Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Reducing Childhood Obesity One Family at a Time

Posted on Aug 7, 2019 in Innovation, Pediatric Care, Scroll Images, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

New Program Aims to Help East Contra Costa County Kids Achieve and Maintain Healthy Weight

 

ANTIOCH, Calif. –Making sure kids eat a balanced diet and maintain a proper weight can be a difficult task. Especially if the child is overweight, obese or a picky eater.

In Contra Costa County the problem is especially acute. Kidsdata.org, a program at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, compiled data in 2018 by grade level and found that in the county 36.1 percent of fifth graders, 35.7 percent of seventh graders and 33.4 percent of ninth graders are overweight or obese. According to the Centers for Disease Control, overweight or obese children are at high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults, placing them at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes later in life. They are also more prone to develop stress, sadness, and low self-esteem.

Richard Singer, M.D., a pediatrician with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) based in Brentwood, had become increasingly concerned about the overweight children he sees in his practice and the lack of nutritional counseling services available in eastern Contra Costa County.

So after careful planning, Dr. Singer recently started a pediatric weight management program at outpatient pediatric offices in Antioch and Brentwood. As part of the program, a registered dietician on the staff at Sutter Delta Medical Center sees patients one day a week at an SEBMF care center.

“There is an epidemic of childhood obesity and all of the complications associated with obesity,” Dr. Singer said. “Our community needs resources to help intervene and improve the quality of life of these children. The pediatric dietician will help parents and their children make better food choices as well as providing ongoing support and helping to monitor their progress.”

In June, Elika Vargas, a registered dietitian at Sutter Delta Medical Center, began meeting with parents and their children on Mondays, either in the SEBMF primary care clinic in Antioch or Brentwood. Children from 2 to 18 years of age are referred to her by primary care physicians.

Vargas reviews the child’s medical history and assesses the child’s eating patterns. Her goal is not to put the child on a diet but to guide the child and the parents on how to eat healthy meals. She also asks the parents and child about physical activity, as lack of exercise contributes significantly to being overweight or obese. Follow-up care is important to assess adherence to nutrition recommendations and weight trends.

“The idea is to promote a healthy lifestyle and gradual weight loss, and to teach families about nutrition so they can make these decisions on their own,” Vargas said. “I let them know why they should be eating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables to get the right nutrition.”

Many barriers to healthy eating exist. The availability of convenience and processed foods, larger portion sizes and lack of physical activity are some of the contributors to obesity. Families are busy and eating fast food may be easier than preparing a balanced meal.

It can be difficult to get children to eat fruits and vegetables. Parents have to be willing to be role models by following their own healthy lifestyle with good nutrition and plenty of exercise.

Some of her advice to parents on how to help children adopt a healthy lifestyle includes:

  • Cut out sugary desserts and juices or try fruit-infused water.
  • Avoid processed and convenience foods. Cook meals at home so children are more likely to have enough vegetables and whole grains.
  • Encourage kids to get involved in preparing meals or in helping with grocery shopping.
  • Offer a variety of fruits and vegetables with different colors, flavors and textures.

“With kids you have to offer healthy choices such as fruit and vegetables multiple times,” Vargas said. “It’s persistence and communication.”

 

 

 

 

 

Research at Sutter Health Brings New Hope to People With ALS

Posted on Jul 10, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, People, Quality, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Stephen Hawking—one of the world’s most accomplished physicists— lived most of his life with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). His lifetime of accomplishments and worldwide renown cast an international spotlight on the debilitating disease. Read More

New Primary Care Office in Antioch Celebrated

Posted on Jun 25, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

New Space Offers Patients Larger Exam Rooms, Light-Filled Spaces and Beautiful Art

ANTIOCH, Calif. –It’s official: the spacious primary care office that opened in Antioch has been blessed, toured and admired by Sutter Health leaders, East Bay government officials and community members.

As a crowd watched, Jimmy Hu, M.D., Area CEO, East Bay, Sutter Bay Medical Foundation, cut the red ribbon, and Dawn Morrow, a representative from Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis’ office presented a welcome plaque to Dr. Hu and Samuel Santoro, M.D., CEO, Sutter East Bay Medical Group.

Jimmy Hu, M.D., Area CEO, East Bay, Sutter Bay Medical Foundation and Samuel Santoro, M.D., president and CEO, Sutter East Bay Medical Group accept a welcome plaque from Dawn Morrow, district representative for Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis.

