At Sutter Health, a commitment to the community is at the core of our mission. We seek to extend our reach far beyond the walls of our hospitals and into the greater community, by making strategic and innovative investments in community partners and programs. We offer myriad programs, from the Interim Care Program, which provides respite care for homeless individuals and wraps them with services to the Street Nurse and Community Navigator programs, which help connect the underserved with medical and social resources, just to name a few.
Sutter Street Nurse (SN) Program
Since program inception (March 2016) through September, the Street Nurse (SN) has made 296 contacts. Below are some high level outcomes from the last quarter (July-Sept, 2016):
- In the last quarter, the SN made 167 contacts
- The SN provided 206 assessments in the field, including skin assessments (18%), wound care (24%), mental health (19%) and disease knowledge (17%)
- The SN made 88 service referrals in the field, including PCP appointments (26%), mental health/crisis services (12%), basic needs/income assistance/support services (24%) and transportation (17%)
- The SN provided 291 services in the field, including nutrition education (15%), therapeutic conversation (20%), wound care (16%) and health education (37%)
Joshua’s House, a hospice house for the terminally ill homeless, is supported in part by a planning grant from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Grants Program. Kaiser Permanente’s community involvement uniquely pairs grant funding with 65 yeas of clinical experience, medical research and volunteerism to support prevention-focused, evidence-based programs that are expanding access to care and creating healthy environments. Kaiser Permanente recently awarded LifeLong Medical Care a $85,000 grant that will help more in this community get access to the resources they need to lead a healthy life.