Ebola Preparedness

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

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

Update on the Ebola Virus

Posted on Oct 3, 2014

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 all Sutter East Bay affiliates 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:

  • Ebola is not easy to catch. It is only spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a sick person or a person who has died from Ebola. The illness is not spread through the air.
  • People who have contracted Ebola are not infectious until they show symptoms.
  • Sutter Health and all Sutter East Bay affiliates continue to closely follow developments.
  • Learn more about Ebola on the CDC website.

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.

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Posted on Oct 1, 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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DCIS: What is “Stage Zero” Breast Cancer?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

???????????????This year nearly 227,000 women in the United States will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer, according to estimates by the National Cancer Institute. But thanks to breast cancer awareness campaigns and early detection, more women than ever are getting mammograms and more cancers are being spotted early.

Many women are told they have something called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or “Stage Zero” cancer, in which abnormal cells are found in the center of the milk-producing ducts. Before universal screening, DCIS was rare. Now DCIS and the less common lobular carcinoma in situ account for almost a quarter of new breast cancer cases — some 60,000 a year. 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. Read More

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

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