Sutter Health is a not-for-profit organization. We are not an investor-owned healthcare system. Therefore, any money left over after employees and bills have been paid is reinvested in healthcare, innovation and community benefit.
It's Better for Patients
We believe this community-owned, not-for-profit approach to healthcare best serves our patients and our communities – for many reasons. Research shows it’s good for patients. According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine, patients treated at for-profit or government-owned hospitals were two-to-four times more likely to suffer preventable adverse events than patients treated at not-for-profit institutions.
Our Stockholders are Community Members
Investor-owned, for-profit health systems have a financial incentive to avoid caring for uninsured and underinsured patients. They also have a financial incentive to avoid underserved populations and less accessible geographic areas such as rural areas. In many of Northern California's underserved rural locales, Sutter Health is the only provider of hospital and emergency medical services in the community.
We take great pride in our opportunity to care for these important communities.
Providing Charity Care and Special Programs to Communities
Our charity care and community benefit programs bring humanity and empathy into each connection of care. We support projects and approaches that help patients get access to high-quality care where they live and work.
Philanthropic support from the community helps us expand services, pioneer new programs and innovations, and deliver a better kind of care to more than 3 million people.
Across our network, every Sutter hospital, physician organization and clinic has personal stories to tell about fulfilling vital community needs and moments that make a difference in the well-being of people we serve.