Sutter Health’s 2014 Year in Review

Posted on Jul 3, 2015

Our not-for-profit Sutter Health network invites you to explore our online 2014 annual report. Through videos and other interactive features, see how our doctors, hospitals and medical teams partner to provide top-rated, personalized care in diverse communities across Northern California.  This year our annual report focuses on our:

“At Sutter Health, we understand that in a rapidly changing world we must reimagine how we operate if we want to continue delivering the kind of quality care our patients expect and deserve,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “In 2014, we implemented advanced technologies, pursued groundbreaking research, streamlined work processes and launched more convenient ways to access care.”

http://www.sutterhealth.org/annualreport/network.php

$5 Million Gift Provides Faster, Safer Radiation Treatment

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

?????????Thanks to a $5 million donation by Better Health East Bay, many of our cancer patients now spend less time receiving state-of-the-art radiation treatment and more time doing what they enjoy.

The investment by Sutter Health’s East Bay philanthropic foundation brings a TrueBeam STx linear accelerator to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. The machine delivers radiation to eliminate tumors with improved accuracy and safety. Read More

Heritage High School Students Learn from Sutter Delta

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

Congratulations to our Heritage High School students and their mentors for completing their professional services internships.

Students came to Sutter Delta two or three times a week to learn about careers and to shadow their mentors and other staff members.

Thanks to:

Kitt Kelly gave students an in-depth look at our growing Oncology service line.

Dean Javier showed the roles and opportunities in the physical therapy service line.

Betsy Buselli, NP, showed students the importance of serving our community in our busy Community Clinic.

Brion Pearson, M.D, gave students an inside look at his administrative and clinical roles at the medical center.

Thanks also to staff in Radiology, Dietary, Human Resources, Lab, Respiratory, Medical Staff, Administration and, Professional and Social Services. Each department made time to talk to the students.

We are excited to announce 10 of our student interns were accepted into colleges this fall.

City of Pittsburg Health & Wellness Fair

Posted on Jun 15, 2015

-submitted by Roxana Ojeda, city of Pittsburg and event organizer

Thanks to Sutter Delta for attending the 2015 City of Pittsburg Health & Safety Fair. Close to 60 City of Pittsburg employees took BMI and blood pressure tests at the Sutter Health booth.

The event was a great success because organizations such as yours spent the day with us. We could not have made it without your help. See you again next year!

Pittsburg Senior Appreciation Day

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

Senior Health FairSutter Delta prides itself on caring for our senior population and our volunteers were happy to spend quality time Saturday, May 16, performing health screenings at the Pittsburg Senior Center.

Members of the team provided blood pressure testing, pulmonary function screening and demonstrated mobility exercises for seniors. Also, Advance Directives and POLST forms were distributed and discussed by the group.The event was well attended and included booths from local vendors related to all aspects of senior care.  Thanks to: Kate Scrivano and Anna Balsley who provided blood pressure screenings and to Kathy Rumel, who discussed  Advanced Health Care Directives and POLST Education. Also, Darci Bowen gave lung function testing and Dean Javier led an exercise class. Ellen Carroll was the greeter and gave out the pill boxes and medication records.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier came by to thank us for participating and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier’s representative presented Sutter Delta with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

Celebrate National Wound Care Awareness Week

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

22107_665673116912617_2972017569092151160_nThe first week of June is National Wound Care Awareness Week. (Statistics provided by Healogics®)

Specialized wound care means trained clinical staff use advanced care techniques and technology — over a sustained period — until wounds that would not heal on their own are healed.

  • In 2015, an estimated 6.7 million patients are suffering from non-healing advanced wounds. This number is expected to grow 2 percent per year over the decade.
  • 30 percent of untreated wounds result in Patients with an amputation have a 50 percent mortality rate within five years.
  • Each year 2.5 million patients aged 75+ acquire a pressure ulcer (13.2 percent of the relevant population).
  • There are approximately 29,100,000 diabetic patients in the U.S. (9.5 percent of the population), who experience approximately9 million diabetic foot ulcers each year.

If you have a patient with a wound that has not begun to heal within four weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks, they may benefit from the proven, best-practice methodologies at the Advanced Wound Care Center at Sutter Delta.

Indications for wound therapy include diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, traumatic wounds, surgical wounds and other chronic, non-healing wounds.

Up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require the hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments provided by our center’s physicians, who are trained in hyperbaric medicine, and our highly trained clinical hyperbaric technician and staff.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps the body’s oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms to function more efficiently.

Enclosed in a chamber at greater-than- normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma and allowing it to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues.

Click here to learn more about Sutter Delta’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center.

Ask An Expert About Endoscopic Ultrasound

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.

Gastroenterology

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

I have been diagnosed with a digestive disorder and I may be a candidate for an endoscopic ultrasound. What are the benefits of this procedure?

 In conventional endoscopy, the gastroenterologist can only view the innermost lining of the digestive tract. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) allows a doctor to get very close to the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, liver and gallbladder and look beyond the inner layers. Read More