Alta Bates Summit Receives National Recognition for Surgical Care

Posted on Nov 1, 2016

female-surgeon-smilingFor the third time in five years, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has received the Meritorious Award from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). More than 600 hospitals in the country were evaluated and Alta Bates Summit is one of only 61 hospitals to achieve meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care. Read More

Cancer Treatment Cares for the Whole Person

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Figmind body soulhting cancer with advanced treatments and technologies is only part of caring for the whole person. Integrative medicine includes therapies to boost a patient’s immune system, reduce side effects and maintain their well-being.

For more than a decade, the Center for Integrative Medicine at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has offered acupuncture, nutritional support, Qigong, yoga, meditation and music therapy to foster wellness and healing for those battling cancer. Read More

Sutter Health and Alameda Health System Partner to Improve Care for Frequent ER Patients

Posted on Jun 22, 2016

emergency (1)For the first time, six East Bay hospitals, including Sutter Health’s East Bay region, are partnering to improve healthcare for frequent Emergency Room patients. The participating hospitals include Alta Bates Summit in Oakland and Berkeley, Sutter Delta, Eden Medical Center, Highland Hospital in Oakland and San Leandro Hospital in San Leandro. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Stroke Center Earns Seventh Consecutive Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Improving Stroke Care

Posted on May 25, 2016

Stroke Gold Plus 2016For seven consecutive years, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. In addition, Alta Bates Summit achieved the Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll Award for the quick treatment of stroke patients with the clot-breaking drug: tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA.

The awards recognize 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.

“We are extremely proud of the physicians, nurses, radiology technologists and other caring professionals who comprise the stroke team. Obtaining timely diagnostics and initiation of care in the emergency department through this team effort is key to saving patient lives and preventing disability from stroke,” said Chuck Prosper, Alta Bates Summit CEO. “We are extremely honored to receive these significant distinctions in the clinical delivery of stroke care.”

Stroke Care You Can Count On
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Alta Bates Summit’s Stroke Center attained at least 85 percent compliance on all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and beyond this achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with 5 of 8 additional Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Measures.

The Stroke Center was also recognized as a recipient of the AHA/ASA’s Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll. This award is presented to hospitals that treat acute ischemic stroke in the most effective way possible using evidence-based guidelines. The designation means that at least 75 percent of eligible patients received tPA within 60 minutes of arrival to the hospital.

AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines is a national quality- improvement program for hospitals designed to ensure care for cardiac and stroke patients follows the most up to date, evidence based guidelines and recommendations.

Click on this link to learn more about the Alta Bates Summit’s Stroke Center.


Dream to Become Nurse Comes Full Circle

Posted on May 10, 2016

sheri buda finalDuring National Nurses Week, May 6-12, we’re especially grateful for nurses, who dedicate their lives and careers to caring for our patients. Some nurses get a really early start.

As a child, Sheri Buda, R.N., remembers always being interested in the moms in her Berkeley neighborhood who were having babies. Click here to see her story.

In kindergarten, she drew a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up. Today, Sheri is nurse manager in the Labor and Delivery and Antepartum unit on the Alta Bates campus and that drawing of a nurse is on her office wall.

“Even at a young age, I knew I wanted to work in obstetrics,” she says. “The artwork I drew as a child is a fond reminder of why I pursued a nursing career. I’m so happy to be working at Alta Bates.

“I consider myself to be blessed to have known what I wanted to do at such a young age,” says Sheri. “While attending Berkeley High School, I volunteered at Alta Bates and I received a scholarship to attend nursing school. It’s very exciting for me, 25 years later, to come back around full circle and to be a nurse manager at Alta Bates.”

Alta Bates Summit Classes Promote Parental Confidence and Communication With Your Baby

Posted on May 6, 2016

baby in handsYour baby is crying again, and you have no idea why. Most new parents have lamented once or twice that their new bundle of joy should come with an operating manual. When a baby is born early or complications develop which require specialized care, parents often experience a great deal of stress.

Fortunately, the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley offers a special program just for its graduates and their parents – a 4 week class on Infant Massage. Read More

Fixing Leaky Heart Valves One Clip at a Time

Posted on May 4, 2016

Heart ImagePhysicians at Alta Bates Summit’s Cardiovascular Center now perform a minimally invasive heart-valve repair that shortens recovery time and improves quality of life for patients at too high risk for open heart surgery.

In February, the team treated their first two patients with the MitraClip® system that repairs the mitral valve in patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation. The procedure allows physicians to repair the mitral valve without requiring patients to undergo traditional open-heart surgery. Read More