Ebola Preparedness

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

There’s nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, patients and communities. Our Ebola Virus Emergency Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and the treatment of Ebola patients, with an unwavering commitment to help ensure the safety of our nurses and other frontline staff.

Based on current CDC guidelines, we have policies, procedures and action plans in place at hospitals, care centers and patient call centers around our Northern California network. Our Ebola Virus Emergency Planning Team widely distributed and reinforced these policies and action plans for our frontline health care workers. Our work to repeatedly train and drill continues. Read More

DCIS: What is “Stage Zero” Breast Cancer?

Posted on Oct 10, 2014


This year nearly 227,000 women in the United States will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer, according to estimates by the National Cancer Institute. But thanks to breast cancer awareness campaigns and early detection, more women than ever are getting mammograms and more cancers are being spotted early.

Many women are told they have something called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or “Stage Zero” cancer, in which abnormal cells are found in the center of the milk-producing ducts. Before universal screening, DCIS was rare. Now DCIS and the less common lobular carcinoma in situ account for almost a quarter of new breast cancer cases — some 60,000 a year.

A diagnosis of DCIS raises all sorts of questions. Is it cancer? Is it life threatening? What is the treatment?

Lisa Bailey, M.D.

Lisa Bailey, M.D.

“DCIS is non-invasive, and is technically a pre-cancer and is not life threatening,” says Lisa Bailey, M.D., breast surgeon and co-director of the breast cancer program at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “If you have DCIS, it means that you have abnormal cells in the milk duct. While most invasive cancer begins as DCIS, not all DCIS will go on to become an invasive cancer.” Read More

Depression: How to Recognize Symptoms

Posted on Oct 7, 2014

Depression_FlyerThursday, Oct. 23, 2014
6:30-8 p.m.
Women’s Health Center in Lafayette
3595 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 350

Depression can be silent and secret.
How can you tell if someone you love
is feeling “the blues” or suffering
from depression?
Join psychiatrist Robert Dolgoff, M.D., for
a discussion about signs of depression
to watch for and when to reach out to help.

Call 510-869-6737 to reserve your space.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be
served at this free presentation.

Depression Screening Online and at Alta Bates Summit Campuses

Posted on Oct 6, 2014

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is offering free, anonymous face-to-face and online screenings on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 9.

“It’s almost impossible to listen to the evening news or open a newspaper or bank statement these days without being reminded of the stresses of employment, economic worries or violence,” says Nancy Maguire, Ph.D., supervising psychologist at Alta Bates Summit. “It’s important to learn the signs and symptoms of depression: changes in appetite, loss of energy or interest in your usual activities.”

Early recognition and treatment offer the best opportunity for recovery. Just like your annual health screening, screening for depression and other mood disorders helps identify warning signs and treatment resources. After completing a screening, participants receive referral information to local agencies that offer further evaluation and treatment.

About half of American adults will suffer from deep depression or develop a mental illness in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Robin Williams’ suicide is an example of how complicated and hard to quantify depression is.

National Depression Screening Day connects the public with in-person and online mental health screenings. The programs are designed to educate, reduce stigma and screen people for alcohol problems and mood and anxiety disorders.

In-person screening will be available at the Alta Bates Campus, 2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, and the Summit Campus, 350 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Online screening is available anytime at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/altabates, or call 510-204-4405.


Ebola Virus Update

Posted on Oct 3, 2014

California has no confirmed cases of Ebola virus and no patients admitted to any California hospital are considered at high-risk for Ebola virus disease. The CDC emphasizes that the risk of contracting Ebola in the United States remains extremely low.

Sutter Health’s top priority is always the safety and wellness of our patients and employees. Preventing the spread of any infectious disease is ongoing in our network’s care centers. Over the past couple months, Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center developed comprehensive and specific workplace and patient care guidelines regarding the Ebola virus. We’ve developed protocols detailing screening and care of patients, safety guidelines for staff and other practices such as isolation procedures, hand washing and the use of personal protective equipment for staff. Read More

Caring for Our Community: Partnership Reaches The Most Vulnerable

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Steven Stanten, M.D.

Steven Stanten, M.D.

A partnership between Operation Access and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center provides vital health care services and surgeries to our community’s most vulnerable members.

In the first six months of 2014, 12 physicians donated care to a total of 51 Operation Access patients.

“By providing specialty care for low-income, uninsured patients, Alta Bates Summit and these physicians help improve the lives of our patients and the health of our community,” says Steve O’Brien, M.D., Alta Bates Summit chief medical executive. Read More

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

Urgent_Care_SHSSR_Elk_Grove_2012_1Knowing what to do when you or someone close to you needs immediate medical attention can be a tricky decision. Most people have heard of the emergency room (ER) but there is another option to consider if the condition isn’t life threatening. Urgent care centers offer some of the same services as emergency rooms, though they differ in several important ways.

In this short video below, Jeffrey Leinen, M.D., FACEP, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care Medical Director, discusses the common conditions that can be treated at urgent care centers and life-threatening conditions that require emergency room care. Click here to learn more about Sutter Urgent Care locations in the East Bay including Antioch and Castro Valley.

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