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.”

A Fresh Approach – The Blue Zones Nutrition Workshop

Posted on Feb 27, 2018

Did you know there are areas of the world where people not only live the longest but have better quality of life without many of our Western diseases?

These are referred to as the Blue Zones and there are five regions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. that researchers have identified as having the highest concentrations of centenarians in the world. These are the five specific places:

  1. Sardinia, Italy (a small island off the coast of Italy, specifically an area called the Nuoro Province)
  2. Ikaria, Greece
  3. Okinawa, Japan
  4. Nicoya, Costa Rica
  5. Loma Linda, California (an area where the religious group called the Seventh-day Adventists live.)Most people living in the Blue Zones share characteristics such as:

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