Alta Bates Summit’s Emergency Department is using a new tool to better coordinate care for ED patients in the East Bay.Read More about East Bay Partnership Improves Care for Frequent ED Patients
See how a dedicated Sutter Health nurse is helping to make a difference in a remote part of Africa.Read More about Nurse’s Inspiration Leads to a Permanent Health Clinic in Uganda
Physicians at Alta Bates Summit’s Cardiovascular Center now perform a minimally invasive heart-valve repair that shortens recovery time and improves quality of life for patients at too high risk for open heart surgery.
In February, the team treated their first two patients with the MitraClip® system that repairs the mitral valve in patients with severe degenerative mitral regurgitation. The procedure allows physicians to repair the mitral valve without requiring patients to undergo traditional open-heart surgery. Read More about Fixing Leaky Heart Valves One Clip at a Time
Elena Griffing has been breaking records, charming everyone she meets and wearing stylish heels on the job at Alta Bates Summit for 70 years. Watch the video.
Elena was honored last week during Women’s History Month by more than 3,000 Sutter Health leaders in Sacramento.
“By pushing the boundaries of opportunity, Elena—and so many other influential women across the United States—shaped the destinies of future generations of women. I’m so thankful for their determination and drive,” said Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “And all across Sutter Health, nearly 250 female employees like Elena have dedicated 40-plus years of their careers to caring for patients and their families. Through fresh ideas, hard work and genuine compassion for others, they’ve made the world a better place. I’m proud to work beside them.” Read More about Labor of Love: Alta Bates Summit Employee, 90, Celebrates 70 Years on the Job
Em’s Health Clinic — the first permanent health clinic in remote western Uganda — is open every day all year round caring for close to 300 patients per month.
When Emily Rymland first traveled to East Africa in 1985 she was exposed to the devastation caused by “Slims Disease,” now known as AIDS. Shortly after returning home from that trip, one of her best friends in San Francisco was diagnosed with AIDS. At that moment, Rymland committed to fighting the deadly disease and improving the well being of those in need.
In the early 1990s she attended nursing school at Samuel Merritt University focusing on HIV care and while earning her master’s degree specializing in outpatient HIV care she also became a family nurse practitioner. Throughout her professional career Rymland has dedicated herself to helping people with HIV and AIDS. Read More about Nurse’s Inspiration Leads to a Permanent Health Clinic in Uganda
Ryan and Summer Erickson, of Oakland, are proud parents of premature twins Miles, born Feb. 28; and Walter, born Leap Day, Feb. 29; at Alta Bates Summit.
“We are so very grateful to the entire care team that has taken such great care of us,” Summer says. “As scary and overwhelming as the whole experience has been, we’ve had a lot of calming moments because we know Walter and Miles are in the best of hands.” Read More about Grateful Parents Talk About Their Leap Day Twins
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Provides Award-Winning Emergency Care for Heart Attack
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The same is true for Alameda County. Receiving high-quality, effective care for the body’s hardest working muscle can mean the difference between life and death.
For more than 10 years, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been a designated “cardiac receiving center” for Alameda County. Hospitals with these designations must have demonstrated that they have the facilities, physicians and cardiac team needed to provide immediate diagnostic tests and the interventions necessary to save lives. Read More about When Seconds Count: Life-Saving Care Is Close to Home
By Mitul Kadakia, M.D.
There’s new hope for patients with aortic stenosis who are at high or extreme risk for open heart surgery.
Severe aortic stenosis, or narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve, causes fainting, fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath and heart failure. Without treatment, many patients with severe aortic stenosis ultimately die of this condition.
A new treatment option, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), can be beneficial for patients at high risk for open heart surgery. This minimally invasive procedure allows replacing the aortic valve without open heart surgery.
A catheter is placed through a small incision in the groin or in the arteries in the upper left side of the chest. This catheter is used to deliver a new aortic valve to the heart.
The procedure is generally done with conscious sedation, which is easier on the patient and shortens recovery time. Many patients go home on the second day after surgery. There are no scars on the chest.
TAVR has been studied in large numbers of high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, showing excellent results and favorable outcomes. It is supported by major medical society guidelines. (2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients With Valvular Heart Disease http://circ.ahajournals.org/ content/129/23/e521.full)
If you have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis, talk to your cardiologist to find out whether TAVR is appropriate for you.
Mitul Kadakia, M.D., is a Sutter Health affiliated cardiologist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and part of the Alta Bates Summit Heart Team along with Drs. David Daniels and Russell Stanten. Together, they have performed more than 140 TAVR procedures with outcomes that have exceeded national benchmarks. To learn more, visit altabatessummit.org/heart or contact us at 510-869-6700.
By Jeffrey Silvers, M.D.
Medical Director, Quality and Infectious Disease
Good news for those who have been vaccinated for flu this season and for those who have been procrastinating: This flu season’s vaccine is a good match to the virus circulating in the U.S.
That means the vaccine reduces your chance of getting influenza by 50 to 60 percent. So what are you waiting for? It’s not too late – flu season peaks in February or March each year.
Anyone who develops influenza and contacts a healthcare provider within 48 hours can be treated with the antiviral medication Tamiflu.
Those with a high risk of developing complications from flu should begin treatment with Tamiflu as soon as flu is identified – even if it has been longer than 48 hours.
Tamiflu can be very effective for high-risk patients, including pregnant women, women who’ve given birth within two weeks, those 65 or older, kids under the age of 2, people in chronic care facilities, people with diabetes or heart, lung, kidney or liver disease.
Still, prevention is the best approach to self care. Do what you can do to fight the flu and stay healthy:
A flu shot is your first step in fighting the flu. The Centers for Disease Control recommend vaccination for everyone six months of age or older, all healthcare workers and any person at high risk for severe illness.
Practice good health habits like washing your hands regularly, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick:
If you have the flu you may feel very sick and tired as well as achy, feverish and dehydrated. Sore throat, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, headache and diarrhea are common symptoms.
If you have severe illness or are at high risk for flu complications, please contact your doctor or seek medical care.