Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Sutter Research: Advancing Care for Patients with Breast Cancer

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Innovation, Memorial Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Quality, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Women's Services

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Breast cancer research has the potential to improve cancer care for the 3.8 million American women living with the illness. Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re highlighting the bold science and game-changing breast cancer research at Sutter. This work can help advance knowledge of how to detect and treat the illness.

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Rare Hospital-Based Treatment Program Helps People Beat Addiction

Posted on Oct 17, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images

(OAKLAND, Calif.)Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Merritt Peralta Institute (MPI) for chemical dependency treatment has helped more than 15,000 people since its founding in 1979. At 40 years old, MPI is the oldest hospital-based addiction detoxification and treatment program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hospital-based treatment means that the MPI staff is able to treat people for drug and/or alcohol addiction who also have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or cancer.

“There are only six hospital-based inpatient treatment centers like ours in all of California,” says Terry Arnold, MPI program manager. “Having access to a doctor and 24-hour nursing care makes our program unusual. We take a lot of pride in providing comprehensive care to our participants and we look forward to offering these services for many more decades to come.”

MPI is a voluntary treatment program that provides comprehensive treatment for addiction with the caring, ongoing support and medical attention needed to understand the disease of chemical dependency and make the transition to recovery.

“What has set our program apart over the last 40 years is our highly trained staff who have dedicated themselves to care for our participants and their families,” says Arnold.

To meet the diverse needs of MPI clients over the years, the 24-bed program has expanded access to accommodate more participants dealing with addiction to opioids and other pain killers.

“Over the last 15 years, we have seen a large increase in opioid addiction, with 25 percent of our program participants now receiving care for it,” adds Arnold. “I’m proud of how our program has evolved and accommodated to meet the demand.”

Addiction-Free Pain Management

At MPI, opiate-addicted people with chronic physical pain learn alternative techniques to dealing with it, including the use of non-addictive medications and acupuncture, guided imagery, hypnosis and restorative yoga.

MPI is a full-service addiction treatment program which offers:

  • medically-supervised detoxification
  • inpatient and residential rehabilitation
  • day treatment
  • morning and evening intensive outpatient programs
  • comprehensive family program
  • continuing care services to offer the support needed to stay in recovery
  • complementary therapies like yoga, acupuncture and NeuroAdvantage—a drug-free technology used to train the nervous system to activate a relaxation response

Clinical Excellence and Tailored Treatment Plans

MPI is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). To achieve this certification, MPI demonstrates that it conforms to rigorous and internationally-recognized standards.

Each MPI participant works directly with the medical staff and chemical dependency counselors to develop a customized treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and preferences.

Recovery can begin the moment you are ready to stop the cycle of addiction and reclaim your life. To schedule an assessment interview at MPI or for more information, call 510-652-7000.

Stupski Foundation to Enhance Palliative Care for Alameda County Patients with $3.5 Million Grant to Sutter Health

Posted on Sep 30, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Expanding Access, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Scroll Images

(OAKLAND, Calif) –The Stupski Foundation has awarded not-for-profit Sutter Health a $3.5 million, three-year grant to build a comprehensive Palliative and Advanced Illness Care (PAIC) program for northern Alameda County.

This significant grant will enable Sutter to build on successful palliative care programs already in place at the healthcare network’s Alameda County hospitals, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, while incorporating elements of both the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) innovative ambulatory palliative care and support services program and Sutter’s impactful home-based Advanced Illness Management Program.

The grant will help caregivers at these Sutter organizations integrate palliative and advanced illness care services across care settings, to provide more continuous and comprehensive support for patients and families facing serious illness. This collaborative model extends services to thousands of additional people in the county who suffer from the complex challenges of serious illnesses such as cancer, dementia or advanced heart, lung or kidney disease, by providing more timely, seamless and flexible services to address their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. Multidisciplinary palliative care teams at Sutter include specially trained doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

“We are honored to partner with the Stupski Foundation to improve patient and family experience by enhancing serious illness care across Alameda County,” says Elizabeth Mahler, M.D., Sutter Health Vice President Clinical Integration, Office of Patient Experience. “This generous grant will help us serve thousands more patients and families with collaborative care that seeks to decrease suffering by putting the personal preferences, needs and values of patients and families front and center.”

“Sutter Health has been recognized as a national leader in serious illness care since the creation of its Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program,” Dan Tuttle, director of health at the Stupski Foundation says. “This grant supports their efforts to roll out an even more comprehensive palliative care model for people with serious illness, bringing home-based care to hundreds of patients and new inpatient and outpatient services to thousands more throughout Alameda County every year. We hope that healthcare continues to move from inside clinic walls to meet people where they need it and we see quality home-based palliative care as a critical part of that shift.”

