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Sutter Health Collaborates with Community Providers on Long-term Care Services

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Other Adult Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments

Service Changes Will Lead to More Affordable, Accessible Care

 SACRAMENTO – Sutter Health’s top priority is to deliver high quality, accessible and affordable care to patients, providing the right care, at the right time and in the right place. The Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region Board of Directors has announced its decision to collaborate with community providers who will provide sub acute and skilled nursing services for Sutter patients.

In Placer County, Sutter Roseville Medical Center is seeing an increased need for more acute care beds. The medical center will convert its 30-bed subacute unit to acute care medical/surgical services, and is working now with several area providers of subacute services to take over the care of this specialized group of patients. In Sacramento County, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has signed an agreement with Plum Healthcare Group, through its affiliate, to purchase the 100-bed Sutter Oaks Nursing Center Midtown at 2600 L Street. Both transitions will occur by the end of the year.

“After much thought and careful consideration, we were able to come to this decision,” said Sutter’s Regional President James Conforti. “It is an option worth considering any time we can creatively collaborate with other trusted providers who offer the same high quality of care, and can deliver it in an efficient and affordable way.”

Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s Sutter Transitional and Respiratory Services (STARS) subacute unit opened in 2007 to care for patients who need a specialized program for tracheotomies or who are ventilator-dependent. At the time, few providers offered this type of subacute care. The Board of Directors was pleased to learn of the national, reputable and regulated subacute facilities nearby and that the STARS patients who need specialized sub-acute care can continue to be cared for in the area. Today, several free-standing facilities in Sacramento, West Sacramento, Stockton and Pleasant Hill now care for these patients, as well as other communities throughout California.

“Placer County residents have been growing in numbers and Sutter Roseville Medical Center has responded by doubling its size. In the past 15 years, the medical center has increased the number of beds from 168 to 328 beds,” said Sutter Roseville’s CEO Patrick Brady. “We will work closely with the community providers to place patients where they and their families will be most comfortable and have all the necessary accommodations along with a smooth transition.”

In Sacramento, Plum Healthcare Group will take over operations of Sutter’s skilled nursing facility across from Sutter’s Fort effective January 1, 2014. “Plum Healthcare Group’s core business is skilled nursing facilities,” said John Boyd, Chief Administrative Officer for Mental Health and Continuing Care for Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. “Our organizations share the same values around patient satisfaction and high quality care.”

“Our top priority is to provide exceptional clinical care to patients in a post-acute setting, and we love working with teams to deliver this service,” said Toby Tilford, president and chief operating officer of Plum Healthcare. “Plum is extremely pleased to partner with Sutter in this transaction and we look forward to continue offering outstanding care to patients.”

Sutter is working closely with all employees impacted by these service changes, either placing them in other positions in the organization for which they are qualified or offering retraining services. In Sacramento, Sutter Oaks Nursing Center Midtown employees will have the opportunity to apply for positions at the newly named Midtown Oaks Post Acute.

 “Sutter Health is committed to providing excellent care across the continuum and we realize that we don’t have to work alone in providing that care to patients,” said Conforti. “Forging clinical partnerships with community providers is the way we’re going to become more affordable and be able to meet the increasing demands for care across the continuum in this changing health care landscape.”


Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Other Adult Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments