Changing the Face of Healthcare
MODESTO, Calif.–People may think of healthcare in terms of exam rooms and lab coats, stethoscopes and tongue depressors. Today, healthcare’s modern look features kids fitness classes, donations of healthy food items through mobile food banks or linking the homeless to wrap-around services like housing support, mental health services or addiction counseling.
The image of healthcare is changing—thanks to the teamwork between Sutter and various organizations in our Northern California communities.
During a recent gathering in Modesto, Memorial Medical Center CEO Gino Patrizio and Holly Harper, Sutter Health’s Director of External Affairs in the Valley, talked about how the health of our patients hinges on the health and well-being of their community. They hit on some highlights of how efforts inside and outside hospital and clinic walls supported the greater Stanislaus County in 2018:
- In partnership with Sutter Health, Golden
Valley Health Center’s Street Medicine Program delivers care to those who need
it most. Last year, the street medicine program.
- Served 2,083 individuals experiencing homelessness
- Conducted 582 nurse assessments
- Scheduled 70 primary care appointments
- With support from Sutter Health, Second
Harvest’s Mobile Fresh for Kids program made a tremendous impact at Shackelford
Elementary School in the first half of 2018:
- Served 651 children and youth
- Distributed 48,503 pounds of food and 5,859 nutrition education handouts
- More than half of parents whose children participated reported increased nutritional knowledge and preparation of healthier meals
Overall, Sutter invested more than $56 million to the underserved through charity care, unreimbursed costs of Medi-Cal and other community benefit support in 2018. This included nearly $1.1 million toward community partnerships that improve the quality of life for those in Stanislaus County. Working with 15 community partners, the programs served more than 43,000 adults and youth in neighborhoods throughout Modesto and all of Stanislaus County. Additionally, it provided more than 104,000 services to the community, including primary care appointments, school wellness activities, transportation and more
“With our community partners, we are always looking for innovative ways to expand access to care, helping to link patients to critical health and social services,” said Harper. “We couldn’t do this without the help of community partners and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with such innovative, creative and dedicated individuals, who are all working toward common goals.”
Many of the community investments stem from direct feedback from residents. Every three years, Sutter Health conducts Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) to determine the unique needs and challenges for each community Sutter supports and serves. Using both qualitative and quantitative data collection and focus groups, the CHNA report helps us identify this region’s communities of concern by zip code and the health needs of highest priority. The 2019 CHNA is now underway across Sutter Health.
For more information about Sutter’s investment into Northern California communities, visit Sutter Health’s Community Benefit page.