Community Partnerships &
Caring for the Uninsured

We invest millions for people in need and partner with the community—so everyone has the opportunity to realize their full potential.


Our Approach to Community Benefit

As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in community benefit—giving back to the communities we serve. In 2016 Sutter Health invested $669 million to provide care to people who can’t afford to pay and to support health-related programs for communities in need.

Some of the ways we support the communities we serve:

Reinvested over five years to care for people in need & support community programs

Invested to care for low-income Medi-Cal patients in Northern California

Partnerships with community clinics to expand access to care

Street Nurses Reach Out to Serve

In early 2016 we created a street nurse program to provide medical care to the homeless and other vulnerable people near Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Our partnership with WellSpace Health and Sacramento Steps Forward also provides temporary housing, intensive case management and social service support.

We Support Healthy Moms, Babies With March of Dimes Fund Raising

In 2016 Sutter Health was again the top fundraising team in Northern California for the March of Dimes–and for the sixth time we were the national foundation’s top healthcare fundraising team. Sutter Health is now also one of the top 10 corporate March of Dimes fundraising teams in the nation. March of Dimes and Sutter Health have renewed the March for Babies  sponsorship through 2018 to support lifesaving research and educational programs that improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Amount Sutter Health raised over 20 years for March of Dimes

Amount Sutter Health raised in 2016 March for Babies campaign

Vital Care Provided to Low-Income, Uninsured Patients

We once again partnered with Operation Access to enable Bay Area healthcare providers to donate vital surgical and specialty care to low-income, uninsured patients. In 2016, Sutter Health donated $100,000 in support of coordination of care with volunteer physicians, culturally competent case management, outreach through community clinics and program evaluation. California Pacific Medical Center physicians volunteered their time to provide these free surgical services, while the hospital donated the use of its operating rooms. CPMC also provided a $25,000 grant to support Operation Access’s operating costs.

“Our program partner Sutter Health donates 100 percent of the cost of these procedures, so the patients end up getting the care they need.”
— Ali Balick, Operation Access

Gift of Surgery Program Changes Lives

Our annual Gift of Surgery program gave 89 life-changing surgeries to people in need in 2016. Physicians and medical teams from 20 Sutter Health surgery centers volunteered their time and expertise in summer 2016 to provide outpatient elective procedures including cataract and gallbladder removal, as well as hernia and knee ligament repairs. The surgeries, whether they helped patients walk pain-free or regain their sight, dramatically impacted patients’ quality of life.

Gift of Surgery hours donated by doctors

Sutter Health Surgery Centers Represented

Life-changing surgeries in 2016

Sutter Health
Supports Veterans

In 2016, we donated to Fisher House Foundation and Operation Homefront, two military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California. Also, Sutter Health employees delivered three moving-truck-loads of donated supplies to Operation Care Package to support our service men and women across the globe.

Here Are Some Ways We Serve Our Communities

We Invest Millions to Care for Medi-Cal Patients
We believe that all people, regardless of their circumstances or means, deserve the highest quality medical care tailored to their unique needs. This is why Sutter Health cares for more Medi-Cal patients than any other health provider in Northern California. As Medi-Cal does not cover the full costs of providing care, we invested $388 million more than the state paid to care for Medi-Cal patients in 2016. Caring for those who need a helping hand is at the heart of our not-for-profit mission—and is just the right thing to do.

Wildfire Relief Aids Gold Country Communities
When wildfires threaten the lives, homes, business and communities of our patients, coworkers and neighbors, we’re quick to step in and help out. In 2016, Sutter Health donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region to help bring food, shelter and other resources to families affected by the Clayton Fire. The fire burned 4,000 acres, claimed 175 buildings and displaced hundreds of people.

We Help Food Banks Feed Local Communities
Across America, 48 million households struggle to keep food on the table – including people in our local communities. To help our neighbors, we donated $255,000 to 30 food banks across Northern California, and in Oregon and Hawaii. Our donations to community food banks over the past eight years total more than $1.8 million, which benefits countless individuals and families.

We Built a Respite-Care Shelter for Homeless Patients
A collaborative of four healthcare systems and WellSpace Health, Volunteers of America and Sacramento County, the Sacramento Interim Care Program (ICP) is a respite-care shelter for homeless patients discharged from hospitals. This community partnership provides temporary respite housing that gives homeless men and women a place to recuperate from medical conditions, links them to vital community services, and provides a place to heal.