A year ago, Cinthia Zapien – a 21-year-old college student with a bright future – learned that she had a genetic heart disorder that put her at risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest. Cinthia has Long QT Syndrome, a rare abnormality of the heart’s electrical activity that causes dangerous heart arrhythmias. Cinthia started suffering fainting spells and other symptoms about five years ago and much of her father’s side of the family all suffers from the same disorder.
“My aunt and three of her daughters have the same condition and one of my cousins died when she was 11,” said Cinthia. “All of my sisters and my father are being monitored for Long QT Syndrome as well.”
Heart, 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 about Curing Patients From the Bottom Up
Sunday, March 30, is National Doctors’ Day. It is a day to celebrate and honor the many contributions of physicians who serve our community by caring for its citizens.
Thank You to Our Doctors
At Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, it is our mission to improve the health and well-being of people in the communities we serve. Physicians play a vital role as we work towards fulfilling this mission. On Doctors’ Day, we invite you to join us in expressing appreciation to the physicians that serve on our medical staff at Alta Bates Summit. Read More about National Doctors’ Day
Reclaim the Right to Laugh Yourself Silly
It’s no fun to swallow a laugh, stifle a sneeze or suppress a cough just because you’re afraid of a little leakage. More than 13 million people in the U.S. struggle with urinary incontinence, including one out of every four women.
Come hear urogynecologist Anna Frick, M.D., discuss options for managing female continence. Then get back to having all the fun you deserve.
When: Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Lafayette Library and Learning Center. 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549
Call 510-869-6737 to save your seat.
“Mary” had been an active and vibrant woman, but slowly lost interest in the activities she loved. Then she saw urogynecologist Anna Frick, M.D., MPH, who helped her regain the life she had lost.
“When Mary came to me, she was suffering from severe urge urinary incontinence,” recounts Dr. Frick, an Alta Bates Summit affiliated doctor who practices with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEMBF). “She was on medical leave from work, did not want to leave the house and had stopped exercising. She was incredibly frustrated and embarrassed by her frequent, unpredictable leakage of urine.”
Dr. Frick is one of only a few board-certified, fellowship-trained urogynecologists in the East Bay. She was among the first in the nation to become certified as a subspecialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology). So, when Mary came to her for treatment, Dr. Frick could give her a number of treatment options. Read More about Reclaim the Right to Laugh Yourself Silly
Internal medicine physician Jeff Burack, M.D., (East Bay AIDS Center) and pediatrician Olivia Lang, M.D., are Sutter Medical Network (SMN) Quality Care Award winners! Drs. Burack and Lang received this honor for earning the highest overall Quality Pay for Performance mean scores compared to all other eligible clinicians in their region.
They were two of three East Bay primary care physicians presented with an SMN award for working diligently to ensure their patients receive the preventive care and screenings that they need—an important factor for health care consumers choosing where they seek care. Family medicine physician Samantha Malm, M.D., from Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, was also an award recipient.
All SMN affiliated medical foundations and IPAs that reported quality data to Sutter Health in 2012 were eligible to participate. As the SMN expands its measurement set in 2014 to non-primary care areas, sub-specialists will also be eligible for the award.