Sunday, April 20, 2014
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If you work at Sutter Health, you’re happy

Aimee Minor, a registered nurse in the surgical unit at Sutter Davis Hospital, goes to work with a smile on her face. The hospital has been named one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. This is the fifth consecutive year that Sutter Davis was honored in the survey.
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Three Sutter Health affiliates that provide services in Yolo County — Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Medical Foundation and the Sutter Center for Psychiatry — were named Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2013 by Modern Healthcare magazine.

The award honors workplaces in health care that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.

This is the fifth year in a row that Sutter Davis Hospital was honored in the Modern Healthcare Best Places to Work survey, which is just in its sixth year, and it is the second time for both Sutter Center for Psychiatry and Sutter Medical Foundation to be on the list.

Kathy Bechtold, a physical therapist at Sutter Davis Hospital, has worked for Sutter Davis for the past 26 years and says it’s no surprise why the hospital was chosen for this award.

“Sutter Davis has a strong history of meeting employee expectations for providing a safe, healthy and satisfying work environment,” Bechtold said. “I continuously receive the support from my manager, the administration, physicians and co-workers to practice within my full scope as a physical therapist and to provide patients the very best care – the same type of care that I want all my loved ones to have when they have to go to the hospital.”

Sutter Davis Hospital is the only medical center in California to make this year’s list, and Sutter Center for Psychiatry, which has an inpatient hospital and outpatient center in Sacramento along with services throughout the Sacramento region, is the only psychiatric hospital in the nation honored as a Best Place to Work.

Amanda Chi, LCSW, Response Team supervisor with Sutter Center for Psychiatry, assesses mental health patients at Sutter Davis Hospital’s Emergency Department.

“In addition to providing high-quality inpatient psychiatry care, Sutter Center for Psychiatry reaches into our regional emergency departments providing crisis interventions,” Chi said.

“We bring the behavioral health care and compassion patients experience once they get to Sutter Center for Psychiatry and combine it with the excellent medical care from Sutter Davis ER in the very moment they need it most.”

This year, 100 health-care workplaces around the country — representing providers (including hospitals), suppliers, payers and associations — were honored as Best Places to Work in Healthcare, with only five of them based in California. The three Sutter affiliates are the only ones honored in the greater Sacramento region.

Based on submissions sent in from hundreds of health care organizations across the country, Modern Healthcare examined dozens of workplace issues, from leadership and planning to pay and benefits. A crucial element to the evaluation process was surveys that were sent out to randomly selected employees. These surveys helped Modern Healthcare hear directly from staff about how they feel engaged and empowered in their jobs.

“It takes great vision, dedication and heart to build a collaborative work culture that keeps patients at the center of everything we do,” said James Conforti, regional president of Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region. “Sutter Center for Psychiatry, Sutter Davis Hospital and Sutter Medical Foundation are reflective of the excellent, engaged work environments our staffs have created throughout Northern California.”

Sutter Davis Hospital offers the best of all worlds — a technologically advanced acute-care hospital, a strong offering of outpatient services and community outreach programs. The 48-bed hospital and its programs provide care and support to the residents of Davis, Dixon, Winters, Woodland, West Sacramento, Vacaville and rural communities throughout Yolo and Eastern Solano counties.

“Our focus at Sutter Davis Hospital is the quality care we provide our patients, and to be able to do that in an environment where we care about each other is what makes our hospital one of the best places to work,” said Janet Wagner, the hospital’s CEO.

Working with more than 1,300 primary and specialty clinicians, Sutter Medical Foundation is a multi-specialty health care provider delivering comprehensive care to patients at clinics throughout Sacramento, Amador, Nevada, Placer, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties. Physicians within the network share a dedication to providing exceptional services and empowering patients to play an active role in their health care.

The Sutter Medical Foundation network (also known as Sutter Physicians Alliance) includes Sutter Medical Group, Sutter Independent Physicians and Sutter North Medical Group. In Yolo County alone, Sutter Medical Foundation has more than two dozen primary-care physicians, a dozen ob/gyns and several specialists.

“Along with our clinician partners, we have worked hard over the years to create a place where people feel good about the work they do,” said Tom Blinn, CEO of Sutter Medical Foundation. “Our patients can sense how well we work together on their behalf and can be comforted by the connections they see us make in order to give them the best possible care.”

Sutter Center for Psychiatry is the only not-for-profit psychiatric hospital in the greater Sacramento region that is part of an integrative health care system. It includes an inpatient, 69-bed psychiatric facility for children and adults and an outpatient center that offers partial hospitalization and other mental health programs in Sacramento.

Sutter Center for Psychiatry provides mental health services in Yolo County through Sutter Davis Hospital.

An alphabetical list of the 100 companies and organizations honored as Best Places to Work in Healthcare can be viewed at http://www.modernhealthcare.com. Modern Healthcare will reveal the ranked order of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2013 at a banquet in Atlanta on Oct. 24 and in a supplement to be published on Oct. 28.

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  • Amy AdamAugust 26, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    Would your really expect any employee to say that they weren't happy at their work? At Sutter Davis Hospital if you disagree with the CEO or express any displeasure you are targeted and employees make for a quick exit. The front line staff are sheltered from this, but if you look at their management turnover rate then you would start to grasp the real picture that goes on at this facility. If you speak up for patient safety then you will be targeted and the behavior that goes on in this facility is widely known within the Sutter Health family of facilities. If this CEO has the ability to win so many awards, why don't they use her talents at helping the greater organization achieve more? They have her on the Potomac watch and will let there continue to be a revolving door with a high turnover rate since the public only sees the awards in the lobby. If patients and the public actually could see what was going on they would start to realize that it is nothing but a facade. Managers and employees will answer positively when asked how they feel because if they don't they know what the consequences are...

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