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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Community Navigator Program Recognized at National Hospital Charitable Service Awards

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Community Navigator Program was honored as a finalist at Jackson Healthcare’s National Hospital Charitable Service Awards.

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Teresa Olivas, a community navigator, works with the homeless to provide access to health care and other services.

Jackson Healthcare instituted the Hospital Charitable Services Awards in 2010 to identify high-impact community health programs, share their stories and offer these innovative programs as models for other communities to replicate.

SMCS’ Community Navigator is offered in partnership withSacramento Steps Forward and is designed to connect with our homeless population to ensure they have access to primary health care through a medical home, housing, food, medical insurance, community resources, transportation and substance abuse treatment.

This program has been extremely successful in extending the reach of SMCS beyond the walls of the hospital and into the greater community, to ensure that linkages are drawn between the often complex medical and social needs of Sacramento’s chronically homeless population.

“We have found that the best way to better our community is to develop unique partnerships that deliver care at the right time and right place,” said Holly Harper, Sutter Health Community Benefit manager. “The Community Navigator helps us provide important preventive care and resources to our community’s most vulnerable population.”

In 2015, the Community Navigator made contact with more than 120 homeless individuals, with 40 percent being successfully linked to housing and 45 percent to mental health treatment.

Additionally, starting later this month, SMCS will connect a WellSpace Health “street nurse” with the Community Navigator to provide on the spot medical care for primary and preventive needs.

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments