Beyond Heartburn: Addressing the Cause of GERD

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

Work Out in Comfort

Work out in comfort.

Imagine a room in your house is on fire and the alarm goes off, but instead of calling 911, you remove the batteries from the annoying alarm.

Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who take medication to ease heartburn are essentially shutting down their bodies’ alarm system, says Wilson S. Tsai, M.D., medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery at Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center.

“Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem,” says Tsai. Read More

Healthier Holidays: Finding Balance Amid the Emotional Stress and Overindulgence

Posted on Dec 3, 2014

Yes, the holidays can be a challenge, says interventional cardiologist Thomas Quinn, M.D. But don’t buy in to the idea that sensible eating and exercise are a lost cause from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. For most folks, there are just a handful of winter days of celebration.

“When you eat and exercise thoughtfully 80 to 90 percent of the time, it’s fine to really enjoy yourself the other 10 percent,” says Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation’s Quinn, who sees patients in Oakland and Antioch. Read More

GERD Awareness Week: It’s More Than Heartburn

Posted on Nov 21, 2014

Man with heartburn.

National GERD Awareness week takes place every year during the week of Thanksgiving – a time when many Americans may experience heartburn associated with overeating. However, if heartburn occurs more frequently, or is associated with symptoms other than heartburn, it may be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a lifelong disease that affects up to one in five adults in the United States.

GERD is caused by a weak valve that allows acid, bile and stomach contents to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, creating pain (heartburn) and often causing damage to the lining of the esophagus.Heartburn is the most common symptom, but not the only one. Some GERD sufferers experience other symptoms, such as regurgitation, hoarseness, persistent cough, asthma, bad breath, sleep disturbance and tooth erosion. Medications can help with the heartburn symptoms, but do not address the actual cause of GERD, the weak valve.

Get Educated. Get Evaluated. Get Treated.

“Diagnostic testing performed by a health care provider specializing in diseases of the esophagus is the only way to definitively diagnose GERD,” said Dr. Wilson Tsai, medical director of Eden Medical Center’s Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program. “I urge patients suffering from GERD to seek help from a GERD specialist who can provide an accurate diagnosis and discuss the latest treatment options to ultimately give these patients their lives back.”

“Many people don’t understand that GERD is a serious disease that can really impact every facet of a patient’s life – I see patients that haven’t had a good night’s sleep in years.” said Dr. Tsai. “If someone finds themselves having symptoms despite taking medication, or if they develop new symptoms or nighttime reflux, it’s time to get a thorough evaluation.”

For information about the Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery Program at Eden Medical Center, please call (510) 727-3375 or email edeninfo@sutterhealth.org.

Eden Earns Top Performer Recognition from The Joint Commission

Posted on Nov 11, 2014

Well Done Stamp of Approval(Castro Valley, CA, Nov. 11, 2014)– Eden Medical Center today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Eden Medical Center was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Only 36.9 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals in the nation earned the distinction of Top Performer for quality performance.

This is the third time Eden has been recognized as a Top Performer since the program’s inception in 2010. Eden is also one of only of 712 hospitals to achieve the Top Performer distinction for the past two consecutive years.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
  • Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“This recognition by the Joint Commission is a testament to the talented professionals who provide exceptional, compassionate care to our patients every day. We’re committed to continually evaluating and improving the care we deliver so that we best meet the changing needs of our patients and communities,” said Terry Glubka, R.N., CEO of Eden Medical Center.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

Welcome at the Table: Festive Meals for All Diets

Posted on Nov 4, 2014

Fresh VegetablesPreparing and sharing a festive meal is a timeless way to connect with loved ones. With a little kitchen wisdom you can create a potluck dish or a whole meal that’s delicious for those with a food intolerance or particular diet plan.

“We’re increasingly aware the food we eat affects our health and wellness,” says Stacy M. DeRosa, R.D., clinical dietitian-outpatient services, at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “A healthful nutrition plan includes more plant-based foods, fewer processed items, and less added fat and sugar.”

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Explore the Options: Living Well With Osteoarthritis

Posted on Nov 4, 2014

Golf, family time, long walks with the dog: Hip and knee pain are not on your to-do list. And thanks to the variety of treatment options, osteoarthritis patients can stay active and maintain a high quality of life.

From ice and heat applications to arthroscopy to total joint replacement, well-informed patients choose not to become sedentary or to live with pain.

Benjamin Busfield, M.D.

Benjamin Busfield, M.D.

“These patients are more demanding in a good way,” says Benjamin Busfield, M.D., FAAOS, an orthopedic surgeon with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “They demand quality lifestyles. “ Read More

Eden Medical Center Earns Top Grade for Patient Safety

Posted on Oct 30, 2014

The Letter "A" for Alta Bates Summit's "A" rating in hospital safetyEden Medical Center earned an A rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group® in its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score℠.

“An A grade from Leapfrog Group not only places us amongst the top hospitals in the U.S., it also reflects the hard work, dedication and exceptional skill and compassion of our clinical staff in our continuous pursuit of providing outstanding patient care to every patient every time,” says Sidney Wanetick, M.D., chief medical executive at Eden Medical Center.

More than 2,500 hospitals nationwide participate in The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program. The national employer organization grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

The survey is the only nationally standardized and endorsed set of measures that captures hospital performance in patient safety, quality and resource utilization. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved.

The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Sutter Health hospitals earning A ratings include:

In July, all Sutter Health East Bay hospitals received “high performing” rankings for specialty care in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.

For 2014-2015, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 medical care specialties. These Sutter Health hospitals ranked as high performers