Posts made in October, 2015

Four Sutter Health Hospitals Earn ‘A’ Grades for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Four Sutter Health affiliates – Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch and Sutter Eden Hospital in Castro Valley – received “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s October 2015 Safety Scores announced on Wednesday. The national employer organization grades hospitals nationwide on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

This was Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s sixth “A” score and Sutter Davis Hospital’s fifth “A” score since The Leapfrog Group started tracking safety scores in June 2012. Eden Medical Center received an “A” for the fifth straight reporting period. This was Sutter Delta Medical Center’s first “A” score.

“We work very hard to provide a safe environment, exceptional service and quality care at all of our Sutter affiliates,” said James Conforti, president, Sutter Health Valley Area. “The Leapfrog ranking demonstrates how we partner with one another and our quality and safety experts to make a difference for those in our communities.”

Using 28 measures of publicly available safety data, the Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice a year based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections.


Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Recognized by Healthgrades for Superior Clinical Outcomes

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital (SAFH) today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in Treatment of Stroke and Pulmonary Care.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care. This achievement was released today with other new findings in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

HealthgradesThe new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving five stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided.*

A five-star rating indicates that SAFH’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

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
  • Sepsis

“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.”

About the Awards
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed 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 significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at

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


*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.


Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley Receives Five-Star Rating

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 | 0 comments

YUBA CITY – Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley garnered a five-star rating for patient satisfaction in the recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) measures that are included in Hospital Compare (, the agency’s public website.

Sutter Surgical Hospital – North Valley is the only hospital in the Yuba-Sutter area to receive five stars, the highest possible ranking. Star rankings are based on survey feedback from hospital patients.

HCAHPS ratings were introduced in an effort to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver. Read More

Two Sutter Facilities Earn Top 15 Nods in Best Places Survey

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 | 0 comments

Sutter Center for Psychiatry ranked 11th in the Small Provider Category in the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work in Healthcare survey.

Sutter Center for Psychiatry ranked 11th in the Small Provider Category in the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work in Healthcare survey.

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Davis Hospital and Sutter Center for Psychiatry each ranked in the top 15 of their respective categories when Modern Healthcare revealed its Best Places to Work rankings during the Best Places to Work Gala on Oct. 14 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

Sutter Davis Hospital ranked 14th in the Medium Provider Category and 30th overall among all provider categories. Sutter Center for Psychiatry ranked 11th in the Small Provider Category and 32nd among all provider categories.

Jennifer Maher, CEO, SDH, and Don Hartman, Human Resources director, SDH, accepted awards for Sutter Davis Hospital. Jeffrey Symon, director of patient services, SMCS, and Kristin Lawson, HR manager, SMCS, accepted the award for Sutter Center for Psychiatry.

Sutter Davis Hospital was named as a Best Place to Work in Healthcare for the seventh year in a row and was the only hospital in California to make the list. Sutter Center for Psychiatry made the list for the fourth year and was the lone mental-health facility to make the list.


Sutter Memory Clinic Study Shows IVIG Could Be Key to Alzheimer’s Cure

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – In a Sutter Institute of Medical Research study published this month in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, the blood product intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, was found to reduce brain atrophy and cognitive decline in patients in the early, pre-dementia phase of Alzheimer’s disease.

Shawn Kile, M.D., is medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and was the principal investigator of the IVIG study.

Shawn Kile, M.D., is co-medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and was the principal investigator of the IVIG study.

IVIG, extracted from the plasma of more than 1,000 blood donors, contains antibodies to amyloid, an abnormal brain protein found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Sutter Institute of Medical Research, in partnership with Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Neuroradiology, designed the study to investigate if a course of IVIG could have practical, disease-modifying effects on Alzheimer’s disease when administered during the pre-dementia phase. The study showed promising results during the first year after treatment in the form of reduced brain atrophy as well as reduced conversions to Alzheimer’s disease dementia at one year, compared with a placebo group.

“This research shows some evidence that IVIG could prevent brain atrophy and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are in the beginning stages,” said Shawn Kile, M.D., Sutter Neuroscience Institute neurologist, co-medical director of the groundbreaking Sutter Memory Clinic and principal investigator of the IVIG study. “My hope is that our study will lead to additional investigations of this treatment strategy so we can eventually conquer this devastating disease.” Read More