Quality

Eleven Network Hospitals Honored for Reducing C-Sections

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Quality

California Health and Human Services award recognizes hospitals meeting national goal

Eleven hospitals in the Sutter Health Plus network were recognized by the California Health and Human Services Department (CHHS) for reducing cesarean section (C-section) births for first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies. The network hospitals were named to the state’s 2017 Hospital C-section Honor Roll.

The agency announced the honor roll recognition 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 2017 Hospital C-section Honor Roll:

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley
  • Eden Medical Center, Castro Valley
  • El Camino Hospital, Los Gatos
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto
  • Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton
  • Sutter Davis Hospital
  • Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz
  • Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center
  • Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center

Nearly one of three American babies enters the world through a surgical birth. Cesarean delivery is the most commonly performed surgical procedure in the United States. When complications arise during pregnancy, C-sections can save the lives of mothers and infants, but some women undergo the surgery for no medical reason, exposing both mother and baby to potentially avoidable complications.

Even for low-risk, first-birth pregnancies, there is a huge variation in hospital C-section rates. Rates in California hospitals range from less than 15 percent to more than 60 percent. To respond to the rise in unnecessary C-sections, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopted the Healthy People 2020 target of reducing nationwide C-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9 percent. The Smart Care California honor roll acknowledge hospitals that have achieved—and in many cases gone beyond—that goal.

Sutter Health Plus Network Hospital Campuses Earn Awards for Quality

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Quality

Recognized for achievements in patient safety and quality, The Leapfrog Group® named three Sutter Health Plus network hospital campuses as Top Hospitals in 2017. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive.

Network hospital campuses named as Top Hospitals in 2017 include:

  • California Pacific Medical Center, California campus in San Francisco
  • Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz
  • Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital

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Sutter Health Plus Network Hospitals Earn Awards for Patient Safety

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Quality

Hospitals in the Sutter Health Plus network received top honors—“A” grades”—for patient safety in The Leapfrog Group®’s fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grades.

More than 2,600 hospitals nationwide participate in Leapfrog’s twice-yearly Hospital Safety Grade program, which grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The letter grades are calculated from 27 evidence-based national hospital safety measures. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Network Physician Organizations Earn Awards for Quality, Patient Experience

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Quality

Physician organizations in the Sutter Health Plus network received awards from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California. Seven of those awards recognize excellence in clinical quality and/or patient-centered care. Read More

Sutter Health Plus Network Physician Organizations Earn Elite Honors

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in News, Quality

Six physician organizations in the Sutter Health Plus network that participated in the 2017 Standards of Excellence™ (SOE®) member survey earned Elite status—the highest honor awarded by CAPG, a trade association for physician organizations. The survey measures criteria such as patient experience, population health and affordability.

Elite Status winners (five stars/highest recognition) in the Sutter Health Plus network include:

  • Brown & Toland Physicians, Alameda and Contra Costa counties
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties
  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Alameda and Contra Costa counties
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties
  • Sutter Medical Foundation, Placer, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, San Francisco and Sonoma counties

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Sutter Health Plus Network Hospitals Honored for High-Quality Stroke Care

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in News, Quality

Five hospitals in the Sutter Health Plus network were recently recognized for providing high-quality stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the 2017 “Get With The Guidelines” awards.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award highlights their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Read More