Ebola Preparedness

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

There’s nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, patients and communities. Our Ebola Virus Emergency Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and the treatment of Ebola patients, with an unwavering commitment to help ensure the safety of our nurses and other frontline staff.

Based on current CDC guidelines, we have policies, procedures and action plans in place at hospitals, care centers and patient call centers around our Northern California network. Our Ebola Virus Emergency Planning Team widely distributed and reinforced these policies and action plans for our frontline health care workers. Our work to repeatedly train and drill continues. Read More

Update on the Ebola Virus

Posted on Oct 3, 2014

California has no confirmed cases of Ebola virus and no patients admitted to any California hospital are considered at high-risk for Ebola virus disease. The CDC emphasizes that the risk of contracting Ebola in the United States remains extremely low.

Sutter Health’s top priority is always the safety and wellness of our patients and employees. Preventing the spread of any infectious disease is ongoing in our network’s care centers. Over the past couple months, Sutter Health and Eden Medical Center developed comprehensive and specific workplace and patient care guidelines regarding the Ebola virus. We’ve developed protocols detailing screening and care of patients, safety guidelines for staff and other practices such as isolation procedures, hand washing and the use of personal protective equipment for staff.

Preventing the spread of any infectious disease is ongoing in our network’s care centers. Our hospital emergency rooms are screening and monitoring for the Ebola virus and we follow all procedures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.

Additional important information about Ebola:

  • Ebola is not easy to catch. It is only spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or a person who has died from Ebola. The illness is not spread through the air.
  • People who have contracted Ebola are not infectious until they show symptoms.
  • Sutter Health and Eden Medical Center continue to closely follow developments.
  • Learn more about Ebola on the CDC website.

If you have traveled to countries experiencing the most severe of Ebola outbreaks (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) within the last 21 days and have a fever, go straight to the emergency room and immediately let staff know about your travel history and fever.

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Urgent_Care_SHSSR_Elk_Grove_2012_1Knowing what to do when you or someone close to you needs immediate medical attention can be a tricky decision. Most people have heard of the emergency room (ER) but there is another option to consider if the condition isn’t life threatening. Urgent care centers offer some of the same services as emergency rooms, though they differ in several important ways.

In this short video below, Jeffrey Leinen, M.D., FACEP, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care Medical Director, discusses the common conditions that can be treated at urgent care centers and life-threatening conditions that require emergency room care. Click here to learn more about Sutter Urgent Care locations in the East Bay including Antioch and Castro Valley.

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For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

fluMistYHP_302x238The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for anyone 6 months and older.

Starting with the 2014-2015 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine (over the flu shot) for children 2 through 8 years of age when it is available and if the child has had no negative reactions to the vaccine.

“The nasal spray vaccine should be given soon after is it available, usually in October,” says Lisa Swearingen, M.D., a pediatrician with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.” Read More

From Antioch to Castro Valley, Sutter Health Brings Cancer Care to the Community

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

infusion-159It’s hard to fit everything you need to do into “normal” business hours. That’s why Sutter Health has introduced extended hours for infusion services and screening mammographies.

The infusion center at Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has new patient areas and expanded hours thanks to Better Health East Bay (BHEB), a philanthropic foundation.

BHEB donated $2.4 million to the project, which redesigned the natural-light-filled facility at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley. Infusions are available 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m.-noon on holidays. Read More

Senior Fall Prevention Fair

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

fall-preventionFor seniors and those who have difficulty with balance and movement, a fall can be devastating.

The Trauma Prevention and Education Program at Eden Medical Center will present the Fall Prevention Fair on  Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 9:30 to 11:45 p.m. at the San Leandro Senior Community Center.

This annual event gives attendees the knowledge and awareness to prevent falls, offering:

  • individual medication management
  • balance assessment
  • information and discussion
  • balance exercises
  • giveaways and refreshments

Anyone wishing to attend should call Chris Graham, Trauma Prevention Coordinator at 510-727-3176 to register.

Get the 4-1-1 on Early Cancer Detection

Posted on Sep 19, 2014


Eden Medical Center’s Cancer Committee will present the annual cancer symposium focused on early cancer detection and the breast cancer patient navigator program. This free presentation also includes an open house at the Imaging Center and free bone density screening (first come, first served). Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 9
6:00 p.m. Imaging Center Open House (hospital building, first floor)
7:00 p.m. Presentations (MOB Conference Center)

To register at this event, call 1-888-445-8433


The Relationship between GERD, Heartburn and Esophageal Cancer
Presented by Wilson Tsai, M.D., thoracic surgery

According to the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, cancer of the esophagus is on the rise. This particular type of cancer occurs most commonly in Caucasians, as well as people who suffer from GERD and heartburn. Learn about the relationship between GERD, heartburn and cancer and how you can lower your risk.

The Latest Advancements in Breast Cancer Diagnostics
Presented by Keyvan Nouri, M.D., radiology

Learn how 3-D tomosynthesis and breast MRI are used to improve breast cancer diagnosis and management and reduce unnecessary breast biopsies.

Your Breast Cancer Journey—You’re Not Alone
Presented by Joyce McCullen, breast cancer navigator and Joanne Sexton, tumor registry

The words, “You have breast cancer,” can strike fear and uncertainty. Fortunately, a new program at Eden is designed to support people who are recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  Learn how Eden’s physicians and certified breast cancer patient navigator can provide guidance, resources, and emotional support to those who are preparing for their journey and beyond.