Centers for Disease Control Approves Nasal Flu Vaccine For Children 2 Years And OlderRead More about For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot
Sutter Health has introduced extended hours for infusion services and screening mammographiesRead More about From Antioch to Castro Valley, Sutter Health Brings Cancer Care to the Community
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 about Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines
Knowing 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.
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 about For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot
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.
“By helping solve patient problems faster and more cost effectively, BHEB makes it possible to prevent and treat illness, and save lives, neighborhood by neighborhood,” says BHEB’s CEO Jim Hickman.
To serve patients in central and southern Alameda County, the infusion center at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to both cancer and non-cancer patients.
The Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation has introduced extended hours and same-day appointments for screening mammographies in Castro Valley. Call 510-247-6350 to make an appointment on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
For cancer services at Sutter Health East Bay facilities, please visit the links below:
There are 15 physicians planning to provide presentations during the event. They will be divided into three separate panels and will be available for a question and answer session as well.
When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is downright frightening, and it impacts whole household. This event will help provide answers.
Here are some common questions we hope to help answer:
Here is the panel of physician experts expected to present:
We will also have more information about:
If you would like to learn more, you can email Kitt Kelly, oncology resource nurse, at KellyKi@sutterhealth.org
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
Eden Medical Center
Sutter Delta Medical Center
There’s more to fall than back to school. For many it means beginning or resuming a regular exercise routine or even training for a competitive event.
We asked Vipul Gupta, M.D., a cardiologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation how athletes of all ages can safeguard their heart health before hitting the gym, pool, open road or wherever your energy takes you. Read More about Take Heart: See Your Doctor Before Beginning an Exercise Program