Dori Stevens To Be Sutter Delta’s Next CEO

Posted on Jun 30, 2014

dori steven smiling in a pictureWe would like to send a heart –warming congratulations Dori Stevens, who was recently selected as Sutter Delta’s incoming CEO. Dori is currently the medical center’s chief nursing executive, a position she has held since 2006.

Dori has 27 years in health care experience. She started her career as a cardiac ICU nurse in 1987. Her clinical specialties are cardiac surgery and trauma critical care nursing. She has worked in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, and joined Sutter Health in 2005 as director of nursing at Sutter Delta, a 145-bed hospital with 900 employees, 50 volunteers and more than 300 medical staff members.

As Delta’s CNE, Dori has successfully led a number of quality and affordability measures. She partnered with the staff to reduce manager turnover, and improve staff and physician satisfaction. With responsibility for the performance of the Emergency Department, Dori’s leadership helped Delta receive the HealthGrades’ Emergency Award for Excellence, which ranked the hospital Emergency Department among the top 5 percent in the nation from 2010 to 2013. She has also been a leader on initiatives to help make health care more affordable.

Prior to joining Sutter Health, Dori spent five years at Desert Regional Medical Center, a 398-bed acute care hospital in Palm Springs, where she was the director of critical care services, There she was responsible for four intensive care units, including trauma. She also worked at St. Francis Medical Center in Honolulu as executive director and transplant institute administrator, and ICU manager at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, Calif. She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing and a graduate degree in business administration. She is also a 2008 graduate of Sutter Health’s Leadership Academy.

Dori will begin as CEO on February 2, 2015. Until then she will work with Gary to transition into her new role, as well as select a CNE for the medical center. Please join me again in thanking Gary and congratulating Dori on her new role as CEO of Sutter Delta.

Helping Your Kids Stay Safe in the Virtual World

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

“OMG! U c Emily? She’s a G4N GF!” Translated in parent-speak this means, “Oh my God! You see Emily? She’s a good for nothing girlfriend.”

Remember the days when playground bullies only stole milk money? Today, cyberbullies reach way beyond the playground, through cyberspace and deep within personal lives to humiliate their victims in front of an audience of hundreds, thousands or more, instantaneously.

“Cyberbullying is the most common online risk for teens,” says Derek Johnson, D.O., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation family medicine specialist. “Unlike face-to-face confrontations, cyberbullying is often anonymous, can travel further and faster, ‘goes viral’ through endless replication, and can leave an essentially permanent digital footprint.”
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Learn More About Managing Menopausal Symptoms

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

menopause womenIn 1991, the National Institutes of Health launched the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a 15-year study of postmenopausal women that examined the correlation between hormone therapy and heart disease, bone fractures, and breast and colorectal cancers. While the WHI remains one of the largest preventive studies of its kind, it did not focus on hormone therapy for the relief of some of the most common menopausal symptoms: hot flashes and vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA). VVA is a condition in which the low estrogen levels associated with menopause cause thinning of the vaginal walls that can result in dry and inflamed tissue, painful urination, and pain with intercourse.

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Sutter Delta Supports National Wound Care Awareness Week June 2-6

Posted on May 30, 2014

The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Sutter Delta Medical Center is partnering locally with Healogics, the country’s largest provider in wound care services, to raise awareness in East Contra Costa County about chronic wounds affecting millions of people in the U.S.

457704719During National Wound Care Awareness Week, staff from the medical center’s will dedicate an entire week to work with local providers to educate patients and their loved ones about the dangers of non-healing wounds and advanced therapies available to patients. Program directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to visiting local physician offices to provide education to help staff identify patients that may benefit from advanced wound care

Chronic wounds affect millions of people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising, fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and the late effects of radiation therapy. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to a diminished quality of life and possible amputation of the affected limb.

“There are many patients living with non-healing wounds that are unaware of treatments available in their local communities,” said Ray Rassai, MD, FACS, medical director of Sutter Delta’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center. “Adjunctive therapies for appropriate patients can help heal wounds faster than traditional methods. We want to make advanced wound care available to all patients who would  would benefit, but we must educate the communities we serve about the services we offer.”

People with wounds that have not improved with traditional methods of treatment in four weeks may benefit from a visit to The Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Sutter Delta Medical Center. To schedule an appointment, please call 925.779.2900


Tween/Teen talks: For moms and daughters only

Posted on May 27, 2014

tween talkCome together for a very special event. So many changes happen to adolescent girls and this event is designed to help moms and daughters prepare for this time of rapid growth. Whether you’re a concerned mom or a growing daughter, the tween and teen years are easier when you understand exactly what’s going on and why. Come together and get the inside story at this free event created exclusively for you! Click Here to Register

Saturday, June 21
Tweens ages 9 – 11 and their moms
10 – 11 A.M.

Teens ages 12 – 14 and their moms
11 A.M. to Noon

Location: Lone Tree Golf Course and Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Rd., Antioch

This event is FREE, but registration is encouraged. Click Here to Register

Please call (925) 779-3608 or send an email to:

Don’t Let the Heat Get You Down!

Posted on May 12, 2014

heatwave drinking waterOur first round of heat is headed for the Bay Area. With the thermometer heading higher in some local areas this weekend, we are reminded of: spare the air, hum of air conditioners and fans and a few healthy tips.

While it doesn’t happen often, a heat wave in the Bay Area can have unwanted affects if we don’t take proper precautions. Sutter Delta Medical Center physicians have some hints that can help keep you and yours out of trouble and hopefully out of a local Emergency Department.

Listen to your local news. When the thermometer rises, there are precautions that can be taken that will keep you and yours safe. Read More

National Nurses Week–In Appreciation of Our Nurses

Posted on May 6, 2014

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During National Nurses Week (May 6 – 12), we celebrate our outstanding nurses, who collaborate every day with patients, families and colleagues to deliver outstanding care.

In honor of Nurses Week, we are happy to showcase some of our outstanding East Bay nurses speaking about their chosen profession in our video below. Their passion for what they do shines brightly like the stars they are. You can watch them here.