State of Sutter: A look back at 2017
Inspired by our Northern California community, we work tirelessly to deliver top-rated, high-quality, affordable healthcare. Take a look back at some of Sutter Health’s key achievements in 2017.
Across our network, we continually explored new ways of enhancing quality of care and how we delivered that care.
- A $20 million gift –the single largest donation ever made to our not-for-profit organization—established the Michael and Judith Gaulke Innovation Hatchery at Sutter Health. The Hatchery is an incubator for identifying creative solutions to healthcare challenges, validating their effectiveness in real-world settings and integrating them into patient care as quickly as possible.
- We launched a collaboration with Qventus—using the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) software in inpatient pharmacies system-wide to deliver safer and more affordable care, enhance inpatient pharmacy operations, reduce inpatient drug spending and support clinical teams by improving the effectiveness of pharmacy workflows and quality practices.
- Additionally, we teamed up with Quartet, a data-driven health technology company, to improve ways of diagnosing and delivering care to those living with mental health conditions, which are often connected to chronic physical illnesses.
As a not-for-profit organization we reinvest millions for people in need and partner with the community so everyone has the opportunity to realize their full potential. These funds helped care for patients who couldn’t afford to pay, and to support programs that improve community health. In 2017, we donated more than $800,000 to help California wildfire relief; tropical story Harvey, food bank donations and veteran support services.
Our researchers partnered in new collaborative ways to investigate the underlying causes of diseases to help discover effective new ways to predict, prevent and treat them.
- Sutter Health Research announced the launch of a study that hopes to identify a new tool for early breast cancer detection. The multicenter study, called the STRIVE Study is unprecedented in its size and scope, and has the potential to improve how we screen for breast cancer in the future.
We took significant steps forward in expanding access by improving how we deliver medical care and services throughout our communities.
- We recognize the importance of taking care of psychological health as well as physical health and teamed up with Mental Health America, a national leader in mental health support, recovery and advocacy, to create tools and resources that proactively address mental health concerns before they escalate. This collaboration is designed to provide earlier access and connect people with the support and services they need.
- In addition, we opened seven new Sutter Walk-in Clinic locations in the greater San Francisco and Sacramento areas. The walk-in clinics offer patients with quick, convenient healthcare for everyday illness and health needs.
Health Care Technology
Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for our not-for-profit network, and our work in health IT plays a crucial role in giving our patients meaningful care experiences. Our work in this area helped earn us a recognition as one of 2017 Most Wired™ by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.
At Sutter Health we do everything with our patients’ best health in mind. Our not-for-profit network delivers easy access to affordable, coordinated care. Our quality achievements in 2017 demonstrate this commitment to excellence.
- MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization dedicated to global health, honored Sutter Health with a Global Humanitarian Award in recognition in 2017 for Sutter Health’s outstanding leadership in supporting at-risk communities that require medical supplies and equipment.
- U.S. News & World Report recognized four Sutter Health hospitals as among the best hospitals in California for 2017-18. Honored hospitals include: Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, Sutter Health’s Memorial Medical Center and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
- The Leapfrog Group® named Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center California campus, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital to its 2017 list of Top Hospitals—an elite distinction honoring excellence in safety and quality.
- Lastly, three Sutter Health hospital campuses earned 5-star ratings – the highest possible ranking—from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Quality Star Ranking 2017. Only 9 percent of the 3,692 hospitals evaluated received the five-star rating.