Alta Bates Summit Shows Strong Support for March of Dimes

Posted on May 7, 2015

MOD FinalA morning shower in Pleasanton on April 25 couldn’t dampen the spirit of hundreds of walkers wearing Sutter Health’s colors in March for Babies, benefiting the March of Dimes. The “super team” of employees, friends and family members represented Sutter Health’s East Bay affiliates.

″I’m grateful for—and proud of—the many compassionate staff members who put their heart into supporting our partnership with the March of Dimes,” says Chuck Prosper, Bay Area March of Dimes board member and Alta Bates Summit CEO. “We’ve helped our tiniest patients to be born healthier, stronger, and on time by raising money to support the March of Dimes’ lifesaving research and programs.”

The Sutter Health East Bay March of Dimes team raised more than $74,800 and Alta Bates Summit raised more than $17,000 of that total.

Celebrate Our Nurses May 6-12 and Every Day

Posted on May 7, 2015

During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, and every day we thank our nurses for their compassion, dedication and teamwork.  View this video of a few of our outstanding East Bay nurses.

Alta Bates Summit Receives High Marks in Patient Safety

Posted on May 5, 2015

The Letter "A" for Alta Bates Summit's "A" rating in hospital safetyAlta Bates Summit Medical Center is among 12 Sutter Health hospital campuses earning “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s® Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score℠ for dedication to patient safety.

The national employer organization grades hospitals nationwide on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

“Across our network, we work relentlessly to provide exceptional care quality, safety and service for our patients,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “This national ranking demonstrates how, by partnering with one another and other quality and safety experts, we make a difference for communities across Northern California.”

Using 28 measures of publicly available safety data, the Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Sutter hospital campuses earning A grades include: Read More

Identify a Stroke by Acting FAST

Posted on May 2, 2015

Spot a StrokeWhen you’re not feeling well, it’s natural to think that taking a nap will fix the problem. However, when it comes to stroke, a nap won’t help. In fact, it might hurt because not recognizing a stroke in time can have deadly results.

Stroke’s telltale signs — weakness on one side, difficulty speaking, blurred vision and facial drooping — often are misunderstood. That can lead to a delay in seeking emergency medical treatment.

Improving stroke outcomes through knowledge

“Stroke is a silent disease that typically comes on suddenly and many people may not readily recognize the symptoms,” says Debra Blanchard, R.N., Stroke Center coordinator at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “Without being aware of the risk factors for stroke, it’s easy to be taken by surprise.”

The most common risk factors for stroke include: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, previous strokes and irregular heartbeat. By learning about stroke and its risk factors, you can talk to your doctor and then take steps to reduce your chance of suffering from stroke.

Are you ready to act FAST if stroke happens?

Everyone can recognize stroke. FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you see the signs, call 9-1-1.

FAST is:
Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to Call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

“Family members are often the ones who will pick up subtle changes in speech and language the quickest,” says Blanchard. “They need to act on this detection and to do it FAST!”

Alta Bates Summit’s Regional Stroke Center Earns Top Honors

The regional Stroke Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center was recognized in 2014 as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines ® Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Award for improving stroke care.

The awards acknowledge the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Alta Bates Summit’s Regional Stroke Center attained at least 85 percent compliance on all Get With The Guidelines ® Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines ® Stroke Quality Measures.

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Sutter Health Donates $500,000 to Help Earthquake Relief Efforts in Nepal

Posted on Apr 29, 2015

Sutter Health today announced a $500,000 donation to help support relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal this past weekend. The American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund and International Medical Corps will each receive $250,000 from the not-for-profit health system.

Sutter Health presents a check to the American Red Cross during a live KCRA 3 telethon.

Sutter Health presents a check to the American Red Cross during a live KCRA 3 telethon.

“The widespread damage and suffering caused by this massive earthquake is incomprehensible,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this catastrophic disaster. We hope our donation brings comfort and relief to those who need it the most.” Read More

Ask An Expert About Nurse Practitioners

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Q: My Ob-Gyn’s office recently added a nurse practitioner. Can you tell me more about their qualifications and what they do?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has advanced education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions, disease prevention and the promotion of health wellness.

Nurse practitioners must complete a master’s or doctoral degree and receive additional medical training beyond their initial training as a registered nurse. Read More

Leading Edge HPV Research Includes Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Jill Foley, M.D.

Jill Foley, M.D.

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and our patients are part of groundbreaking public health public health surveillance program into the effectiveness of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines.

By monitoring trends in the occurrence of HPV types associated with precancerous lesions, the project helps researchers understand the impact of HPV vaccines on these lesions and other HPV related diseases.

“We are proud to contribute to the evidence that is demonstrating the effectiveness of HPV vaccines against HPV types most commonly associated with precancerous cervical lesions,” says Jill Foley, M.D., SEBMF OB-GYN Department chair. Read More