Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Earns Top Grade for Patient Safety

Posted on Oct 29, 2014

The Letter "A" for Alta Bates Summit's "A" rating in hospital safetyThe Oakland and Berkeley campuses of Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center earned an A rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group® in its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score℠.

“The A grade from Leapfrog Group places us amongst the top hospitals in the U.S. in terms of transparency, quality and patient safety,” says Steve OBrien, M.D., chief medical executive for the medical center. “And it recognizes the hard work of our excellent clinical staff in providing outstanding patient care.”

More than 2,500 hospitals nationwide participate in The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program. The national employer organization grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

The survey is the only nationally standardized and endorsed set of measures that captures hospital performance in patient safety, quality and resource utilization. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved.

The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. For more information, visit

Sutter Health hospitals earning A ratings include:

In July, all Sutter Health East Bay hospitals received “high performing” rankings for specialty care in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

For 2014-2015, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 medical care specialties. These Sutter Health hospitals ranked as high performers


Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals, home health and other service providers released the following statement in response to newly released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the treatment of patients with the Ebola virus and the safety of staff who might care for these patients.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities,” said Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D. “Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans. Read More

DCIS: What is “Stage Zero” Breast Cancer?

Posted on Oct 10, 2014


This year nearly 227,000 women in the United States will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer, according to estimates by the National Cancer Institute. But thanks to breast cancer awareness campaigns and early detection, more women than ever are getting mammograms and more cancers are being spotted early.

Many women are told they have something called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or “Stage Zero” cancer, in which abnormal cells are found in the center of the milk-producing ducts. Before universal screening, DCIS was rare. Now DCIS and the less common lobular carcinoma in situ account for almost a quarter of new breast cancer cases — some 60,000 a year.

A diagnosis of DCIS raises all sorts of questions. Is it cancer? Is it life threatening? What is the treatment?

Lisa Bailey, M.D.

Lisa Bailey, M.D.

“DCIS is non-invasive, and is technically a pre-cancer and is not life threatening,” says Lisa Bailey, M.D., breast surgeon and co-director of the breast cancer program at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “If you have DCIS, it means that you have abnormal cells in the milk duct. While most invasive cancer begins as DCIS, not all DCIS will go on to become an invasive cancer.” Read More

Depression: How to Recognize Symptoms

Posted on Oct 7, 2014

Depression_FlyerThursday, Oct. 23, 2014
6:30-8 p.m.
Women’s Health Center in Lafayette
3595 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Suite 350

Depression can be silent and secret.
How can you tell if someone you love
is feeling “the blues” or suffering
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Join psychiatrist Robert Dolgoff, M.D., for
a discussion about signs of depression
to watch for and when to reach out to help.

Call 510-869-6737 to reserve your space.
Light hors d’oeuvres will be
served at this free presentation.

Caring for Our Community: Partnership Reaches The Most Vulnerable

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Steven Stanten, M.D.

Steven Stanten, M.D.

A partnership between Operation Access and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center provides vital health care services and surgeries to our community’s most vulnerable members.

In the first six months of 2014, 12 physicians donated care to a total of 51 Operation Access patients.

“By providing specialty care for low-income, uninsured patients, Alta Bates Summit and these physicians help improve the lives of our patients and the health of our community,” says Steve O’Brien, M.D., Alta Bates Summit chief medical executive. Read More

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

Urgent_Care_SHSSR_Elk_Grove_2012_1Knowing what to do when you or someone close to you needs immediate medical attention can be a tricky decision. Most people have heard of the emergency room (ER) but there is another option to consider if the condition isn’t life threatening. Urgent care centers offer some of the same services as emergency rooms, though they differ in several important ways.

In this short video below, Jeffrey Leinen, M.D., FACEP, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care Medical Director, discusses the common conditions that can be treated at urgent care centers and life-threatening conditions that require emergency room care. Click here to learn more about Sutter Urgent Care locations in the East Bay including Antioch and Castro Valley.

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For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

fluMistYHP_302x238The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for anyone 6 months and older.

Starting with the 2014-2015 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine (over the flu shot) for children 2 through 8 years of age when it is available and if the child has had no negative reactions to the vaccine.

“The nasal spray vaccine should be given soon after is it available, usually in October,” says Lisa Swearingen, M.D., a pediatrician with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.” Read More