Community Health Events

Community health events scheduled by Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Berkeley, California

Join Our Weight Loss (Bariatric) Surgery Introductory Seminar

Posted on May 18, 2015

This free weight loss surgery seminar is offered in multiple locations in the East Bay Area and reviews the anatomy of bariatric surgery, the diet plan and lifestyle changes to expect after surgery.

The seminar also provides a pre-appointment checklist to guide you through the process and is a forum for you to ask questions of the nurse coordinator and other staff members.

Patients who are considering surgery are required to attend an introductory seminar prior to their appointment with the surgeon.

Learn about Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery Program.

Where & When

Date June 9, 2015
Time 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Cost Free
Venue Health Education Center (HEC), Room 102
Address 400 Hawthorne Ave 
Oakland, CA 94609
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Class Registration

Register online or call 510-869-8972.


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Free Summer Academic Enrichment Program: Apply Now

Posted on May 14, 2015

Youth in MedicineApplications are available for Youth in Medicine, Alta Bates Summit’s free summer academic enrichment program for middle school students.

From June 29 to July 30, students will be on campus at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, learning about healthy lifestyles and health care careers.

Students will be introduced to:


  • Basic science
  • Nursing skills
  • Anatomy
  • Podiatry
  • Sports medicine
  • Histology
  • Operating room situations

The program, Monday through Thursday, 8:30a.m. to 3 p.m., also includes physical fitness activities and the opportunity to make rounds with physicians at the medical center.

For more information and an application, email or call Gary Owens, program coordinator, 510-869-8225.


Cancer Survivorship Symposium June 2: Your Path to Wellness

Posted on May 13, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015Survivorship small
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Samuel Merritt University
Health Education Center
Bechtel Hall
400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland


Please join us at this special event celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day. Our expert panel will present  techniques you can use to build physical well-being, stress management and balance in your life.
Please RSVP to 510-204-5656 to reserve your space at this special event.

5:30 p.m. – Registration and Refreshments
6:00 p.m. – Presentations

  • Survivorship Empowerment
    Beverly Hart-Inkster, RN, BSN, OCN
    Oncology Nurse Educator
  • Mindful Well-Being
    Shell Portner, RN, BSN
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher
    Physical & Emotional Strength:
    Bidyut K. Bose, PhD.
    Executive Director, Niroga Institute
  • Nutrition Tips for Cancer Survivors
    Bernadette Festa, RDC, CSO
    Oncology Dietician
  • Making Change: Practical Tips
    Kathleen Colloton, RNC, WHNP
    Certified Holistic Health Coach
  • Closing Remarks
    Milana Dolezal, MD
    Medical Oncologist


Join Our Weekly Medical Qi Gong Classes

Posted on May 11, 2015

medical qi gongMedical Qi Gong is a Chinese meditative practice using slow, graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of Qi within the body and enhance overall health.

With Medical Qi Gong, a person’s inner energy is recognized, collected and transformed through exercises to promote the body’s natural healing ability. The exercises are not physically demanding and can be easily learned to achieve relaxation, concentration and breathing.

This class will be led by Dr. Alex Feng, Ph.D., OMD, LAc, a renowned Qi Gong Master and teacher.

Where & When

Date May 19, 2015
Alex Feng
Time 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Cost Free
Venue Herrick Campus, Maffly Auditorium
Address 2001 Dwight Way 
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Class Registration

Walk-ins welcome. Call 510-204-4785 for more information.

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After Breast Cancer Treatment – A Time of Emotional Transition

Posted on May 8, 2015

Group of women listening to a speaker seated at a tableJust getting through cancer treatments takes an enormous amount of determination, focus and courage. There may have been little time to adjust to your diagnosis and process your feelings.

Once treatment is over, you may feel somewhat disoriented and unsettled. Come and learn what to expect during this time of transition.

Our experts will talk about how to deal with post-treatment anxiety and fear to help you heal emotionally.


Where & When

Date May 13, 2015
Time 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost Free
Venue Samuel Merritt University, Health Education Center (Room 103)
Address 400 Hawthorne Avenue 
Oakland, CA 94609
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Class Registration

Call 510-204-5656 for pre-registration.

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Alta Bates Summit Shows Strong Support for March of Dimes

Posted on May 7, 2015

MOD FinalA morning shower in Pleasanton on April 25 couldn’t dampen the spirit of hundreds of walkers wearing Sutter Health’s colors in March for Babies, benefiting the March of Dimes. The “super team” of employees, friends and family members represented Sutter Health’s East Bay affiliates.

″I’m grateful for—and proud of—the many compassionate staff members who put their heart into supporting our partnership with the March of Dimes,” says Chuck Prosper, Bay Area March of Dimes board member and Alta Bates Summit CEO. “We’ve helped our tiniest patients to be born healthier, stronger, and on time by raising money to support the March of Dimes’ lifesaving research and programs.”

The Sutter Health East Bay March of Dimes team raised more than $74,800 and Alta Bates Summit raised more than $17,000 of that total.