Beyond Heartburn: Addressing the Cause of GERD

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

Work Out in Comfort

Work out in comfort.

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, says Wilson S. Tsai, M.D., medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery at Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center.

“Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem,” says Tsai. Read More

Healthier Holidays: Finding Balance Amid the Emotional Stress and Overindulgence

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

Yes, the holidays can be a challenge, says interventional cardiologist Thomas Quinn, M.D. But don’t buy in to the idea that sensible eating and exercise are a lost cause from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. For most folks, there are just a handful of winter days of celebration.

“When you eat and exercise thoughtfully 80 to 90 percent of the time, it’s fine to really enjoy yourself the other 10 percent,” says Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation’s Quinn, who sees patients in Oakland and Antioch. Read More

Alta Bates Summit’s Regional Stroke Center Earns Top Honors from the American Heart Association

Posted on Nov 19, 2014

The regional Stroke Center at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center was recognized as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines (r) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Award for improving stroke care.

The awards, presented by an American Heart Association (AHA), acknowledge the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Alta Bates Summit’s Regional Stroke Center attained at least 85 percent compliance on all Get With The Guidelines(r) Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines(r) Stroke Quality Measures.

Additionally, the Regional Stroke Center was also recognized as a recipient of the AHA’s Target Stroke Honor Roll. This award recognizes hospitals that treat acute ischemic stroke in the most effective way possible using evidence-based guidelines. The goal is a door-to-needle time within 60 minutes in at least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients treated with IV Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA), which is known as the “clot busting” medication.

This means that the patient receives this important, life-saving intervention within 60 minutes of arrival to the hospital. To be eligible for the Target Stroke Honor Roll Award, the hospital must currently hold Gold, Silver or Bronze performance achievement status with Get With The Guidelines(r) Stroke and have door-to-needle times within 60 minutes.

“Our Regional Stroke Center works hard to ensure that patients receive the very best care possible when they come to the hospital, and we are extremely honored to receive these two significant distinctions in the clinical field of stroke care,” said Chuck Prosper, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center CEO. “The ability to provide key treatments in a timely manner means a greater possibility for improved outcomes for our patients.”

Stroke Care You Can Count On

To learn more about the Alta Bates Summit Regional Stroke Center, visit: www.altabatessummit.org/stroke/

To learn more about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines SM program, visit www.strokeassociation.org.

Welcome at the Table: Festive Meals for All Diets

Posted on Nov 4, 2014

Fresh VegetablesPreparing and sharing a festive meal is a timeless way to connect with loved ones. With a little kitchen wisdom you can create a potluck dish or a whole meal that’s delicious for those with a food intolerance or particular diet plan.

“We’re increasingly aware the food we eat affects our health and wellness,” says Stacy M. DeRosa, R.D., clinical dietitian-outpatient services, at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “A healthful nutrition plan includes more plant-based foods, fewer processed items, and less added fat and sugar.”

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Explore the Options: Living Well With Osteoarthritis

Posted on Nov 4, 2014

Golf, family time, long walks with the dog: Hip and knee pain are not on your to-do list. And thanks to the variety of treatment options, osteoarthritis patients can stay active and maintain a high quality of life.

From ice and heat applications to arthroscopy to total joint replacement, well-informed patients choose not to become sedentary or to live with pain.

Benjamin Busfield, M.D.

Benjamin Busfield, M.D.

“These patients are more demanding in a good way,” says Benjamin Busfield, M.D., FAAOS, an orthopedic surgeon with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “They demand quality lifestyles. “ Read More

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Earns Top Grade for Patient Safety

Posted on Oct 29, 2014

The Letter "A" for Alta Bates Summit's "A" rating in hospital safetyThe Oakland and Berkeley campuses of Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center earned an A rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group® in its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score℠.

“The A grade from Leapfrog Group places us amongst the top hospitals in the U.S. in terms of transparency, quality and patient safety,” says Steve OBrien, M.D., chief medical executive for the medical center. “And it recognizes the hard work of our excellent clinical staff in providing outstanding patient care.”

More than 2,500 hospitals nationwide participate in The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program. The national employer organization grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

The survey is the only nationally standardized and endorsed set of measures that captures hospital performance in patient safety, quality and resource utilization. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved.

The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Sutter Health hospitals earning A ratings include:

In July, all Sutter Health East Bay hospitals received “high performing” rankings for specialty care in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

For 2014-2015, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 medical care specialties. These Sutter Health hospitals ranked as high performers

 

Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals, home health and other service providers released the following statement in response to newly released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the treatment of patients with the Ebola virus and the safety of staff who might care for these patients.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities,” said Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D. “Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans. Read More