Posts made in March, 2012

Selected Awards: 2009-2012

Posted on Mar 31, 2012

Congratulations to the Alta Bates Summit Physicians and Staff
for Delivering Outstanding Care to Our Patients.

Top Five Best Hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area – 2011
U.S. News & World Report Metro Area Rankings

Certificate of Excellence – 2009
California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force (CHART)


Only Bay Area Hospital Recognized for Better Than Expected Outcomes for Post Operative Stroke Following Cardiac Surgery (CABG) – 2012
OSHPD (The Office of Statewide Health Planning)

Cardiac Institute of Quality (IOQ) – 2012
For evidence-based quality care in Cardiac Medical Intervention, Cardiac Rhythm & Cardiac Surgery
Aetna Institute of Quality

Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care – 2009
Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Get With the Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease
Gold Sustained Performance Award – 2009
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure
Silver Sustained Performance Award – 2009
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Cardiac Receiving Center
Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency
Stemi Receiving Center for Contra Costa County


Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


Recognition for Diabetes Education – 2010
American Diabetes Association


Alameda County EMS Professional Partner Award – 2012
Oakland Campus Emergency Department Received Emergency Services Star Award
Alameda County


Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

Top Performer Award for Clinical Outcomes – Top 2 Percent of U.S. Rehabilitation Programs – 2012
Uniform Data Systems for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR)


Primary Stroke Center Certification
The Joint Commission

Get With the Guidelines Stroke
Gold Sustained Performance Award – 2009
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Ovarian Cancer – Screening and Early Detection

Posted on Mar 15, 2012

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Ethnic Health Institute is presenting Barbara A. Goff, MD, in a free community service program to discuss the life-saving importance of early detection of ovarian cancer through recognition of symptoms. Dr. Goff currently serves as Director for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine.

A frequent consultant and guest on television’s “The Dr. Oz Show,” Dr. Goff has authored more than 100 scientific papers, teaches medical school and participates in research on early detection of gynecologic malignancies and novel cancer therapies.

When:       Friday, April 6, 2012; 6:00 pm: Reception and light dinner;
7:00 pm: Lecture

Where:     Samuel Merritt University Health Education Center,
400 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland

Cost:          Pre-registration for this free program is required.
Call (877) 390-9000 for information.

Alta Bates Summit Topping Out Video

Posted on Mar 8, 2012

Hooray for progress! Last week we celebrated the placement of the last beam of our new Patient Care Pavilion on the Summit Campus. What a party! Check out the Topping Out video and thanks again to our construction crews, employees, physicians, nurses and volunteers who signed the beam.

Lifting last beam to new Patient Care Pavilion.

Foundation Trustees Grant $2.4 Million to Enhance Patient Care at Alta Bates Summit

Posted on Mar 2, 2012

The Alta Bates Summit Foundation has made a generous, $2.4 million grant to expand and renovate the cancer center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

“This donation marks the culmination of months of review by the trustees on how best to use philanthropy to enhance the patient experience, improve clinical outcomes and maintain financial leadership in the medical center’s key service lines,” said James H. Hickman, President and CEO of the Alta Bates Summit Foundation.

The donation, approved by the foundation’s trustees in February, was the first of its kind. Foundation trustees visited the cancer center then voted unanimously to invest in improvements that will enhance patient privacy in an environment that promotes healing for the many patients and families who visit the cancer center.

This grant allows the cancer center, located on the Herrick Campus in Berkeley, to build a new infusion room and upgrade the existing one with renovated RN work stations, redesigned, private treatment rooms and new patient entertainment resources.

This generous donation cements Alta Bates Summit’s vision and commitment to providing excellent patient care in the most healing of environments.

Jog for Jill on March 11, 2012

Posted on Mar 1, 2012

Young woman runner holding up a Jog for Jill t-shirt that has a photo of Jill Costello on it

Be a part of the cure. Help raise funds and increase lung cancer awareness at the third annual “Jill’s Legacy Jog for Jill Berkeley” 5K event, Sunday, March 11, 2012, on the U.C. Berkeley campus.

“Jog for Jill is a remarkable effort to save lives in the fight against lung cancer,” remarked Andrew Greenberg, M.D., who is the chair of the 2012 Jog for Jill and a pulmonologist affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “Lung cancer is the number one cause of mortality from cancer in the United States, resulting in about 160,000 deaths each year. You can join the fight against lung cancer by becoming a part of Team Sutter.”

“Jog for Jill” honors the memory of Jill Costello, a former Cal student and women’s crew coxswain, who passed away from metastatic lung cancer at age 22. After her diagnosis in 2009, Jill graduated with highest honors, helped the women’s Cal crew team win the Pacific (PAC)-10 championship as well as place second in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division Championships, and assisted in raising $50,000 for lung cancer research — all while undergoing 22 chemotherapy sessions and 14 days of radiation treatments.

Jog for Jill is hosted by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Jill’s Legacy, a fundraising effort led by people younger than the age of 35 to promote the awareness of lung cancer. Each year, the event is held at different sites around the country. Last year, more than 1,000 participated in the Jog for Jill  event on the U.C. Berkeley campus. This year’s race is also on the Cal campus and begins and ends at the Bear’s Lair. To register or to learn more, please access the Jill’s Legacy Jog for Jill Berkeley Website.

Jill was determined to find a cure for lung cancer — the number one cancer killer of both men and women. Come help keep Jill’s dream alive.