Sutter Health Donates $100,000 to Red Cross Fire-Relief Efforts Contribution is part of organization's ongoing investment in people and communities

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutter Health today announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter to support fire-relief efforts across several Northern California and Central Valley communities.

The donation will help provide food, shelter and other resources for those affected by the still-raging Rim fire threatening the Yosemite National Park area, as well as several smaller fires in areas served by the Sacramento-based chapter.

"Part of being a great neighbor is looking beyond the walls of our care centers, out into the community, and supporting our neighbors in times of need," said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry.

Sutter Health's $100,000 donation will help Rim fire relief workers provide food, shelter and mental health services to residents evacuated from their homes, as well as similar services to sheriff's department staff working at the front lines of that fire, the sixth largest ever recorded in the state.

Part of the donation will help those affected by recent or current fires threatening homes and displacing residents in El Dorado Hills, Red Bluff and Tehama County.

Sutter Health is a longtime supporter of American Red Cross disaster-relief efforts locally and globally. Over the years, the not-for-profit health care organization has made substantial donations to support humanitarian aid in disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the many seasonal wildfires in California.

Disasters like these wildfires change lives in an instant, leaving those impacted with a lot of uncertainty," said Kathleen Weis, CEO for the Capital Region Chapter. "It is the generosity of donors like Sutter Health that help us to provide comfort and relief, and ensure the people affected by such disasters have the resources they need to cope through such difficult times."

Sutter Health physicians and hospitals share a common commitment to creating healthier communities through programs and services that respond to community needs. This includes an ongoing investment in care and services for poor and underserved people, which in 2012 was $795 million.

For information on how to support American Red Cross relief efforts, go to www.redcross.org.

For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, go to www.sutterhealth.org.

About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California's top-performing, highest-quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women's and children's services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient-safety technology. For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network visit: sutterhealth.org | facebook.com/sutterhealth | youtube.com/sutterhealth | twitter.com/sutterhealth

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