Sutter Health Gives Gift of Surgery to People in Need
Eighty-nine people in need received life-changing surgeries through Sutter Health’s annual Gift of Surgery program this summer. Physicians and medical teams from 20 Sutter Health surgery centers volunteered their time and expertise to provide outpatient elective procedures including cataract and gallbladder removal, as well as hernia and knee ligament repairs. The surgeries, whether they helped patients walk pain-free or regain their sight, dramatically impacted patients’ quality of life. In some cases, these surgeries helped individuals return to work or experience the simple joys of playing with their grandchildren.
As part of its not-for-profit mission, Sutter Health gives millions every year to provide care to people in need—regardless of their income, insurance or immigration status. The surgeries provided through the Gift of Surgery program this summer have an estimated value of over half a million dollars. Sutter Health’s total community benefit investment increased 25 percent to $957 million last year. These funds supported traditional charity care, unreimbursed Medi-Cal costs, health education programs and community clinics.
Annually, Sutter Health partners with community health organizations that select appropriate candidates in advance for the Gift of Surgery program from among the patients they serve. Sutter collaborated this year with community organizations from across Northern California including Ravenswood Family Health Center, RotaCare, Samaritan House, Axis Community Health, School Health Clinic of Santa Clara, Operation Access, Tri-City Health Center, Community Health Center Network, Santa Clara Family Health Plan (Alameda County), Sacramento Physicians’ Initiative to Reach Out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) and Healthy Partners.