SEBMF Celebrates 10 Years of Family Centered Care

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

Happy Birthday 10The test of a good idea is how long it lasts. It has been 10 years since a small group of East Bay health care pioneers created a network that allows physicians to focus on building strong relationships with their patients.

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and East Bay Physicians Medical Group (EBPMG) are celebrating the anniversary of a 10-year partnership. On Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 100 employees, 49 physicians and four allied health professionals on board, SEBMF started providing hospitalist services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and opened its doors at three care centers in Berkeley. Read More

Generations Connect 3 OB/GYNs

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

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Pictured L to R: Risa Kagan, M.D., Clare Rudolph, M.D., and Marilyn Honegger, M.D

Strong partnerships and working relationships among physicians are a vital part of great health care, but Clare Rudolph, M.D., has unique and enduring connections to her current medical partners Risa Kagan, M.D. and Marilyn Honegger, M.D.

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Help in Managing Lingering Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

?????????The effects of breast cancer treatment can linger for months or years. It’s common to wonder how your body should feel during this time and to worry about signs that cancer is coming back.

“It’s not so much ‘getting back to normal’ as it is finding out what’s normal for you now,” says Risa Kagan, M.D., FACOG; Sutter Health gynecologist. “Your new normal may include making changes in the way you eat, the things you do and your sources of support.”

These tips from the National Cancer Institute can help with the most common challenges for breast cancer survivors: Read More

Take Action to Prevent Fall-Related Injuries

Posted on Sep 4, 2015

Mature couple hand in hand, splashing in surf, smilingBy Chris Graham
Eden Medical Center

Fall-related injuries are a serious health threat to older adults, who are five times more likely to be hospitalized after a fall than for any other accident.

At least 20 to 30 percent of falls in older adults lead to serious injuries, such as hip fractures and head injuries.

What can you do to prevent a fall? Safeguard your independence by reducing your risks at home and in your daily activities. Read More

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


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