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Sutter Davis leading the way

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From page A6 | December 05, 2013 | 5 Comments

Recently, Sutter Davis Hospital was awarded the 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in the health care category. While this honor will be added to the hospital’s long list of accomplishments, receiving the Baldrige award deserves special attention as it is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

Sutter Davis has continually demonstrated sustained high levels of performance in many health care and patient-focused process results, including its Birthing Center, patient satisfaction and engagement, and reduced rates of surgical complications. These superior organizational metrics extend to the hospital’s fiscal health, as well, which in turn lead to greater affordability for their patients.

The Baldrige Award also recognizes that a great team — from the senior leadership and medical staff to all those who support the hospital’s mission of serving our community — contribute to a positive patient experience and the culture of caring built over time at Sutter Davis Hospital. These have led not only to solid clinical quality ratings and outcomes, but to the hospital’s strong position as a great place to work and practice medicine.

Sutter Davis demonstrates every day, through its partnerships with CommuniCare Health Centers, the Yolo Children’s Alliance Health Initiative, the Davis Farmers Market, and others, that its commitment to our community goes hand in hand with its commitment to organizational excellence.

As we labor to make health care delivery “work” in our nation, it’s nice to know that we have such an outstanding hospital in our own back yard. Congratulations to Janet Wagner and all of her colleagues at Sutter Davis Hospital for leading the way on health care excellence!

Val Dolcini
Davis

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  • John TroidlDecember 03, 2013 - 12:13 pm

    What a nice letter.....Val Dolcini really hits it right on the mark with accolades for Sutter Davis: This is a truly EXCELLENT hospital! Recently, my Mother was up for a visit for Thanksgiving and she was asking about what I liked about Davis and very high on my list was the fact that I could say: "Mom, we have a truly exceptional hospital in our community which I would be very comfortable taking you to if you needed care!". Not only does Sutter Davis receive award and award and recognition after recognition (Janet Wagner was a Sacramento Business Journal "Health Care Hero" this past year and when the announcement was made she modestly credited her staff)... but it passes the "Mom test". Bravo for the whole crew over at Sutter Davis!

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  • December 04, 2013 - 8:27 am

    If they were such a great facility, why can't they keep management staff and have such a revolving door?!? Also, for such a "top of the top hospital" why aren't they a 2013 Top Hospital with The Leapfrog Group.....http://www.leapfroggroup.org/policy_leadership/leapfrog_news/5125813 Putting on a smile for the public for image leads to one perspective but actually go work in the facility and you will have a completely opposite perspective.

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  • Baby DaddyDecember 05, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    When our daughter was born 5 weeks early she needed to spend an extra week at the birthing center. This was covered by our HMO, but my wife staying with her was not. I greatly appreciate that the Birthing Center allowed my wife to stay as well at not additional cost to us.

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  • ontDecember 05, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Just a couple of days ago in its continuing series on the ridiculously high medical provider costs in the US, the NY Times featured Sutter Health. Sutter does seem to “lead the way”: ...“Sutter is a leader — a pioneer — in figuring out how to amass market power to raise prices and decrease competition,” said Glenn Melnick, a professor of health economics at the University of Southern California. “How do hospitals set prices? They set prices to maximize revenue, and they raise prices as much as they can — all the research supports that.” ... Sutter, based in Sacramento, employs 28 officials who make more than $1 million a year, and four of them are among the top-paid hospital executives in the state. Sutter’s chief executive officer makes more than $5 million. ... Across California, Sutter hospitals have proved expert at the business of medicine. “Our members are very exercised about Sutter — it has increased prices disproportionately,” said David Lansky, chief executive officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health, which represents 60 of California’s biggest private employers in its health care negotiations. “Sutter has been successful at leveraging their huge size in dictating not just price but contract terms.” ... Chuck Idelson, a spokesman for the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, the research arm of the California Nurses Association, said Sutter prices were 40 to 70 percent above its rivals’ for similar services. When Sutter bought Summit Hospital in Oakland in 1999, rates there went up 29 percent to 72 percent, researchers found. /2013/12/03/health/as-hospital-costs-soar-single-stitch-tops-500

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  • December 17, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    Interesting information on statement of deficiencies compiled from reports from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Particularly interesting is how the operating room humidity has not been controlled for 15 years; how does a hospital go so long without addressing an issue like that. Seems like something the CEO should have dealt with. http://www.hospitalinspections.org/report/2301#7380

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