Posts Tagged "Oakland"

Gary Zufelt Named CEO for Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 in We're Awesome

Gary Zufelt, CEO, Sutter East Bay Medical FoundationCongratulations to Gary Zufelt, named CEO for Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF). Gary has served as interim CEO since early February.

Read more on Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation’s online newsroom.

Alta Bates Summit Surgeons Perform Rare Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 in Quality

First in East Bay to Perform Procedure through Bellybutton

Patients at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland can now receive the most common surgical procedure — gallbladder removal — in less time, with minimal discomfort and likely no visible scar thanks to a new breakthrough procedure.

Alta Bates Summit surgeons performed the first two robotic single-incision gallbladder removals (cholecystectomy) of this type in the East Bay Area using the de Vinci Robotic Surgical System on Monday, April 16.

“The combination of this exciting new technology and our highly skilled surgical team will result in better surgical out comes for our patients. It’s less invasive and results in quicker recovery and cosmetic satisfaction with no visible scar,” says Alta Bates Summit Surgeon Steve Stanten, M.D., Chief of Surgery at the Summit Campus.


Physicians Reflect on End-of-Life Healthcare Planning

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 in Quality

Physicians with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center participated in an ongoing series on the importance of end-of-life conversations  by the San Jose Mercury News.

Drs. Glen Petersen and Jeffrey Stoneberg, along with doctors throughout the Sutter Health encourage you to ‘have the talk’ on National Healthcare Decisions Day. End-of-life conversations are among the most difficult yet important you can have with your loved ones.

Read the complete article here: National day to support end-of-life health-care planning

Samuel Merritt University Joins Forces with the First Lady and Dr. Biden to support Veterans and Military Families

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 in Expanding Access

Samuel Merritt University (SMU) School of Nursing School (SoN) will join the ranks of hundreds of others in educating nursing students on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) & traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the coming years.

Today First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will announce a commitment from nurses across the country eager to serve our veterans and military families as well as they have served us. In a broad, coordinated effort, more than 150 state and national nursing organizations including SMU’s School of Nursing have committed to further educate our nation’s 3 million nurses so they are prepared to meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families.

“Nurses are on the front lines of the healthcare system. Therefore, it is imperative that our students are proficient in identifying the signs and symptoms of this disorder,” said Audrey Berman, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University.  “We are also preparing our students to understand how to respond to this challenge with their colleagues as well as with their patients and their families.”

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Final Beam Placed atop Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 in Expanding Access

The new 11-story Patient Care Pavilion project includes 238 private patient rooms, a new emergency department and a 1,000-space parking garage – all designed to meet or exceed state seismic safety requirements.

Watch progress via live web cam.

Learn more about the project on