Sutter’s East Bay Urgent Care Clinics Serve 1000 Patients Each Month

Posted on Feb 2, 2015

Three Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care clinics are up and running and expanding services.

The Urgent Care at 2500 Milvia Street in Berkeley opened Jan. 26, joining clinics in Antioch and Castro Valley to serve patients of all ages. Together the clinics care for more than 1000 patients each month.

“Our patients are so happy we’re open,” says Jeff Leinen, M.D., SEBMF urgent care medical director. “They are grateful to have a place where they can get episodic urgent care. If not for urgent care, they have to go to the Emergency Department.”

Leinen adds that while the ED is “fabulous” for life-threatening illnesses, it’s very expensive for urgent care. “Patients say, ‘You just saved me $500 and three hours of my life,’” he adds.

Urinary tract infections are the most common illness treated. Generally, cold weather brings upper respiratory ailments and warm weather brings sprains, strains and broken limbs.

The Blue Rock clinic in Antioch is open every day, eight hours weekdays and five hours weekends and holidays. In March the Castro Valley clinic will expand its hours to match that. The Berkeley clinic is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekends and holidays. Those hours will extend as needed, Leinen says.

Joy Vaughns, supervisor for Castro Valley Urgent Care, has coordinated the opening of all three East Bay clinics. She says each has opened “with gusto,” including 10-20 patients waiting when the doors first opened in Antioch and Castro Valley. The Berkeley clinic cared for 48 patients in its first five days.

Many patients are referred by SEBMF primary care physicians.

“We see a lot of patients who are really feeling bad, but their doctors are not available for days or weeks,” Vaughns says. “Then they find out they can come and see us and we’re able to help them.”

“We are here for our patients and community. Every patient could potentially have been in the ED,” she says. “This is a great service we’re offering.”

Eden’s Radiation Oncology Center Now Open

Posted on Jan 12, 2015

patient receiving radiation therapyOn Oct. 3, 2014, Sutter Health became the new owner of East Bay Radiation Oncology Center located at 20126 Stanton Avenue.

After several months of renovations, the facility reopened Jan. 12 as Eden’s new Radiation Oncology Center. This new department will continue the work of providing quality radiation oncology services to our patients and community.

The team at the Radiation Oncology Center has been providing radiation oncology services to the community for more than 30 years.

Radiation oncology treatment, also known as radiation therapy, radiotherapy or therapeutic radiology, is the use of precisely delivered radiation to treat malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous) disease.

The Radiation Oncology Center offers a full spectrum of services, providing customized treatment for each and every patient.

Located in a newly renovated facility, our Center offers a comfortable, patient-centered environment.

By using advanced technology to “map” tumors, our radiation oncologists can design treatments with millimeter accuracy, ensuring that tumors get the most effective dose and healthy tissues and organs are spared. Through the Sutter Health network of services, you have access to a wide range of treatments and procedures.

Services will include: treatment planning, conformal therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, image guided radiation therapy, brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic ablative body radiation.

To learn more about Eden Medical Center’s Radiation Oncology Center, or any of our cancer care services, please call (510) 581-0556 or visit

Stroke Support Group Meets Monthly at Eden

Posted on Jan 12, 2015

support group meetingStroke survivors and their family caregivers have a new resource for support and information to help them adjust to the changes in their lives.

Eden Medical Center will begin holding stroke support group meetings for patients and caregivers in January. Participants have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about coping techniques, stroke prevention, community resources and many other educational topics.

The group will meet the fourth Tuesday of every month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in of the Conference Center located on the 2nd Floor of the Medical Office Building, 20101 Lake Chabot Road in Castro Valley.

The support group is intended to be a forum where patients and their families can share experiences and concerns about rehabilitation, depression, and other daily concerns. All patients, at any stage of treatment, are encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact the Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility at (510) 727-2800.

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

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