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Funds are Part of $255 Million Donation by Sutter Health
One in six people in California go hungry, including many in San Mateo County and other Northern residents. To help provide meals for those in need, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, has donated $33,500 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties this holiday season.
Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) and Menlo Park Surgical Hospital have been named 2014 Guardian of Excellence Award winners in patient experience by Press Ganey Associates Inc. This award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care.
The 2014 Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing facilities that consistently achieved the 95th percentile of performance in patient experience. This honor is awarded annually based on one year of data. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to measure and improve the patient experience. Read More about Press Ganey Recognizes Mills-Peninsula, SMSC, Other Sutter Affiliates for Patient Satisfaction
The Joint Commission today named Mills-Peninsula Health Services and Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) 2013 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.® The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients.
Mills-Peninsula was recognized for excellence in accountability measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. SMSC achieved excellence in measures for surgical care. Read More about Mills-Peninsula, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Named Joint Commission Top Performers
In a new ranking of hospitals based on value, Mills-Peninsula was ranked number one in the Bay Area for value delivered to patients. The Medical Value Index uses publicly available clinical and cost data reported to Medicare to create a score for each hospital that measures a combination of patient satisfaction, clinical quality and price.
Using an algorithm to process data based on six widely recognized quality and cost metrics, the Medical Value Index gives each hospital a single score, up to 800 points. The current value ranking is based on Medicare data from 2010-2012. Mills-Peninsula achieved a score of 592, which was the highest value ranking of acute care hospitals in the Bay Area with more than 251 beds, and the third highest of all Bay Area hospitals, regardless of size.
“Mills-Peninsula strives to provide the highest quality care and best service to our patients at the most affordable price,” says Janet Wagner, Mills-Peninsula CEO. “We are honored to receive this top ranking for value, which is great news for our community and a true reflection of our organization’s dedication to patient-centered care.” Read More about Mills-Peninsula Named the Top Bay Area Hospital for Value
For the third year in a row, Mills-Peninsula Health Services achieved recognition for high-quality surgical care from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP).
Mills-Peninsula was one of only 44 hospitals in the country commended for achieving “meritorious outcome performances” in the following eight outcome areas in all surgery cases from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2013: Read More about American College of Surgeons Honors Mills-Peninsula for Quality Surgical Care
Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) —not-for-profit affiliates of Sutter Health – are providing $9 million in funding over the next three years to 11 community clinics in Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. The community clinics provide health care for free or reduced rates to low-income and uninsured people who may otherwise be unable to access medical care.
“Caring for the community is at the heart of what we do at Mills-Peninsula and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation,” says Jeff Gerard, Regional President, Sutter Health. “We are committed to improving health care throughout the Bay Area. By partnering with these clinics, we will help increase much-needed access to medical care.”
“Our partnership with Mills-Peninsula goes beyond the dollars to truly keep people healthier,” says Sharon Petersen, Samaritan House director of operations. “So many wonderful physicians from Mills-Peninsula help people feel good day to day.”
Sutter Davis Hospital CEO Janet Wagner to Succeed Retiring Bob Merwin
Janet Wagner, chief executive officer of Sutter Davis Hospital, has been named the next CEO for Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She will be only the fourth CEO at Mills-Peninsula in its 60-year history. Wagner succeeds current Mills-Peninsula CEO Bob Merwin who has led the organization for 27 years. Wagner begins her new role on September 29 and will work closely with Merwin to ensure a smooth transition upon his retirement in January 2015.
“I am very proud that we are able to tap talent like Janet Wagner’s from within the Sutter Health family to grow and take on new leadership roles. This is especially important as we continue on the path to become a truly integrated health care organization, linking and strengthening local, regional and system-wide strategies and services to keep our patients at the center of everything we do,” said Jeff Gerard, Sutter Health regional president.