“Helping patients gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction, both on the job as an administrative nursing supervisor and in my volunteer work with the Bay Area Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT, CA-6),” says Roger, R.N., administrative nursing supervisor at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.
Read Roger’s volunteer story, the next in our series featuring employees who give back to our community by volunteering. Read More about My Volunteer Story: Roger, R.N., Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is proud to join hospitals across the country in recognizing National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week (May 6–12). These two celebrations acknowledge the history, individuals, technology and dedicated professionals that come together every day to care for our patients, their families and our community.
National Hospital Week’s theme is “Making Miracles Happen,” from providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world. Hospitals are central to a healthy community.
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. We honor the dedication of the nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide for their compassion and care.
For more than 100 years Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and its five hospitals have been dedicated to this community. Thank you to all those who work tirelessly to provide quality care to our patients seven days a week, 365 days a year. Here’s to the next 100 years!
Every year thousands of adults and children need a bone marrow transplant, often their only chance for survival. Only half them receive one. Today, that includes one of our own employees: Cathy Luginbill.
For more than 30 years, Cathy has been a registered nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She has tirelessly devoted herself to helping others heal, initially as a bedside nurse and currently as the manager of the cardiac rehabilitation program she helped to start. Now Cathy needs our help.
Last year, Cathy was diagnosed with a serious blood disorder called MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). A bone marrow transplant is her only hope.
You could be the one eto give Cathy or thousands like her a second chance at life. Please come to one of the following three bone marrow donor drives to register with “Be the Match” (http://marrow.org). Registering is easy. You complete a consent form and take a simple cheek swab. Your tissue type is entered into a national registry until your 61st birthday.
Monday, January 23, 9 a.m. to noon
Alta Bates Summit Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, 3030 Telegraph, Berkeley
Monday, January 23, 1 – 4 p.m.
Alta Bates Campus, Auditorium 5, 2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley
Tuesday, January 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Herrick Campus, Cancer Center Conf. Room, 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley
This week we recognize our nurses for demonstrating their commitment to excellence in clinical care, research, education and, most importantly, their tireless nurturing and compassionate care of our patients. Alta Bates Summit nurses give selflessly throughout the year, and Nurses Week provides us with an opportunity to express our gratitude for their dedication. Below you can watch Sutter Health’s video tribute to all our nurses.
Elena Griffing started working at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center 65 years ago – when Harry Truman was president, gasoline was 21 cents a gallon, the minimum wage was 40 cents an hour and you could buy a house in the Bay Area for less than $10,000.
Elena celebrated her 65th anniversary at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center on Monday. At 85, she remembered that when she was hired in 1946, administrator and nurse Alta Alice Miner Bates herself was still working at the community hospital she founded in 1905.
Today, Elena works four days a week as a Patient Relations Representative. She wears her impeccable starched white lab coat every day to honor Miss Bates. “I saw her every day in her crisp white uniform and so admired her, I wanted to be just like her,” Elena said.
On Monday, about 100 employees, physicians and volunteers members celebrated Elena’s 65 years of service. Listen to the KCBS radio story here. Or watch the ABC 7 News story below.