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10 Sutter Health Hospitals Honored by State Quality Report Card

Thursday, October 22, 2009 General News J E 4
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 21 Ten hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health received the prestigious "Certificate of Excellence" from the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force (CHART). Only 36 hospital campuses across California (of 218 participating hospitals) received this honor - one-third are affiliated with the Sutter Health network.

They are:

The "Certificate of Excellence" recognizes that the winning hospital achieved above average or superior scores in five of the eight CHART measurements, did not receive any "below average" or "poor" score on any measure, and reported data for all of the measurements for which they qualify.

Data collected by CHART is available as a user-friendly, online report card at www.CalHospitalCompare.org. Published by the California HealthCare Foundation, the free service allows consumers to search for hospitals by location, name, or medical condition. Hospitals are ranked on 50 "performance indicators," including common reasons for admissions such as cardiac care, maternity services and treatment for pneumonia. Patient experience data also is included. Data is voluntarily submitted by participating hospitals. The not-for-profit Sutter Health network has participated on the CHART Steering Committee since its inception in 2004.

Quotes

"These findings reflect the dedication of our hard working doctors and employees everywhere - from clinicians to those who serve patients behind the scenes," said Gordon Hunt, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health. "These recognitions confirm that our focused efforts to improve health care quality for patients make a positive, measurable difference."

"As part of our commitment to continually improve the care we provide, we routinely participate in quality studies," said Gordon Hunt, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health. "This is vital in helping us identify opportunities to improve care, increase safety and provide better outcomes for patients in our communities."

Audio

Audio clips featuring Gordon Hunt, M.D. senior vice president and chief medical officer for Sutter Health can be heard at http://www.sutterhealth.org/about/news/news09_chartaward.html.

Links

www.CalHospitalCompare.org

http://www.sutterhealth.org/quality/reports/

About Sutter Health

Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, hospitals and other health care service providers join resources and share expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California's top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Organization. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women's and children's services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health family, please visit www.sutterhealth.org.

-- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Alta Bates and Summit campuses) -- California Pacific Medical Center (California and Davies campuses) -- Eden Medical Center -- Marin General Hospital -- Novato Community Hospital -- Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital -- Sutter Davis Hospital -- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (Sutter General and Sutter Memorial hospitals) -- Sutter Roseville Medical Center -- Sutter Tracy Community Hospital

SOURCE Sutter Health
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