Community Partnerships

Everyone deserves access to exceptional health care—whoever they are and wherever they live. In 2015, Sutter Health gave millions in medical services to those in need and financially supported the community organizations that make a positive difference in their lives.


Our approach to community benefit

Every three years, Sutter Health partners with other health care providers to collect and analyze information about our communities in Northern California. Using public health data, talking with neighborhood focus groups and other valuable assessment tools, we identify significant community health needs and develop programs and partnerships to help address them. We make thoughtful decisions about linking with people and organizations that share our mission of improving health in our communities. Sutter Health invests millions each year in partnerships with community health centers, connecting people in need with medical care, and other social services such as transportation, food and shelter.

Using data to identify, care for high-risk patients

In the last two years, more data was accumulated than the entire prior record of civilization. Together with local organizations, Sutter Health uses “big data” to identify patients who live in hot spots in our local communities and deploys mobile care teams to provide care to these most vulnerable, at-risk patients—before they end up in our emergency rooms.

Program celebrates 10 years of helping the homeless get back on their feet

After leaving an abusive relationship, Trea Touchstone found herself homeless. Through the Interim Care Program (ICP)—a partnership between Sutter Health, WellSpace Health and the Salvation Army—homeless individuals like Trea who don’t have a place to go after they are discharged from the hospital are connected to vital services so they can get back on their feet.

Celebrating a decade assisting some of the most vulnerable people in Sacramento, the program provides temporary housing, intensive case management and social service support. Participants receive help in enrolling in health insurance, finding a medical home, receiving substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling, and securing permanent housing.


101 patients helped by ICP in 2015


44 Sutter Health patients served by ICP in 2015


Average stay of less than 21 days in the program


1,500 referrals provided to ICP participants to other helpful services

Sutter Health partnership serves the most vulnerable people in our communities

When Ed Stump had a heart attack, it was only one of several challenges he faced. He had recently moved to the Bay Area, had no home, no family support and nowhere to go after leaving the hospital. He also had multiple chronic health problems but no primary care doctor. Through a partnership between Sutter Health and LifeLong Medical Care in the East Bay, Ed and other vulnerable patients get access to the primary medical care they need to help them avoid a return visit to the hospital.

“I have a roof a roof over my head. I have food. And everyday, my health keeps getting better and better and better.” – Ed Stump

$750,000 donation helps community clinic expand care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and expansion of Medicare are making it possible for more people in our communities to get the care they need—but it’s also putting a strain on the ability of local health centers and clinics to meet the increasing demand. That’s why Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in Santa Cruz County and Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) donated $750,000 over five years to local community clinic Salud Para La Gente. The donation will help Salud, which provides health care services to the local community regardless of health insurance or ability to pay, expand and renovate its East Beach Clinic in Watsonville to accommodate additional providers and patients—approximately 100,000 more community members over the next four years.

Committing to healthy moms, babies as a top March of Dimes fundraiser

From the time she found out she was pregnant with her first child, Christine Latino suspected something wasn’t right with her baby. When an ultrasound technician couldn’t detect any fetal movement at 27 weeks, the couple feared the worst. But after seeing Andrew Wertz, M.D., then medical director of Sutter’s Neonatal ICU, their little girl’s heartbeat was detected and hope was restored. Christine received a dose of steroids to help the baby’s lungs develop, and she soon delivered their now healthy 6-year-old daughter, Alaina.

Sutter Health’s commitment to children’s health is one of the reasons we’ve long supported the March of Dimes. In 2015 for the 12th year, Sutter Health was named the top fundraising team in Northern California for the March of Dimes—and the national foundation’s top healthcare fundraising team in the U.S. for the past five years. Since 1998, Sutter Health has raised more than $7.9 million for the March of Dimes to support life-saving research and programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies and babies have a healthy start at life.

Babies born in 2015 at Sutter hospitals

Christine Latino, daughter Alaina and family

Program connects patients in need with the next generation of doctors

There’s a shortage of primary care doctors in California and across the nation. At the Vista Family Health Center in Santa Rosa, a unique partnership increases primary care access and fuels the next generation of caregivers. While the health center provides a steady flow of patients, the Sutter Health Family Practice Residency program offers a team of young doctors passionate about delivering quality care to underserved patients. Doctors completing their education learn from more experienced doctors, and patients benefit by receiving personalized care and the collective wisdom of the residency team.

Sutter Health supports veterans and their families

Sutter Health proudly supports organizations helping our military personnel and their families. Read more about some of the ways in which Sutter Health and our employees participated in activities to help our veterans.

Sutter Health in 2015 donated a total of $50,000 to Fisher House Foundation, USO and Healing Forces, three military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California and Hawaii.

During the 2015 holiday season, more than 125 Sutter Health employees donated and wrapped 230 blankets as holiday gifts for the Volunteers of America’s Veterans Services program—in less than one hour.

Sutter Health employees delivered three moving-truck-loads of donated supplies to Operation Care Package, along with 50 cases of baby-related supplies such as diapers and clothes to military families delivering babies while stationed overseas.

$300,000 wildfire relief donation supports impacted employees, communities

When massive wildfires threatened the lives, homes, business and communities of our patients, coworkers and neighbors in fall 2015, Sutter Health was quick to step in and help out. We donated $300,000 to support fire relief efforts and provide food, shelter and other resources to those affected. But our financial donations to organizations including the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund was just a small part of how Sutter Health rallied to help. Read more about how we supported our employees impacted by the devastating wildfires.

$255,000 donation helps food banks feed local communities

Across America, 48 million households struggle to keep food on the table—including people our local communities. To help our neighbors, Sutter Health donated $255,000 to 27 food banks in areas we serve within Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii in 2015, totaling more than $1.6 million in donations to community food banks over the past seven years.

$500,000 donation supports Nepal earthquake victims

Sutter Health donated $500,000 to support relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015. Sutter’s donation helped the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund provide rescue and relief teams to help meet the emergency needs of those directly affected by the earthquake, including food, water, shelter and emotional health services to thousands in Nepal.