Join Us at the Merritt Pavilion Grand Opening

Posted on Jul 9, 2014

tower day timeBring your family and join us for the grand opening celebration of Alta Bates Summit’s new Merritt Pavilion! The event will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to tour the new building, snap a souvenir picture in an interactive photo booth and purchase delicacies from local food trucks.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s new Merritt Pavilion offers a calming and healing environment – continuing a nearly 110-year tradition of providing exceptional patient care to our community. The pavilion offers spectacular panoramic views of the East Bay and San Francisco in a beautiful healing environment.
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Diabetes – What’s the Latest?

Posted on Jul 8, 2014

Diabetes concept glucometer for glucose level blood test with fruit and vegetables in background of glucometerDiabetes has been linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, kidney failure and stroke… what’s the connection? Are we any closer to a cure for diabetes? Elena Geels, registered dietitian and diabetes educator, will give an update on diabetes.

Wednesday, July 23
10:30-11:30 a.m.

Fir Rooms, Merritt Pavilion, Summit Campus
350 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland

Call 510-869-6737 to save your seat at this free presentation.


The Power of Prevention: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer

Posted on Jun 13, 2014

Nutrition Lecture 7-30-14

Join our Oncology Dietitians in this workshop focusing on tips for cancer prevention through attention to lifestyle such as diet and physical activity.



  • Learn how lifestyle, diet and exercise play a role in cancer prevention
  • Nutrients that block or promote tumor cell growth
  • Implementing a lifestyle plan for long-term health

When: Wednesday, July 30
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Summit Campus, Providence Pavilion, 3100 Summit Street, Oakland

Pre-registration required. Please call (510) 869-8833.

Helping Your Kids Stay Safe in the Virtual World

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

“OMG! U c Emily? She’s a G4N GF!” Translated in parent-speak this means, “Oh my God! You see Emily? She’s a good for nothing girlfriend.”

Remember the days when playground bullies only stole milk money? Today, cyberbullies reach way beyond the playground, through cyberspace and deep within personal lives to humiliate their victims in front of an audience of hundreds, thousands or more, instantaneously.

“Cyberbullying is the most common online risk for teens,” says Derek Johnson, D.O., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation family medicine specialist. “Unlike face-to-face confrontations, cyberbullying is often anonymous, can travel further and faster, ‘goes viral’ through endless replication, and can leave an essentially permanent digital footprint.”
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Demystifying DCIS: Overdiagnosis or Life Saver?

Posted on Apr 30, 2014

Butterfly on tip of fingerDuctal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) is a controversial diagnosis: Is it cancer or not? Should it be treated or not?

As mammography technology becomes increasingly more sensitive, the number of “abnormalities” detected in the breast also increases; however, not all breast abnormalities require treatment.

Come and hear a panel of experts, including surgical oncologist Lisa Bailey, M.D., from Alta Bates Medical Center, demystify this condition.

When: Wed., June 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Lafayette library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Call 510-869-6737 to save your seat. Invite a friend.

Curing Patients From the Bottom Up

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

Senior couple on country bike rideHeart, liver, kidney transplants … are fecal transplants the new “gift of life”?

“For patients with life-threatening intestinal infections, fecal transplants can be life-changing,” explains Alta Bates Summit gastroenterologist Neil H. Stollman, M.D. “Basically, the transplant involves taking the bacteria in the stool from a healthy person and placing it in the intestines of a sick person to restore the good bacteria in their gut.”

While there is a “yuck” factor, most patients get over their queasiness very quickly when faced with living with Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that can kill the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut that is necessary to keep you healthy. Read More