State of Sutter: A Look Back at 2013
A Look Back at 2013
A look back at some of Sutter Health’s key milestones in 2013.
Quality Achievement – Our network received multiple awards for health care quality in 2013. Sutter Health ranked as among the top 20 health care systems in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. The Integrated Healthcare Association, a renowned industry leadership group in California, recognized six physician organizations in our Sutter Medical Network as leaders in medical care quality. Also, Sutter Davis Hospital, received the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence.
Patient Access – After much anticipation, we started Sutter Health Plus, a new not-for-profit health plan that offers a range of products to individuals and employers in the Greater Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley regions. Plan coverage began Jan. 1, 2014.
Affordability – Sutter Health opened its Shared Service Center in Roseville. It serves as a “central hub” to bring together multiple business services departments under one roof, allowing employees to closely collaborate, follow best practices and efficiently use the latest technology. Sutter Health’s larger consolidation and standardization efforts are already producing impressive results. From 2012 to 2013, Sutter Health achieved more than $92 million in cost savings and captured revenue, and within five years expects to achieve $300 million annually.
Health Care Technology – We took another big step forward in personalizing patient care last year with the successful rollout of our electronic health record (EHR) at three more hospitals (seven hospital campuses in total) in our network. We’re implementing one of the largest and most complex EHR systems in the country and we expect to complete our installation by mid 2015.
Research – In 2013 Sutter Health’s Research Development and Dissemination team, IBM and Geisinger Health System received a $2 million joint research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop groundbreaking, cost-effective methods to help doctors detect heart failure years sooner than currently possible. This is just one example of our network’s dedication to research. Our research centers have more than 700 sponsored research studies underway, which span basic, translational and applied research.
Giving Back – As a not-for-profit organization, we believe in being a great neighbor. We partner with federally qualified health centers and other vital community resources to provide greater access to primary and specialty care for the underserved. Also, in 2013, our network donated nearly $450,000 toward disaster relief efforts in California, Oklahoma, and the Philippines.