Stupski Foundation to Enhance Palliative Care for Alameda County Patients with $3.5 Million Grant to Sutter Health
(OAKLAND, Calif) –The Stupski Foundation has awarded not-for-profit Sutter Health a $3.5 million, three-year grant to build a comprehensive Palliative and Advanced Illness Care (PAIC) program for northern Alameda County.
This significant grant will enable Sutter to build on successful palliative care programs already in place at the healthcare network’s Alameda County hospitals, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, while incorporating elements of both the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) innovative ambulatory palliative care and support services program and Sutter’s impactful home-based Advanced Illness Management Program.
The grant will help caregivers at these Sutter organizations integrate palliative and advanced illness care services across care settings, to provide more continuous and comprehensive support for patients and families facing serious illness. This collaborative model extends services to thousands of additional people in the county who suffer from the complex challenges of serious illnesses such as cancer, dementia or advanced heart, lung or kidney disease, by providing more timely, seamless and flexible services to address their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. Multidisciplinary palliative care teams at Sutter include specially trained doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.
“We are honored to partner with the Stupski Foundation to improve patient and family experience by enhancing serious illness care across Alameda County,” says Elizabeth Mahler, M.D., Sutter Health Vice President Clinical Integration, Office of Patient Experience. “This generous grant will help us serve thousands more patients and families with collaborative care that seeks to decrease suffering by putting the personal preferences, needs and values of patients and families front and center.”
“Sutter Health has been recognized as a national leader in serious illness care since the creation of its Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program,” Dan Tuttle, director of health at the Stupski Foundation says. “This grant supports their efforts to roll out an even more comprehensive palliative care model for people with serious illness, bringing home-based care to hundreds of patients and new inpatient and outpatient services to thousands more throughout Alameda County every year. We hope that healthcare continues to move from inside clinic walls to meet people where they need it and we see quality home-based palliative care as a critical part of that shift.”
Reaching More Patients in Need
Sutter Health Palliative and Advanced Illness Management programs serving Alameda County are running close to maximum capacity, currently serve about 3,000 patients annually. Sutter palliative care program leaders estimate that an additional 2,000 patients will benefit from improved PAIC coordination, capacity and services made possible by the Stupski Foundation grant.
This new comprehensive model of care in Alameda County will encompass four key components of serious illness care including specialty palliative care, advance care planning, family caregiver support and links to social services.
“This grant gives Sutter the opportunity to more broadly provide compassionate care to the communities we serve. It will allow us to create a path of care, comfort and support for those patients and families who are facing an advanced illness in a way that we have previously not been able to provide,” says Jeffrey Stoneberg, DO, Palliative Care Medical Director at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.
Sutter will launch the ambulatory based PAIC program at Alta Bates Summit next year, followed by Eden starting in 2021.