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.
The 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 about East Bay’s First Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Rehab Patients
Over 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 about Eden Surgeon Makes Mission of Medicine, Education and Community
“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 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.
Medical 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.
The 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 about SEBMF Celebrates 10 Years of Family Centered Care
“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 about Help in Managing Lingering Effects of Cancer Treatment