Sutter Health Announces Stable 2018 Financial Performance
SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Integrated healthcare delivery system Sutter Health has announced its financial performance for 2018. Sutter Health’s combined 2018 income was $201 million, which reflects the day-to-day operations of its hospitals, physician based care centers and a variety of other healthcare services, compared to $326 million in 2017. The system’s total 2018 operating revenues of $13 billion increased slightly from 2017’s operating revenues. Sutter Health posted $(267) million in investment income and changes in net unrealized gains and losses from investments classified as trading in 2018, compared to $651 million the prior year. Income attributable to Sutter Health for 2018 was $(198) million, compared to $893 million in 2017.
Community-Based Investments to Improve Access to Healthcare
The shift in overall performance between 2017 and 2018 was due to the temporary swing in the investment market at the end of the fourth quarter, as well as the fact that Sutter Health recognized multiple years of revenue from the Hospital Fee Program1 in 2017. As an integrated network of care, Sutter Health is positioned to withstand changes such as these. This ability gives Sutter the opportunity to further expand community access to high-quality healthcare. Additionally, as a not-for-profit, Sutter continually reinvests in its communities. In 2018, Sutter Health invested $924 million in new facilities and lifesaving technology throughout Northern California—extending its total investment to nearly $10 billion during the last 10 years.
The construction of California Pacific Medical Center, which meets 2030 seismic regulations, is now complete in San Francisco. The second of two new and innovative hospitals, the CPMC Van Ness Campus located in the city center, opened on March 2. The CPMC Mission Bernal Campus, located at Valencia and Cesar Chavez, opened Aug. 25, 2018. Sutter Health also facilitated expanded access to clinics through construction projects in multiple communities, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Placer, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties.
Sutter Health continues to innovate safe, high-quality care delivery outside of hospital and clinic walls to meet community needs for flexibility and efficiency—all with an eye toward also helping reduce healthcare costs. Sutter’s support runs across the healthcare spectrum—from where people access their care to how they manage their care. Video visits and walk-in care centers helped create more options for patients to access primary care in 2018. More than 1 million appointments were scheduled online by patients last year, offering greater ease and convenience. Sutter Health also invested $54 million in research and development in 2018, supporting efforts addressing a range of health concerns including stroke, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, recovery after liver and kidney transplant, and diabetes.
“Patients and families count on us to deliver high-quality care, and we are committed to serving them and all those who call Northern California home,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Sarah Krevans. “Thanks to our integrated network, we continue to make care more accessible and more equitable. We focused efforts on better connecting patients to the right care service, at the right time and in the right place. We also maintained our commitment to care for the underserved. We’re proud to play a strong role in making our overall communities healthier.”
Care for the Underserved
Sutter Health’s total investment in community benefit in 2018 was $734 million, which is an increase from $612 million in 2017. This amount includes traditional charity care and unreimbursed costs of providing care to Medi-Cal patients, as well as investments in health education and public benefit programs such as community clinics and prenatal care for those with low income. Overall, since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, greater numbers of previously uninsured people now have healthcare coverage through the Medi-Cal program.
The payments for patients who are covered by Medi-Cal do not cover the full costs of providing care. In 2018, Sutter Health invested $435 million more than the state paid to care for Medi-Cal patients. Medi-Cal accounted for nearly 19 percent of Sutter Health’s gross patient service revenues in 2018.
See more about how Sutter Health reinvests into the community by visiting sutterpartners.org.
Sutter Health – 2018 Financial Results, Continued
Sutter Health 2018 Financial Results
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1The Hospital Fee Program imposes a “quality assurance fee” on certain general acute care hospitals in California. Each of these hospital’s Hospital Fee Program’s proceeds are used to earn federal matching funds for Medi-Cal, and to increase Medi-Cal payments, helping offset the costs for expanding services to the most vulnerable population. Sutter Health’s shift in overall performance between Fiscal Years Ended December 31, 2017 and 2018 is, in part, due to Sutter Health’s recognition of multiple years of revenue from the Hospital Fee Program in Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2017. For Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2017, Sutter Health recognized $432 million from the Hospital Fee Program compared to $272 million for Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2018.
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