SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutter Health announces today it will make the largest disaster-relief donation in the history of the health care system, contributing $1.25 million to help the victims of the powerful earthquake in Haiti. The Northern California network of doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers also will provide critical medical supplies and trained medical personnel to support the relief effort.
"We find it difficult to comprehend the staggering human tragedy that continues to unfold in Haiti following Tuesday's powerful earthquake. Devastating events such as this compel us to look beyond our local Northern California communities to the overwhelming needs of our global community," said Patrick Fry, Sutter Health president and CEO.
Since 2005, the network has donated $850,000 to support relief efforts around the world. "We have a long history of coming to the aid of those impacted by natural disaster," added Fry. "Our organization's donation is a testament to the generous nature of our employees, who also have offered their own time, money and expertise to help the people of Haiti."
The Sutter Health network's donation includes:
Sutter Health provides these funds to Doctors Without Borders to support health care treatment for earthquake victims.
The Sutter Health network is collecting much-needed supplies from its facilities and partnering with the MedShare to transport these resources to Haiti.
Sutter Health makes this donation to MedShare to help support expenses for shipping of critical medical supplies to Haiti.
In the days ahead, Sutter-affiliated hospitals and physicians will work together to send trained medical personnel to Haiti.
"The next several days, weeks and months will likely be overwhelming for the people of Haiti," added Fry. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by this devastating natural disaster."
The Sutter Health network selected MedShare because the organization brings needed supplies to worldwide disasters and impoverished hospitals 365 days a year. Supporting the health infrastructure is an important mission of Sutter Health.
The Sutter Health network selected Doctors Without Borders because this international medical humanitarian organization provides aid in nearly 60 countries, and it already has at least 1,000 people working in Haiti. Doctors Without Borders commits to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion or political affiliation.
Sutter Health physicians and hospitals share a common commitment to creating healthier communities through programs and services that respond to community needs. In 2008, the network invested $599 million in these programs, as well as in charity care.
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.
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