Antioch Group Practice Expanding Thanks to Philanthropic Support

Posted on Jun 8, 2017

Patients will soon have more medical staff close to home.

In 2015 Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) served 33,000 patients who call east Contra Costa County home. In 2016 that number grew by 10 percent and this year it is on track to grow by another 10 percent. Accommodating such growth is at the heart of a $6.5 million dollar gift awarded to SEBMF by the generous donors to Better Health East Bay – a Sutter Health philanthropic foundation supporting Sutter’s East Bay network of doctors and hospitals.

“As the communities of Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley, and Pittsburg grow so too does their need for outpatient physician services” said Jim Hickman, CEO of Better Health East Bay. “Patients here have struggled to get access to timely and appropriate outpatient primary and specialty care – and they shouldn’t have to.” Read More

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

Celebrate National Wound Care Awareness Week

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

22107_665673116912617_2972017569092151160_nThe first week of June is National Wound Care Awareness Week. (Statistics provided by Healogics®)

Specialized wound care means trained clinical staff use advanced care techniques and technology — over a sustained period — until wounds that would not heal on their own are healed.

  • In 2015, an estimated 6.7 million patients are suffering from non-healing advanced wounds. This number is expected to grow 2 percent per year over the decade.
  • 30 percent of untreated wounds result in Patients with an amputation have a 50 percent mortality rate within five years.
  • Each year 2.5 million patients aged 75+ acquire a pressure ulcer (13.2 percent of the relevant population).
  • There are approximately 29,100,000 diabetic patients in the U.S. (9.5 percent of the population), who experience approximately9 million diabetic foot ulcers each year.

If you have a patient with a wound that has not begun to heal within four weeks or is not completely healed in six weeks, they may benefit from the proven, best-practice methodologies at the Advanced Wound Care Center at Sutter Delta.

Indications for wound therapy include diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, traumatic wounds, surgical wounds and other chronic, non-healing wounds.

Up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require the hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments provided by our center’s physicians, who are trained in hyperbaric medicine, and our highly trained clinical hyperbaric technician and staff.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps the body’s oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms to function more efficiently.

Enclosed in a chamber at greater-than- normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma and allowing it to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues.

Click here to learn more about Sutter Delta’s Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center.

Julie Peterson Takes Expanded Role

Posted on May 19, 2015

Julie Peterson - 10 Years (SDMC & SCH)We would like to congratulate Julie Peterson, Sutter Delta’s CFO, on her newly expanded and dual role of Eden Medical Center and Sutter Delta’s CFO. Julie’s new role helps us continue the transition from five regions to two operating units by sharing best practices across the two affiliates.

“I am honored to continue to serve Delta and looking forward to developing new partnerships at Eden,” Julie says. ”This dual role is exciting for me because I grew up in Castro Valley. I am thrilled to be working in the community where I was raised while continuing my work here at Delta, where I have been for 11 years.

Covering two hospitals in nothing new to Julie. She recently completed a two year interim assignment at Sutter Coast Hospital while working at Sutter Delta. Under her leadership, Sutter Coast Hospital won the 2014 Sutter Health Affordability award. At Delta, Julie has worked with the leadership team to deliver full performance results in both our EBITDA and cost per discharge targets for the past few years.

Julie’s new position started on April 27th. She has already started splitting her week between the two facilities.

Sutter Delta Goes Live With EMIM Technology

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

Delta EMIM FlyerSutter Health is introducing advanced technology in medical imaging, and Delta was the first in the East Bay Region to move to Enterprise Medical Imaging Management (EMIM) technology.

What is EMIM?

It is a technology that provides a single platform for clinical and diagnostic viewing throughout the Sutter Health System. EMIM should seamlessly link medical images to our EHR, providing universal access to all Sutter Health images associated with a patient’s medical records.


How Does EMIM Technology Help Patients and Sutter Delta employees and physicians?

EMIM is intergraded with EPIC, so employees will no longer have to use the PACS system.

This platform should enhance collaboration for patient care in the region and throughout the Sutter Health system, as patients’ studies will be accessible at all Sutter facilities through this technology. This platform should also reduce costs and radiation exposure to our patients because physicians will not have to order repeated studies.

EMIM technology gives physicians access to patients’ images anytime, anywhere, via an easy to use web-based platform from physician offices and mobile devices. A physician can view images using their own computer or mobile device through a  single sign.

If you would like to learn more about EMIM or have any questions, please contact Anna Balsley, medical imaging manager at or Caryn Mahoney, physician liaison, at

‘My Health Online’ Milestone: 1 Million Patients!

Posted on Apr 18, 2014

Smiles From the 6 Words Contest  Check out your photos from our 6 words contest, and see how you and your colleagues partner for patients: smiles from the 6 words contest! Thanks for participating.  Watch our newsletter for contest winners, who will be announced  in early May!  We recently reached a significant milestone made possible by your collective partnership, collaboration and dedication: one million patients are now enrolled in Sutter’s My Health Online. This consumer-friendly tool gives our patients online and mobile access to view their personal health record, email doctors, renew prescriptions and schedule appointments—anytime, anywhere. Read More