Celebrate Father’s Day with a Healthy Heart

Posted on Jun 16, 2017

Going to the Doctor Means Staying Healthy, Don’t Let Excuses Get in the Way

“I don’t need to go to the doctor, I’m fine.”

How many times has a man said something like this to his wife after complaining of feeling under the weather?  Too many to count – and the statistics prove it.

According to the National Institutes of Health, men are more likely to skip or delay regular health screenings and not seek medical attention when something is wrong. To help combat these issues, the week of June 12-18 (aka, Father’s Day) has been established as Men’s Health Week, a time to put the spotlight on men’s health issues. Read More

Teamwork Makes a Lasting Impression

Posted on May 10, 2017

When a hospice patient wanted to see her dog one last time, Joan Van Brunt (left) and Cara Conley, RN, worked together to make this special request happen for a very appreciative patient and her sister.

“I wanted to thank Joan Van Brunt and Cara Conley, RN for the kindest act of all. My sister was on hospice care at Alta Bates, and I called Administration to ask if I could bring her dog in to see her before she transitioned on. Joan was very gracious to me with her kindness and she called me right back with the greatest news. She let me know everything was arranged for me to bring my sister’s dog to visit her for one last time. Joan and Cara worked together to make this happen and my sister received her own room. I will always appreciate you both for this for a long time to come. Read More

Oakland A’s Visit “Opening Day” Babies at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien visited Alta Bates Summit’s Labor and Delivery unit on Tuesday, April 4 as part of the A’s “Opening Day” babies promotion with Sutter Health. Semien met and took photos with the new babies, moms and family members. All babies born on Opening Day (April 3) received an A’s-themed newborn gift set (onesie, pacifier and bib) and tickets to the A’s 2018 Opening Day.

Semien took time to also meet with some of the nurses who cared for his wife Tarah when she gave birth to their son Isaiah at Alta Bates seven months ago.

“It’s a blessing to have my first child born in the East Bay and play for the Oakland A’s.” said Semien.

Semien is also a Northern California pioneer. He was born at CPMC in San Francisco, grew up in the East Bay and attended college at UC Berkeley.

In the coming months, Sutter Health is going to partner with the Oakland A’s and offer in-stadium nursing suites for moms for the first time this season. The Sutter Health nursing suites will offer a clean, comfortable and private place for mothers to breast feed or pump.

Cancer Treatment Cares for the Whole Person

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Figmind body soulhting cancer with advanced treatments and technologies is only part of caring for the whole person. Integrative medicine includes therapies to boost a patient’s immune system, reduce side effects and maintain their well-being.

For more than a decade, the Center for Integrative Medicine at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has offered acupuncture, nutritional support, Qigong, yoga, meditation and music therapy to foster wellness and healing for those battling cancer. Read More

Sutter Health and Alameda Health System Partner to Improve Care for Frequent ER Patients

Posted on Jun 22, 2016

emergency (1)For the first time, six East Bay hospitals, including Sutter Health’s East Bay region, are partnering to improve healthcare for frequent Emergency Room patients. The participating hospitals include Alta Bates Summit in Oakland and Berkeley, Sutter Delta, Eden Medical Center, Highland Hospital in Oakland and San Leandro Hospital in San Leandro. Read More

Dream to Become Nurse Comes Full Circle

Posted on May 10, 2016

sheri buda finalDuring National Nurses Week, May 6-12, we’re especially grateful for nurses, who dedicate their lives and careers to caring for our patients. Some nurses get a really early start.

As a child, Sheri Buda, R.N., remembers always being interested in the moms in her Berkeley neighborhood who were having babies. Click here to see her story.

In kindergarten, she drew a picture of what she wanted to be when she grew up. Today, Sheri is nurse manager in the Labor and Delivery and Antepartum unit on the Alta Bates campus and that drawing of a nurse is on her office wall.

“Even at a young age, I knew I wanted to work in obstetrics,” she says. “The artwork I drew as a child is a fond reminder of why I pursued a nursing career. I’m so happy to be working at Alta Bates.

“I consider myself to be blessed to have known what I wanted to do at such a young age,” says Sheri. “While attending Berkeley High School, I volunteered at Alta Bates and I received a scholarship to attend nursing school. It’s very exciting for me, 25 years later, to come back around full circle and to be a nurse manager at Alta Bates.”