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

From Antioch to Castro Valley, Sutter Health Brings Cancer Care to the Community

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

infusion-159It’s hard to fit everything you need to do into “normal” business hours. That’s why Sutter Health has introduced extended hours for infusion services and screening mammographies.

The infusion center at Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has new patient areas and expanded hours thanks to Better Health East Bay (BHEB), a philanthropic foundation.

BHEB donated $2.4 million to the project, which redesigned the natural-light-filled facility at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley. Infusions are available 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m.-noon on holidays. Read More

East Bay AIDS Center Gets $6 Million to Address Growing Risk of HIV Among Young Men of Color

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P.

Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P.

Sutter Health’s East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is the only Northern California team of investigators to receive a $6 million state-sponsored grant to explore how best to implement an HIV prevention pill among high-risk HIV-uninfected young people.

HIV infection rates are rising, especially among young African-American men who have sex with men, and among other young gay men of color in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and other East Bay communities.

“We want to break down barriers preventing young people from seeking help and reduce the impact of HIV on our community,” says Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P., principal investigator and co-medical director of EBAC. “Through our outreach and education program we want to identify individuals who should be tested and who may not have access to compassionate, non-judgmental sexual health care. If you are HIV negative, we want to help you develop a personalized plan to stay negative. If you are positive, we want to help get you into successful treatment.”

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6th Annual Ethnic Health Institute Family Caregivers Town Hall

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

6th Annual EHI Caregiver Town Hall

If you are caring for a loved one, please join us for a day of information,
support and resources. You will learn specific techniques for self-care
and discover creative and practical outlets to express your feelings and
manage your stress.

When:
Saturday, Oct. 18
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where:
Samuel Merritt University
Bechtel Room
400 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

To reserve your space for this free community event, please
RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 15 to 877-390-9000 or email
to GonzalC92@sutterhealth.org

Drought Preparedness: 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