Alta Bates Summit and the Oakland Athletics Partner to Support Stand Up To Cancer

Posted on Sep 14, 2018

Alta Bates Summit physician Dr. Christine Chung with one of her pediatric cancer patients.

On September 1, the Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer and the Oakland Athletics partnered to support Stand Up To Cancer, a Major League Baseball initiative to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. All Major League players, coaches, and umpires wore gold-ribbon decals and wristbands to further promote awareness for childhood cancer, which is the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under in the United States.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to be the only provider of advanced radiation treatment for kids in the East Bay and the Oakland A’s went above and beyond to treat our patients and their families to a special pre-game experience. More than a dozen children were escorted onto the baseball field for batting practice and then lined up with A’s and Seattle Mariners players for the national anthem. Alta Bates Summit radiation oncologists Dr. Sravana Chennupati and Dr. Christine Chung also took part in the pre-game event and Dr. Chung threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Dr. Christine Chung and Dr. Sravana Chennupati took part in the pre-game festivities.

“It takes a collaborative effort to provide academic level care in a community hospital setting and we’re proud to be able to offer high quality care to young patients close to their homes,” says Dr. Chennupati. “Our entire team of nurses, therapists and staff members take really great care of these families and it was very special to see so many smiles at the game.”

All of the patients that attended the game also received a free replica Oakland Athletics jersey, gift bag and all the families sat in the same section of the stadium with the Comprehensive Cancer Center employees and physicians. Arrangements are also being made to ensure that patients that were unable to come to the game will also get an A’s jersey.

“The families were extremely touched when they were invited to the game,” says Donna Russell, RN, nurse manger, Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Services. “A few of our parents cried and remarked that they never had a chance to do special things like this and our team was building a memory for the entire family. This truly is magical on so many levels.”

Thank you to the Oakland A’s and our Comprehensive Cancer Center employees and physicians for their love and support of our pediatric cancer patients!

Summer’s Outdoor Fun Brings Health Risks: Learn More About Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on Jun 18, 2018

Now that summer’s here, most people are spending more time traveling and enjoying the great outdoors. Road trips, playing sports and hanging out at the pool are fun, but they can also expose people to greater health risks.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), approximately 17,700 people in the United States suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) each year and there are approximately 288,000 people living in the U.S. with a SCI.

Common Causes of SCI
The most common cause of spinal cord injury is trauma. Nearly 40 percent of the injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents and more car accidents occur during summer months. Other types of trauma include:

  • Falls from heights – 31 percent
  • Violence (stabbing or gunshot wounds to the spine) – 14 percent
  • Sport injuries (swimming/diving, football, rugby, equestrian, etc.)- 8 percent

Dr. Shirley Chi, a physiatrist at the Alta Bates Summit Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Center offers some insight for people participating in outdoor activities.

“Summertime water activities are great fun, but can also present serious danger,” says Dr. Chi. “In fact, swimming and diving accidents represent the fourth leading cause−or 8 percent−of spinal cord injuries in the country. Practicing good safety habits this summer can help prevent spinal cord injuries.” Read More

Oakland A’s to Host Play Ball, Presented by Sutter Health, Starting in June

Posted on May 29, 2018

Community Sandlot-Style Baseball Games in Oakland Throughout the Summer

The Oakland A’s and Sutter Health invite the community to join them at local parks throughout the summer to play sandlot-style baseball games. The team will host five Play Ball events at Oakland parks, with the first event scheduled for Sunday, June 3, at Brookdale Park in Oakland. Kids, adults, and families can play a pick-up style baseball game alongside the A’s Street Team and receive A’s goodies. The event is free to attend.

A’s Play Ball, presented by Sutter Health, is in support of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Play Ball initiative, which encourages young people and communities to engage in baseball and softball-related activities, including formal leagues, special events, and casual forms of play. The A’s will also give away 5,000 wristbands, presented by Chevrolet, to kids ages 14 and under during the Sunday, June 10 game versus the Kansas City Royals as part of MLB’s Play Ball Weekend.