“We are proud to show you the space,” said Dr. Hu. “The best thing you can do in an organization is grow, and we know East Contra Costa is expanding and we are here to support the community and provide excellent care.”

About 100 people attended the mixer on June 13 that was organized by Sutter Health, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and the regional Chambers of Commerce including Antioch, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Oakley, Pittsburg, Rio Vista and West Pittsburg.

Dr. Hu explained to the gathering that a gift from Better Health East Bay, a philanthropic group in the Sutter Health network, enabled SEBMF to renovate almost 13,000 square feet on the second floor of the care center at 4053 Lone Tree Way in Antioch. After months of construction, the expansion was completed in April and the primary care doctors and their staff moved from cramped quarters on the first floor to newly designed modern offices on the second floor.

“We are proud to be here, and proud to show off the new digs,” Dr. Santoro added. “State of the art, 21st century health care is being delivered right here.”

He told the crowd: “Our Sutter values are safe, personal, affordable and accessible health care. We have an obligation to you to deliver on that promise.”

The attendees mingled and nibbled on appetizers as a DJ played various tunes. In addition to Morrow, representatives and local officials attending the event included Tito Ramos from Rep. Jerry McNerney’s office, Antioch Mayor Sean Wright, Tricia Piquero, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce co-president, and Richard Pagano, Antioch Chamber of Commerce CEO.

The building is a hub for SEBMF since it also has suites that house an Urgent Care, lab, radiology, OB/GYN, neurology, podiatry, urology, cardiology, gastroenterology and general surgery.

The primary care team, including family and internal medicine and pediatricians, is a large one: eight doctors, nine medical assistants, a coordinator, a licensed vocational nurse, a registered nurse and a clinical operations manager.

They are glad to be seeing the patients in larger exam rooms with new equipment and more desks and office space for clinicians. There are 18 exam rooms and a procedure room; the space is filled with light and art, as well as sofas and comfortable chairs.

 

 

A New Lens to Study the Origin of Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on May 30, 2019 in Affiliates, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A new research collaboration will allow Sutter to collect and analyze ‘big data’ in hopes of identifying new disease markers for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

MS is a difficult disease to treat because its cause is unknown. 

“MS is challenging to manage because there are no biomarkers or blood tests to diagnose or understand the individual patient’s prognosis and his or her likely response to medications,” says Joanna Cooper, M.D., a Sutter neurologist and MS clinician-investigator. “We know that disease course and presentation of symptoms vary by gender, age, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity. But we don’t know which treatment would be optimal for which patients, and why.” Read More

Eight Sutter Medical Network Organizations Achieve IHA Top Quality Honors

Posted on May 20, 2019 in Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Sutter Medical Foundation, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has recognized eight Sutter Medical Network (SMN) organizations for reaching a high level of quality care for Medicare Advantage patients.

The following five SMN organizations achieved 4.5-star ratings for performance across a subset of 12 quality measures during the 2017 reporting year:

  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation – Sutter East Bay Medical Group
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation – Gould Medical Group
  • Sutter Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods
  • Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group

Three other Sutter Medical Network organizations received 4-star ratings:

  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Central Valley Medical Group
  • Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Mills-Peninsula Division/Mills-Peninsula Medical Group

Nearly 200 physician organizations participate in IHA’s Medicare Advantage Measurement Program. IHA is a statewide, multi-stakeholder leadership group that promotes quality improvement, accountability and affordability in healthcare. IHA collects clinical quality data and provides it to the Office of Patient Advocate (OPA) for the Health Care Quality Report Card. OPA considers physician organizations “very good” for achieving 4.5 and 4-star ratings.

To learn more, visit the OPA website.

SMN consists of the Sutter medical foundations, their exclusively contracted medical groups, and contracted independent practice associations. These organizations agree to work collaboratively with the goal of achieving sustainable high quality outcomes and services at an affordable price.

A Focus on STRIVE: Sutter’s largest-enrolling clinical trial to date

Posted on Feb 20, 2019 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Innovation, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Novato Community Hospital, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Research, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Transformation

SAN FRANCISCO – Several Sutter Health sites participated in STRIVE, a study that is evaluating a new blood test for the early detection of multiple cancer types. Begun in 2017 and now closed to enrollment, the study recruited the highest number of Sutter patients of any trials to date, regardless of therapeutic area.

The test is being developed by GRAIL, Inc., a healthcare company based in Menlo Park. The study recruited women at the time of their screening mammogram across six institutions, with Sutter Health and the Mayo Clinic enrolling a majority of participants.

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