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.
Alta Bates Summit and Eden Medical Centers Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition From The Joint Commission
Eden (l) and Alta Bates Summit (r) medical centers have been named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® for exemplary performance in improving care for patients who experience heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgery.
The award was made by The Joint Commission, the U.S. leader in accrediting health care organizations.
“Alta Bates Summit and Eden medical centers, along with all the Top Performer hospitals, have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. Read More about Alta Bates Summit and Eden Medical Centers Earn ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition From The Joint Commission
Oct. 18 marked an important milestone in caring for the 100th patient in our IORT (IntraOperative Radiation Therapy) Program. In less than two years, this important therapy in the treatment of breast cancer has helped to put Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center at the forefront of breast cancer treatment.
Congratulations to Drs. Valery Uhl, Lisa Bailey and their outstanding team of experts for leading the way in making this milestone possible. Read More about Milestone of 100 Reached by IORT Team
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has once again received honors with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
“I’m extremely proud of our outstanding staff and physicians for their ongoing excellence in patient safety,” said Steve O’Brien, M.D., vice president of medical affairs at Alta Bates Summit. “This A rating demonstrates our commitment to our patients and community.”
The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use in choosing a hospital and protecting themselves and their families.
Sometimes called a brain “heart attack,” strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
In Oakland and Berkeley, the stroke death rate is higher than the national average.
What’s a stroke?
One common type of stroke is an ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood clot causes a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain.
Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die within minutes.
That’s why every second counts when a patient has a stroke because the longer the brain is left without oxygen, the greater the chance of brain damage and permanent disability.
Call 911 immediately if you or a loved one suddenly experiences any of the following “FAST” ischemic stroke symptoms:
• F: FACE–Uneven smile, facial droop/numbness, vision disturbance and/or headaches
• A: ARM & LEG–Weakness, numbness, difficulty walking, dizziness
• S: SPEECH–Slurred, inappropriate words, mute
• T: TIME–Time is critical; CALL 911
East Bay Stroke Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Our Regional Stroke Center is dedicated to quick response, advanced treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation services that span all three medical center campuses.
Find out more by visiting our Regional Stroke Center Website.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center proudly announces the three-year recertification of its cardiovascular rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Department was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Read More about Alta Bates Summit Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified