Leadership

Foundation Trustees Grant $2.4 Million to Enhance Patient Care at Alta Bates Summit

Posted on Mar 2, 2012

The Alta Bates Summit Foundation has made a generous, $2.4 million grant to expand and renovate the cancer center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

“This donation marks the culmination of months of review by the trustees on how best to use philanthropy to enhance the patient experience, improve clinical outcomes and maintain financial leadership in the medical center’s key service lines,” said James H. Hickman, President and CEO of the Alta Bates Summit Foundation.

The donation, approved by the foundation’s trustees in February, was the first of its kind. Foundation trustees visited the cancer center then voted unanimously to invest in improvements that will enhance patient privacy in an environment that promotes healing for the many patients and families who visit the cancer center.

This grant allows the cancer center, located on the Herrick Campus in Berkeley, to build a new infusion room and upgrade the existing one with renovated RN work stations, redesigned, private treatment rooms and new patient entertainment resources.

This generous donation cements Alta Bates Summit’s vision and commitment to providing excellent patient care in the most healing of environments.

Chuck Prosper Has Been Named Alta Bates Summit’s New CEO

Posted on Feb 10, 2012

Chuck Prosper has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center effective Monday, February 27.

Prosper has served as the medical center’s Chief Operating Officer since October, 2010. He will replace David Bradley, who will assume the position of president of the Sutter Health East Bay Region. Ed Berdick, the region’s first president, will become Senior Vice President for Shared Services at Sutter Health.

“I have great respect and admiration for the excellent care Alta Bates Summit provides to its community,” Prosper said last week.  “To be successful in the future, the medical center must find new ways to innovate in the delivery of care and to strengthen partnerships between physicians, employees and our community.  I look forward to the challenges ahead and honoring our mission.”

In a memo announcing the management changes, Sutter Health CEO Pat Fry said these changes ensure “a smooth transition of leadership in the East Bay.”

Prosper joined Alta Bates Summit as interim COO in October 2010. Previously, he was Chief Administrative Officer at (former Sutter-affiliated) Marin General Hospital where he had responsibility for all hospital operations and managed the transfer of the hospital from Sutter Health back to its health care district owner. Prosper earlier served as the Assistant Administrator for Ancillary and Support Services at the San Leandro Hospital Campus of Eden Medical Center.

Prosper holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  Prosper’s leadership experience and his personal knowledge of patient care are true assets to Alta Bates Summit.

Foundation’s New Chief Executive Supports Medical Center’s Commitment to Community

Posted on Oct 12, 2011

James H. Hickman, a respected veteran in community health care, has been named President and CEO of the Alta Bates Summit Foundation and Vice President of Philanthropy for Sutter Health’s East Bay Region.

Mr. Hickman, a longtime Bay Area resident, has more than two decades of experience working in health care, philanthropy and social innovation, and brings a unique perspective to nonprofit leadership and organizational strategy.

Jim Hickman, CEO and President“Jim brings great experience to our team,” said David Bradley, CEO of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “He possesses the critical leadership skills and vision for our philanthropic presence in the community.”

Mr. Hickman comes from Hickman Strategies, a company he founded to provide business strategy, communications and resource development services to leading social enterprises and nonprofits.

Previously, Mr. Hickman served as Vice President of External Affairs at the Institute for OneWorld Health, the first U.S. nonprofit pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing drugs for neglected diseases in emerging countries. While at OneWorld, Mr. Hickman created and implemented initiatives to increase visibility and generate funding for this innovative global health initiative.  

“Alta Bates Summit is an exceptional medical center and I am thrilled to be joining this team,” Mr. Hickman said. “Few institutions have played such an important role in the health and wellness of generations of East Bay families as Alta Bates Summit.”

Named One of Top Hospitals in Bay Area

Posted on Jul 19, 2011

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been ranked among Logo of US News & World Reportthe top five best hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings. The medical center also received recognition for high performance in four specific areas: Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics and Urology.

The U.S. News and World Report metro area rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties. To be ranked in its metro area, at least one of a hospital’s medical specialties had to score in the top 25 percent of nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

“With great pride I acknowledge and thank the physicians, nurses and staff at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for their outstanding care and expertise. Recognitions such as this support the continued trust our patients and families have as they turn to us for their care,” said David Bradley, CEO.

View the U.S. News & World Report rankings here. 

Dr. Steve O’Brien Named Vice President of Medical Affairs

Posted on Mar 3, 2011

Steve O’Brien, M.D., has accepted the appointment as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Dr. Steve O'Brien

Dr. Steve O'Brien

Dr. O’Brien is the medical director of the East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) at Alta Bates Summit, a position he has held with distinction since 1998. He joined EBAC in 1995 and helped grow the center into the largest community hospital-based HIV program in the United States, serving more than 2,000 patients a year. EBAC’s current administration and leadership will continue to operate this amazing community service.

Most recently, Dr. O’Brien served as president of the Alta Bates medical staff and as a member of the Sutter Health East Bay Board of Directors. He played a critical role in ensuring that we received approval from the City of Oakland to build our new Patient Care Pavilion on the Summit Campus.

Prior to joining Alta Bates Summit, Dr. O’Brien was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at The University of California, San Francisco, where he co-directed the HIV Managed Care program. He did his residency at UCSF’s Department of Internal Medicine. Steve received his medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1990, where he received undergraduate degrees in Zoology and Theater Arts in 1986.

Charles Prosper, COO

Posted on Feb 1, 2011

Charles “Chuck” Prosper has been named new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of  Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Prior to joining Alta Bates Summit, Chuck was Chief Administrative Officer at Marin General Hospital, where he had responsibility for all hospital operations and managed the transfer of the hospital from Sutter Health to independent community hospital status. Prior to Marin, Chuck served as the Assistant Administrator for Ancillary and Support Services at the San Leandro Hospital Campus of Eden Medical Center.Chuck Prosper, COO

Chuck has been in health care for more than 20 years, beginning his clinical career as a Physical Therapist at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. His health care experience includes leadership positions in the field of Rehabilitation Services at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and UCSF / Mt Zion Medical Center.

Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. A native of New York, he moved to San Francisco in 1993.