Ask An Expert About Nurse Practitioners

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Q: My Ob-Gyn’s office recently added a nurse practitioner. Can you tell me more about their qualifications and what they do?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has advanced education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions, disease prevention and the promotion of health wellness.

Nurse practitioners must complete a master’s or doctoral degree and receive additional medical training beyond their initial training as a registered nurse. Read More

Knee Replacement Surgery: What’s Right for You?

Posted on Apr 24, 2015

event-knee-140x177Knees are one of the most important joints in the human body. Unfortunately, as we age our knees can wear out. They are also subject to debilitating conditions such as arthritis or injury. There are many varieties of knee surgery and many reasons why a person is a candidate for knee surgery. Join us at a free community class to learn more about knees, common causes of pain and treatment options available to get you back on your feet. Presented by Dr. Jonathan Wang, orthopedic surgeon

Thursday, May 14
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Eden Medical Center
Conference Center
20101 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546

Register online or call (888) 445-8433.

Free Wig, Support for Cancer Patients Experiencing Hair Loss

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society support women during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

The wig bank is staffed by specially trained volunteers at the cancer center, 2001 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Call 1-800-227-2345 for an appointment.

“This is the first onsite American Cancer Society wig bank at a Sutter Health facility in the East Bay,” says Luanne Ridgley, LCSW, manager of oncology supportive care services for the cancer center. “It’s a great resource for anyone in the community, not just Sutter patients.”

One-on-one consultations include:

  • One free wig per patient
  • Finding a wig that fits your lifestyle
  • Suggestions for wearing wigs, turbans and scarves


Cheers for Sutter Health Volunteers

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Cheers for Sutter Health Volunteers“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.”Terri Guillemets

April 12 marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week—a special time to recognize all those who give back to the community by generously contributing their skills and experience to make a positive difference.

Throughout our Sutter Health care centers, about 5,000 volunteers donate their time to help us create an environment where patients feel respected, valued and understood. From greeting visitors and answering their questions to helping families in Emergency Rooms, our volunteers share our commitment to giving patients an exceptional, personalized care experience, every time.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, “I want to personally thank our volunteers for their daily partnership with us, our patients and their families, ” says Pat Fry, Sutter Health President and CEO. “They’ve chosen to volunteer within Sutter Health because they believe in us and the work we do.”


Eden’s Tree of Life Honors Organ Donation Heroes

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

Eden Medical Center's Tree of Life wall sculpture

The Tree of Life wall scupture honors organ donation heroes. The 150-pound sculpture by artist Mendy Greenbaum is cast in bronze and installed in the Intensive Care Unit at Eden Medical Center.

Family members and staff gathered at Eden Medical Center on Mar. 14 to pay tribute to 13 heroes who gave the ultimate gift of life. Newly engraved leaves were revealed on the Tree of Life—a bronze sculpture that hangs on the wall of the Intensive Care Unit waiting room. The 150-pound sculpture stands 7 ft. by 7 ft., has 375 leaves. Each leaf will be engraved with the name of a patient who donated their organs to save another’s life.

This year, we honored 13 individuals who donated organs in 2014. Their families were invited to a ceremony to honor this gift.

In addition to the personalized leaves, a plaque next to the “Tree of Life” reads:

“Eden Medical Center Foundation dedicates this Tree of Life to honor organ and tissue donors. Their selfless gifts created miracles for others and embodied the spirit of generosity. In their final hour, each person gave a lifetime to someone else.” Read More

March of Dimes: Working and Walking Together for Healthier Babies

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

baby for wordpressSutter Health’s East Bay affiliates support the 2015 March for Babies Campaign – including the March for Babies, Saturday, April 25, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Since 1998, Sutter Health has collaborated with March of Dimes. All contributions fund lifesaving research into preventing premature births, plus programs giving hope and help to families.

“Every day, more than 1,400 babies in the U.S. are born prematurely and these babies face an increased risk of serious medical conditions,” says Chuck Prosper, Bay Area March of Dimes board member and Alta Bates Summit CEO.

Join Sutter Health Cancer Experts on Twitter for Live Chat

Posted on Mar 26, 2015

KQED Cancer2Sutter Health is sponsoring the premier airing of a new Ken Burns production on local public television station KQED.  The documentary is based on the best-selling book: Cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies, and airs March 30, 31 and April 1.
On March 31, Rajesh Behl, M.D., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center oncologist, will join Sutter colleagues in a live Twitter chat with viewers from 9-10 p.m. during the broadcast on @SutterHealth using #CancerFilmQA.
Join the conversation and learn more about the disease that touches nearly everyone in some way.

Sutter Health Live Twitter Chat:

Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 9 to 10 p.m.