Ask the Expert: Are You at Risk for a Urinary Tract Infection?

Posted on Jul 29, 2015

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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 dAistance to a woman’s bladder. Read More

Shop Whole Foods on Telegraph and Help NICU Families

Posted on Jul 21, 2015

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Mariana Bedetti and Sebastian

The Nickels for Non-Profits campaign at the Whole Foods Market on Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley is currently supporting families of premature babies in the Alta Bates Summit neonatal intensive care unit.

Through Sept. 27, every 5 cent reusable bag credit collected at that store goes to the NICU’s Family Advisory Council.

“When I shop at Whole Foods, I always donate my bag credits to the charities they support,” Mariana Bedetti, council member and mother of a 34-week preemie, Sebastian; who initiated the campaign. “It occurred to me that this program could really help the FAC raise funds for the families of preemie babies.”

The Family Advisory Council is a partnership of parents and staff supporting NICU babies and their families. Funds raised go toward transportation, parking, food, lodging and other essentials, like car seats. For families who stay months in the NICU, this help is vital.

Nickels for Non-Profits has raised thousands of dollars for schools and charities in the community. Mariana hopes the partnership will evolve into other fundraisers to help support these families.

You can help. Please bring your reusable bags when shopping at Whole Foods on Telegraph and simply tell the cashier you would like to donate your bag credits to Alta Bates Summit’s Family Advisory Council.

 

Sutter Health’s 2014 Year in Review

Posted on Jul 2, 2015

Our not-for-profit Sutter Health network invites you to explore our online 2014 annual report.

Through videos and other interactive features, see how our doctors, hospitals and medical teams partner to provide top-rated, personalized care in diverse communities across Northern California.

This year our annual report focuses on our:

“At Sutter Health, we understand that in a rapidly changing world we must re-imagine how we operate if we want to continue delivering the kind of quality care our patients expect and deserve,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “In 2014, we implemented advanced technologies, pursued groundbreaking research, streamlined work processes and launched more convenient ways to access care.”

Warriors Fans Come in All Sizes

Posted on Jun 16, 2015

$RFOUGJ5Thanks to a gift from Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health philanthropic organization, newborns and their families at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center show their support for the Warriors. Alta Bates Summit delivers about 6,500 babies each year.

$5 Million Gift Provides Faster, Safer Radiation Treatment

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

?????????Thanks to a $5 million donation by Better Health East Bay, many of our cancer patients now spend less time receiving state-of-the-art radiation treatment and more time doing what they enjoy.

The investment by Sutter Health’s East Bay philanthropic foundation brings a TrueBeam STx linear accelerator to the Comprehensive Cancer Center. The machine delivers radiation to eliminate tumors with improved accuracy and safety.

“The new TrueBeam ma­chine has brought us huge strides forward in offering the very latest and best treat­ments to the patients we serve,” says Ronny Chin, Ph.D., director of medical physics and radiation services for the Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The up­grade allows us to deliver certain radiation therapies six to eight times faster than our previous machines.” Read More

East Bay Partnership Wins Inaugural BUILD Health Challenge Funds

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

mom daughterA community collaboration led by East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Alameda County Public Health Department and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been recognized as a national leader in promoting health.

The San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative of Oakland is among seven winners nationwide to receive $250,000 over two years to promote economic development and reduce health disparities in West Oakland.

“Sutter Health is part of a network of pioneers in collaborative community health,” says Mindy Landmark, Sutter Health Bay Area regional lead for community benefit and community health improvement. “Together, we are changing health care.”

Led by the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Alameda County Public Health Department and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, the funds will be used to strengthen existing partnerships, jump-start more advanced health data and analytics initiatives and expand their impact.

BUILD Health Challenge was founded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to encourage community partnerships among local non-profit organizations, hospitals and health systems, and health departments to improve the health and well-being of their residents.

The BUILD Health Challenge will provide technical assistance for awardees in policy development, monitoring and evaluation.

 

Tele-Care Celebrates 45 Years of Lifesaving Relationships

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

women on phoneVolunteers Call Hundreds in Bay Area Each Day to Provide Caring Connection

On Thursday, June 11, Tele-Care volunteers, clients and members of the community will gather at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland to celebrate 45 years of relationships made and nurtured over the telephone.

Every day, Tele-Care volunteers make hundreds of phone calls to members of the community who have signed up for this unique, free service. Check-in calls are made 365 days a year to more than 300 clients in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. Read More