Learn How Alta Bates Summit partners to help underserved and underinsured residents in the East Bay.Read More about Navigating Patients to Better Health
Thanks to the variety of treatment options, osteoarthritis patients can stay active and maintain a high quality of life.Read More about Osteoarthritis patients can stay active and maintain a high quality of life
A diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), raises many questions. Is it cancer? Is it life threatening? What is the treatment? Learn more from one of our experts.Read More about DCIS: What is “Stage Zero” Breast Cancer?
Our hospitals and emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day with top-notch staff to care for everyone who walks through our doors. Most days, that includes a lot of people who come to our emergency rooms for non-emergencies.
Members of our community who are underinsured and uninsured, homeless or living in poverty and those with behavioral health problems frequently use the emergency room for primary health care. These patients account for almost half of those making non-life-threatening visits to the ER.
With the goal of providing the right care in the right place at the right time, Alta Bates Summit and the Community Health Center Network are working together to offer greater access to primary medical care for patients who often rely on the ER.
Through its not-for-profit mission, Alta Bates Summit and its philanthropic partner, Better Health East Bay. have invested nearly $1.5 million programs to care for the neediest in our community.
Three Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care clinics are up and running and expanding services.
The Urgent Care at 2500 Milvia Street in Berkeley opened Jan. 26, joining clinics in Antioch and Castro Valley to serve patients of all ages. Together the clinics care for more than 1000 patients each month.
“Our patients are so happy we’re open,” says Jeff Leinen, M.D., SEBMF urgent care medical director. “They are grateful to have a place where they can get episodic urgent care. If not for urgent care, they have to go to the Emergency Department.”
Leinen adds that while the ED is “fabulous” for life-threatening illnesses, it’s very expensive for urgent care. “Patients say, ‘You just saved me $500 and three hours of my life,’” he adds.
Urinary tract infections are the most common illness treated. Generally, cold weather brings upper respiratory ailments and warm weather brings sprains, strains and broken limbs.
The Blue Rock clinic in Antioch is open every day, eight hours weekdays and five hours weekends and holidays. In March the Castro Valley clinic will expand its hours to match that. The Berkeley clinic is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekends and holidays. Those hours will extend as needed, Leinen says.
Joy Vaughns, supervisor for Castro Valley Urgent Care, has coordinated the opening of all three East Bay clinics. She says each has opened “with gusto,” including 10-20 patients waiting when the doors first opened in Antioch and Castro Valley. The Berkeley clinic cared for 48 patients in its first five days.
Many patients are referred by SEBMF primary care physicians.
“We see a lot of patients who are really feeling bad, but their doctors are not available for days or weeks,” Vaughns says. “Then they find out they can come and see us and we’re able to help them.”
“We are here for our patients and community. Every patient could potentially have been in the ED,” she says. “This is a great service we’re offering.”
The regional Stroke Center at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center was recognized as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines (r) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Award for improving stroke care.
The awards, presented by an American Heart Association (AHA), acknowledge the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Alta Bates Summit’s Regional Stroke Center attained at least 85 percent compliance on all Get With The Guidelines(r) Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines(r) Stroke Quality Measures.
Additionally, the Regional Stroke Center was also recognized as a recipient of the AHA’s Target Stroke Honor Roll. This award recognizes hospitals that treat acute ischemic stroke in the most effective way possible using evidence-based guidelines. The goal is a door-to-needle time within 60 minutes in at least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients treated with IV Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA), which is known as the “clot busting” medication.
This means that the patient receives this important, life-saving intervention within 60 minutes of arrival to the hospital. To be eligible for the Target Stroke Honor Roll Award, the hospital must currently hold Gold, Silver or Bronze performance achievement status with Get With The Guidelines(r) Stroke and have door-to-needle times within 60 minutes.
“Our Regional Stroke Center works hard to ensure that patients receive the very best care possible when they come to the hospital, and we are extremely honored to receive these two significant distinctions in the clinical field of stroke care,” said Chuck Prosper, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center CEO. “The ability to provide key treatments in a timely manner means a greater possibility for improved outcomes for our patients.”
To learn more about the Alta Bates Summit Regional Stroke Center, visit: www.altabatessummit.org/stroke/
To learn more about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines SM program, visit www.strokeassociation.org.
Golf, family time, long walks with the dog: Hip and knee pain are not on your to-do list. And thanks to the variety of treatment options, osteoarthritis patients can stay active and maintain a high quality of life.
From ice and heat applications to arthroscopy to total joint replacement, well-informed patients choose not to become sedentary or to live with pain.
“These patients are more demanding in a good way,” says Benjamin Busfield, M.D., FAAOS, an orthopedic surgeon with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “They demand quality lifestyles. “ Read More about Osteoarthritis patients can stay active and maintain a high quality of life
Three Sutter Health medical centers in the East Bay earned an A rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group® in its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score℠: Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley and the Oakland and Berkeley campuses of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.
“The A grade from Leapfrog Group places us amongst the top hospitals in the U.S. in terms of transparency, quality and patient safety,” says Steve O’Brien, M.D., Alta Bates Summit chief medical executive. “And it recognizes the hard work of our excellent clinical staff in providing outstanding patient care.”
Sidney Wanetick, M.D., chief medical executive at Eden Medical Center, says, “An A grade reflects the hard work, dedication and exceptional skill and compassion of our clinical staff in our continuous pursuit of providing outstanding patient care to every patient every time.”
More than 2,500 hospitals nationwide participate in The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program. The national employer organization grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
The survey is the only nationally standardized and endorsed set of measures that captures hospital performance in patient safety, quality and resource utilization. Hospitals that participate in The Leapfrog Hospital Survey achieve hospital-wide improvements that translate into millions of lives and dollars saved.
The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Sutter Health hospitals earning A ratings include:
In July, all Sutter Health East Bay hospitals received “high performing” rankings for specialty care in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals survey.
For 2014-2015, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 medical care specialties. These Sutter Health hospitals ranked as high performers
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 about Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines
Where do you go when someone needs immediate medical attention? There is an alternative to the emergency room 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 Berkeley, Antioch and Castro Valley.