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COVID-19: Sutter Health Accepting Medical Supply Donations to Help Frontline Staff

Posted on Mar 23, 2020 in Safety, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Like all hospitals and health systems during this unprecedented health emergency, Sutter Health anticipates a shortage of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We are pursuing additional avenues to bolster and conserve our supplies, so we can meet critical community need while maintaining patient and frontline staff safety,” says Rishi Sikka, M.D., president of Sutter Health System Enterprises. “Our team is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from community members who want to help our frontline staff and integrated network.”

Sutter is asking for business and community donations of the following new items in original packaging to help ensure supplies are safe and medical grade:

• N95 masks
• Powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) Hoods
• Surgical masks
• Procedure masks
• Isolation gowns
• Paper masks (with ties or elastic)
• Paper protective gowns
• Protective glasses/goggles
• Industrial face shields (e.g., industrial face shields)
• Painters smocks (impermeable)

To make a donation, please contact your local Sutter affiliate or call 1-844-987-6099. A Sutter Health representative will provide specific guidance on how to make a delivery. For large local donations, we can also send a courier. Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our patients, providers and communities. Thank you for your generous support.

To obtain a tax deduction for non-cash contribution over $500, donors may be required to submit IRS Form 8283 with their tax returns. The form is available here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8283.pdf and includes instructions on how to complete. Additional questions can be directed to giving@sutterhealth.org.

What is Social Distancing and Why is it Important?

Posted on Mar 16, 2020 in Safety, Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Governor Gavin Newsom, echoing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is calling for the state’s bars, wineries and nightclubs to close and for restaurants to observe social distancing to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The governor is also recommending home isolation for people over the age of 65 and for those with chronic health conditions. According to the CDC, social distancing can be key to helping slow the spread of respiratory infections such as COVID-19.

Courtesy of San Francisco Marin Medical Society

Sutter infectious disease expert Jeffrey Silvers, M.D., agrees with the CDC, explaining, “Slowing the spread of COVID-19 with protective measures such as social distancing is critical to avoid a situation where hospitals are overwhelmed by large numbers of patients who need advanced care all at the same time.”

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones, according to Dr. Silvers, is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19.

Seven Simple Things You Can Do:
• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to kill corona virus on your hands.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol when soap and water are unavailable.
• Avoid shaking hands and touching your face.
• Stay home.
• Work from home if possible.
• Avoid large crowds. When you must go out, keep your distance from others and maintain a distance of about six feet.
• Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces that may harbor viruses such as doorknobs, faucets and cell phones.

More Resources:
Watch these videos to learn about COVID-19 and how viruses spread from Sutter’s Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Bill Isenberg, M.D. Learn how to properly wash your hands, what to do when you’re feeling ill and when to contact a caregiver.

Sutter Health’s Information about COVID-19 page is another handy resource.

Sutter Health is committed to the health and safety of our communities. If you’re concerned you may have COVID-19, please call your doctor or healthcare provider before visiting a care facility.

The Doctor is In: Three Videos Cut through COVID-19 Confusion

Posted on Mar 13, 2020 in Safety, Scroll Images

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.— With the World Health Organization’s recent declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic, an avalanche of advice from a variety of sources—some of it accurate, some of it misleading or even downright dangerous— can be overwhelming for anyone.

Now Sutter offers three short videos to help cut through the confusion and misinformation so people can better protect themselves and their loved ones. The videos feature Bill Isenberg, M.D., Sutter’s Chief Quality and Safety Officer.

How to Avoid Getting Sick: The simple steps everyone can take to help avoid contracting COVID-19.

What to Do When You Feel Sick: You don’t feel well. Now what? Dr. Isenberg explains.

When to Call the Doctor: Dr. Isenberg explains the symptoms that may signal more help is needed and next steps—whether it’s checking symptoms on Sutter’s symptom checker, calling the advice nurse or scheduling a video visit.

The Sutter Health not-for-profit integrated network of care is dedicated to the health and well-being of patients throughout Northern California. For more information about COVID-19, please visit Sutter’s resource page.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Cardiac Program Earns Highest Possible Rating for Mitral Valve Surgery from Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Posted on Mar 4, 2020 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images

OAKLAND, Calif.Alta Bates Summit Medical Center earned a distinguished three-star rating, the highest possible, from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for excellence in mitral valve replacement and repair (MVRR) surgery. Of the approximately 130 participating hospitals in California, Alta Bates Summit, part of the Sutter Health not-for-profit network of care, is one of only four hospitals in the state to earn this three-star rating for MVRR surgery.

Mitral valve replacement and mitral valve repair surgeries are performed to treat diseases of the mitral valve — the valve located between the left heart chambers.

