Wellness

Earthquakes Announce Sutter Health Doctors as Official Team Physicians

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 in Scroll Images, Wellness

Dr. Richard Gayle consults with Marvell Wynne, defender for the San Jose Earthquakes

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that a team of Sutter Health doctors will serve as the Quakes’ official team physicians through the 2020 season. Since the start of the 2016 season, Sutter Health has also been the official jersey sponsor of the Earthquakes.

The team of physicians consists of Richard Gayle, M.D., Warren King, M.D., and Kier Ecklund, M.D. providing orthopedic care, with Daniel Ouyang, M.D. , and Scott Matthews, M.D., serving as team’s primary care physicians. These doctors are all aligned with Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Click here for b-roll as well as player and doctor interviews

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Sutter Health and CVS Health Create New Clinical Collaboration

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 in Expanding Access, Transformation, Wellness

Clinical collaboration with CVS/pharmacy and MinuteClinic will increase access to care and help improve medication adherence for patients

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network announced a new clinical collaboration with CVS Health today. CVS Health will securely and safely provide prescription and visit information from MinuteClinics, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, to Sutter Health’s electronic health record (EHR) for Sutter Health patients who seek care through the nearly 1,000 MinuteClinics nationwide, and/or have prescriptions filled at a CVS/pharmacy. Through this collaboration, Sutter Health and MinuteClinic practitioners will also work together on planning strategies around chronic care, wellness and patient care coordination.

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Sutter Experts Offer Men’s Health Tips, Encourage Screenings

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 in Wellness

Group photo of men standing outdoorsDuring National Men’s Health Month in June—including Men’s Health Week from June 15-21—experts from across the Sutter Health network encourage men of all ages to take an active role in their health and preventative care.

Not sure where to start? Check out our month-long series on health topics and common health concerns for men 45 years and younger on the MyLifeStages Healthy Living Blog. Follow the series to learn about:

• Ways to safely build muscle mass
• Methods for combating the dreaded “beer belly”
• The importance of having a primary care physician
• Managing stress and boosting energy
• Staying sexually healthy
• Issues with low testosterone levels

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Take Time to Talk: Your Wishes Matter

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in Wellness

Do you know your parents’ wishes if they become seriously ill? Have you talked with your loved ones about what matters most to you? Having your future health care choices known and protected provides peace of mind for you and those you love.

Today, on National Healthcare Decisions Day, plan ahead and take the time to start this important conversation with your family. Completing an advance directive gives your doctors and family guidance on how to care for you if you cannot speak for yourself or make your wishes known to them.

Ask yourself this question and then discuss with friends and family:

Do you want to be kept alive on machines as long as possible, or to be allowed to die as gently as possible?

While questions like this are not easy to answer, speaking with your loved ones ahead of time and preparing an advance directive will help ensure your wishes are honored.

For more information and tools to talk about wishes with your family, friends and health care providers, visit Sutter’s Advance Health Care Directives resources page or visit NHDD.org

Stress and Tax Day: Coping Tips

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 in Wellness

Tax Day calendarDid you know stress can have a big impact on your body? If you find yourself needing help coping with the pressures that may accompany Tax Day, follow our new blog series by Ronesh Sinha, M.D., to find out how stress impacts your body and what you can do to feel better. Some topics the series focuses on include:

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Sutter Experts Say Flu Shot Still Best Way to Prevent Influenza

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 in Wellness

Patient receiving flu shot. With flu season well underway, physicians in the Sutter Health not-for-profit network say it’s not too late to vaccinate.

While a recent study found that this year’s flu shot doesn’t work as well as expected against this season’s most prevalent influenza virus, experts say the vaccine can still protect against other flu viruses, and reduce hospitalizations and deaths.

Each year 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu and more than 200,000 end up in the hospital due to flu-related complications. Flu activity usually peaks between December and February but can continue to occur as late as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Experts highly recommend flu shots for people 65 years and older and younger children.

The following precautions also help prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory infections:

  • While sick, stay home and limit contact with others
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Need a flu shot?

For the latest information on the flu, see the California Department of Public Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.