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
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Davis Hospital today were named two of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health-care business of Thomson Reuters. The two Sutter hospitals were the only winners of the 100 Top Hospitals® award in the Sacramento region.
Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. The 100 Top Hospitals® study uses objective research and independent public data to recognize the best U.S. hospitals. The study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia.
The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the third time Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been recognized with this honor, and the fourth time and third year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital received the award. Last year, 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
The American Board of Obesity Medicine conducted the first obesity medicine certification examination in Nov. 2012. John Hernried, M.D., medical director for the Sutter Weight Management Institute, is one of 226 physicians across the U.S. who is now board certified in obesity medicine.
“With more than 30 percent of the U.S. adult population obese, no field of medicine is immune from the complications associated with obesity. Physicians certified in Obesity Medicine are able to positively impact all systems of the body by incorporating weight management in their traditional models of medical practice,” says Read More about Sutter Doctor Among First in U.S. to be Accredited in Obesity Medicine
Several Girl Scouts representing the nearly 600 from 76 troops within the Davis Girl Scout Service Unit donated 200 hats to patients receiving care at Sutter Davis Hospital’s Infusion Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
These colorful and soft “chemo caps” keep patients warm while they receive their treatments — treatments that can last up to eight hours. Many of these patients receive infusion therapy as part of their cancer treatment plans. Read More about Davis Girl Scouts Make ‘Chemo Caps’ for Sutter Davis Infusion Center Patients
DAVIS – Sutter Davis Hospital will receive the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence from the California Council for Excellence (CCE) at its 19th Annual Awards Conference tonight.
This is the highest level of recognition from the California Council for Excellence, part of a nationwide alliance with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program honoring American organizations who demonstrate the highest levels of quality and performance. Sutter Davis Hospital is the fifth California organization in 19 years to be honored with the prestigious Governor’s Award. Read More about Sutter Davis Hospital Receives Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence
When a happy little girl from a remote village in southern Ethiopia lost her sight in September 2012, her parents took her “three mountains away” to the nearest city, Addis Ababa, where a scan showed that 7-year-old Kalkidan Wondemu Sirbaro had a brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. A team of Bay Area medical professionals were in Addis Ababa as part of Project Mercy, an Indiana nonprofit that sends aid to Ethiopia, but they couldn’t perform the brain surgery there.
However, they did take Kalkidan’s story home with the hope that someone could help. But the help needed to come quickly, as they gave Kalkidan just a few months to live.
News of Kalkidan’s situation reached Sarah Jones, M.D., a family doctor with Sutter Medical Group in Davis, who reached out to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. The hospital – home to the comprehensive pediatric hospital Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento – agreed to donate its services, and Sutter Neuroscience Institute medical director of adult and pediatric neurosurgery Samuel Ciricillo, M.D., agreed to perform the surgery pro-bono. Within just 30 hours, approvals for the surgery and Kalkidan’s pre- and post-operative care were received from Sutter and doctors. Read More about Ethiopian Girl Gets Life-Saving Surgery at Sutter Children’s Center