Free Wig, Support for Cancer Patients Experiencing Hair Loss

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society support women during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

The wig bank is staffed by specially trained volunteers at the cancer center, 2001 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Call 1-800-227-2345 for an appointment.

“This is the first onsite American Cancer Society wig bank at a Sutter Health facility in the East Bay,” says Luanne Ridgley, LCSW, manager of oncology supportive care services for the cancer center. “It’s a great resource for anyone in the community, not just Sutter patients.”

One-on-one consultations include:

  • One free wig per patient
  • Finding a wig that fits your lifestyle
  • Suggestions for wearing wigs, turbans and scarves


Sutter Delta’s Wound Care Center Earns National Recognition

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

2014 COD LogoCongratulations to the hard-working staff of Sutter Delta’s Advanced Wound Care Center, who were nationally recognized with 2014 Healogic’s Center of Distinction Award.

Sutter Delta achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months. That includes patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal, and other quality outcomes. Of the 506 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award, only 172 achieved the honor.

The medical center’s wound care program is one of 635 centers in Healogic’s national network. The center offers highly specialized wound care to patients with diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds that have not healed in a reasonable amount of time.

The center is the only one in East Contra Costa County to offer hyperbaric O2 therapy.

Summit Campus Asthma Resource Center Open

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Roshenara smallWith the addition of a Summit campus location, Sutter Health’s East Bay region now has three resource centers improving treatment for asthma patients and reducing their need for Emergency Department visits and hospital stays.

After treatment in one of our EDs, patients with an asthma diagnoses who don’t have their own physician or medical insurance or those with MediCal are invited to meet with an asthma educator. Patients get support managing the chronic disease and to find ongoing care in the community.

“Patients are very thankful,” says respiratory therapist Roshenara Moore, who leads the center. “They appreciate that someone cares.”

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Cheers for Sutter Health Volunteers

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Cheers for Sutter Health Volunteers“The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers.”Terri Guillemets

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.”


Two CEOs Express Their Passion For Sutter Delta

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

550b118e4f022_imageCEO Dori Stevens and retired CEO Gary Rapaport sat down with a Brentwood Press reporter to chat about Gary’s tenure and Dori’s role in the medical center’s future.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“When Sutter Health CEO Gary Rapaport retired last month following a full career in hospital management, the laid-back and popular administrator had no difficulty segueing straight into the easy life.

“Even his LinkedIn page reflected the new Rapaport, referring to him as retired and enjoying life, with golfer listed as his current job.

“I’m a pretty simple guy,” he laughed during an interview.” Read more.

Ask an Expert About Heartburn and GERD

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Wilson S. Tsai, M.D.

Medical director of esophageal and thoracic surgery

Sutter Health’s Eden Medical Center

Q: I take medication for my heartburn, but lately it isn’t as effective. Why do I keep getting heartburn and what else can I do to relieve the symptoms?

A: Imagine a room in your house is on fire and the alarm goes off, but instead of calling 911, you remove the batteries from the annoying alarm.

Patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who take medication to ease heartburn are essentially shutting down their bodies’ alarm system.

Drugs work great for symptom control, to decrease acidity in the stomach. But in many patients, they mask the real problem.

Serious complications can develop, from osteoporosis as a side-effect of long-term medication use to esophageal cancer, which is a growing epidemic in the United States.

GERD is a disease of anatomy. It’s important to have a full work-up from an esophageal specialist. That includes endoscopy, biopsy, measurement of the volume of reflux and an internal pressure test.

Depending on the results, surgery may be an option. Implantation of a LINX® magnetic ring is a minimally invasive surgery I often perform. The ring is designed to augment the weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to help prevent acid and bile reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.

How LINX® works

  • A small, flexible band of magnets is enclosed in titanium beads. Titanium wires connect the beads.
  • The magnetic attraction between the beads is designed to help keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux.
  • The movement of swallowing temporarily breaks the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
  • Magnetic attraction closes the LES after swallowing to reinforce the body’s natural barrier to reflux.

Signs of GERD


You may be suffering from GERD if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Trouble swallowing starchy foods, which stick in the esophagus, turning into sticky goo that traps other food.
  • Painful esophageal spasms that can mimic a heart attack.
  • Abdominal pain while exercising; workouts can put pressure on the abdomen, causing pain and discomfort.
  • Occasional difficulty breathing. Reflux can be breathed into the lungs.


Click here to learn more about GERD and LINX®.




March of Dimes: Working and Walking Together for Healthier Babies

Posted on Mar 27, 2015

baby for wordpressSutter Health’s East Bay affiliates support the 2015 March for Babies Campaign – including the March for Babies, Saturday, April 25, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

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.