News Release

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

In the News: Robert Schoene, M.D.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

How did the 16-year-old stowaway on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 survive in the plane’s wheel well for 5.5 hours, enduring frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen?

Dr. Schoene, pulmonologist and critical disease medicine specialist with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, answers this question on KCBS Radio 106.9 FM  and on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Since 1947, only about 25 percent of the 105 stowaways aboard airplanes worldwide have survived.

Can Anyone Survive in a Plane’s Wheel Well?

Dr. Schoene, pulmonologist and critical disease medicine specialist with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, interviewed on CNN with Anderson Cooper.

Dr. Schoene has done extensive research in exercise and high altitude medicine. His book High Altitude Medicine and Physiology is the world’s only authorized text on high altitude medicine and physiology.


Alta Bates Summit and Edgewood Center Sign Agreement to Transition Adolescent Treatment Center

Posted on Dec 13, 2013

Oakland, CA–Alta Bates Summit Medical Center plans to donate Thunder Road, an adolescent substance abuse treatment center, to the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, a leading and well-respected Bay Area nonprofit provider of behavioral and mental health services for youth and families, officials with both organizations announced today. Edgewood logo Read More

Alta Bates Summit Receives National Recognition

Posted on Nov 8, 2012

American College of Surgeons Recognizes Exemplary Outcomes in Surgery

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is one of only 28 hospitals in the U.S. and the only East Bay hospital recognized for exemplary surgical patient care by The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®).

Dr. Eileen Consorti

ACS NSQIP recognized Alta Bates Summit’s Surgery Services and its team of surgeon champions: Eileen Consorti, M.D., Steven Stanten, M.D. and Carrie A. Bouderka, NSQIP, surgical clinical reviewer for Alta Bates Summit, in helping to achieve exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Offer Community Event for Heart Valve Disease Education

Posted on Sep 7, 2012

Distinguished Cardiac Program and Leading Patient Advocacy Website
Join Forces To Raise Awareness About Heart Valve Disease

Cardiac Surgeon Junaid Khan, M.D., and Adam Pick

Cardiac Surgeon Junaid Khan, M.D., & blogger/author Adam Pick

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a leading Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, along with, the largest online resource for patients with heart valve disease, will present a special community event to raise awareness and to educate the community about heart valve disorders on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8  p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA.

If you’ve been diagnosed with heart valve disease or a heart murmur, take advantage of this special opportunity to get information about treatment options and resources. Read More

EBAC One of Three Grants in State Awarded by UC

Posted on Apr 18, 2012

Alta Bates Summit’s East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) received one of only three grants awarded statewide by the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) of the University of California.

The grants total more than $10 million and are aimed at curbing the HIV epidemic in California. The purpose of the grant is to test interventions aimed at preventing new HIV infections among Californians at high risk, including a daily prevention pill.

EBAC’s role in this grant is to plan and pilot a program that includes innovative strategies for outreach, HIV testing, sexual health services, and linkage to medical care for young men of color who have sex with men in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and other East Bay locations.

“These young Californians are especially vulnerable to HIV, with annual rates of new infection comparable to those in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Lead Project Investigator Jeffrey Burack, M.D., co-medical director of EBAC and associate clinical professor at UC Berkeley and UCSF.

Jeffrey Burack, M.D.

“But these very people most at risk have been woefully under-researched. We want to identify and test prevention interventions that will actually reach the people in need, and that will be most effective for our local community. Once we’ve done that, we intend to put these strategies into practice on a larger scale.”

EBAC is the only Northern California site funded by the CHRP program. Other recipients, located in Southern California, are The Division of HIV and STD Programs at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the University of California, San Diego.

As the largest and oldest HIV/AIDS treatment center in the East Bay, EBAC was founded in 1987 and offers a comprehensive program of expert primary and consultative HIV care, specialty medical and psychosocial care, and access to clinical trials, as well as support throughout the continuum of HIV disease.

A community service program of Alta Bates Summit, EBAC provides care to over 1,300 people each year. EBAC’s services include the Downtown Youth Clinic (DYC), which serves HIV-positive teenagers and young adults ages 15-24 and is the largest program for HIV positive youth in the region.

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.”