Community Based and Not For Profit
Unlike investor-owned hospitals, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa is a not for profit organization. As such, any money left over after employees and bills have been paid is reinvested in our health care mission.
We believe this community based, not for profit approach to health care best serves our patients and our community for many reasons. First of all, it's good for our health. According to the Journal of General Internal Medicine (April 2000), patients treated at for-profit or government-owned hospitals were two-to-four- times more likely to suffer preventable adverse events than patients treated at not for profit institutions.
Also, investor-owned, for-profit health systems are mainly accountable to their stockholders. They have a financial incentive to avoid caring for not only uninsured and underinsured patients, but also hard-to-serve populations and "undesirable" geographic areas.
For the same reasons, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa offers some programs and services that are costly and generally unprofitable, such as the Sweet Success diabetes program, annual drive-through and community flu vaccination clinics, immunization programs for children of poor families, and a charity care program providing medical care for those who are unable to afford it. It's our mission to offer these much needed services, regardless of how we're reimbursed.