State Legislators Tour Alta Bates Summit

Posted on Apr 16, 2015

Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, speaks with Denise Navellier, Chief Nursing Executive.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, speaks with Denise Navellier, Chief Nursing Executive.

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit team welcomed state Legislators with a tour of the Berkeley campus April 16 as part of a health care and labor partnership working together to raise the state’s Medi-Cal reimbursement rates.

Medi-Cal is one of the lowest-paying Medicaid programs: 47th in the nation for reimbursement rates. With nearly one-third of all Californians on Medi-Cal, this chronic underfunding has a big impact. Patients have difficulty finding primary care providers and specialists. Hospitals are challenged to provide cost-effective care.

In an effort to raise support for higher reimbursement rates, Assembly members Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and David Chiu (D-San Francisco) toured the Emergency Room, Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, getting a close-up view of how hospitals provide quality patient care regardless of a patient’s insurance or ability to pay. Read More

Summit Campus Asthma Resource Center Open

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Roshenara Moore, respiratory therapist, Summit Asthma Resource Center

Roshenara Moore, respiratory therapist, Summit Asthma Resource Center

With the addition of a Summit campus location, Sutter Health’s East Bay region now has three resource centers improving treatment for asthma patients and reducing their need for Emergency Department visits and hospital stays.

After treatment in one of our EDs, patients with an asthma diagnoses who don’t have their own physician or medical insurance or those with MediCal are invited to meet with an asthma educator. Patients get support managing the chronic disease and to find ongoing care in the community.

“Patients are very thankful,” says respiratory therapist Roshenara Moore, who leads the center. “They appreciate that someone cares.”

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A Work of Heart: Celebrate Our Volunteers

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

A Work of Heart: Celebrate Our VolunteersOur volunteers have a positive impact wherever they work.

“Volunteers are crucial members of our Alta Bates Summit care team,” says Alta Bates Summit CEO Chuck Prosper. “Whether working with our patients and their families or assisting the professional staff, their gift of time brings nurture and comfort to thousands every year.”

Thousands of men and women from 18- to 95-years-old have worked uncounted hours since the Volunteer Association was founded in the early 1950s. Volunteers became a department in the ‘70s. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Breast Reconstruction Forum, April 14

Posted on Apr 7, 2015

Portrait of mature woman.Deciding whether to have breast reconstruction is difficult. To help with your research, our experts will talk about the options and recent advances in the field.

Please call 510-204-4646 to reserve your place.

Decision Making in Breast Reconstruction
April 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center
400 Hawthorne Ave., Rm. 103






Join Sutter Health Cancer Experts on Twitter for Live Chat

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

KQED Cancer2Sutter Health is sponsoring the premier airing of a new Ken Burns production on local public television station KQED.  The documentary is based on the best-selling book: Cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, and airs March 30, 31 and April 1.
On March 31, Rajesh Behl, M.D., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center oncologist, will join Sutter colleagues in a live Twitter chat with viewers from 9-10 p.m. during the broadcast on @SutterHealth using #CancerFilmQA.
Join the conversation and learn more about the disease that touches nearly everyone in some way.

Sutter Health Live Twitter Chat:

Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 9 to 10 p.m.

March of Dimes: Working and Walking Together for Healthier Babies

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

baby for wordpressSutter Health’s East Bay affiliates support the 2015 March for Babies Campaign – including the March for Babies, Saturday, April 25, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Since 1998, Sutter Health has collaborated with March of Dimes. All contributions fund lifesaving research into preventing premature births, plus programs giving hope and help to families.

“Every day, more than 1,400 babies in the U.S. are born prematurely and these babies face an increased risk of serious medical conditions,” says Chuck Prosper, Bay Area March of Dimes board member and Alta Bates Summit CEO.

“That’s why employees and physicians from Sutter Health East Bay Region are proud to put on our walking shoes in support of the March of Dimes. I hope you will join us with your families and together, we can help save babies.”

Delta, Eden, Alta Bates Summit and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation share the campaign sponsorship and a booth at the walk April 25.

Ask an Expert About Heartburn and GERD

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery

Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center

Q: I take medication for my heartburn, but lately it isn’t as effective. Why do I keep getting heartburn and what else can I do to relieve the symptoms?

A: Imagine a room in your house is on fire and the alarm goes off, but instead of calling 911, you remove the batteries from the annoying alarm.

Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who take medication to ease heartburn are essentially shutting down their bodies’ alarm system.

Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem.

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