Friday, November 30, 2012

Sutter Hospitals in Sacramento Region Receive A’s for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

SACRAMENTO –Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region received straight-A’s today, as all six
hospitals in the region were honored with Hospital Safety Scores of “A” by The Leapfrog Group,
an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The A scores were awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or
F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and
infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading
experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect
themselves and their families.

“Our region places considerable focus on safety, whether it is the region-wide adoption of ceiling
lifts or following best practices and protocols for glycemic control, sepsis and central line-
associated bloodstream infections, to name just a few,” said James Conforti, regional president of
Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region. “The teamwork and skillful thinking of our clinicians
and staff have made such a great impact on patient safety. Their actions and disciplined approach
to applying best practices have made a real difference to our patients.”

The hospitals in the Sacramento Sierra Region, which all received A grades, are:
• Sutter Amador Hospital
• Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital
• Sutter Davis Hospital
• Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which includes both Sutter General and Sutter
Memorial hospitals
• Sutter Roseville Medical Center
• Sutter Solano Medical Center

“Hospitals like these that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and
their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate
all of the Sutter hospitals in the Sacramento Sierra Region for their safety excellence, and look
forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region scores as they compare nationally and locally,
visit the Hospital Safety Score website at, which also provides
information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital
stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert
Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data
to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from
infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer
(University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University),
Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick
Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus
(Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog GroupThe Leapfrog Group ( is a national nonprofit organization using the
collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements
in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog
Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the
highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support
from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with
support from its purchaser and other members.

About Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra RegionSutter Health's Sacramento Sierra Region encompasses hospitals, physicians and outpatient
centers in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba
counties. It is a part of the Sutter Health family of not-for-profit hospitals and physician
organizations that share resources and expertise to advance healthcare quality. Serving more than
100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a pioneer in advanced patient safety
technology. For more information, visit the website at

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Veterans' Community Blood Drive - Mon Dec 3

Monday, 3 Dec is another Veterans' Community Blood Drive at the American Legion Hall in Martell. It will begin at 1100 hrs and run through 1800 hrs (that would be from 11 am through 6 pm for non-military people).

Yes ... the fireplace will be going and the donuts will be flowin'! I will even have hot chocolate for those that would like some. S'mores are a possibility!
Sent by:
Robert Saracino


BloodSource hosts a Veterans Community Blood Drive on Monday, December 3 from 11 am to 6 pm at the American Legion Hall on Sutter Hill.  Participants earn reward points, redeem points online or save points and redeem for other great items.  Please bring a photo ID, and eat and drink before donating.  For more information, call 223-1269.

BloodSource hosts a Veterans Community Blood Drive on Monday, December 3 from 11 am to 6 pm at the American Legion Hall on Sutter Hill.  Participants earn reward points, redeem points online or save points and redeem for other great items.  Please bring a photo ID, and eat and drink before donating.  For more information, call 223-1269.

BloodSource hosts a Veterans Community Blood Drive on Monday, December 3 from 11 am to 6 pm at the American Legion Hall on Sutter Hill.  Participants earn reward points, redeem points online or save points and redeem for other great items.  Please bring a photo ID, and eat and drink before donating.  For more information, call 223-1269.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

SAH Planned Giving Luncheon - This Thurs Nov 29

Planned Giving Workshop Luncheon
November 29, 2012
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Meadow/Mountain Conference Room
Located in the Sutter Amador Outpatient Services Center
200 Mission Blvd, Jackson
Our local experts will be covering the following areas:
  • Planned Giving overview – how simple it can be and how it can benefit you and your family (while still supporting your nonprofit of choice)
  • Estate Planning and the new laws for 2013
  • How to avoid taxes and still give to your heirs
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to me no later than Wednesday, November 26. Thank you!

Jody Boetzer
Marketing / Public Relations / Philanthropy Coordinator
Sutter Amador HospitalOffice:
(209) 257-7619
Cell: (209) 418-8672

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sutter Health and Sutter Amador Hospital Partner with the Interfaith Food Bank

Part of Quarter-Million-Dollar Donation to 29 Northern California Food Banks

Jackson, Calif. November 20, 2012 – Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital, presented a $2,000
donation today to the Interfaith Food Bank in Jackson on behalf of Sutter Health. The contributions mark the fourth year of donations by the not-for-profit network to local food banks and comprise a portion of this year’s $255,000 total donation benefitting 29 food banks throughout Northern California.

Food banks say that monetary donations help maximize the amount of food available for the hungry – in many instances, a $1 donation can translate to approximately $5 worth of distributed food.
“Healthy investments in our community can help lead to healthier families,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter
Amador Hospital. “A well-balanced, healthy lifestyle begins with nutritious food on the table. Through the great work of our community partners, we hope to help make a difference in the lives of those who need it.”
Platt adds, “Many of our employees and physicians lend their compassionate hearts to those in need by
preparing meal baskets that feed entire families. Our Ancillary Services Director, Kim Vagt also serves on the Interfaith Food Bank board.”

The Sutter Health network has donated $1,017,500 over the past four years to food banks in local communities. The donations are provided on behalf of the health care network’s approximately 47,000 compassionate network and affiliate employees, plus caring physicians and dedicated volunteers as an extension of Sutter’s not-for-profit mission. In addition to ongoing community commitments, last year, Sutter Health’s investment in care and services for the poor and underserved and benefits for the broader community amounted to $756 million. Learn more about Sutter’s commitment to communities.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Amador) - Tues Nov 27

The Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Amador) is holding an affiliate meeting and free support group on Tuesday, November 27th in the Multi-conference Room at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m

Dr. Carlos Solis, who is the Staff Psychiatrist at the Amador County Behavioral Health Dept., will be the guest speaker for the November meeting. Dr. Solis will speak about his philosophy of wellness and recovery and how he works with his clients.  We will also address community advocacy relating to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.

From 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. we will conduct a Support Group for family members and caregivers of those with mental illnesses.

Both our affiliate meeting and free support group occur on the 4th Tuesday of each month, are confidential, and open to the public.  NAMI is a nationwide organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.  For information call NAMI Amador (at ATCAA) 209-223-1485 X266.

Team Fitness: New Saturday Classes - Cardio Kickboxing, Boot Camp Fitness and Pilates

Howdy, this is Kim, a new fitness instructor at Team Fitness in Pine Grove. I want to invite everyone to try out my new classes on Saturdays. I will be teaching starting November 17th:
  • Boot Camp Fitness at 8:00 am, don't let the name scare you, I will tailor it to your fitness level. This is an all inclusive class, you'll work everything!
  • Cardio Kickboxing at 9:30 am, fun and exciting! This class encompasses basic cardio drills with Boxing and Kickboxing moves, for an all over workout. All levels welcome.
  • Pilates - Stretch & Strengthen at 11:00 am, this class will combine the core strengthening of Pilates movements with basic toning and stretching moves.
Hope to see you all on Saturday!

PS Remember you can try out my classes your first go round for FREE!!

Call 296-BFit (2348) if you have any questions.
Team Fitness
A Comfortable Place to Get In Shape
209-296-BFit (2348)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Walk Class - New Session Schedule!

Just a reminder that tomorrow - Thursday, November 1st is the last day of our current session.
Next Tuesday is not only ELECTION DAY but will be the beginning of a brand new session.

Please EXERCISE your right to vote and be sure to work your voting schedule around our class.
I encourage you to participate in BOTH on Tuesday, November 6th!

Nov/Dec Classes at The Margaret Dalton Children’s CenterTues. Nov 6 & Wed. Nov 7
Tues. Nov. 13 - Thurs. Nov 15
Taking this entire week off for Thanksgiving
Tues. Nov 27 - Thurs Nov 29
Mon. Dec 3 - Thurs. Dec. 6

Reminder - Holiday FundraiserSponsored by: Amador County Women's Network
This Saturday - November 3rd from 9am to 3pm
Italian Picnic Grounds
581 Hwy. 49, Sutter Creek
Local vendors and crafters will all be there offering goods and services so you can Shop Local!
Fitness Made Fun will have a be sure to stop by if you're there!

As always, Thank you for your commitment and enthusiasm in our Power Walking Workout!

Continue to Walk Yourself Strong,
Beth Sands,
Certified Walk Leader
Phone or Text: (209)

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