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
There’s nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, patients and communities. Our Ebola Virus Emergency Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and the treatment of Ebola patients, with an unwavering commitment to help ensure the safety of our nurses and other frontline staff.
Based on current CDC guidelines, we have policies, procedures and action plans in place at hospitals, care centers and patient call centers around our Northern California network. Our Ebola Virus Emergency Planning Team widely distributed and reinforced these policies and action plans for our frontline health care workers. Our work to repeatedly train and drill continues. Read More about Ebola Preparedness
California has no confirmed cases of Ebola virus and no patients admitted to any California hospital are considered at high-risk for Ebola virus disease. The CDC emphasizes that the risk of contracting Ebola in the United States remains extremely low.
Sutter Health’s top priority is always the safety and wellness of our patients and employees. Preventing the spread of any infectious disease is ongoing in our network’s care centers. Over the past couple months, Sutter Health and Sutter Delta Medical Center developed comprehensive and specific workplace and patient care guidelines regarding the Ebola virus. We’ve developed protocols detailing screening and care of patients, safety guidelines for staff and other practices such as isolation procedures, hand washing and the use of personal protective equipment for staff.
Preventing the spread of any infectious disease is ongoing in our network’s care centers. Our hospital emergency rooms are screening and monitoring for the Ebola virus and we follow all procedures established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health.
Additional important information about Ebola:
If you have traveled to countries experiencing the most severe of Ebola outbreaks (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) within the last 21 days and have a fever, go straight to the emergency room and immediately let staff know about your travel history and fever.
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