Ask an Expert About Heartburn and GERD

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery

Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center

Q: I take medication for my heartburn, but lately it isn’t as effective. Why do I keep getting heartburn and what else can I do to relieve the symptoms?

A: Imagine a room in your house is on fire and the alarm goes off, but instead of calling 911, you remove the batteries from the annoying alarm.

Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who take medication to ease heartburn are essentially shutting down their bodies’ alarm system.

Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem.

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Free Wig, Support for Cancer Patients Experiencing Hair Loss

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society support women during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

The wig bank is staffed by specially trained volunteers at the cancer center, 2001 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Call 1-800-227-2345 for an appointment.

“This is the first onsite American Cancer Society wig bank at a Sutter Health facility in the East Bay,” says Luanne Ridgley, LCSW, manager of oncology supportive care services for the cancer center. “It’s a great resource for anyone in the community, not just Sutter patients.”

One-on-one consultations include:

  • One free wig per patient
  • Finding a wig that fits your lifestyle
  • Suggestions for wearing wigs, turbans and scarves

 

Community Collaboration at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Posted on Mar 16, 2015

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Tracy Schrider, LCSW, ACM, Administrative Supervisor of Social Work

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is collaborating with local clinics and other partners to help support members of our community that frequently use the emergency room for their primary health care.

Tracy Schrider, LCSW, ACM, Administrative Supervisor of Social Work at Alta Bates, describes the importance of working with these patients to help them find accessible primary care outside the hospital to help them avoid crises and stay healthier longer.

Navigating Patients to Better Health

Posted on Feb 17, 2015

???????????????????????????????????????????????Our hospitals and emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day with top-notch staff to care for everyone who walks through our doors. Most days, that includes a lot of people who come to our emergency rooms for non-emergencies.

 

Members of our community who are underinsured and uninsured, homeless or living in poverty and those with behavioral health problems frequently use the emergency room for primary health care. These patients account for almost half of those making non-life-threatening visits to the ER.

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Regina Linder, R.N., case manager, helps connect patients with resources in the community.

With the goal of providing the right care in the right place at the right time, Alta Bates Summit and the Community Health Center Network are working together to offer greater access to primary medical care for patients who often rely on the ER.

Through its not-for-profit mission, Alta Bates Summit and its philanthropic partner, Better Health East Bay. have invested nearly $1.5 million programs to care for the neediest in our community.

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Sutter’s East Bay Urgent Care Clinics Serve 1000 Patients Each Month

Posted on Feb 2, 2015

urgent care sliderThree Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care clinics are up and running and expanding services.

The Urgent Care at 2500 Milvia Street in Berkeley opened Jan. 26, joining clinics in Antioch and Castro Valley to serve patients of all ages. Together the clinics care for more than 1000 patients each month.

“Our patients are so happy we’re open,” says Jeff Leinen, M.D., SEBMF urgent care medical director. “They are grateful to have a place where they can get episodic urgent care. If not for urgent care, they have to go to the Emergency Department.” Read More

Beyond Heartburn: Addressing the Cause of GERD

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

Work Out in Comfort

Work out in comfort.

Imagine a room in your house is on fire and the alarm goes off, but instead of calling 911, you remove the batteries from the annoying alarm.

Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who take medication to ease heartburn are essentially shutting down their bodies’ alarm system, says Wilson S. Tsai, M.D., medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery at Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center.

“Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem,” says Tsai. Read More

Finding Balance Amid the Emotional Stress and Overindulgence

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

Yes, finding emotional balance can be a challenge, says interventional cardiologist Thomas Quinn, M.D. But don’t buy in to the idea that sensible eating and exercise are a lost cause.

“When you eat and exercise thoughtfully 80 to 90 percent of the time, it’s fine to really enjoy yourself the other 10 percent,” says Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation’s Quinn, who sees patients in Oakland and Antioch. Read More