Posts made in January, 2012

Women’s Heart Health

Posted on Jan 23, 2012

If you are like many women, you probably spend much of your time caring for others.  And, not enough time caring for and educating yourself.  Just one example:  Do you know that the leading cause of death in women is heart disease?  Many signs and signals preceding a cardiac event are different in women than in men.  Be informed…know what these symptoms are.

Alta Bates Summit Cardiologist Earl Holloway, MD, will give an overview of identifying symptoms that can be cause for concern at this free heart care discussion.

Thursday, February 23  –  6:30 to 8 p.m.

Lafayette Library

3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA

Call 510-869-6737 or email to reserve your seat.

Alta Bates Summit Holds 3 Bone Marrow Drives for One of Our Own

Posted on Jan 19, 2012

Every year thousands of adults and children need a bone marrow transplant, often their only chance for survival. Only half them receive one. Today, that includes one of our own employees: Cathy Luginbill.

Picture of Cathy Luginbill

Cathy Luginbill

For more than 30 years, Cathy has been a registered nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She has tirelessly devoted herself to helping others heal, initially as a bedside nurse and currently as the manager of the cardiac rehabilitation program she helped to start. Now Cathy needs our help.

Last year, Cathy was diagnosed with a serious blood disorder called MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). A bone marrow transplant is her only hope.

You could be the one to give Cathy or thousands like her a second chance at life. Please come to one of the following three bone marrow donor drives to register with “Be the Match” ( Registering is easy. You complete a consent form and take a simple cheek swab. Your tissue type is entered into a national registry until your 61st birthday.

Monday, January 23, 9 a.m. to noon
Alta Bates Summit Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, 3030 Telegraph, Berkeley

Monday, January 23, 1 – 4 p.m.
Alta Bates Campus, Auditorium 5, 2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley

Tuesday, January 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Herrick Campus, Cancer Center Conf. Room, 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley