell Technology Group, an international semi-conductor company, launched a unique onsite wellness program for employees at Marvell's Santa Clara location. The program included biometric screenings, an online personal health risk assessment, and an appointment with a PAMF primary care doctor. The effort brought medical screenings and care directly to employees during working hours.