Posts made in October, 2013

Strokes: When the Brain Attacks?

Posted on Oct 28, 2013

X-ray of a man's brainWe’ve all heard of a heart attack, but a brain attack? As strange as it sounds, that’s exactly what a stroke is.

A common type of stroke occurs when a blood clot causes a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain. When brains cells don’t have oxygen-rich blood, they die.

Strokes are a major cause of death and disability in the United States.

Stroke care Oakland: Alta Bates Summit Regional Stroke Center

Because of the widespread community need for fast and effective stroke treatment, Alta Bates Summit developed a Regional Stroke Center. Our stroke center is dedicated to quick response, advanced treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation services, including post-stroke/brain injury support groups.

Learn more about our stroke resources center.

Milestone of 100 Reached by IORT Team

Posted on Oct 21, 2013

(l-r): Lisa Bailey, M.D., and Valery Uhl, M.D.

(l-r): Lisa Bailey, M.D., and Valery Uhl, M.D.

Oct. 18 marked an important milestone in caring for the 100th patient in our IORT (IntraOperative Radiation Therapy) Program. In less than two years, this important therapy in the treatment of breast cancer has helped to put Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center at the forefront of breast cancer treatment.

Congratulations to Drs. Valery Uhl, Lisa Bailey and their outstanding team of experts for leading the way in making this milestone possible. Read More

Stopping Gynecological Cancers Early

Posted on Oct 18, 2013

Mother and Daughter Talking about gynecologic cancer and screenings at Alta Bates Summit in OaklandGynecological cancers occur in the organs of the female reproductive system, including the lower part of the uterus or womb known as the cervix.

Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that affects young women, but it’s also one of the most preventable. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Receives “A” Rating in Hospital Safety

Posted on Oct 18, 2013

The Letter "A" for Alta Bates Summit's "A" rating in hospital safetyAlta Bates Summit Medical Center has once again received honors with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

“I’m extremely proud of our outstanding staff and physicians for their ongoing excellence in patient safety,” said Steve O’Brien, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at Alta Bates Summit. “This A rating demonstrates our commitment to our patients and community.”

The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use in choosing a hospital and protecting themselves and their families.

Kick the Smoking Habit

Posted on Oct 17, 2013

Close up of two hands breaking a cigarrtte in half: quit smoking with the help of  Alta Bates Summit in OaklandWhen you inhale cigarette smoke, your body not only takes in nicotine but also more than 4,000 other chemicals.

If that’s not reason enough to quit, did you know that within the first hour of smoking your very last cigarette, your body will begin to experience a series of significant healthy changes that will continue for years?

How to quit smoking in Oakland

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Markstein Cancer Education and Prevention Services can help you quit smoking right now.

You choose how you’d like to quit. We are here to help, whether you want:

  • Educational materials to use on your own
  • A referral to a smoking cessation support group
  • An online cessation program
  • Scheduling one-to-one counseling with a smoking cessation health professional

One-to-one counseling

If you choose one-to-one counseling, our specialist will create a program to meet your needs. Your cessation counselor can work with you step-by-step from setting a quit date, developing support strategies, planning for managing nicotine withdrawal, coping with cravings and celebrating the new smoke free person you are becoming.

For more information, call us at 510 869-8833.