We develop innovative solutions to urgent healthcare challenges that will influence practice throughout Sutter Health and nationwide.
Recent research advances in our center include a state-of-the-art Biobank, representing one of the largest efforts by a health system in the U.S. to link genetic information to electronic health record data, thereby increasing the pace of discoveries.
Specialty Research Areas:
Our investigators are renowned for advancing research that enables high-quality, state-of-the-art cardiac care for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Exciting research innovations in the cardiovascular services at Mills-Peninsula range from innovative procedures and new technologies, to advances in how our specialists organize care, develop treatment plans, and deliver follow-up to patients.
Mills-Peninsula is also renowned for a Mobile Stroke Unit, and will be one of the first hospitals in the West Coast joining Houston, Denver, New York, Chicago, Cleveland and Los Angeles to pilot this technology. Preliminary studies have indicated that a mobile stroke unit can reduce the time from ambulance dispatch to treatment to as little as 11 minutes.
The Diabetes Research Institute at Mills-Peninsula is continually enrolling people with diabetes for clinical research studies of investigational medications and devices. Our investigators have pioneered new strategies using mobile devices to improve diabetes control and facilitate patient compliance with diabetes treatments.
Research at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center applies the principles of human-centered design—a practice of creative problem-solving that keeps patients at the heart of the process. For example, research projects that comprise The Innovation Hatchery will prototype and validate new products and services potentially impacting one million people. The first five areas of focus for the Innovation Hatchery will be:
- Everyday Health (Primary Care) — Enhancing primary care visits to improve patient-physician interaction and empowering patients to more proactively manage chronic disease at home
- New Life (Obstetrics) — Developing new approaches for providing families with the information and tools they need to take care of their newborn after returning home from the hospital
- Mental Health — Deploying technology to enhance patient’s access to behavioral health services available through Sutter Health and in the community
- Compassionate Hospitalization (In-patient care) — Ensuring patient comfort during a hospital stay and reducing recovery times following hospitalization
- End of Life — Identifying new ways for ensuring that patients with a terminal diagnosis experience care that honors their goals and values