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
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sutter Davis Hospital is the first organization in the greater Sacramento area and the first Northern California hospital to receive a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership, it was announced today by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
“I am happy to congratulate the 2013 Baldrige Award recipients, three 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 Secretary Pritzker. “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.”
The 2013 Baldrige Award recipients were selected from a field of 22 applicants that were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Criteria: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results. An organization may compete for the award in one of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education and nonprofit (including government agencies).
“In spite of the struggles that healthcare finds itself in today, there is great care being delivered every day to every patient at Sutter Davis Hospital,” said Sutter Davis Hospital CEO Janet Wagner. “This recognition from the Baldrige foundation may seem like the end to a long journey; however, it is just a springboard to executing the many innovative ideas and processes that this complex health care environment demands.” Read More about Sutter Davis Hospital Receives Presidential Honor for Excellence
SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter Davis Hospital and the Sutter Center for Psychiatry were named Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2013 by Modern Healthcare. The award honors workplaces in health care that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.
This is the fifth year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital was honored in the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work survey, which is just in its sixth year, and it is the second time for both Sutter Center for Psychiatry and Sutter Medical Foundation to be on the list. Sutter Davis Hospital is the only medical center in California to make this year’s list, and Sutter Center for Psychiatry, which has an inpatient hospital and outpatient center in Sacramento along with services throughout the Sacramento region, is the only psychiatric hospital in the nation honored as a Best Place to Work.
This year, 100 health-care workplaces around the country – representing providers (including hospitals), suppliers, payers and associations– were honored as Best Places to Work in Healthcare, with only five of them being based in California. The three Sutter affiliates are the only ones honored in the greater Sacramento region. Read More about Sutter Affiliates Are 3 of 100 Best Places to Work in U.S. Named by Modern Healthcare
SACRAMENTO – All six Sutter hospitals in the greater Sacramento area were recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A scores were awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“Earning ‘A’s’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that Sutter hospitals have exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”
The hospitals in the Sacramento Sierra Region, which all received A grades, are:
- Sutter Amador Hospital
- Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
- Sutter Davis Hospital
- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which includes Sutter General Hospital, Sutter Memorial Hospital and Sutter Center for Psychiatry
- Sutter Roseville Medical Center
- Sutter Solano Medical Center Read More about Sutter Hospitals Earn Straight-A’s for Patient Safety