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Two Hospitals in the Sutter Health Plus Network Named 2016-2017 Consumer Choice Award Winners

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Quality

Two hospitals within the Sutter Health Plus network have been named 2016-2017 Consumer Choice Award winners by National Research Corporation. Memorial Medical Center-Modesto and St. Joseph’s Medical Center-Stockton were recognized among the 24 most-preferred hospitals by consumers in California.

The award recognizes U.S. hospitals that health care consumers identify as providing quality health care services, preferred doctors and nurses, and a respected image and reputation in their respective markets. Winners are selected from a nationwide consumer health care profile, Market Insights from National Research Corporation.

From the households surveyed, hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on their Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, with the winning facilities being ranked the highest.

For more information, visit National Research Corporation.

Sutter Health Plus Helps Fit Quest Program Expand into Central Valley Schools

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Community, Wellness

Fit Quest photo lightened 9 20 16Hundreds of school children in the Central Valley will soon experience the joy of hands-on learning about health and wellness through the Shady Creek Outdoor Education Foundation’s Fit Quest Program. This year’s community benefit donation of $75,000 from Sutter Health Plus will help the popular program currently serving Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yuba county schools expand into Stanislaus and Merced counties.

The Fit Quest Program teaches fifth and sixth grade students fun and easy ways to increase physical activity, adopt healthy eating habits and engage in activities that promote mental wellness. During the 2015-2016 school year, Fit Quest reached over 2,500 students with its outdoor and classroom programs. During the 2016-2017 school year, it will reach hundreds more children at 11 Central Valley schools and outdoor camps.

“We are excited to offer Fit Quest to Central Valley schools that will actively engage children in making healthy choices,” says Shannon Cueva, Shady Creek Outdoor School and Event Center’s director. “Fit Quest not only helps the children, but the teachers and parents benefit from the program too.” Read More

Sutter Health Plus Helps The HEAL Project Garden Grow

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Community, Wellness

The HEAL Project GardenIn 2015, The HEAL Project garden at Hatch Elementary School in Half Moon Bay was demolished by new construction, upsetting the children, teachers and parents. This year’s donation of $43,333 from Sutter Health Plus will enable The HEAL Project to resume the popular 10-year-old project that introduces hands-on gardening and healthy cooking lessons to hundreds of San Mateo County elementary school students.

This year, The HEAL Project is able to provide their Intensive Garden Program (IGP) to 220 second and third grade students, and the Garden Club project to 330 first, fourth and fifth graders. Some of the Sutter Health Plus funds will be used to set up a new water catchment system from the roof of the building next to the gardens, and an automatic irrigation system. Currently, the gardens are hand-watered by buckets of city water.

Founded in 2006, The HEAL Project teaches students to make healthy choices for themselves and their world by providing learning opportunities for health, environment, agriculture and learning. From weekly hands-on lessons, to garden maintenance and learning to cook with specialty crops, the program provides crucial education that helps fight obesity and its associated health risks. Read More

Three Things Employers Should Explain to Employees about Health Plan Costs

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Access, Affordability

Paul Brunetta SBJIn this article published on November 3, 2016 in the Sacramento Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times, Sutter Health Plus Sales Account Executive Paul Brunetta discusses three things employers can explain to employees about health plan costs in simple terms.  

When your employees are scanning the menu of health plan options during open enrollment, they will likely have questions about the health plans offered, the differences in costs and what’s best for them and their families.

As an employer, you should be prepared to help your employees navigate their options and make informed choices. Here are three things employers can explain to employees about health plan costs in simple terms. Read More

Four Solid Ways Brokers Can Grow Their Businesses

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Access

In this article published on October 18, 2016 in BenefitsPro, Sutter Health Plus Vice President of Sales Rob Carnaroli explains how brokers who focus on four key areas can jump-start their path to long-term success in the benefits arena. 

Building a successful broker business requires diligence — before, during and after the sale. Being deliberate about using data, deploying automation and communicating regularly with employers and their employees can attract and keep customers over time. Brokers who focus on four key areas can jump-start their path to sustainable, long-term success in the benefits arena.  Read More

Hospitals Honored for Low C-Section Rates

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Access, Quality

The California Health and Human Services Department recently recognized hospitals for reducing cesarean births for first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies. Ten hospitals in the Sutter Health Plus network were named to the state’s 2016 Hospital C-section Honor Roll.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley announced achievement awards this week on behalf of Smart Care California, a coalition of public and private health care purchasers that collectively cover 16 million people statewide—or 40 percent of all Californians.

The following hospitals in the Sutter Health Plus network were named to the 2016 Hospital C-section Honor Roll: Read More

The Top Benefits of Choosing an HMO

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Access, Affordability

Sutter_Health_Plus_Rob_Carnaroli_6x9_7606In this article published on October 20, 2016 in the Sacramento Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times, Rob Carnaroli, vice president of Sales, Sutter Health Plus, discusses the top advantages of selecting an HMO during open enrollment.

When preferred provider organizations (PPOs) first became an option in the 1970s, many people enrolled for the flexibility in selecting providers of their choice — even if it cost more. Since that time, there has been a shift in the industry as HMOs gained popularity. By January 2016, more than 92 million Americans were enrolled in an HMO plan, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Employers and employees select HMOs over PPOs due to lower costs and high care coordination. Take a moment to read about just a few of the top advantages of selecting an HMO. Read More