News Release

News release from Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Berkeley, California

Sutter Health Donates $500,000 to Help Earthquake Relief Efforts in Nepal

Posted on Apr 29, 2015

Sutter Health today announced a $500,000 donation to help support relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal this past weekend. The American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund and International Medical Corps will each receive $250,000 from the not-for-profit health system.

Sutter Health presents a check to the American Red Cross during a live KCRA 3 telethon.

Sutter Health presents a check to the American Red Cross during a live KCRA 3 telethon.

“The widespread damage and suffering caused by this massive earthquake is incomprehensible,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this catastrophic disaster. We hope our donation brings comfort and relief to those who need it the most.” Read More

East Bay AIDS Center Gets $6 Million to Address Growing Risk of HIV Among Young Men of Color

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P.

Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P.

Sutter Health’s East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is the only Northern California team of investigators to receive a $6 million state-sponsored grant to explore how best to implement an HIV prevention pill among high-risk HIV-uninfected young people.

HIV infection rates are rising, especially among young African-American men who have sex with men, and among other young gay men of color in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and other East Bay communities.

“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., principal investigator and co-medical director of EBAC. “Through our outreach and education program we want to identify individuals who should be 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.”

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In the News: Robert Schoene, M.D.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

How did the 16-year-old stowaway on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 survive in the plane’s wheel well for 5.5 hours, enduring frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen?

Dr. Schoene, pulmonologist and critical disease medicine specialist with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, answers this question on KCBS Radio 106.9 FM  and on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Since 1947, only about 25 percent of the 105 stowaways aboard airplanes worldwide have survived.

Can Anyone Survive in a Plane’s Wheel Well?

Dr. Schoene, pulmonologist and critical disease medicine specialist with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, interviewed on CNN with Anderson Cooper.

Dr. Schoene has done extensive research in exercise and high altitude medicine. His book High Altitude Medicine and Physiology is the world’s only authorized text on high altitude medicine and physiology.


Alta Bates Summit and Edgewood Center Sign Agreement to Transition Adolescent Treatment Center

Posted on Dec 13, 2013

Oakland, CA–Alta Bates Summit Medical Center plans to donate Thunder Road, an adolescent substance abuse treatment center, to the Edgewood Center for Children and Families, a leading and well-respected Bay Area nonprofit provider of behavioral and mental health services for youth and families, officials with both organizations announced today. Edgewood logo Read More

Alta Bates Summit Receives National Recognition

Posted on Nov 8, 2012

American College of Surgeons Recognizes Exemplary Outcomes in Surgery

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is one of only 28 hospitals in the U.S. and the only East Bay hospital recognized for exemplary surgical patient care by The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®).

Dr. Eileen Consorti

ACS NSQIP recognized Alta Bates Summit’s Surgery Services and its team of surgeon champions: Eileen Consorti, M.D., Steven Stanten, M.D. and Carrie A. Bouderka, NSQIP, surgical clinical reviewer for Alta Bates Summit, in helping to achieve exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Offer Community Event for Heart Valve Disease Education

Posted on Sep 7, 2012

Distinguished Cardiac Program and Leading Patient Advocacy Website
Join Forces To Raise Awareness About Heart Valve Disease

Cardiac Surgeon Junaid Khan, M.D., and Adam Pick

Cardiac Surgeon Junaid Khan, M.D., & blogger/author Adam Pick

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a leading Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, along with, the largest online resource for patients with heart valve disease, will present a special community event to raise awareness and to educate the community about heart valve disorders on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-8  p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA.

If you’ve been diagnosed with heart valve disease or a heart murmur, take advantage of this special opportunity to get information about treatment options and resources. Read More