Julie Peterson Takes Expanded Role

Posted on May 19, 2015

Julie Peterson - 10 Years (SDMC & SCH)We would like to congratulate Julie Peterson, Sutter Delta’s CFO, on her newly expanded and dual role of Eden Medical Center and Sutter Delta’s CFO. Julie’s new role helps us continue the transition from five regions to two operating units by sharing best practices across the two affiliates.

“I am honored to continue to serve Delta and looking forward to developing new partnerships at Eden,” Julie says. ”This dual role is exciting for me because I grew up in Castro Valley. I am thrilled to be working in the community where I was raised while continuing my work here at Delta, where I have been for 11 years.

Covering two hospitals in nothing new to Julie. She recently completed a two year interim assignment at Sutter Coast Hospital while working at Sutter Delta. Under her leadership, Sutter Coast Hospital won the 2014 Sutter Health Affordability award. At Delta, Julie has worked with the leadership team to deliver full performance results in both our EBITDA and cost per discharge targets for the past few years.

Julie’s new position started on April 27th. She has already started splitting her week between the two facilities.

Reduce Traffic, Enhance Health and Bike To Work May 14

Posted on May 12, 2015

Thursday, May 14, Sutter Delta Medical Center will once again be co-hosting Bike To Work Day. The 21st annual event is the largest bike celebration in Northern California.

There will be an energizer station in front of Sutter Delta. Hundreds of residents in Contra Costa and neighboring Bay Area counties are expected to commute to work on their bicycles.

Energizer stations offer weary cyclists giveaways, food and lots of encouragement.

Please share this information and join your neighbors in commuting to work on your bicycle May 14.

Celebrating Nurses Week and Hospital Week

Posted on May 7, 2015

Nurse-Hospital-Week-Profile-PhotoSutter Delta Medical Center is proud to join hospitals across the country in recognizing Nurses Week, May 5-12, and National Hospital Week, May 10-16.

National Nurses Week is a time to reflect the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients. This year’s theme “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.” recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing, and acknowledges the strong commitment and compassion nurses display in their profession.

Each year National Hospital Week gives us the opportunity to reflect and thank all the dedicated individuals—physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and many more for their continued contributions. This year’s theme is “Where Miracles Happen Every Day.” It is true that you can see miracles in our emergency rooms, outpatients departments and patient units every hour of the day. Whether it is a cancer patient who  receives good news about a diagnosis, a senior getting to go home after beating pneumonia or a patient learning to walk again thanks to our rehab team —it takes the work of a dedicated team.

Our mission is to enhance the well-being of people in the communities we serve through  compassion and excellence,  regardless of where you work – whether it’s in direct patient care or support services — each of you plays an important part in bringing our mission to life.

Sutter Health Donates $500,000 to Help Earthquake Relief Efforts in Nepal

Posted on Apr 29, 2015

Donation Supports American Red Cross and International Medical Corps

Sutter Health today announced a $500,000 donation to help support relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal this past weekend. The American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund and International Medical Corps will each receive $250,000 from the not-for-profit health system.

“The widespread damage and suffering caused by this massive earthquake is incomprehensible,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this catastrophic disaster. We hope our donation brings comfort and relief to those who need it the most.”

Sutter Health’s donation helps the Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund provide rescue and relief teams to help meet the emergency needs of those directly affected by the earthquake. Sutter Health’s $250,000 donation will help supply food, water, shelter and emotional health services to thousands in Nepal. Read More

Ask An Expert About Nurse Practitioners

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Q: My Ob-Gyn’s office recently added a nurse practitioner. Can you tell me more about their qualifications and what they do?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has advanced education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions, disease prevention and the promotion of health wellness.

Nurse practitioners must complete a master’s or doctoral degree and receive additional medical training beyond their initial training as a registered nurse. Read More

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.