The first A’s Play Ball event is set for Sunday, June 3, at Brookdale Park – 2535 High St. – in Oakland from 9 to 11 a.m. Details for the remaining Play Ball days are listed below. Each event is from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, July 7 at Defremery Park – 1651 Adeline St., Oakland
  • Saturday, July 28 at Ira Jinkins Park – 9175 Edes Ave., Oakland
  • Saturday, Aug. 5 at Garfield Park – 2201 E. 17th, Oakland
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 at Allendale Park – 3711 Sutter St., Oakland

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Oakland A’s Visit 50th Anniversary Babies at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Posted on Apr 17, 2018

In celebration of the A’s 50th anniversary season in Oakland and in partnership with Sutter Health, A’s relief pitcher Danny Coulombe and wife Lauren and relief pitcher Blake Treinen, wife Kati and their daughter Addison visited newborn babies and their families at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. A’s mascot Stomper was a huge hit with everyone while Coulombe and Treinen passed out A’s/Sutter Health onesies to the newest A’s fans.

Coulombe and Treinen met and took photos with the new babies, moms, family members and Alta Bates Summit L&D and NICU nursing staff. Special thanks to the A’s players and support staff for helping to coordinate this fun visit before tonight’s 50th Anniversary game.

In the coming months, Sutter Health is going to partner with the Oakland A’s on Nurse Appreciation Night (May 8) and a breast cancer awareness campaign highlighting the caregivers and survivors from the Sutter Health family.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Doubles Shelters for Oakland’s Homeless

Posted on Apr 10, 2018

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has doubled its financial commitment to provide temporary housing to help the City of Oakland move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters.

Alta Bates Summit CEO Chuck Prosper committed initial funding in December to purchase and deliver 20 “Tuff Shed” portable structures to shelter 40 people at Oakland’s first temporary “Safe Haven” shelter site for homeless individuals.

Impressed by the effort – a collaborative effort between the medical center, City of Oakland and Oakland Chamber of Commerce – a generous community donor has now offered to partner with Alta Bates Summit to help fund a second temporary shelter site, with 20 more units.

“We would certainly prefer people have permanent, safe, affordable housing,” Prosper says. “Homelessness here is now a public health issue, yet we must respond with compassion and respect in a way that helps people get back on their feet and lead healthier lives again.” Read More

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Earns Recognition as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Posted on Mar 27, 2018

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. The annual survey, conducted by Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), recognizes facilities that meet key criteria, including foundational elements of LGBTQ patient-centered care, LGBTQ patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and LGBTQ patient and community engagement.

Chuck Prosper, CEO, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

“The amazing caregivers at Alta Bates Summit create a compassionate and inclusive healing environment for our LGBT patients, their families and friends,” says Chuck Prosper, CEO, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “We value diversity and inclusiveness, providing the utmost respect and sensitivity to all whom we serve.”   Read More

Five Star Kudos to Security Staff and Chuck Prosper, Alta Bates Summit CEO

Posted on Mar 16, 2018

Chuck Prosper, CEO, Alta Bates Summit.

Sutter Health receives a lot of feedback on social media and review channels every day, but it’s always great to see the positive examples of people impacting our customers’ experience, even in the smallest ways. It makes an even bigger difference when that culture is reinforced by our leaders. Below is a letter about the service a visitor received from Chuck Prosper, CEO at Alta Bates Summit.

“My partner and I were visiting my cousin at Alta Bates Summit in Oakland when I asked a friendly and responsive security guard for wheelchair assistance. The guard immediately said no problem and he called out to another staff person: “Chuck, would you mind getting these people a wheelchair please?” Chuck moved quickly to retrieve a wheelchair, brought it to my partner, made sure he was situated in the chair and walked us around to the elevator and pushed the button for us. Very nice, I thought.

After our visit we returned to the lobby to give the wheelchair back and the security guard pointedly said to me, “You know that guy Chuck who helped you with the wheelchair? He’s the CEO of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.” The guard and I looked at each other for a second and then I asked the guard, “Chuck has obviously made you feel very comfortable and secure for you to just ask him to do ‘stuff’ and the guard replied, “Oh yeah, he’s a really cool guy.” Cool guy indeed. When the CEO of one of the two primary hospital systems in this area responds to a security guard asking him to get a wheelchair for a visitor and there isn’t even a drop of a hint of hierarchy or acknowledgement that Chuck, the cool guy is CEO, that’s impressive work on behalf of the leadership at Alta Bates Summit.”