Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Announces Retirement
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 11, 2014—Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D., 67, will retire in April 2015 after 20 years of dedicated service and leadership to the not-for-profit network.
“When I think about a leader who personifies Sutter Health’s promise to partner with patients and each other to provide an unmatched experience, Dr. Gordon Hunt immediately comes to mind,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “Dr. Hunt has been the compassionate leadership force behind multiple initiatives that demonstrate the highest value our network of care can offer—improved care quality for patients.”
As Sutter Health’s chief medical officer, Dr. Hunt is responsible for leading efforts toward enhancing clinical quality and effectiveness, as well as physician collaboration and leadership development.
Dr. Hunt guided many transformations on behalf of Sutter Health’s 3 million patients during his tenure. He helped launch two interdisciplinary “Blue Ribbon” teams, which visited and examined the cultures and best clinical and safety practices of other highly respected health care organizations around the nation. The teams’ recommendations and Dr. Hunt’s leadership resulted in quality and safety improvements that ultimately helped put Sutter Health in the top-performing decile in national metrics, in both hospital and ambulatory care settings. He also initiated Sutter Health’s successful Management and Clinical Excellence program. This innovative clinical program united more than 1,400 doctors, nurses and administrative leaders for specialized training to help implement nearly 600 quality improvement projects throughout Sutter Health; one of these projects is Sutter Health’s nationally recognized Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program that compassionately cares for the personal and family needs of patients with complex chronic illnesses.
Dr. Hunt’s leadership legacy also includes a dedicated commitment to fortifying a culture of patient-centered care. Earlier in his career, he helped create the Sutter Physicians Alliance, which minimized barriers between multiple physician groups and made it possible for patients to move seamlessly among specialty care and primary care physicians in the greater Sacramento area. Other impressive improvements followed during Dr. Hunt’s tenure, including successful hospital patient safety programs, the installation of “smart pumps” that help prevent errors in delivering potent intravenous medications, Sutter Health’s nationally known electronic intensive care unit and implementation of medication bar coding.
Board-certified in both internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, Dr. Hunt began caring for patients in Sacramento in 1978. He joined Sutter Health in 1994 as the vice president for medical affairs and later became chief medical officer for Sutter Health’s Sacramento area operations in 1995. He became Sutter Health’s chief medical officer two years later in 1997. Dr. Hunt received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, his medical degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Davis.