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Sacramento Mayor Thanks Sutter Staff, Outlines Plan to Help Homeless

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Community Benefit, Other Adult Services, Psychiatric Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg thanked Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento staff for its care of the homeless population.

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg thanked Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s leaders for the midtown hospital’s treatment of the homeless and mentally ill, and outlined his goals to markedly reduce the city’s homeless population.

“Society has done you a great disservice,” he said, speaking to Sutter Medical Center’s Hospital Council during its July management meeting. “I don’t think you should have to be the first and last refuge for people with psychiatric disabilities or in psychiatric crisis. We ought to be about helping people before they even have to get to an emergency room.”

He thanked Sutter Health and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for their partnerships on many programs aiding the homeless population, including helping Sacramento to become the only city in the state to receive a Whole Person Care grant that will provide $64 million toward homeless programs.

He outlined his plans to get 2,000 people off the streets in three years and made a bold statement: “If we don’t get to 2,000, blame me. It doesn’t matter to me (if I’m blamed), but it does matter to me that we get to 2,000. We have to reach this mark for you at the hospital, for the people who are suffering, and for the broader community.”

The Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento staff with the mayor, who is kneeling.

Mayor Steinberg said that with the Whole Care Person grant and community support, now is “the single best opportunity we have ever had in this city and county to change the direction of the homeless problem for better in our community. The question is, will we have the political will, will we have the talent and the ability and the fortitude to deal with the obstacles here in order to move forward and actually achieve our goal?”

He then directed his talk specifically to the staff at Sutter Medical Center: “You do miracles every day. You save people’s lives every day. Why can’t we help you in a better way to save even more lives?”

The mayor’s visit was spearheaded by Emergency Services Nursing Director Stephanie Johnson, R.N., who is part of an SMCS Hospital Council committee that is helping to redefine the monthly hospital leadership meetings under the direction of CEO Dave Cheney.

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Community Benefit, Other Adult Services, Psychiatric Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments