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    California Pacific Medical Center Among 10 Sutter Health Hospitals Honored by State Quality Report Card

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Kevin McCormack, Media Relations Manager
    (415) 600-7484 or pager (415) 232-6463
    mccormkd@sutterhealth.org

    October 21, 2009

    California Pacific Medical Center is among 10 hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health to have 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.

    The other Sutter Health hospitals also honored are:

    • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Alta Bates and Summit 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

    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.

    “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.”

    California Pacific Medical Center. Beyond Medicine. At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, we believe in the power of medicine. We research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. But we also believe that medicine alone is only part of the solution. That’s why we look intently at each individual case and treat the whole person, not just the illness. It’s why we go beyond medical care and provide our patients with things like disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. As one of California’s latest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, and a Sutter Health affiliate, we are able to reach deep into our community to provide education, screening and financial support in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Medicine can transform a body. Going beyond medicine can transform a life.
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