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Healthgrades Recognizes Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital for Stroke, GI Care

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Auburn, Calif. –Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) released today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for both Critical Care and Stroke Care. These distinctions place SAFH among the top 2 percent of all hospitals for both services. In addition, SAFH is a recipient of the HealthgradesGI Care Excellence Award and ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for GI medical treatment for two years in a row.

Members of SAFH’s administrative and management team with the 2015 awards. The hospital was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for both critical care and stroke care.

Members of SAFH’s administrative and management team with the 2015 awards. The hospital was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for both critical care and stroke care.

Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best performing hospitals within each procedure.

These achievements are part of findings released today online and in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes and organizational costs. For example, from 2011-2013, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided.*

“The Healthgrades recognitions highlight the incredible team of health care professionals we have at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital,” said Mitch Hanna, SAFH CEO. “We are lucky to serve a great community and we continue to work to enhance our services to meet the community’s needs. Over the last several years we’ve focused on high quality care and have been recognized as a Joint Commission Accredited Stoke Center, as well as by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for our Endoscopy Unit.”

In addition, SAFH was also announced as a five-star recipient for the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Heart attacks
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hip fracture
  • COPD
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • GI bleed

A five-star rating indicates that SAFH’s clinical outcomes are better than expected and among the top in the nation.  For example, patients treated for strokes at hospitals performing similarly to SAFH have a 54.6 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with a one-star rating for stroke treatment.

“As Americans take increasing responsibility when it comes to their health, it is more important than ever for consumers to access objective measures of quality when selecting a physician and hospital,’ said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “Consumers who select a physician associated with a hospital with Healthgrades five-star performance in a specific procedure or condition can potentially improve their health outcomes and reduce costs.”

About the Awards
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically better than expected), 3-star (statistically as expected) and 1-star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements, as well as more information on the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

About Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) is a 72-bed acute-care, not-for-profit hospital providing acute and advanced care in Auburn, California, and its surrounding communities. Offering Emergency Department, Surgical, Stroke Care and outpatient services, SAFH continues to expand programs and services to best meet the needs of its community. SAFH is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health family, please visit www.sutterauburnfaith.org.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 | 0 comments

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals, home health and other service providers released the following statement in response to newly released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the treatment of patients with the Ebola virus and the safety of staff who might care for these patients.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities,” said Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D. “Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans. Read More

Sutter Amador Pediatrics Office Recommends Vaccines for Seasonal, H1N1 Flu Viruses

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 | 0 comments

SH_SMF_1line_clr_tag_rgbJackson, Calif. – One of the best ways to protect children from acquiring the flu is getting them vaccinated for seasonal flu and H1N1.

“Parents as caregivers should stay in tune to how a child is feeling and be aware of any behavior that is unusual for them. Many flu symptoms are similar, but knowing the differences between the seasonal flu and H1N1 can help everyone best care for a child,” said Sutter Amador Pediatrics’ Amy Appleton, M.D., a pediatrician with Sutter Medical Foundation. “The flu shot provides good coverage and if you do get the vaccination and end up with the flu, in most cases it will be far milder than getting the flu, which is miserable. We have the means to provide protection.” Read More

Jennifer Maher Named CEO at Sutter Davis Hospital

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Jennifer Maher

Jennifer Maher

Davis, Calif. – Jennifer Maher has been named Chief Executive Officer for Sutter Davis Hospital effective Sept. 29.

Jennifer replaces Janet Wagner who becomes the CEO for Sutter Health Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame.

Jennifer comes into this role after serving as Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region’s regional oncology executive since August 2011. During this time, she partnered with leaders and physicians across the region to create an integrated network of infusion centers and increased infusion service volume by 25 percent. Read More

John Boyd Named New CEO at Sutter Solano Medical Center

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 | 0 comments

John Boyd

John Boyd

Vallejo, Calif. – John Boyd, Psy.D, FACHE, has been named the new CEO of Sutter Solano Medical Center, effective Aug. 1. John takes over for Terry Glubka who has served as CEO for more than a decade. Terry will be the new CEO of Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley beginning July 15.

Boyd arrived at Sutter Health in 2008 as the chief administrative officer for Sutter Mental Health and Sutter Continuing Care, which grew into the role of chief administrative officer of Regional Behavioral Health and Continuing Care for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. He achieved great success leading the staff and care services at Sutter Center for Psychiatry and Sutter Oaks Nursing Center – Midtown in Sacramento. During his tenure, Sutter Center for Psychiatry was named a 2014, 2013 and 2012 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine and earned the 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey Associates, Inc., which recognizes top-performing facilities that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile of performance in physician engagement. Boyd also provided key leadership at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento where he oversaw Imaging, Laboratory, Environmental Services, Pharmacy, Plant Operations and Maintenance, and Security Services. Read More

Public Can Tour Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction ‘Gallery’

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 | 0 comments

All of the quilts in the auction were quilted and not just tied. There's at least one, though, that has tie-dyed squares. This hopscotch quilt is hanging on the first floor of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion at 28th and L streets.

All of the quilts in the auction were quilted and not just tied. There’s at least one, though, that has tie-dyed squares. This hopscotch quilt is hanging on the first floor of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion at 28th and L streets.

SACRAMENTO — The public is invited to tour an unusual, free art gallery through Saturday, Oct. 11. Nearly 500 newly made, donated quilts adorn the walls of the Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L St., Sacramento, and its neighboring facilities as part of the Sutter Breast Cancer Quilt Auction, which is held every three years to raise funds for breast cancer research and treatment programs at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.

Started in 1999, it is considered the first of its kind in the nation and has led to the creation of similar fund-raising auctions. More than $550,000 has been raised through the auctioning of 2,500 quilts in the past five auctions.

Most of the donated quilts are currently hanging throughout the halls of the seven-story Sutter Cancer Center, also known as the Buhler Specialty Pavilion. Some quilts are also hanging in the bridge that connects the Buhler to Sutter General Hospital, in the Sutter General lobby, and on the first floor hallway of the Sutter Capitol Pavilion, which is located across 28th Street from the Buhler Specialty Pavilion.

Most of the quilts will be won through silent auctions, with 50 of the best or unique being auctioned off live on Oct. 11 in the newly remodeled lobby of the Buhler Specialty Pavilion. Read More

Community Celebrates Sutter Davis Hospital’s Prestigious Baldrige Award

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Sen. Lois Wolk, left, was on hand to present a proclamation to Janet Wagner, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital, at the Baldrige Community Celebration on Thursday evening at UC Davis' ARC.

Sen. Lois Wolk, left, was on hand to present a proclamation to Janet Wagner, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital, at the Baldrige Community Celebration on Thursday evening at UC Davis’ ARC.

DAVIS, Calif. – Distinguished community members gathered with hospital staff and Sutter Health officials to celebrate Sutter Davis Hospital’s 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence, at the ARC Ballroom on the campus of UC Davis on Thursday evening.

The event also provided an opportunity for guests to say thank you and goodbye to the hospital’s CEO, Janet Wagner, who will become CEO at Sutter Health-affiliated Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame later this month. Read More