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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Free Wig, Support for Cancer Patients Experiencing Hair Loss

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society support women during cancer treatment.

 

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

The wig bank is staffed by specially trained volunteers at the cancer center, 2001 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Call 1-800-227-2345 for an appointment.

One-on-one consultations include:

  • One free wig per patient
  • Finding a wig that fits your lifestyle
  • Suggestions for wearing wigs, turbans and scarves

 

Community Collaboration at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Posted on Mar 16, 2015

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Tracy Schrider, LCSW, ACM, Administrative Supervisor of Social Work

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is collaborating with local clinics and other partners to help support members of our community that frequently use the emergency room for their primary health care.

Tracy Schrider, LCSW, ACM, Administrative Supervisor of Social Work at Alta Bates, describes the importance of working with these patients to help them find accessible primary care outside the hospital to help them avoid crises and stay healthier longer.

Navigating Patients to Better Health

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

???????????????????????????????????????????????Our hospitals and emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day with top-notch staff to care for everyone who walks through our doors. Most days, that includes a lot of people who come to our emergency rooms for non-emergencies.

 

Members of our community who are underinsured and uninsured, homeless or living in poverty and those with behavioral health problems frequently use the emergency room for primary health care. These patients account for almost half of those making non-life-threatening visits to the ER.

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Regina Linder, R.N., case manager, helps connect patients with resources in the community.

With the goal of providing the right care in the right place at the right time, Alta Bates Summit and the Community Health Center Network are working together to offer greater access to primary medical care for patients who often rely on the ER.

Through its not-for-profit mission, Alta Bates Summit and its philanthropic partner, Better Health East Bay. have invested nearly $1.5 million programs to care for the neediest in our community.

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Sutter’s East Bay Urgent Care Clinics Serve 1000 Patients Each Month

Posted on Feb 2, 2015

urgent care sliderThree Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care clinics are up and running and expanding services.

The Urgent Care at 2500 Milvia Street in Berkeley opened Jan. 26, joining clinics in Antioch and Castro Valley to serve patients of all ages. Together the clinics care for more than 1000 patients each month.

“Our patients are so happy we’re open,” says Jeff Leinen, M.D., SEBMF urgent care medical director. “They are grateful to have a place where they can get episodic urgent care. If not for urgent care, they have to go to the Emergency Department.” Read More