Quality

Sixteen Network Hospitals Honored for Reducing C-Section Births

Posted by on Dec 8, 2021 in Network, Quality


Few occasions in life are as memorable as the birth of a new baby—and during this time mothers and their babies deserve the best care available. Sutter Health Plus is pleased that many of its network hospitals were recognized by the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) for reducing cesarean section (C-section) births for first-time moms with low-risk pregnancies.

Sixteen Sutter Health Plus network hospitals were named in the state’s 2021 Maternity Care Honor Roll:

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Alta Bates Campus
  • California Pacific Medical Center – Mission Bernal and Van Ness Campus
  • Eden Medical Center
  • El Camino Hospital – Los Gatos
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital – Palo Alto
  • Memorial Medical Center
  • Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
  • St. Joseph’s Medical Center
  • Sutter Davis Hospital
  • Sutter Delta Medical Center
  • Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz
  • Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center
  • Sutter Solano Medical Center
  • Sutter Tracy Community Hospital
  • Watsonville Community Hospital

When complications arise during pregnancy, C-sections can save the lives of mothers and babies. However, some women undergo the surgery for no medical reason, exposing both mother and baby to potentially avoidable risks. To respond to the rise in unnecessary C-sections, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adopted the Healthy People 2030 target of reducing nationwide C-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9 percent. The Maternity Care Honor Roll acknowledges hospitals that have achieved—and in many cases gone beyond—that goal.

Sutter Health Plus Earns High Marks for Quality, Service

Posted by on Sep 28, 2021 in News, Quality


Today, Sutter Health Plus announced it received 4.5 out of 5 stars for quality and satisfaction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The HMO is one of only three health plans in the state of California to achieve this rating for the NCQA Measurement Year 2020 Health Plan Ratings.

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Fifteen Sutter Health Plus Network Hospitals Among Best in California

Posted by on Jul 30, 2021 in Network, News, Quality


Fifteen hospitals in the Sutter Health Plus network achieved recognition as being among the best in California for 2021-2022 by U.S. News & World Report. Hospitals were scored on 32 clinical areas, including adult specialties, procedures, and conditions, and patient experience, patient outcomes, nursing quality, and the adept use of technology.

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Sutter Health Named Top-Performing U.S. Health System

Posted by on May 13, 2021 in Network, News, Quality

As a provider-sponsored health plan, Sutter Health Plus is pleased to share IBM Watson Health recently announced its 2021 Fortune Media/IBM Watson Health Top Health Systems award winners, recognizing Sutter Health for helping provide high-quality care at a lower total cost.

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Newsweek Lists 10 Network Ambulatory Surgery Centers Among Best in California

Posted by on Feb 17, 2021 in Network, News, Quality


Recently, Newsweek magazine named 10 ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the Sutter Health Plus network among the Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers for 2021—with Palo Alto Medication Foundation Surgery Center (PAMF), Palo Alto ranked number one in California!

The following Sutter Health Plus network ASCs made the list:

  • PAMF Surgery Center, Palo Alto
  • PAMF Surgery Center, Mountain View
  • PAMF Surgery Center, Fremont
  • Fort Sutter Surgery Center
  • PAMF Surgery Center, San Carlos
  • Sutter Santa Rosa Surgery & Endoscopy Center
  • Sutter Sierra Surgery Center
  • Capitol City Surgery Center
  • Sutter Auburn Surgery Center
  • Sutter Roseville Endoscopy Center

Experts from Newsweek magazine along with survey participants ranked California’s top ASCs based on the quality of care, peer recommendations, and other performance data including how well facilities responded to COVID-19.

“I’m incredibly proud of this recognition from Newsweek, though I’m not surprised,” says Sutter Surgery Center Division CEO Terry Glubka. “Our ASCs’ clinicians and staff care deeply about the health and safety of their patients, and they work hard to provide them high quality, compassionate care.”

The Sutter Health Plus network includes ASCs that provide members with same-day surgical options for many procedures, including pain and spine surgeries, hernia repairs, gallbladder removals, and cataract surgeries. Unlike surgery performed in a hospital, a patient who undergoes surgery in an ASC can go home the same day of the procedure to recover with family in the comfort of their own home.

For more information and complete rankings, see Newsweek’s full list here.

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

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Network, Quality


The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has awarded the “2020 Excellence in Healthcare” award, the highest level of achievement, to Sutter Medical Foundation–Sutter Medical Group for the second year in a row. This award reflects the 2019 performance year in the Align.Measure.Perform (AMP) Commercial HMO program. This honor recognizes physician organizations that have succeeded in achieving strong quality results while effectively managing costs. To earn this award, physician organizations must have performance that ranks in the top 50% for clinical quality, patient experience, and cost for their commercial HMO population.

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