Sutter Health has been awarded a $6.1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to expand and develop model patient safety programs within the Sutter Health network, a Northern California system of hospitals, physicians and other healthcare service providers.
Sutter Health is matching the grant award, bringing the total funds dedicated to further advancing patient safety to more than $12 million. Six Sutter-affiliated hospitals will share the grant, which covers development of safety programs over the next four years.
In a bid to increase patient safety, Sutter Health is investing in patient-oriented information technology, such as medication bar coding, the electronic intensive care unit and the electronic health record.
Each Sutter-affiliated hospital will develop and support patient safety nursing teams and initiatives, which embrace evidence- based practices to improve care delivery and enhance nurse communication with patients and their care delivery team, said Dr Gordon Hunt, chief medical officer for Sutter Health. The best performing programs will be recommended for adoption within and outside the Sutter Health network as a best practice.