Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals, home health and other service providers released the following statement in response to newly released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the treatment of patients with the Ebola virus and the safety of staff who might care for these patients.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities,” said Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D. “Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans. Read More

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Urgent_Care_SHSSR_Elk_Grove_2012_1Knowing 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.

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For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

fluMistYHP_302x238The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for anyone 6 months and older.

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

From Antioch to Castro Valley, Sutter Health Brings Cancer Care to the Community

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

infusion-159It’s hard to fit everything you need to do into “normal” business hours. That’s why Sutter Health has introduced extended hours for infusion services and screening mammographies.

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:

Sutter Delta in Antioch

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley

Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley

Women’s Health Center in Lafayette

Sutter Delta Oncology Symposium & Resource Fair

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

3647_SDMC_CANC_Event_Flyer_20140725Saturday, Oct. 11, Sutter Delta will be hosting our first community Oncology Symposium & Resource Fair.

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:

  • “Will a mastectomy completely reduce my chance of getting breast cancer?”
  • “How can I have prostate cancer and have no symptoms?”
  • “Why do I need colonoscopy, I am fifty and healthy ”
  • “Why did my chest X-ray miss my lung cancer?”
  • “Doesn’t all chemotherapy cause people to become really sick? Do I have to quit my job? ”
  • “Why did my mammogram miss my breast cancer?”
  • “My mother does not want to talk about my breast cancer?”
  • “Aren’t I too young to develop lung cancer?”
  • “Isn’t breast cancer inherited on the mother’s side only?  Should I get genetic testing? ”
  • “Will a biopsy of my cancer spread the cancer through my body?  That is what happened to my friend! ”
  • “Should I get screened for prostate cancer?”

Here is the panel of physician experts expected to present:

  • Nicola Ally, M.D.
  • Jonathan Chin, M.D.
  • Saurin Shah, M.D.
  • Margaret Seaver, M.D.
  • Kenneth Chao, M.D.
  • Kasara Karamlou, M.D.
  • Jewel Johl, M.D.
  • Bimal Patel, M.D.
  • Hsien-Wen Hsu, M.D.
  • Bobby Glickman, M.D.
  • Wilson Tong, M.D.
  • Guatam Prasad, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Mary Cardoza, M.D.
  • Phillip Polido, M.D.
  • Om Rawal, M.D.

We will also have more information about:

  • Advance Directive
  • Health Insurance
  • Breast Cancer Screening Program
  • Mammogram Myth Buster

If you would like to learn more, you can email Kitt Kelly, oncology resource nurse, at KellyKi@sutterhealth.org

Brown Is The New Green

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

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.

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“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

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation at the new Merritt Pavilion
  •         Landscaping and irrigation systems designed to reduce water consumption
  •         Irrigation systems monitored
  •         Lawn watering limited to two or three days a week
  •         Water-saving plumbing fixtures in the new building

Eden Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation

Sutter Delta Medical Center

  •         Irrigation system surveyed and repaired
  •         Watering reduced from five days a week to two days a week
  •         Duration of watering reduced to five to six minutes from eight to 10 minutes

Take Heart: See Your Doctor Before Beginning an Exercise Program

Posted on Sep 2, 2014

heart health 1There’s more to fall than back to school. For many it means beginning or resuming a regular exercise routine or even training for a competitive event.

We asked Vipul Gupta, M.D., a cardiologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation how athletes of all ages can safeguard their heart health before hitting the gym, pool, open road or wherever your energy takes you. Read More