SAN FRANCISCO – The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) named Carla Kakutani, M.D. of Winters, associate medical director of Sutter Medical Group, its 2014 Family Physician of the Year. Selected from among CAFP’s 8,700 members, Dr. Kakutani is being honored for 25 years of serving the rural Winters community as a family physician while at the same time leading statewide and national efforts to champion family medicine and improve the health care system.
“This prestigious award is given annually to someone who exhibits the finest qualities of family physicians and who goes above and beyond in service to patients and community,” said CAFP President Del Morris, M.D. “Dr. Kakutani’s tireless efforts benefit individual patients, the people of her town and the state of California and the specialty of family medicine.”
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Davis, Calif. – VHA West Coast recognized Sutter Davis Hospital in the West Coast Region Awards for achieving excellence in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). This recognition honors the physicians, nurses, administrators and staff at each organization for their work in patient experience measures and for achieving a bronze 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 Davis Hospital is one of five organizations in the region to receive recognition in 2014. Read More about VHA West Coast Presents Recognition Award to Sutter Davis Hospital
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
Small Community Hospital Is National Role Model for Health-Care Excellence
BALTIMORE, Md. — Sutter Davis Hospital on Sunday evening became the only health-care organization to receive a 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence, during Baldrige’s 26th Annual Quest for Excellence® Conference. Also honored was the Pewaukee School District in Wisconsin.Sutter Davis, a 48-bed hospital in Yolo County, is the first organization or business in the greater Sacramento area, and the first hospital in Northern California, to receive the prestigious national honor. Since the first businesses were recognized in 1988, 101 awards have been presented to 95 organizations. Past award winners include Boeing, AT&T, Motorola, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Cadillac, 3M, Lockheed Martin and the Henry Ford Health System.
“I congratulate the 2013 Baldrige Award recipients, two organizations that are leading innovative practices, dynamic management, sound financial performance, outstanding employee and customer satisfaction, and a solid commitment to excellence and proven results,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who presented the awards. “The Baldrige program has had a tangible impact on the success of thousands of organizations worldwide and our nation’s economy, and the winners announced today will undoubtedly continue that legacy and serve as role models for their peers in the health care and education sectors.” Read More about Sutter Davis Is Only Hospital to Receive 2013 Presidential Honor for Excellence
DAVIS, Calif. — Back in her teen years, Chris Dechoretz served as a volunteer candy striper at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, a job she “enjoyed very much.” Perhaps that’s why, after retiring from her UC Davis job in 2006, she immediately thought of volunteering at Sutter Davis Hospital.
“I wanted to do something that would provide meaning for both me and the organization, get me out of house and put me in contact with others,” she explained. “And I get the most pleasure from the camaraderie between volunteers and staff. It’s a very inclusive environment.”
Today, Dechoretz is co-president of the hospital’s Auxiliary, and eager to find others like herself willing to invest their time in serving Sutter Davis Hospital’s patients and staff.
“We always need more volunteers,” she said. “They are such a key part in making the hospital run smoothly. Last year alone, volunteers put in almost 20,000 hours, which translates to a value added to the hospital of $478,739, according to IndependentSector.org.” Read More about Sutter Davis Hospital Seeks Volunteers
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Davis Hospital were named two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics based on their overall organizational performance. The two Sutter hospitals were the only winners in the Sacramento region; the only other hospital in Northern California to make the list was Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding.
This is the fourth time and second consecutive year that Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been recognized with this honor, and the fifth time and fourth year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital received the award. The past two years, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento was also named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven. Read More about Sutter Medical Center, Sutter Davis Lauded as Top Hospitals in Nation