Reaching More Patients in Need

Sutter Health Palliative and Advanced Illness Management programs serving Alameda County are running close to maximum capacity, currently serve about 3,000 patients annually. Sutter palliative care program leaders estimate that an additional 2,000 patients will benefit from improved PAIC coordination, capacity and services made possible by the Stupski Foundation grant.

This new comprehensive model of care in Alameda County will encompass four key components of serious illness care including specialty palliative care, advance care planning, family caregiver support and links to social services.

“This grant gives Sutter the opportunity to more broadly provide compassionate care to the communities we serve. It will allow us to create a path of care, comfort and support for those patients and families who are facing an advanced illness in a way that we have previously not been able to provide,” says Jeffrey Stoneberg, DO, Palliative Care Medical Director at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Sutter will launch the ambulatory based PAIC program at Alta Bates Summit next year, followed by Eden starting in 2021.

Thinking of Vaping? Think Again! Surgeon Warns of Vaping Health Dangers

Posted on Sep 7, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Community Benefit, Quality, Scroll Images

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alta Bates Summit Medical Center director of Cardiovascular Services, Junaid Khan, M.D., is featured in Business Insider, ABC7 and  KTVU Fox 2 stories about the terrible health risks physicians are seeing in patients, especially young people and older people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, who vape. Alta Bates Summit is part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health integrated network of care.

Dr. Khan cites the alarming increase in the pace at which vaping-related illnesses and deaths are now being reported as he warns that vaping has become a public health crisis. He emphasizes that vaping can cause permanent, lifelong lung damage and that vaping is equally bad, if not worse, than smoking.

When Only the Best Will Do: Two Sutter Hospitals Earn Highest Quality Honor for Heart Bypass Surgery

Posted on Sep 5, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento are two of only four in state to earn three-star rating

 

OAKLAND, Calif. –Two members of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (SMCS) have earned the distinguished three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures—the most commonly performed open-heart surgery. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places Alta Bates Summit and SMCS among the elite programs for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada. Only four hospitals in California achieved a three star rating in CABG for 2018.

Junaid Khan, MD

Junaid Khan, MD, director of Cardiovascular Services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

This is the second time in three years Alta Bates Summit has achieved the three star rating.

“The three star rating is a testament to the expertise of our surgeons and the commitment of our physicians and staff to provide the highest quality and excellence to our patients,” says Junaid Khan, MD, director of Cardiovascular Services for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

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.

Historically, about 6–10 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery. The latest analysis of data for CABG surgery covers a 1-year period, from January 2018 to December 2018.

“Participation in the Database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and helps provide patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care,” said David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the STS Task Force on Quality Measurement.

CABG is a surgical procedure in which one or more blocked coronary arteries are bypassed by a blood vessel graft to restore normal blood flow to the heart in people with coronary artery disease (narrowing of the coronary arteries due to fatty deposits) or angina (pain or discomfort in the chest due to narrowed arteries.) CABG reduces chest pain and risk of death from heart attack. Isolated CABG means that only a CABG surgery is performed on the patient without any other procedure.

Delicious Food at a Hospital? Yes! New Summit Cafe Delights Diners

Posted on Aug 8, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Scroll Images

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Oakland Campus also launches room service for patients

 

Dianna Bennett, who works at the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center, was thrilled to have a cookbook signed by celebrity chef Jet Tila.

(OAKLAND, Calif.) – The new Summit Café and kitchen at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Oakland campus, which opened this week, now offers visitors, staff and physicians food-court style serving stations with a variety of delicious foods and made to order dishes.

During opening week festivities for the Summit Café, celebrity chef and TV personality Jet Tila prepared spicy Korean short rib street tacos and Hawaiian fried rice for a hungry lunchtime crowd. He also signed cookbooks and took selfies with adoring fans. Special chef appearances will be a regular occurrence at the new café.

Room Service for Patients: What they want, when they want it!

The expanded kitchen has made it possible to offer room service to patients at the Oakland campus. Patients select what they want (within their medically-prescribed diet), when they want it from a new restaurant-style menu offering freshly-prepared meals that are delivered within 45 minutes of ordering between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The new room service menu is extensive and features vegan and vegetarian options like vegan shepherd’s pie, healthful and tempting dishes such as chili lime chicken and turkey Bolognese pasta, as well as comforting, nourishing classics like chicken noodle or tomato soup. A room service assistant guides patients through the ordering process and helps those with special needs like allergies make appropriate selections.

More fun facts about the new Summit Café:

  • Café accommodates 300 guests in an airy, sunlit-setting
  • More than 100 food options on the new room service menu for patients
  • More than 8,000 square feet of new kitchen space
  • Two steam kettles can make 120 gallons of soup
  • Four walk through refrigerators and one walk through freezer
  • Blast chiller cools a pan of piping hot soup in less than 30 minutes
  • Turbo Chef oven cooks a frozen fish filet in a minute and a half
  • Combi oven can steam and roast at the same time
  • New dishwasher has an air blow dryer like a car wash