Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center will hold Super Safety Sunday, a health and safety expo, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the medical center in Castro Valley.
Super Safety Sunday is a one-of-a-kind event. First responder agencies (CHP, paramedics, REACH helicopter, sheriff’s and police departments) will join health and wellness organizations in activities and demonstrations on health and safety for families and the community.
April 12 marks the beginning of National Volunteer Week—a special time to recognize all those who give back to the community by generously contributing their skills and experience to make a positive difference.
Throughout our Sutter Health care centers, about 5,000 volunteers donate their time to help us create an environment where patients feel respected, valued and understood. From greeting visitors and answering their questions to helping families in Emergency Rooms, our volunteers share our commitment to giving patients an exceptional, personalized care experience, every time.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, “I want to personally thank our volunteers for their daily partnership with us, our patients and their families, ” says Pat Fry, Sutter Health President and CEO. “They’ve chosen to volunteer within Sutter Health because they believe in us and the work we do.”
Since 1998, Sutter Health has collaborated with March of Dimes. All contributions fund lifesaving research into preventing premature births, plus programs giving hope and help to families.
“Every day, more than 1,400 babies in the U.S. are born prematurely and these babies face an increased risk of serious medical conditions,” says Chuck Prosper, Bay Area March of Dimes board member and Alta Bates Summit CEO.
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 joins 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 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.
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.
“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