Society for Thoracic Surgeons Honors Alta Bates Summit’s Open Heart Surgery Program

Posted on Dec 1, 2017

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has earned the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) prestigious 3 Star rating. The 3 Star rating represents the highest award for heart surgery practices participating in STS’ national specialty database.

Alta Bates Summit received the 3 Star ratings based on analysis of both first time isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery patients during 2016. The rating affirms that cardiac patients treated at Alta Bates Summit significantly outperformed the STS mean participant score nationwide.

“The 3 Star rating is widely regarded as the gold standard by which cardiac surgery programs are evaluated and it’s the highest honor achievable,” says Leo Dominguez, Alta Bates Summit’s administrative director for professional, cardiovascular and rehabilitation services.  “The 3 Star rating is a testament to the expertise of our surgeons and the commitment of our physicians and staff to quality and excellence.”

Across Sutter Health, we partner with our patients, their families and each other to deliver exceptional care that feels personal. We help our patients feel nurtured and empowered throughout their medical journey.

Alta Bates Summit’s East Bay AIDS Center Has Been Making a Positive Impact for 30 Years

Posted on Nov 30, 2017

For more than 30 years, Sutter Health’s East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been a recognized leader in providing critical primary care services for low-income people living with HIV in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Founded in 1987, EBAC is dedicated to the care and treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS, and conducts a broad range of programs and projects designed to better serve these populations.

Although progress has been made nationally in reducing overall rates of new HIV infections, rates are rising among young gay and bisexual men of color in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and other East Bay communities.

EBAC is deeply engaged in trying to stem that rising tide. Treating those in the community who are already HIV-positive not only can restore their own health, but can also virtually eliminate their risk of transmitting HIV to others.  EBAC also now offers intensive preventive care for those who are HIV-negative but at risk of acquiring the infection.  These services include providing medications proven to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection. 

“We want to break down barriers preventing young people from seeking help, and reduce the impact of HIV on our community,” says Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P., co-medical director of EBAC. “Through our outreach and education programs we want to identify individuals who should be HIV tested and who may not have access to compassionate, non-judgmental sexual health care. If you are HIV negative, we want to help you develop a personalized plan to stay negative. If you are positive, we want to help get you into successful treatment.” Read More

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Honored for Quality Surgical Care

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has received the Meritorious Award from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®). Alta Bates Summit is one of only 66 hospitals in the nation to achieve meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care.

“Alta Bates Summit is honored to once again receive this powerful, patient-centered distinction thanks to our multi-disciplinary teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, clinicians and staff from infection control, quality, and compliance,” says Rose Calhan, Alta Bates Summit’s Chief Operating Officer. “This effort is an outstanding example of seamless teamwork led by our surgeons to enable exceptional patient care.” Read More

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to Host Diabetes Health Fair on Nov. 14

Posted on Nov 8, 2017

An estimated 100,000 individuals in Alameda County have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes but many more may be unaware they have the disease. Untreated, diabetes can lead to kidney failure, vision problems, heart and circulatory issues and a host of complications that exacerbate other health problems.

Learn from the Experts on How to Live Well With Diabetes
On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Alta Bates Summit and Samuel Merritt University’s Ethnic Health Institute will host a free Diabetes Health Fair that will include free diabetes screenings for blood sugar and cholesterol, blood pressure and retinopathy (eyes). The event will also feature presentations by certified diabetes educators specializing in diabetes and management of the disease. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Offers Free Smoking Cessation Workshop On Nov. 8

Posted on Oct 26, 2017

You want to quit smoking. In fact, quitting is something you try almost every Monday throwing away your cigarettes only to retrieve them before the sun goes down. It is at the top of your list of New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’ve tried quitting before on your own or you feel you are ready to quit for the first time.

Whether it’s the first or 10th time you’ve made quitting your goal, there’s just one question you have to ask yourself. Are you quitting for you? We’ve all seen the commercials on television telling us to quit smoking, but why do you want to quit? Is it your health, your kids, your first marathon or something even more personal to you?

To help those who want to quit, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is offering a free Smoking Cessation workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. that will provide important information and practical tips to help you quit smoking. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Recognizes Sepsis Awareness Month

Posted on Sep 7, 2017

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there are more than 1.5 million cases of sepsis a year in the United States, and up to 250,000 deaths. Sepsis is the 10th most common cause of death for Americans, yet, nearly 30 percent have never heard of it.

“Sepsis is the number one cause of mortality in our medical center,” says Denise Navellier, R.N., Alta Bates Summit Chief Nursing Executive and Sespis Initiative Executive Sponsor. “The overwhelming engagement in our sepsis initiative by our front line staff and providers has been the key to success in decreasing the overall mortality.”

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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