Ask the Expert: Are You at Risk for a Urinary Tract Infection?

Posted on Jul 29, 2015

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Jonathan Lynne, M.D., MPH, Family Medicine, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Q: I’ve heard urinary tract infections (UTIs) are getting harder to treat. Why is this and who’s at risk of developing one?

Jonathan Lynne, M.D., MPH, answered:

UTIs are one of the most common infections doctors treat: More than half of women living in the United States will get a UTI. Urinary tract infections are caused by microorganisms—usually bacteria—that enter the urethra and bladder, causing inflammation and infection. UTIs are more common in women because women have a shorter urethra than men do. That means bacteria travel a shorter dAistance to a woman’s bladder. Read More

Wound Care’s Healing Tree Reaches Out to Patients

Posted on Jul 20, 2015

Stop by and see The Healing Tree at the Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Chambers Center.This campaign encourages and motivates patient engagement — while adding beauty to the center.

The Healing Tree is part of patients’ healing celebration. Each patient can write their name and healing date on a leaf and place it on the tree. After a few months, we enclose their leaf in a message of well wishes from the wound care team and mail it to their home.

We hope this connection after the patient has left us reminds them their healing team is here for them should they need us. We also hope this campaign will continue to increase our overall patient satisfaction scores and the likelihood that patients will refer our services to others.

Another Big Thank You from Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility

Posted on Jul 6, 2015

-submitted by Joe Young, Orin Allen Rehabilitation Facility event organizer

SM4Thanks to Dean Javier, Sutter Delta’s rehab and physical therapy director, Jennifer Bidmead, Sutter Urgent Care medical assistant and Debbie Jarrell, Women’s Health Center R.N., for volunteering their time to speak at Orin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility’s Career Day. The response from teachers, staff and students was extremely positive.

Sharing your stories and information about working in the medical field with our residents as they prepare to transition into public life was an invaluable service.

I hope the information you shared will help them pursue positive avenues upon their release and inspire them to explore career options they may not have previously considered.

 

Many residents have asked for books on nursing and other medical careers since your talk, so I think you definitely got through to them and piqued their curiosity.

Sutter Delta Offers Minimally Invasive Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

Posted on Jul 6, 2015

iStock_000018983358SmallUrologists Jonathan L. Chin, M.D. and Sabri Sen, M.D., FACS, of SEBMF, now offer minimally invasive outpatient treatment for enlarged prostate at Sutter Delta.

Benign enlargement of the prostate, common by age 50, blocks urine flow through the urethra. Symptoms include frequent or difficult urination. The UroLift System is an alternative to drug therapy or more invasive surgery, both of which can have permanent side effects.

Patients recover from the procedure quickly and return to their normal routines. To learn more about the Urolift procedure, contact Dr. Chin or Dr. Sen.

Medication is often the first line therapy, but relief can be inadequate and temporary. Side effects can include sexual dysfunction, dizziness and headaches, prompting many patients to quit using the drugs.

The standard alternative treatment is surgery that removes the section of the prostate blocking urine flow. While current surgical options, such as Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP), can be very effective in relieving symptoms, they can also have permanent side effects such as urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and retrograde ejaculation (dry orgasm).

The UroLift System, performed through the urethra, pushes aside the obstructive prostate lobes and positions small, tailored permanent implants to hold the prostate lobes in the retracted position.

This opens the urethra while leaving the prostate intact. Adverse reactions associated with UroLift System treatment were comparable to other minimally invasive surgical therapies as well as standard cystoscopy.

The most common adverse events reported during the study included pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate, and the inability to control urine because of an urgent need to urinate.  Most symptoms were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.

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.