Junaid Khan, MD
Junaid Khan, MD

“The three-star rating is widely regarded as the gold standard by which cardiac surgery programs are evaluated and it’s the highest honor achievable,” says Junaid Khan, MD, director of Cardiovascular Services for Alta Bates Summit. “We take great pride in the high-quality care we provide that has resulted in long-term positive results. This recognition validates our comprehensive heart program’s excellence.”

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

Alta Bates Summit also earned a three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) in 2019 for patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures—the most commonly performed open-heart surgery.

Mitul Kadakia, MD

“Alta Bates Summit provides exceptional care for our valvular heart disease patients under the leadership of Dr. Russell Stanten and Dr. Khan,” says Mitul Kadakia, MD, FACC director, Structural Heart and Valve Disease, Alta Bates Summit. “It is a privilege to be a part of a cardiac program which results in these kind of incredible outcomes for our patients. The 3-Star STS rating for CABG and Mitral surgery is great asset for our patients.”

Russell Stanten, MD

Dr. Khan praised the hospital’s physicians, staff members and departments who were instrumental in making this award possible.

“None of these amazing results would have been possible without our entire team including the expertise of our surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, case management and rehabilitation services,” adds Dr. Khan.

Michael W. Tsang, MD

Michael W. Tsang, M.D. , FACC, director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at Alta Bates Summit says, “While earning a 3 star rating in the recent public report is a great achievement for the medical center and cardiac surgery program, it is the constant and consistent feedback from my patients about their own wonderful and positive surgical experiences that make Alta Bates Summit one of the best mitral valve surgery programs in the state. Under Dr. Khan’s leadership, I have seen steady and significant strides made in our ability to deliver high quality care and to improve patient satisfaction.”

Alta Bates Summit’s three-star rating also drew praise from cardiovascular leaders at other East Bay hospitals.

“The three star rating for CABG and Mitral valve surgery by the nationally recognized Society of Thoracic Surgeons is well earned,” said Marina Tirlesskaya, MD, FACC, Chief of Cardiology, Alameda Health System. “Dr. Khan and his team have been providing outstanding care for our patients with consistently excellent results and unmatched compassion for our community and underserved patient population, supporting our mission at Alameda Health System of caring, healing, teaching and serving all.”

“As a community hospital with no onsite cardiac surgery program, our patients are fortunate to have the ABSMC cardiac surgical team provide superlative, prompt and outstanding care to our patients requiring emergent/urgent bypass surgery and mitral valve repair at Alta Bates Summit,” said Aditya Jain, MD, FACC, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, St. Rose Hospital. “Their patient centric team approach has enhanced patient survival and improved overall well-being in the postoperative period.

How Do You Celebrate a Leap Year Birthday? Frogs and Chocolate Cake!

Posted on Feb 28, 2020 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Scroll Images

Tiny Preemie Twins Born on Different Days Celebrate Fourth Birthday with Medical Team that Saved Them

Berkeley, Calif. –Twins Miles and Walter Erickson, born at 26 weeks and weighing barely two pounds each, arrived 11 minutes apart on different days — Feb. 28 and 29 (Leap Day), 2016. At a special leapfrog-themed birthday party and reunion, the twins and their family today celebrated their first Leap Day and fourth birthday with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) medical team who cared for them at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Miles, Summer, Bruce, Ryan and Walter Erickson

Parents Summer and Ryan Erickson say they are forever grateful for the care their boys received from the Alta Bates Summit NICU doctors, nurses and staff for the first 69 days of their lives. When the tiny twins were born, the Oakland residents feared they might not survive.

Four years ago, Summer Erickson checked into Alta Bates Summit 14 weeks before her due date expecting to spend the rest of her pregnancy on precautionary bedrest. Instead, she went into preterm labor. After the birth, the Labor and Delivery staff immediately whisked the tiny preemies to the Level III NICU, where Miles and Walter spent the next 69 days.

“You go through every emotion you can imagine,” remembers Summer Erikson, “Not only were the babies fighting little warriors, but the nurses, doctors and staff worked around the clock to fight for their health and survival.”

When the Ericksons finally got the green light to bring Miles and Walter home, they took advantage of Alta Bates Summit’s NICU Post-Discharge Program, a series of classes designed for parents of preemies. This philanthropically funded program provides education and a compassionate support network during the critical transition period from NICU to home, and often for years afterward. The classes taught the Ericksons how to monitor their sons’ diet and watch for irregular breathing. But most of all, it gave them confidence for the task ahead. Miles and Walter, each 5 pounds at the time of discharge, were ready to go home.

Walter and Miles Erickson, age 4

Happy fourth birthday, Miles and Walter!