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Brown Is The New Green

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Water is vital to caring for patients, maintaining proper hygiene and keeping a clean environment. So, how can health care facilities join the common effort to conserve water?

Landscaping, irrigation and outdoor washing have been reduced and all Sutter Health facilities are reviewing water consumption and looking for ways to save.

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“I think the public expects to see that rather than lush green lawns during a drought,” says Susan Frank, president of Suma Landscaping Inc., which maintains the grounds at all Alta Bates Summit campuses.

The goal is to permanently reduce water use while providing patients with high-quality care and personal service.

Below are the steps taken to conserve water across the Sutter Health East Bay Region:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation at the new Merritt Pavilion
  •         Landscaping and irrigation systems designed to reduce water consumption
  •         Irrigation systems monitored
  •         Lawn watering limited to two or three days a week
  •         Water-saving plumbing fixtures in the new Merritt Pavilion on the Summit Campus

Eden Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation

Sutter Delta Medical Center

  •         Irrigation system surveyed and repaired
  •         Watering reduced from five days a week to two days a week
  •         Duration of watering reduced to five to six minutes from eight to 10 minutes

Raising Awareness About Hepatitis A in the East Bay

Posted on Jun 27, 2013

Dictionary turned to hepatitis definitionRecently, a Hepatitis A outbreak in California and several other states was traced to tainted berries.

With National Hepatitis Month in July, it seems like a good time to ask yourself: “How much do you know about this disease?”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, hepatitis A is caused by a virus that infects the liver. It’s transmitted by the fecal-oral route.

So, you can get the disease from contact with an infected person or by eating contaminated food–such as tainted berries–or by drinking contaminated water.

Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of skin)
  • Fever

Fortunately, the disease usually goes away on its own without causing chronic liver disease.

Preventing Hepatitis A in the East Bay

The hepatitis A vaccination is the most effective measure for preventing infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine for all children at age 1.

Talk to your doctor about ways to keep you and your family healthy. Visit our “Find a Doctor” search tool to find a doctor near you.

Brought to you by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.


Spend the Fourth of July With Friends and Family—Not in the Emergency Room

Posted on Jun 24, 2013

Colorful fireworks exploding in the East Bay sky over the bay
With the Fourth of July in just a few days, do you know how to keep out of the emergency room?

Injuries from fireworks cause cuts, bruising, burns and foreign bodies in the eye. Some injuries can even be severe enough to cause vision loss.

Fireworks safety in the East Bay

Protect your family by following a few guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Watch fireworks displays from a safe distance
  • Make sure an adult supervises fireworks activities.
  • Don’t buy fireworks packaged in brown paper (this means they were made for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers).
  • Don’t allow young children to play with or light fireworks.
  • Call 911 immediately if someone is injured from fireworks.

Brought to you by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Is Your Health Worth 10 Minutes Every Three Months?

Posted on Jun 3, 2013

Family with daughter on swing

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Sutter Health Gives $500,000 to American Red Cross for Sandy Relief

Posted on Oct 31, 2012

October 31, 2012–Sutter Health today announced a half million dollar donation to the American Red Cross, Capital Region Chapter, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast this week.

“The damage caused by superstorm Sandy is indescribable,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected. We hope our donation brings comfort to our fellow Americans in their time of great need.”

In recent years, Sutter Health has supported the American Red Cross’ humanitarian efforts close to home and across the globe, with donations for disaster relief work following the earthquake in Haiti; the earthquake and tsunami in Japan; Hurricane Katrina; and fires in California.

Sutter Health physicians and hospitals share a common commitment to creating healthier communities through programs and services that respond to community needs. In 2011, our network invested $756 million in care and services for the poor and underserved.

For information on how you can help support relief efforts, visit the American Red Cross at

About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

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Alta Bates Summit and Sutter Employees Train for Mass Casualty Incidents

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

Forty-eight employees from Sutter Health affiliates, including three from Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED), recently attended the Healthcare Leadership and Decision-making for Mass Casualty Incidents Training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.

Alta Bates Summit ED staff Ryan Cooke, R.N., manager, Summit ED; Be-Verlyn Navarro, R.N., manager, Alta Bates ED; and emergency physician Dr. Aaron Stern brought back a wealth of information to use in our community.

Attendees received training on providing medical emergency response and learned how to effectively respond and recover from real-world incidents involving natural disasters, terrorism and hazardous material accidents.

Individuals training for mass casualty response.

Alta Bates Summit staff (standing in center) Emergency Physician Aaron Stern, M.D. and Alta Bates ED Manager Be-Verlyn Navarro, R.N.

Dr. Stern, says he now understands the importance of hands-on training for disaster preparedness. “This training helps us to be better prepared to care for patients during a catastrophic event and to help assist the community as well.” Read More