Dream to Become Nurse Comes Full Circle

Posted on May 10, 2016

sheri buda finalDuring National Nurses Week, May 6-12, we’re especially grateful for nurses, who dedicate their lives and careers to caring for our patients. Some nurses get a really early start.

As a child, Sheri Buda, R.N., remembers always being interested in the moms in her Berkeley neighborhood who were having babies. Click here to see her story.

In kindergarten, she drew a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up. Today, Sheri is nurse manager in the Labor and Delivery and Antepartum unit on the Alta Bates campus and that drawing of a nurse is on her office wall.

“Even at a young age, I knew I wanted to work in obstetrics,” she says. “The artwork I drew as a child is a fond reminder of why I pursued a nursing career. I’m so happy to be working at Alta Bates.

“I consider myself to be blessed to have known what I wanted to do at such a young age,” says Sheri. “While attending Berkeley High School, I volunteered at Alta Bates and I received a scholarship to attend nursing school. It’s very exciting for me, 25 years later, to come back around full circle and to be a nurse manager at Alta Bates.”

Alta Bates Summit Classes Promote Parental Confidence and Communication With Your Baby

Posted on May 6, 2016

baby in handsYour baby is crying again, and you have no idea why. Most new parents have lamented once or twice that their new bundle of joy should come with an operating manual. When a baby is born early or complications develop which require specialized care, parents often experience a great deal of stress.

Fortunately, the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley offers a special program just for its graduates and their parents – a 4 week class on Infant Massage. Read More

Fixing Leaky Heart Valves One Clip at a Time

Posted on May 4, 2016

Heart ImagePhysicians at Alta Bates Summit’s Cardiovascular Center now perform a minimally invasive heart-valve repair that shortens recovery time and improves quality of life for patients at too high risk for open heart surgery.

In February, the team treated their first two patients with the MitraClip® system that repairs the mitral valve in patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation. The procedure allows physicians to repair the mitral valve without requiring patients to undergo traditional open-heart surgery. Read More

Labor of Love: Alta Bates Summit Employee, 90, Celebrates 70 Years on the Job

Posted on Apr 5, 2016

Elena Griffing 70th anniversary

Elena Griffing says she wants to work forever.

Elena Griffing has been breaking records, charming everyone she meets and wearing stylish heels on the job at Alta Bates Summit for 70 years. Watch the video.

Elena was honored last week during Women’s History Month by more than 3,000 Sutter Health leaders in Sacramento.

“By pushing the boundaries of opportunity, Elena—and so many other influential women across the United States—shaped the destinies of future generations of women. I’m so thankful for their determination and drive,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “And all across Sutter Health, nearly 250 female employees like Elena have dedicated 40-plus years of their careers to caring for patients and their families. Through fresh ideas, hard work and genuine compassion for others, they’ve made the world a better place. I’m proud to work beside them.” Read More

Nurse’s Inspiration Leads to a Permanent Health Clinic in Uganda

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

Emily Rymland with patient

Emily Rymland, R.N., and patient

Em’s Health Clinic — the first permanent health clinic in remote western Uganda — is open every day all year round caring for close to 300 patients per month.

When Emily Rymland first traveled to East Africa in 1985 she was exposed to the devastation caused by “Slims Disease,” now known as AIDS. Shortly after returning home from that trip, one of her best friends in San Francisco was diagnosed with AIDS. At that moment, Rymland committed to fighting the deadly disease and improving the well being of those in need.

In the early 1990s she attended nursing school at Samuel Merritt University focusing on HIV care and while earning her master’s degree specializing in outpatient HIV care she also became a family nurse practitioner. Throughout her professional career Rymland has dedicated herself to helping people with HIV and AIDS. Read More

Grateful Parents Talk About Their Leap Day Twins

Posted on Mar 4, 2016

Leap Baby Couple 2

Ryan and Summer Erickson, of Oakland, are the proud parents of twin boys with one born on Leap Day.

Ryan and Summer Erickson, of Oakland, are proud parents of premature twins Miles, born Feb. 28; and Walter, born Leap Day, Feb. 29; at Alta Bates Summit.

“We are so very grateful to the entire care team that has taken such great care of us,” Summer says. “As scary and overwhelming as the whole experience has been, we’ve had a lot of calming moments because we know Walter and Miles are in the best of hands.” Read More

When Seconds Count: Life-Saving Care Is Close to Home

Posted on Feb 19, 2016

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Provides Award-Winning Emergency Care for Heart Attack

heart-healthHeart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The same is true for Alameda County. Receiving high-quality, effective care for the body’s hardest working muscle can mean the difference between life and death.

For more than 10 years, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been a designated “cardiac receiving center” for Alameda County. Hospitals with these designations must have demonstrated that they have the facilities, physicians and cardiac team needed to provide immediate diagnostic tests and the interventions necessary to save lives. Read More