Brown Is The New Green

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Water is vital to caring for patients, maintaining proper hygiene and keeping a clean environment. So, how can health care facilities join the common effort to conserve water?

Landscaping, irrigation and outdoor washing have been reduced and all Sutter Health facilities are reviewing water consumption and looking for ways to save.

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“I think the public expects to see that rather than lush green lawns during a drought,” says Susan Frank, president of Suma Landscaping Inc., which maintains the grounds at all Alta Bates Summit campuses.

The goal is to permanently reduce water use while providing patients with high-quality care and personal service.

Below are the steps taken to conserve water across the Sutter Health East Bay Region:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation at the new Merritt Pavilion
  •         Landscaping and irrigation systems designed to reduce water consumption
  •         Irrigation systems monitored
  •         Lawn watering limited to two or three days a week
  •         Water-saving plumbing fixtures in the new Merritt Pavilion on the Summit Campus

Eden Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation

Sutter Delta Medical Center

  •         Irrigation system surveyed and repaired
  •         Watering reduced from five days a week to two days a week
  •         Duration of watering reduced to five to six minutes from eight to 10 minutes

Walk with a Doc

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

08-27-2014 Walk with a Doc - SingleTake a STEP toward better HEALTH

This free event offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk alongside physicians and medical professionals in an effort to unite the community towards health and wellness. After all, walking as little as 30 minutes can reduce your risk of heart disease, weight gain and other preventable conditions! Join us for a two-mile walk for your health and wellness!

When: Saturday, September 13
Where: San Pablo Park, Berkeley
Time: 11 a.m. (Register & Blood Pressure Screenings) 1 to 2 p.m. (Heart Talk and Walk)

  • Walk-ins and pets are welcome
  • Prizes, refreshments, games and more!

Contact Gin Hansson at GHansson@lifelongmedical.org to pre-register, volunteer, or for more information.

Screen and Your Sleep: The Impact of Nighttime Use

Posted on Aug 1, 2014

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We use electronic devices in every room – should we keep our electronics out of the bedroom? Sleep specialist Joanna Cooper, M.D., will discuss the most current findings regarding the effect of electronic devices on our sleep.

According to Dr. Cooper, a neurologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, the timing of sleep and wakefulness is controlled by two areas in the brain. One is highly sensitive to light and drives wakefulness, while the other (the pineal gland) secretes melatonin when the light dims in the evening. Thus we humans are programmed to fall asleep after dark.

Joanna Cooper

Dr. Joanna Cooper, will discuss the effects of electronic devices on sleep at a free presentation on Tuesday, August 26.

When: Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
To reserve a seat, call (510) 869-6737 or click here to register online.
Where: Claremont Hotel, Monterey Room, located at 41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley.

Free Radicals and Antioxidants

Posted on Jul 28, 2014

????????????????????Free radicals? Antioxidants? Have you heard these terms but still have questions? Registered dietitian Stacy Abbatiello will talk about what these terms mean and why there is so much talk about them, give an overview of the latest research, and tell you which of these you want in your food.

When: Thursday, August 7, 2 to 3 p.m.
Where: Fir Rooms, Merritt Pavilion, Summit Campus
350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland
Call (510) 869-6737 to save your seat at this free presentation.

Come Out and Join Us to Celebrate Alta Bates Summit’s New Merritt Pavilion on July 27

Posted on Jul 24, 2014

Bring your family and join us for the grand opening celebration of Alta Bates Summit’s new Merritt Pavilion! The event will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tour the New Facility
Alta Bates Summit staff members will explain and showcase several areas of the new pavilion, including:
• 2nd Floor: Acute Rehabilitation, Rehab Treatment Gyms and Occupational Therapy Kitchen
• 3rd Floor: Patient Rooms, Patient Dining Area, Isolation Room
• 10th Floor: Medical Surgical Unit, Patient Care Nursing Station, Bariatric Room

The new pavilion features spectacular panoramic views of the East Bay and San Francisco in a beautiful healing environment.

Fun Activities
Guests can snap a souvenir picture in an interactive photo booth and purchase delicacies from local food trucks. You can also enjoy the new Plaza Park located across from the main entrance of the new pavilion.

Grand Opening Celebration!
When: Sunday, July 27, 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: 350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland

Please RSVP  to let us know you’re coming.
Phone: (510) 869-8289 or email: RSVPComm@sutterhealth.org

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Alta Bates Summit Medical Center as one of the ‘Best Hospitals’

Posted on Jul 16, 2014

????????????????????????????????????????????????????All three Sutter Health hospitals in the East Bay rank in the top 12 among the San Francisco Bay Area’s 46 hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” guide. The report ranked Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center and Sutter Delta Medical Center among California’s 440 hospitals as follows: Read More

Join Us at the Merritt Pavilion Grand Opening

Posted on Jul 9, 2014

tower day timeBring your family and join us for the grand opening celebration of Alta Bates Summit’s new Merritt Pavilion! The event will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to tour the new building, snap a souvenir picture in an interactive photo booth and purchase delicacies from local food trucks.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s new Merritt Pavilion offers a calming and healing environment – continuing a nearly 110-year tradition of providing exceptional patient care to our community. The pavilion offers spectacular panoramic views of the East Bay and San Francisco in a beautiful healing environment.
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