Caring for Our Community: Safe Housing for Homeless Hospital Patients

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

As he talks about his current situation, Ed Stump quickly mentions he is thankful for the blessings he’s received. While he was recuperating from a heart attack at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, social workers discovered that Stump, 57, didn’t have a safe place to go when he was discharged.

“I was new to the area and I didn’t have a place to live,” he recalls. “I was dealing with a number of health problems and I was afraid of being on the street.”

In the past, when a person in Ed’s situation was released from a hospital stay they would recuperate on the streets, out in the elements. Their health would have improved more quickly if they had rested in a bed in a safe place. Often their conditions worsened and they were soon re-admitted into the hospital. Read More

Your Child’s Back-to-School Health and Safety Checklist

Posted on Aug 14, 2015

Back-to-school health and safety checklistTo get the school year off to a safe and healthy start, Lisa A. Hills, M.D., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation pediatrician, recommends:

  • Annual physical exam: Your pediatrician will discuss your child’s height, body mass index, vision, hearing and blood pressure as well as discuss sports-related issues with student athletes and important emotional/behavioral issues with and teens.

    Lisa A. Hills, M.D., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

    Lisa A. Hills, M.D. Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

  • Vaccinations: Check to see if your child is missing any required immunizations. Also ask about immunizations that are recommended but not required, such as the flu vaccine.
  • Emergency contact information: Your child’s school should have up-to-date emergency numbers, including the contact information for you and your pediatrician as well as a list of your child’s medications, physical impairments and medical conditions.
  • Child passenger safety: Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats and seat belts reduce serious and fatal injuries by more than half.
  • Pedestrian safety: Children 9 or younger should always cross the street with an adult. The safest place for your child to cross the street is at a street corner or intersection. At any street crossing, before stepping off the curb, your child should stop and look left-right-left to see if any cars are coming.
  • Backpack tips: Carrying a backpack shouldn’t be a workout for your child. Pack the bag as lightly as possible, with heavier items in the center compartment. The load should never be more than 10% to 20% of her body weight. Backpacks with wheels are a good option.
  • Hand washing: Prevent the spread of germs at school. Teach your child proper hand washing technique: Rub hands together with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds. Remind your kids to cough and sneeze into their sleeves and send them to school with antiviral hand gel to use frequently.
  • Sleep schedule: A lack of sleep can negatively affect school performance. Be sure to get your kids on a regular sleep schedule. Limit nighttime TV, video games, cell phone chats or anything that prevents your child from getting a good night’s rest.

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Ask the Expert: Are You at Risk for a Urinary Tract Infection?

Posted on Jul 29, 2015

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Jonathan Lynne, M.D., MPH, Family Medicine, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Q: I’ve heard urinary tract infections (UTIs) are getting harder to treat. Why is this and who’s at risk of developing one?

Jonathan Lynne, M.D., MPH, answered:

UTIs are one of the most common infections doctors treat: More than half of women living in the United States will get a UTI. Urinary tract infections are caused by microorganisms—usually bacteria—that enter the urethra and bladder, causing inflammation and infection. UTIs are more common in women because women have a shorter urethra than men do. That means bacteria travel a shorter distance to a woman’s bladder. Read More

Shop Whole Foods on Telegraph and Help NICU Families

Posted on Jul 21, 2015

Mariana Bedetti and Sebastian

Mariana Bedetti and Sebastian

The Nickels for Non-Profits campaign at the Whole Foods Market on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley is currently supporting families of premature babies in the Alta Bates Summit neonatal intensive care unit.

Through Sept. 27, every 5 cent reusable bag credit collected at that store goes to the NICU’s Family Advisory Council.

“When I shop at Whole Foods, I always donate my bag credits to the charities they support,” Mariana Bedetti, council member and mother of a 34-week preemie, Sebastian; who initiated the campaign. “It occurred to me that this program could really help the FAC raise funds for the families of preemie babies.”

The Family Advisory Council is a partnership of parents and staff supporting NICU babies and their families. Funds raised go toward transportation, parking, food, lodging and other essentials, like car seats. For families who stay months in the NICU, this help is vital.

Nickels for Non-Profits has raised thousands of dollars for schools and charities in the community. Mariana hopes the partnership will evolve into other fundraisers to help support these families.

You can help. Please bring your reusable bags when shopping at Whole Foods on Telegraph and simply tell the cashier you would like to donate your bag credits to Alta Bates Summit’s Family Advisory Council.

 

Sutter Health’s 2014 Year in Review

Posted on Jul 2, 2015

Our not-for-profit Sutter Health network invites you to explore our online 2014 annual report.

Through videos and other interactive features, see how our doctors, hospitals and medical teams partner to provide top-rated, personalized care in diverse communities across Northern California.

This year our annual report focuses on our:

“At Sutter Health, we understand that in a rapidly changing world we must re-imagine how we operate if we want to continue delivering the kind of quality care our patients expect and deserve,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “In 2014, we implemented advanced technologies, pursued groundbreaking research, streamlined work processes and launched more convenient ways to access care.”

Warriors Fans Come in All Sizes

Posted on Jun 16, 2015

$RFOUGJ5Thanks to a gift from Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health philanthropic organization, newborns and their families at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center show their support for the Warriors. Alta Bates Summit delivers about 6,500 babies each year.

$5 Million Gift Provides Faster, Safer Radiation Treatment

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

?????????Thanks to a $5 million donation by Better Health East Bay, many of our cancer patients now spend less time receiving state-of-the-art radiation treatment and more time doing what they enjoy.

The investment by Sutter Health’s East Bay philanthropic foundation brings a TrueBeam STx linear accelerator to the Comprehensive Cancer Center. The machine delivers radiation to eliminate tumors with improved accuracy and safety.

“The new TrueBeam ma­chine has brought us huge strides forward in offering the very latest and best treat­ments to the patients we serve,” says Ronny Chin, Ph.D., director of medical physics and radiation services for the Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The up­grade allows us to deliver certain radiation therapies six to eight times faster than our previous machines.” Read More