Three Times Three

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

The first set of triplets to be born, Julian, Daniel and Eli, (April 7) was discharged on Friday, April 11, wearing knitted hats made by Alta Bates Summit volunteers

The first set of triplets to be born, Julian, Daniel and Eli, (April 7) was discharged on Friday, April 11, wearing knitted hats made by Alta Bates Summit volunteers.

Some interesting and unique records were set at Alta Bates Summit last week. We’ve had a long standing reputation as a high risk pregnancy center where multiple births are often welcomed into the world.

On April 7 and 8, staff and physicians were extremely busy when three sets of triplets—two sets of boys and one set of girls—were born at Alta Bates Summit within 24 hours of each other—including one set of very rare identical triplets. Read More

Food for Thought–A Tasteful Discussion on Nutrition and Aging

Posted on Apr 10, 2014

Join us for a free discussion about the role of nutrition in management of chronic disease, Alzheimer’s and fall risk, presented by Mary Lousie Grilled salmon and vegetablesZernicke, M.S., Nutrition Program director, Merritt College.

When: Thurs., May 8, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Where: Bayside Park, 1440 40th Street, Emeryville

Please call Judy at 510-710-0934 to save your seat. Invite a friend.


Appreciate Your Feet!

Posted on Apr 10, 2014

feet wearing yellow socksIt’s very easy to take your feet for granted, but they can cause many problems without proper care.

Podiatrist Etka Shah, DPM, from Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, will lead a free  discussion about feet–how to care for them, what to check for and what can happen if you neglect them.

When: Thursday, May 1, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Where: The Lake Merritt Senior Residence, 1800 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94607

This class is free. Call 510-903-3600 to save your seat. Invite a friend.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group

Posted on Apr 9, 2014

diverse group of women
Join Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Maryanne Ward, nurse practitioner, for a supportive discussion on trigeminal neuralgia.

Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face. If you suffer from this debilitating condition, join us at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland for support from others who know what you’re going through.

  • When: Saturday, May 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Elm Conference Room, 350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland

The event is free, but preregistration is required. Please call Joan at 510-531-3490 to register.



Chemotherapy Peripheral Neuropathy Education and Support Group

Posted on Apr 3, 2014

Tulip flowers against skyAlta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center offers support for those suffering from peripheral neuropathy, a condition often experienced by people undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Come to our free support group if you are suffering from peripheral neuropathy–a tingling, burning and/or numbness or high sensitivity that usually begins in the fingers and toes or hands and feet. We’ll discuss how this condition impacts your life, share coping techniques and provide a supportive place to discuss the challenges that neuropathy presents.

You’ll also learn about:

  • Nutrition and acupuncture
  • Falls risk/balance awareness
  • Physical therapy/occupational therapy

When: The group meets 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 3 – 5 p.m.

Where: 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley

The group is FREE, but pre-registration is required.

For more information and to pre-register, call Kathy Orsini, MSW, at 510-204-4330. Individuals with non-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy can visit, as this session only covers chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy.


Celebrating Our Volunteers During National Volunteer Week, April 6-12

Posted on Apr 1, 2014

Multiethnic raised hands and writing volunteerOne of the first faces you’ll likely see when walking into Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is one of our terrific volunteers.

From registration and escorting patients and families to staffing our gift shops–members of our Volunteer Association tirelessly donate their time and energy to help us create a caring environment.

By partnering with patients and staff, volunteers help provide a personalized, healing environment and well-being to our patients, their families and our communities every day. Read More