Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood

Posted on Nov 13, 2015

Donate blood to help save lives in the East Bay.

Donate blood to help save lives in the East Bay.

Considering how to give back to our East Bay community this holiday season? Donate blood to help save lives every day.

“Blood is given to patients like premature babies in our newborn intensive care unit, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, surgical patients and patients with severe infection or anemia,” says Annette Shaieb, M.D., medical director of clinical laboratories at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit and Eden Medical Centers.

Patients are given donated blood whenever they cannot make enough red blood cells, platelets or clotting factors, or if they are losing more blood than their body can produce.

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10th Annual EHI Nurses Training

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

EHI Nurses TrainingJoin Alta Bates Summit’s Ethnic Health Institute for this free training,
which will include a light breakfast, lunch, community resources,
and networking opportunities. School and public health nurses will expand their knowledge of urgent care health issues at this event.

Friday, October 16, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Health Education Center
Bechtel Room
400 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Seating is limited.
For more information,
call 1-877-390-9000. Register at Read More

SEBMF Celebrates 10 Years of Family Centered Care

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

Happy Birthday 10The test of a good idea is how long it lasts. It has been 10 years since a small group of East Bay health care pioneers created a network that allows physicians to focus on building strong relationships with their patients.

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and East Bay Physicians Medical Group (EBPMG) are celebrating the anniversary of a 10-year partnership. On Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 100 employees, 49 physicians and four allied health professionals on board, SEBMF started providing hospitalist services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and opened its doors at three care centers in Berkeley. Read More

Generations Connect 3 OB/GYNs

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

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Pictured L to R: Risa Kagan, M.D., Clare Rudolph, M.D., and Marilyn Honegger, M.D

Strong partnerships and working relationships among physicians are a vital part of great health care, but Clare Rudolph, M.D., has unique and enduring connections to her current medical partners Risa Kagan, M.D. and Marilyn Honegger, M.D.

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Help in Managing Lingering Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

?????????The effects of breast cancer treatment can linger for months or years. It’s common to wonder how your body should feel during this time and to worry about signs that cancer is coming back.

“It’s not so much ‘getting back to normal’ as it is finding out what’s normal for you now,” says Risa Kagan, M.D., FACOG; Sutter Health gynecologist. “Your new normal may include making changes in the way you eat, the things you do and your sources of support.”

These tips from the National Cancer Institute can help with the most common challenges for breast cancer survivors: Read More

Take Action to Prevent Fall-Related Injuries

Posted on Sep 4, 2015

Mature couple hand in hand, splashing in surf, smilingBy Chris Graham
Eden Medical Center

Fall-related injuries are a serious health threat to older adults, who are five times more likely to be hospitalized after a fall than for any other accident.

At least 20 to 30 percent of falls in older adults lead to serious injuries, such as hip fractures and head injuries.

What can you do to prevent a fall? Safeguard your independence by reducing your risks at home and in your daily activities. Read More

Caring for Our Community: Safe Housing for Homeless Hospital Patients

Posted on Aug 18, 2015

As he talks about his current situation, Ed Stump quickly mentions he is thankful for the blessings he’s received. While he was recuperating from a heart attack at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, social workers discovered that Stump, 57, didn’t have a safe place to go when he was discharged.

“I was new to the area and I didn’t have a place to live,” he recalls. “I was dealing with a number of health problems and I was afraid of being on the street.”

In the past, when a person in Ed’s situation was released from a hospital stay they would recuperate on the streets, out in the elements. Their health would have improved more quickly if they had rested in a bed in a safe place. Often their conditions worsened and they were soon re-admitted into the hospital. Read More