Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to East Bay Food Banks

Posted on Dec 9, 2015

generosity-heartTo help ease hunger for our neighbors during the holiday season, Sutter Health has donated $50,000 to three East Bay food banks:

Alameda County Food Bank
Food Bank of Contra Costa
Food Pantry of Davis Street Family Resource Center
This year, Sutter Health donated a quarter-million-dollar-plus to 27 food banks across Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. The donation enables local food banks to serve nutritious meals to those in need this holiday season.

“Our care teams play a special part in creating healthier communities,” says CEO Pat Fry. “Partnering with local food banks is another way we give back and help families stay well-nourished.”

In the past seven years, Sutter Health’s donations to community food banks total more than $1.6 million. On average, every dollar donated to food banks translates to more than four meals served.

East Bay’s First Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Rehab Patients

Posted on Dec 4, 2015

Ekso-pic sliderThe acute rehabilitation program at Alta Bates Summit now offers robotic exoskeleton therapy to help survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again.

Patented by Ekso Bionics – based in Richmond – the Ekso GT body suit adjusts continuously to support a patient’s every step. It offers new hope for greater independence and a better quality of life for a broad range of people with limited mobility due to injuries or illnesses. Read More

Eden Surgeon Makes Mission of Medicine, Education and Community

Posted on Nov 4, 2015

Mimran and friendsOver six days in July, Dr. Ronnie Mimran performed 11 spine surgeries on children in Mbarara, Uganda. The young patients made remarkable recoveries.

“The next day, kids were up, kicking a soccer ball around. The kids are incredibly resilient,” Dr. Mimran recalls. “I left with a deep, deep love of their people. They live with nothing, existing on about 75¢ a day. But I’ve never met a happier population of people.” Read More

Eden Medical Center Earns Top Grade in Latest Safety Scorecard

Posted on Nov 2, 2015

leapfrog-a-ratingSutter Health’s Eden Medical Center earned an A grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group® in its Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score℠. This is the fourth A grade in a row for the medical center.

“This award further underscores the fact that the physicians and staff at Eden Medical Center consistently provide high quality health care to all patients in our community,” said Terry Glubka, Eden CEO.

Twice annually, 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 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.

Eden Medical Center First in California Designated as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence

Posted on Oct 14, 2015

The leadership of Eden’s Imaging Center spearheaded the 18-month effort to prepare for survey by the American College of Radiology for Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence designation. From left to right: Magde Hamdalla, imaging services operations manager; Mark Goldsmith, M.D., diagnostic imaging medical director; Tom Tatum, director of imaging services; Sue Crotteau, lead technologist; and Bryan Daylor, chief operations officer.

The leadership of Eden’s Imaging Center spearheaded the 18-month effort to prepare for survey by the American College of Radiology for Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence designation. From left to right: Magde Hamdalla, imaging services operations manager; Mark Goldsmith, M.D., diagnostic imaging medical director; Tom Tatum, director of imaging services; Sue Crotteau, chief technologist; and Bryan Daylor, chief operations officer.

Eden Medical Center is the first health care facility in California designated as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ — the highest distinction possible from the American College of Radiology.

DICOE Logo_4cMedical imaging is one of the most important tools physicians use to detect disease, diagnose conditions, plan the course of treatment and track progress. Eden Medical Center is home to some of the most advanced imaging technology available, including a 3 Tesla MRI, 128-slice CT scanner and 3D mammography. Imaging can show the development of a fetus in a pregnant woman, the location and stage of a cancerous tumor, or the extent of brain damage in a trauma patient.

“This honor simply confirms what we already know — that our patients receive the best care possible,” said Dr. Mark Goldsmith, medical director of Diagnostic Imaging at Eden. “It goes beyond the award itself, as it is a commitment to meet the most rigorous standards in all facets of diagnostic imaging.”

To become a “Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence,” facilities must obtain ACR accreditation in every imaging modality in which accreditation is offered. The hospital’s Imaging Department must also demonstrate integration into the overall health delivery system. Quality indicators are then used to show how the department affects patient outcomes with a focus on efficiency, safety and quality care.

“Designation as a center of excellence is the pinnacle of medical imaging care,” said Terry Glubka, Eden CEO. “I am proud of the Imaging Center team, not only for this achievement, but most importantly, for the excellent care they provide every day.”


 

The American College of Radiology
The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.

SEBMF Celebrates 10 Years of Family Centered Care

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

Happy Birthday 10The test of a good idea is how long it lasts. It has been 10 years since a small group of East Bay health care pioneers created a network that allows physicians to focus on building strong relationships with their patients.

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and East Bay Physicians Medical Group (EBPMG) are celebrating the anniversary of a 10-year partnership. On Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 100 employees, 49 physicians and four allied health professionals on board, SEBMF started providing hospitalist services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and opened its doors at three care centers in Berkeley. Read More

Help in Managing Lingering Effects of Cancer Treatment

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

?????????The effects of cancer treatment can linger for months or years. It’s common to wonder how your body should feel during this time and to worry about signs that cancer is coming back.

“It’s not so much ‘getting back to normal’ as it is finding out what’s normal for you now,” says Risa Kagan, M.D., FACOG; Sutter Health gynecologist. “Your new normal may include making changes in the way you eat, the things you do and your sources of support.”

These tips from the National Cancer Institute can help with the most common challenges for cancer survivors: Read More