December 27, 2014 8:12 PM ET

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Company Overview of Sutter Health Network

Company Overview

Sutter Health Network, a not-for-profit organization, owns and operates ambulatory surgery centers, cardiac centers, cancer centers, acute rehabilitation centers, behavioral health centers, and trauma centers. It offers bariatric surgery, cancer/oncology, clinical trials, complementary medicine, cosmetic surgery, diabetes, heart and vascular, home health/hospice, hospital anesthesia, mental health, orthopedics, pediatrics, pregnancy and childbirth, sleep disorders, express care, transplant, urgent care, and weight management services. Sutter Health Network was formerly known as Sutter Health/California Healthcare System and changed its name to Sutter Health Network in 1997. The company was f...

2200 River Plaza Drive

Sacramento, CA 95833

United States

Founded in 1981





Key Executives for Sutter Health Network

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Age: 62
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer of Sutter Health Plus
Age: 54
Chief Executive Officer of The Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Sutter Health Network Key Developments

Sutter Health Announces Restructures Five Divisions into Two; Announces Executive Changes; Forms New Medical and Market Networks Function to Oversee Sutter's New HMO and Wellness and Health Management Services

Sutter Health plans to collapse its five divisions into two and tap doctor and nurse leaders to improve patient satisfaction across the health system. The changes, will unfold in stages through the end of the first quarter of 2015. The goal is a nimble management structure that can deliver a better patient experience. Sutter's five divisions will become two in April. The Sacramento Sierra and Central Valley regions will become the new Valley Division. The West Bay, East Bay and Peninsula Coastal regions will form the new Bay Area Division. James Conforti, president of the Sacramento Sierra Region, will become Valley Division president. Jeff Gerard, president of the Peninsula Coastal Region, will lead the new Bay Area Division. Among other new senior leadership roles, Dr. Don Wreden, a longtime former president and CEO at Sutter Medical Group in Sacramento, will become senior vice president for patient experience in January. He will work closely with Krevans in one of many new clinical and administrative partnerships expected to form under the new structure. In other changes, Dr. Stephen Lockhart, chief medical officer for Sutter's East Bay Region, will become chief medical officer for the health system. He will work closely with a new chief nursing officer who will be named later. Linda Khachadourian, a leader in Sutter's strategy and business development department for 25 years, will assume the new position of chief enterprise transformation officer. Dr. Jeff Burnich, executive officer of the Sutter Medical Network, will become senior vice president of medical and market networks in January. Sutter also is forming a new medical and market networks function to oversee Sutter's new HMO and wellness and health management services for key customers, including employers, insurance brokers and health plans.

Eisenhower Medical Center and Sutter Health Fended Off Law Suits

In two landmark cases, two of California's healthcare providers, Eisenhower Medical Center and Sutter Health, have fended off law suits following data breaches that could have cost in aggregate billions of dollars. In the first case, a $500 million class action suit against Eisenhower Medical Center, the California Court of Appeal ruled that healthcare providers are not liable under the state's Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) for the release of patients' personal information if it does not include information about medical histories, conditions or treatments. In similar vein, the California Supreme Court declined on October 15, 2014 to hear an appeal against two lower court decisions that had found that Sutter Health was not liable under the CMIA for damages of up to $1,000 per individual for a data breach involving the theft of a desktop computer relating to more than four million patients.

UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Sutter Health for Violations of California's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Statutes

UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust (UEBT) filed a class action lawsuit against Sutter Health for violations of California's antitrust and unfair competition statutes. The suit, brought in the San Francisco County Superior Court (case #14-538451), alleges that illegal restrictions in Sutter Health's anticompetitive contracts resulted in substantial overcharges by its hospitals that would not be possible in a free, competitive market. The suit alleges that Sutter imposes contract terms that make it impossible for health plans to substitute quality competing hospitals for Sutter's higher-cost hospitals in locations where substitution would benefit their healthcare provider networks. It accuses Sutter of imposing illegal contract terms that prohibit any effort to incentivize health plan participants to choose a more cost-effective competing hospital over a higher-priced Sutter hospital. It also alleges that Sutter deliberately hides its higher prices from the self-funded health plans that later will have to pay them. As a result, UEBT and other similarly situated entities have no alternative other than to pay Sutter's illegally inflated healthcare prices.

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