Ask an Expert About Asthma on KQED Forum Dec. 28

Posted on Dec 23, 2015

Tune in to KQED Forum Dec. 28, 10 to 11 a.m., to hear Sutter Health pulmonologist Andrew McClintock Greenberg M.D., Ph.D., talk about the latest in asthma research and treatment. Call in: 866-733-6786 (866-SF-Forum) or email:

Andrew McClintock-Greenberg, M.D.

Andrew McClintock-Greenberg, M.D.

Allergies and asthma often coexist as responses to the same triggers. See your doctor if you have even mild discomfort. You’ll feel better quickly and prevent more serious illness.


Asthma is a chronic condition in which inflammation in the lungs causes:

  • mucus production
  • a narrowing of the passageways used to move air in and out of the body

When the passageways clamp shut they produce wheezing and make breathing more difficult.

The inflammation can be caused (triggered) by:

  • stress
  • exercise
  • illness
  • allergies

Allergies are milder reactions to triggers (allergens). Symptoms include:

  • itchy, watery eyes
  • a stuffy and runny nose
  • hives
  • a cough

Severe allergies can trigger an asthma attack.

Why prevention is important

Proactive care is key to preventing symptoms and managing the ailments. The earlier in life a person develops symptoms and the longer they go without treatment, the more likely they are to have severe symptoms.

Long-term inflammation can cause permanent damage such as lung scarring.

Read more about asthma.


Happier Holidays: Reduce Stress to Find Joy of the Season

Posted on Dec 16, 2015

Added expectations, additional pressures at home, demands on time and anxiety about world events take a toll on our psyches this time of year. Are you suffering from holiday depression? Read More

The Right Care in the Right Place: Partnership Reduces Hospital Readmission for Most Vulnerable Patients

Posted on Dec 16, 2015

Cover Image Web versionDelivering high-quality, patient-centered care doesn’t end when patients leave the hospital. Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center collaborates with skilled nursing facilities in Oakland and Berkeley to help patients continue healing and return home.

Repeated hospitalizations are stressful — physically and emotionally — for patients and their families. Nationally, about one in five Medicare patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days. SNFs provide round the clock nursing care and rehabilitation services. Read More

Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to East Bay Food Banks

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

generosity-heartTo help ease hunger for our neighbors during the holiday season, Sutter Health has donated $50,000 to three East Bay food banks:

Alameda County Food Bank
Food Bank of Contra Costa
Food Pantry of Davis Street Family Resource Center
This year, Sutter Health donated a quarter-million-dollar-plus to 27 food banks across Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. The donation enables local food banks to serve nutritious meals to those in need this holiday season.

“Our care teams play a special part in creating healthier communities,” says CEO Pat Fry. “Partnering with local food banks is another way we give back and help families stay well-nourished.”

In the past seven years, Sutter Health’s donations to community food banks total more than $1.6 million. On average, every dollar donated to food banks translates to more than four meals served.

East Bay’s First Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Rehab Patients

Posted on Dec 3, 2015

Ekso picThe acute rehabilitation program at Alta Bates Summit now offers robotic exoskeleton therapy to help survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again.

Patented by Ekso Bionics – based in Richmond – the Ekso GT body suit adjusts continuously to support a patient’s every step. It offers new hope for greater independence and a better quality of life for a broad range of people with limited mobility due to injuries or illnesses. Read More

Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood

Posted on Nov 13, 2015

Donate blood to help save lives in the East Bay.

Donate blood to help save lives in the East Bay.

Considering how to give back to our East Bay community this holiday season? Donate blood to help save lives every day.

“Blood is given to patients like premature babies in our newborn intensive care unit, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, surgical patients and patients with severe infection or anemia,” says Annette Shaieb, M.D., medical director of clinical laboratories at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit and Eden Medical Centers.

Patients are given donated blood whenever they cannot make enough red blood cells, platelets or clotting factors, or if they are losing more blood than their body can produce.

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10th Annual EHI Nurses Training

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

EHI Nurses TrainingJoin Alta Bates Summit’s Ethnic Health Institute for this free training,
which will include a light breakfast, lunch, community resources,
and networking opportunities. School and public health nurses will expand their knowledge of urgent care health issues at this event.

Friday, October 16, 2015
7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Health Education Center
Bechtel Room
400 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Seating is limited.
For more information,
call 1-877-390-9000. Register at Read More