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

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

Saving a Student’s Heart

Posted on Jul 2, 2014

Dr. lee - Cinthia stethoscope

In March, Cinthia Zapien became one of the first patients in the Bay Area to receive a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) that treats irregular heart rhythms. Cinthia’s physician, Dr. Michael Lee, a cardiologist with Alta Bates Medical Center expects Cinthia to have a full and productive healthy life.

A year ago, Cinthia Zapien – a 21-year-old college student with a bright future – learned that she had a genetic heart disorder that put her at risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest. Cinthia has Long QT Syndrome, a rare abnormality of the heart’s electrical activity that causes dangerous heart arrhythmias. Cinthia started suffering fainting spells and other symptoms about five years ago and much of her father’s side of the family all suffers from the same disorder.

“My aunt and three of her daughters have the same condition and one of my cousins died when she was 11,” said Cinthia. “All of my sisters and my father are being monitored for Long QT Syndrome as well.”

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Helping Your Kids Stay Safe in the Virtual World

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

“OMG! U c Emily? She’s a G4N GF!” Translated in parent-speak this means, “Oh my God! You see Emily? She’s a good for nothing girlfriend.”

Remember the days when playground bullies only stole milk money? Today, cyberbullies reach way beyond the playground, through cyberspace and deep within personal lives to humiliate their victims in front of an audience of hundreds, thousands or more, instantaneously.

“Cyberbullying is the most common online risk for teens,” says Derek Johnson, D.O., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation family medicine specialist. “Unlike face-to-face confrontations, cyberbullying is often anonymous, can travel further and faster, ‘goes viral’ through endless replication, and can leave an essentially permanent digital footprint.”
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