About Us

At Alta Bates Summit Medical Center,  community health care is a priority for more than 100 years.

Summit Medical Center, Alta Bates Medical Center and Sutter Health affiliated in January 2000. Both Summit and Alta Bates brought to the new organization nearly a century each of experience, commitment, and caring. Both hospitals not only carried on the traditions of their founders, but they responded well to the changing needs of a diverse community and the demands of a technological era.

Our mission statement: We enhance the health and well being of people in the communities we serve through compassion and excellence.

Alta Bates, originally Alta Bates Sanitarium, was founded as an eight-bed hospital for women and their infants in 1905 by Nurse Alta Alice Miner Bates. Alta Bates has always cared for its community in times of crisis: the 1906 and 1989 major earthquakes, the devastating flu epidemic of 1918, and two catastrophic urban fires in 1923 and 1991. Today, Alta Bates includes the Herrick Campus, once known as Herrick Hospital and Health Center. Alta Bates has distinguished itself in the area of women and infant services, cardiovascular services, burn treatment, cancer care, bone marrow transplantation, rehabilitation services and mental health.

Summit Medical Center grew out of and continues traditions that began nearly a century ago at Providence, Samuel Merritt and Peralta Hospitals. We are proud of that history, and today continue the tradition of providing high-quality, accessible healthcare to those who face social and economic barriers. Summit is comprised of the Merritt Pavilion, the Providence Pavilion, the Peralta Pavilion, Samuel Merritt University and the Health Education Center.

Together, Alta Bates and Summit make up the East Bay’s largest private, not-for-profit medical center with three campuses, two acute care hospitals, birthing services and a full array of the most advanced specialty services. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center offers comprehensive services designed to meet the health care needs of the diverse communities of the greater East Bay Area.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission. MPI Chemical Dependency is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and the Skilled Nursing Facility is licensed by the California Department of Public Health.

Alta Bates Summit is part of the Sutter Health network of care, connecting our patients to medical experts across Northern California. In the East Bay, Alta Bates Summit and Sutter Health affiliates Eden Medical Center, Sutter Delta Medical Center and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation provide seamless, comprehensive care throughout our region.