Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

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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Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Care Center Earns Designation for Quality Care from National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Posted on Feb 11, 2019 in Affiliates, Quality, Scroll Images, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Berkeley, Calif. – Sutter Health announced today that a neurology team at Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) has been recognized for exceptional care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care program.

The SEBMF care center at 2850 Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley has been designated by the Society as a Partner in MS Care – Comprehensive Care Center for providing high quality, coordinated care to people living with multiple sclerosis.

         Joanna Cooper, M.D.

“We are so proud to collaborate with Sutter Health to enhance coordinated, comprehensive care for the people who live with MS in the Bay Area,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, president and CEO of the National MS Society. “In earning this recognition, Dr. Joanna Cooper and her Sutter team have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in MS care, making a tremendous impact on people affected by MS in this community.”

Multiple sclerosis affects about 2.3 million people worldwide, making it the most common cause of non-traumatic disability in young people. It is an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the central nervous system and the rest of the body.

Joanna Cooper, M.D., a neurologist and medical director of specialty services at SEBMF who led the effort to earn the national designation, will accept a plaque at a Feb. 11, 2019 ceremony honoring her and SEBMF for exceptional care and support for people living with multiple sclerosis.

The designation means that Dr. Cooper and a team of clinicians at SEBMF have experience and knowledge in treating MS patients, offer a coordinated array of medical, nursing, mental health, rehabilitation and social services and have a strong collaboration with the National MS Society. Dr. Cooper collaborated with the National MS Society in order to better provide complex services, support and education for MS patients as well as continue developing excellent care models.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition, which will enhance our MS care,’’ Dr. Cooper said. “MS patients have many complex needs over time and it takes a dedicated and coordinated team to help them manage this disease. We have a team and collaborate with multiple specialties to provide this quality of care through the Sutter network.”

The SEBMF Care Center is now one of four Comprehensive MS Care Centers designated by the National MS Society in the Bay Area and one of 143 in the country with the designation.

Some of the specialists in Sutter trained to take care of MS patients include clinicians in primary care, urology, gynecology, hematology, neuroradiology, infectious disease, nursing, physical and occupational therapy and other rehabilitation specialists as well as the clinical research teams.

“It’s a disease that affects young people in the prime of their life,” Dr. Cooper said. “The care is complex, treatment has become high risk, and the right kind of care is essential to achieve the best quality and outcomes.’’