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Student Athlete Heart Screening at Pittsburg High School Finds Undiagnosed Heart Conditions

Posted on Mar 3, 2016

12804658_1082487145105695_6636230061540521430_nSutter Delta, Alta Bates Summit and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation partnered with the Darius Jones Foundation and Pittsburg High School to give comprehensive cardiac screening to 154 student athletes Feb. 27.

“This screening identified six pre-existing heart conditions in student athletes that could potentially increase their risk of sudden cardiac death during vigorous physical activity and/or competitive sports,” says Vipul Gupta, M.D., Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation cardiologist. “We feel very fortunate to have caught these undiagnosed heart conditions.”

Thanks to more than 60 clinical and nonclinical volunteers from Sutter Delta, SEBMF and Alta Bates Summit, student athletes ages 15-18 received a painless, noninvasive, comprehensive cardiac screening that included a health history form completed by a parent or guardian, an electrocardiogram (EKG) that reads the heartbeat and, if necessary, an echocardiogram that captures an image of the heart. Read More

Student Athletes to Receive Free Comprehensive Cardiac Screenings

Posted on Feb 24, 2016

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Media contact:

Angela Lombardi

925-303-6104

Lombaa2@sutterhealth.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, February 27

 Student Athletes to Receive Free Comprehensive Cardiac Screenings

Pittsburg, CA – Sutter Health is partnering with the Darius Jones Foundation to provide free comprehensive cardiac heart screenings to hundreds of student athletes at Pittsburg High School Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The routine medical evaluation an athlete has to obtain before they participate in competitive sports, typically wouldn’t detect an underlying heart condition that could put these young athletes at risk for sudden cardiac arrest,” says Vipul Gupta, M.D., Sutter East Bay Medical cardiologist. “This screening will examine young athletes’ heart to identify any pre-existing heart conditions that could potentially increase an athlete’s risk of sudden cardiac death during vigorous physical activity and/or competitive sports.”

The screening is painless and noninvasive (no needles or X-ray exposure). It includes a health history form completed by a parent or guardian, an electrocardiogram (EKG) that reads the heartbeat and, if necessary, an echocardiogram that captures an image of the heart. The estimated cost is $2,000 per student athlete.

“I did not want Darius’ death to be in vain and I wanted to understand why it happened and not let it happen to another child,” says Beverly Bradley. “The mission of the Darius Jones Foundation is to inform parents of how rare and precious our children’s gifts are. Early detection is prevention and by screening young hearts and providing CPR and AED training we can protect them.”

According to statistics, one high school aged athlete suffers a Sudden Cardiac Arrest every three days in the U.S! The leading cause of death in young athletes on the playing field is an undetected heart condition. The best way to detect these heart conditions is through a heart screening using EKGs and in some cases an Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart.

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About Darius Jones Foundation

In October 2009, Darius Jones suffered sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) while doing what he loved best: competing in a youth basketball game. He was fifteen years old. Darius’s death exposed a need which is now being met by the foundation that bears his name. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, we seek to reduce the disparity in cardiac arrest deaths in communities of color. In Contra Costa County, the death rate from heart disease in African-Americans is 258.8 per 100,000, compared with 151.9 for whites. Public awareness campaigns for the recognition of the signs of sudden cardiac arrest and the application of CPR have been widely embraced in white communities, while the African-American and Hispanic communities historically have displayed distrust in medical establishments. By conducting community-level outreach using a neighborhood, block-to-block approach, we aim to inform African American, Hispanic, and White families of the threat of sudden cardiac arrest and teach them life-saving ways to respond. We strive to provide services to the most underserved areas, and the credibility of Darius’ story allows us to have the unique ability to connect with communities of color. dariusjonesfoundation.org

SEBMF Celebrates 10 Years of Family Centered Care

Posted on Oct 6, 2015

Happy Birthday 10The test of a good idea is how long it lasts. It has been 10 years since a small group of East Bay health care pioneers created a network that allows physicians to focus on building strong relationships with their patients.

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and East Bay Physicians Medical Group (EBPMG) are celebrating the anniversary of a 10-year partnership. On Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 100 employees, 49 physicians and four allied health professionals on board, SEBMF started providing hospitalist services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and opened its doors at three care centers in Berkeley. Read More

Help in Managing Lingering Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

?????????The effects of breast cancer treatment can linger for months or years. It’s common to wonder how your body should feel during this time and to worry about signs that cancer is coming back.

“It’s not so much ‘getting back to normal’ as it is finding out what’s normal for you now,” says Risa Kagan, M.D., FACOG; Sutter Health gynecologist. “Your new normal may include making changes in the way you eat, the things you do and your sources of support.”

These tips from the National Cancer Institute can help with the most common challenges for breast cancer survivors: Read More

Sutter Delta Staff Making an Impact Abroad

Posted on Aug 3, 2015

Thanks to current and former Sutter Delta associates who recently traveled to the Philippines with Holy Rosary International Medical Missions based in Antioch:

  • Liberacion Albinda
  • Fe Albinda, RN
  • Andrew Prieto
  • Pacita Aducayen
  • Aileen Hayes, RN.

These volunteers were part of a team that incorporated dentists, local health care workers and a vision care program. Over 11 days, the team saw 3,021 medical patients, extracted 2,145 teeth and distributed 607 pairs of reading glasses. Local ophthalmologists joined the team for two days and will be scheduling surgical clinics for patients identified during the mission.

The team brought approximately $470,000 in medications and supplies with them. Unused supplies were donated to a local clinic in one town and a clinic run by the Dominican Sisters in Iloilo.

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.