Sutter Amador Hospital CEO to Retire, Leaving Legacy of Community Health Excellence
JACKSON, Calif. – Anne Platt is retiring March 1 as CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital after 14 years presiding over unprecedented expansions and improvements to the medical campus and the local healthcare community. Replacing her is Tom Dickson, who has led some of Arizona’s most respected hospitals and has a proven record for excellence in patient care. His first day at Sutter Amador Hospital is Feb. 11.
“Sutter really struck gold when Anne was recruited to take the helm of Sutter Amador Hospital,” said Grant Davies, CEO of Sutter Valley Area Hospitals. “She worked hard to bring many advanced medical services to the Gold Country and was a major contributor to the health and well-being of the community. It was tough to find someone who can ably fill her shoes as CEO, but we are confident that Tom is up to the task of carrying on Anne’s legacy.”
When Platt arrived in 2005, Sutter Amador was a beautiful, newly constructed, small rural hospital with limited resources for patients in several medical specialties. She leaves her post having greatly advanced the hospital — adding services that allow residents to receive care locally instead of having to leave the county.
“I care deeply about the health of our residents and the community, but none of this could have been accomplished without the support and generosity of the greater Jackson community and the contributions of an amazing staff of medical professionals,” Platt said. “It has been a pleasure to work with so many to ensure that our residents get the best healthcare right in their own backyard.”
The list of accomplishments during Platt’s 14 years of leadership in Jackson is extensive. Among them, Sutter Amador Hospital:
- Built a 48,000-square-foot Sutter Amador Outpatient Services Center in 2007 with technologically advanced equipment, innovative programs and expanded services, and in 2014 opened a 9,115-square-foot expansion of the Emergency Department, which includes 14 private treatment rooms. Both of these expansions were made possible in large part due to the generosity and philanthropic efforts of the community.
- Opened the 2,500-square-foot Irene Marie Infusion Therapy Center in 2018, which was paid for entirely by community contributions and a Sutter Health matching grant.
- Recruited several new physicians in specialties that the community previously lacked, including specialists in pediatrics, oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery and hospitalists.
- Brought several new programs to the area, including a sleep disorders center, wound care, pain management clinic, and the soon-to-come PET scan and trauma services.
- Added some of the most advanced medical equipment, thanks to the generosity of the community, including a 64-slice CT scanner providing faster scans with less radiation and a 3-D mammography and biopsy machine.
- Brought new technologies to the community, including telepsychiatry and telecardiology services.
- Achieved numerous quality, safety and staff engagement awards, including twice being named a Best Place to Work in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare and being recognized in 2018 as the most improved small hospital in the nation for patient experience results by National Research Corp.
- Partnered with WellSpace Health to expand services to the community through the opening of the Amador Community Health Center.
- Received advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center and became one of the handful of Northern California hospitals to be designated by WHO and UNICEF as a Baby-Friendly hospital.
Platt did all this while also being active in the community and advocating for community hospitals on a state and national level.
- While CEO, she was a board member for the Amador County Business Council, the Amador Ambulatory Surgery Center and Hospice of Amador and Calaveras counties, and was also a member of the Jackson Rotary Club and Amador County Chamber of Commerce.
- As an advocate for rural health and part of her commitment to ongoing physician recruitment, Platt partnered with the UC Davis School of Medicine in 2009 to have Sutter Amador serve as a training and teaching site for medical students through their Rural-PRIME program. This partnership led to the recruitment of one of the hospital’s current family medicine physicians.
- Platt took significant leadership roles in the California Hospital Association, where she advocated for rural hospitals in the state and across the country.
- Because of her community activity, hospital leadership and advocacy, Platt was honored as one of the “60 rural hospital CEOs to know” by Becker’s Review in 2016 and 2017, and was also named among the “130 women hospital and health system leaders to know” in 2017.
“I will miss working with Anne,” Davies said, “and believe the words inscribed on an award she was given some time ago describe her legacy to Sutter Health perfectly: ‘Leadership, Inspiration, Excellence.’”