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.
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
- 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.
AUBURN – With National Stroke Awareness Month upon us, it’s only fitting that Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital unveiled its $1.2 million investment in a state-of-the-art 128-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner that will help diagnose strokes faster – and do so much more.
The equipment, which became a reality through matching grants raised from the community in 2013, is the first of its kind in the Sacramento region. It will be able to capture images more quickly and emits a lower dose of radiation – 40 percent less – than its predecessor. Read More about CT Scanner First of its Kind in Sacramento Region
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital’s Endoscopy Department as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality endoscopy in the U.S. SAFH is one of more than 450 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Recognition program honors endoscopy departments that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria, which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff excellence.
“We are honored to be recognized by ASGE for our Read More about ASGE Recognizes Sutter Auburn Faith’s Endoscopy Department
Ellen Carlson, RN, has accepted the new position of the Oncology Nurse Navigator at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. As the Oncology Nurse Navigator, Carlson will offer individualized assistance to breast cancer patients, their families and caregivers. She will assess the patient’s clinical needs, provide education and will assist with managing the complex needs of a cancer diagnosis, collaborating on the patient’s behalf with other clinicians. Once this service is established, Carlson will assist all oncology patients.
Above all, Carlson will be supportive. The hospital Oncology Nurse Navigator position was created at the hospital in order to offer cancer patients a professional hand during a stressful, emotional and difficult time.
“When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is faced with dozens of decisions,” said Carlson. “She’ll have to decide Read More about Oncology Nurse Navigator Assists Breast Cancer Patients at Sutter Auburn Faith
For the third consecutive year, VHA West Coast recognized Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in the West Coast Region Awards for achieving excellence in clinically recognized performance measures. This recognition honors the physicians, nurses, administrators and staff at each organization for their work in achieving a silver level of performance.
The VHA West Coast Recognition Program annually recognizes achievement of clinical quality and patient experience goals among VHA health care organizations in California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, and Hawaii. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital is one of five organizations in the region to receive recognition in 2014.
All VHA West Coast acute facilities are eligible for inclusion in the recognition program. Specifically, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital was recognized for Read More about VHA West Coast Recognizes Sutter Auburn Faith for Third Year
Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region Named One of 2014 Truven Health Analytics Top Health Systems
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region today earned recognition as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics. The 15 Top Health Systems study is part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics.
“The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems® study is a real testament to the hard work and compassion of our physicians, nurses, clinical staff and employees,” said Regional President James Conforti. “Recognitions such as this are some of the most meaningful because they signify all the extraordinary work we put into practice that help us enhance the quality and safety of patient care.” Read More about Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region Named One of 2014 Truven Health Analytics Top Health Systems