Sutter Health in San Carlos, California, has announced a $20 million gift from Michael and Judith Gaulke to create a fund in support of innovation and human-centered care.
The gift, the largest ever received by the health system, will establish the Michael and Judith Gaulke Innovation Hatchery Endowment Fund, which will support Sutter's efforts to incubate creative solutions to healthcare challenges, validate their effectiveness in real-world settings, and integrate them into patient care as quickly and safely as possible. Set up to test promising ideas during ninety-day sprints in hospitals and clinics, Sutter's Innovation Hatchery focuses on solutions in five key areas: primary care, mothers and babies, mental health, compassionate hospitalization, and end-of-life care.
In recognition of the gift, Sutter Health will name the lobby of its Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) San Carlos Center for the Gaulkes and will also name its PAMF Palo Alto Center after the couple in a formal ceremony in the fall.
The Gaulkes are longtime Sutter Health supporters. Chairman of engineering and consulting firm Exponent, Inc., Michael Gaulke serves on the PAMF Community board of trustees and is currently the chair of the Sutter Health board of trustees. Judy Gaulke devotes her time and energy to women's health issues.
"We are humbled by the extreme generosity of the Gaulkes and their heartfelt gift," said Sutter Health president and CEO Sarah Krevans. "Their support for innovation will help pioneer breakthroughs in care delivery that will transform healthcare here in Northern California and improve patients' experiences throughout the United States. Our physicians and their teams, working in partnership with the innovation that surrounds us here in Northern California, will bring together the power of creativity and technology with the best clinical care to make healthcare more compassionate, accessible and affordable to all."