Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals, home health and other service providers released the following statement in response to newly released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the treatment of patients with the Ebola virus and the safety of staff who might care for these patients.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities,” said Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D. “Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans. Read More

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

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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

TOPICS:

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.

Brown Is The New Green

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Water is vital to caring for patients, maintaining proper hygiene and keeping a clean environment. So, how can health care facilities join the common effort to conserve water?

Landscaping, irrigation and outdoor washing have been reduced and all Sutter Health facilities are reviewing water consumption and looking for ways to save.

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“I think the public expects to see that rather than lush green lawns during a drought,” says Susan Frank, president of Suma Landscaping Inc., which maintains the grounds at all the Alta Bates Summit campuses.

The goal is to permanently reduce water use while providing patients with high-quality care and personal service.

Water conservation measures across the East Bay region:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation at the new Merritt Pavilion
  •         Landscaping and irrigation systems designed to reduce water consumption
  •         Irrigation systems monitored
  •         Lawn watering limited to two or three days a week
  •         Water-saving plumbing fixtures in the new building

Eden Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation

Sutter Delta Medical Center

  •         Irrigation system surveyed and repaired
  •         Watering reduced from five days a week to two days a week
  •         Duration of watering reduced to five to six minutes from eight to 10 minutes