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Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Supports Oakland’s Unsheltered Residents

Posted on Oct 3, 2018 in Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Community Benefit, People

Dr. Jerry Kozai, Alta Bates Summit CEO, pledges his support to an Oakland initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters.

People that live and work in Oakland know that the number of homeless encampments in the city has been on the rise for several years. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of unsheltered residents in Oakland has increased by 26 percent.

To help work on this crisis, Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has partnered with the City of Oakland to support the city’s initiative to help move homeless people from encampments into temporary shelters. Over the last 10 months, the city has opened three Tuff Shed Shelter Community Cabin sites that provide shelter to Oakland’s long-term homeless population with social services connecting clients to health services, public benefits and other resources.

“Alta Bates Summit is committed to improving the health and wellness of our community and we are honored to be part of this collaborative partnership with the City of Oakland to help tackle the homeless crisis,” said Dr. Gerald Kozai, CEO, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “Homelessness is a public health issue and these shelter sites are providing a safe and healthier alternative than living on the streets.” Read More

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Awards Scholarship to Aspiring Primary Care Physician

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in People, Quality, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, Santa Cruz, We're Awesome

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. –Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz recently awarded its twelfth annual Primary Care Physician award to Sarah Herrman, a 2018 graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

The scholarship is administered by SMSC and the UC Santa Cruz Foundation to help carry out a mission to provide high-quality primary care to Central Coast Medi-Cal patients. Scholarship recipients receive $10,000 to help support their studies at an accredited medical school provided they commit to returning to the Central Coast to practice in primary care after their education is completed.

“Sarah’s passion for ensuring healthcare for all will make her a strong advocate for her patients,” said Trina White, Chief Administrative Officer for SMSC. “In addition, her outstanding academic background, which combines both traditional biology and research in the rapidly developing field of epigenetics, is well suited for a future where medical care will encompass new understandings of how genes and the environment interact to influence health. SMSC is proud to be able to help support her as she enters medical school.” Read More

Sutter Lakeside Hospital Evacuation Update

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Clinics Continue to Be Closed Due to Fire Threat

Sacramento, Calif. — Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Sutter Care at Home offices in Lakeport continue to be closed to patients due to the Mendocino Complex fires.

The hospital and clinics have been under an evacuation order since Saturday, July 28, 2018.

A team of personnel are working onsite at the hospital to make sure it is secure, functional and able to open when it is appropriate. Although some local roads near the hospital may be opening, it is not yet certain when the hospital or the clinics will re-open.

“We are looking forward to once again serving patients with compassion and excellence when the hospital reopens,’’ said Dan Peterson, chief administrative officer at Sutter Lakeside Hospital. “When the hospital is cleared to open, we will notify patients and the communities we support.’’ Read More

Recommendations on Coping with Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfires

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome, Wellness

LAKEPORT, Calif.–Sutter Lakeside Hospital continues to be threatened by the Mendocino Complex fire. The fire, which includes the River and Ranch Fires, began Saturday, July 28, and to this date is still raging

As the fires continue, the air quality is poor. When pollution is bad, it can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Air quality has been rated unsafe to unhealthy for sensitive groups who live near the fires, and it is also rated unhealthy for those who live in the Sacramento area. Poor air quality and smoky air also have been reported in the East Bay, including Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley area.

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PAMF Physicians Award Scholarships to Aspiring Future Doctors

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

PALO ALTO, Calif.–Three recent high school graduates are the latest recipients of college scholarships awarded by Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) physicians. The annual scholarships, created to help meet the need for future physicians, are awarded to deserving local students who are committed to becoming medical doctors.

The students, who are chosen through a competitive process, receive $25,000 or $12,000 scholarships that are paid over several years to help cover the costs of undergraduate studies and medical school.

Since 1993, PAMF physicians have funded and awarded more than 50 scholarships to outstanding local high school students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors. In addition, PAMF’s philanthropy department has awarded eight scholarships over the years thanks to generous community donors. Read More

Two Sutter Executives Named to Becker’s 40 Under 40 Healthcare Leaders for 2018

Posted on Jul 26, 2018 in People, Quality, Uncategorized

Dr. Veena Jones and Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider

Two physicians with Sutter Health connections were named to Becker’s Healthcare’s list of 40 healthcare leaders under 40 years old. The list honors rising stars in healthcare who will be among the next generation of leaders. Becker’s recognized leaders for their innovative approach to patient care and health system improvement, overseeing crucial expansion projects and growing companies from the ground up. The honorees connected to Sutter are:

 Veena Goel Jones, M.D., medical director of Digital Patient Experience at Sutter Health and Pediatric Hospitalist at Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Jones joined Sutter Health in 2016. Since taking on her current role, she has helped facilitate Sutter’s digital transformation, including spearheading efforts to improve end-user experiences with Sutter’s patient portal, My Health Online.

Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D., founder of End Well Symposium, an event designed to address end-of-life issues in the multidisciplinary community, and the Ungerleider Palliative Care Education Fund, which supports innovative programs that further palliative care education. In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Dr. Ungerleider serves on the teaching faculty for Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and sits on the foundation board of trustees.