News Release

News release from Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Berkeley, California

Sutter Health’s 2014 Year in Review

Posted on Jul 2, 2015

Our not-for-profit Sutter Health network invites you to explore our online 2014 annual report.

Through videos and other interactive features, see how our doctors, hospitals and medical teams partner to provide top-rated, personalized care in diverse communities across Northern California.

This year our annual report focuses on our:

“At Sutter Health, we understand that in a rapidly changing world we must re-imagine how we operate if we want to continue delivering the kind of quality care our patients expect and deserve,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “In 2014, we implemented advanced technologies, pursued groundbreaking research, streamlined work processes and launched more convenient ways to access care.”

Warriors Fans Come in All Sizes

Posted on Jun 16, 2015

$RFOUGJ5Thanks to a gift from Better Health East Bay, a Sutter Health philanthropic organization, newborns and their families at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center show their support for the Warriors. Alta Bates Summit delivers about 6,500 babies each year.

$5 Million Gift Provides Faster, Safer Radiation Treatment

Posted on Jun 12, 2015

?????????Thanks to a $5 million donation by Better Health East Bay, many of our cancer patients now spend less time receiving state-of-the-art radiation treatment and more time doing what they enjoy.

The investment by Sutter Health’s East Bay philanthropic foundation brings a TrueBeam STx linear accelerator to the Comprehensive Cancer Center. The machine delivers radiation to eliminate tumors with improved accuracy and safety.

“The new TrueBeam ma­chine has brought us huge strides forward in offering the very latest and best treat­ments to the patients we serve,” says Ronny Chin, Ph.D., director of medical physics and radiation services for the Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The up­grade allows us to deliver certain radiation therapies six to eight times faster than our previous machines.” Read More

Insight into Flibanserin, Women’s Libido Drug

Posted on Jun 5, 2015

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Risa Kagan, M.D., is nationally recognized for her work in the field of menopause.

Alta Bates Summit and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation OB/GYN, Risa Kagan, M.D., was  a principal investigator for flibanserin, a women’s libido drug that has taken a step toward FDA approval.

On June 4, the FDA’s joint meeting of the Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee determined by an 18 to 6 vote that the benefit/risk profile of flibanserin supports FDA approval of the new drug for treatment of low libido in premenopausal women — if certain risk management options beyond labeling are implemented.

“There are currently no drugs approved for female sexual function (while there are 26 drugs approved for males). With this vote we are one step closer to having an approved option for women,” Kagan says.

“We can have a safety discussion that is well-informed, monitored and updated, as opposed to the quackery and off-label treatments patients currently resort to,” she adds.

Dr. Kagan’s  research was done in conjunction with Alta Bates Summit’s REDI (Jordan Research and Education Institute).

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

East Bay AIDS Center Gets $6 Million to Address Growing Risk of HIV Among Young Men of Color

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P.

Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P.

Sutter Health’s East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is the only Northern California team of investigators to receive a $6 million state-sponsored grant to explore how best to implement an HIV prevention pill among high-risk HIV-uninfected young people.

HIV infection rates are rising, especially among young African-American men who have sex with men, and among other young gay men of color in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and other East Bay communities.

“We want to break down barriers preventing young people from seeking help and reduce the impact of HIV on our community,” says Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P., principal investigator and co-medical director of EBAC. “Through our outreach and education program we want to identify individuals who should be tested and who may not have access to compassionate, non-judgmental sexual health care. If you are HIV negative, we want to help you develop a personalized plan to stay negative. If you are positive, we want to help get you into successful treatment.”

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