Posts made in April, 2012

Alta Bates Summit—Better Than Expected Cardiac Outcomes

Posted on Apr 24, 2012

Today, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center was recognized as the only hospital in the Bay Area to achieve better than expected outcomes for postoperative stroke following cardiac surgery (CABG–Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery).

The report from the Office of Statewide Health Planning (OSHPD) has released the California Report on Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery acknowledging Alta Bates Summit for “better” than expected performance ratings for postoperative stroke.

As one of the largest programs in the state, Alta Bates Summit once again is the only Bay Area hospital to achieve this recognition.

Junaid Khan, M.D., director of cardiovascular services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in the San Francisco East Bay Area

Junaid Khan, M.D., director of cardiovascular services at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

The OSHPD CABG report compares data on three outcomes measures—operative mortality, readmission and postoperative stroke—that are risk-adjusted to help hospitals, physicians, patients and payers evaluate hospital performance.

“We’re extremely proud of our entire team of experienced physicians, nurses, technicians, anesthesiologists, technicians and other staff,” said cardiothoracic surgeon Junaid Khan, M.D., director of cardiovascular services at Alta Bates Summit. “Working together from admission through surgery and discharge, we have a single process, evidence-based program ensuring the safest and best care for our patients.”

The California Report on Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery, 2009 Hospital Data, presents findings from analyses of data collected from 119 California-licensed hospitals performing adult-isolated CABG surgeries in 2009.

Read more about Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s “better” than expected performance rating for postoperative strokes for the third year in a row by accessing “Heart Bypass Deaths Fall as Care, Reporting Improve” in the San Francisco Chronicle.

EBAC One of Three Grants in State Awarded by UC

Posted on Apr 18, 2012

Alta Bates Summit’s East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) received one of only three grants awarded statewide by the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) of the University of California.

The grants total more than $10 million and are aimed at curbing the HIV epidemic in California. The purpose of the grant is to test interventions aimed at preventing new HIV infections among Californians at high risk, including a daily prevention pill.

EBAC’s role in this grant is to plan and pilot a program that includes innovative strategies for outreach, HIV testing, sexual health services, and linkage to medical care for young men of color who have sex with men in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and other East Bay locations.

“These young Californians are especially vulnerable to HIV, with annual rates of new infection comparable to those in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Lead Project Investigator Jeffrey Burack, M.D., co-medical director of EBAC and associate clinical professor at UC Berkeley and UCSF.

Jeffrey Burack, M.D.

“But these very people most at risk have been woefully under-researched. We want to identify and test prevention interventions that will actually reach the people in need, and that will be most effective for our local community. Once we’ve done that, we intend to put these strategies into practice on a larger scale.”

EBAC is the only Northern California site funded by the CHRP program. Other recipients, located in Southern California, are The Division of HIV and STD Programs at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the University of California, San Diego.

As the largest and oldest HIV/AIDS treatment center in the East Bay, EBAC was founded in 1987 and offers a comprehensive program of expert primary and consultative HIV care, specialty medical and psychosocial care, and access to clinical trials, as well as support throughout the continuum of HIV disease.

A community service program of Alta Bates Summit, EBAC provides care to over 1,300 people each year. EBAC’s services include the Downtown Youth Clinic (DYC), which serves HIV-positive teenagers and young adults ages 15-24 and is the largest program for HIV positive youth in the region.