Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines

Posted on Oct 23, 2014

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals, home health and other service providers released the following statement in response to newly released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the treatment of patients with the Ebola virus and the safety of staff who might care for these patients.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities,” said Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D. “Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans. Read More

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Posted on Oct 2, 2014

Urgent_Care_SHSSR_Elk_Grove_2012_1Knowing what to do when you or someone close to you needs immediate medical attention can be a tricky decision. Most people have heard of the emergency room (ER) but there is another option to consider if the condition isn’t life threatening. Urgent care centers offer some of the same services as emergency rooms, though they differ in several important ways.

In this short video below, Jeffrey Leinen, M.D., FACEP, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care Medical Director, discusses the common conditions that can be treated at urgent care centers and life-threatening conditions that require emergency room care. Click here to learn more about Sutter Urgent Care locations in the East Bay including Antioch and Castro Valley.

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From Antioch to Castro Valley, Sutter Health Brings Cancer Care to the Community

Posted on Oct 1, 2014

infusion-159It’s hard to fit everything you need to do into “normal” business hours. That’s why Sutter Health has introduced extended hours for infusion services and screening mammographies.

The infusion center at Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has new patient areas and expanded hours thanks to Better Health East Bay (BHEB), a philanthropic foundation.

BHEB donated $2.4 million to the project, which redesigned the natural-light-filled facility at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley. Infusions are available 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m.-noon on holidays. Read More

For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot

Posted on Sep 30, 2014

fluMistYHP_302x238The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for anyone 6 months and older.

Starting with the 2014-2015 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine (over the flu shot) for children 2 through 8 years of age when it is available and if the child has had no negative reactions to the vaccine.

“The nasal spray vaccine should be given soon after is it available, usually in October,” says Lisa Swearingen, M.D., a pediatrician with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.” Read More

Take Heart: See Your Doctor Before Beginning an Exercise Program

Posted on Sep 2, 2014

heart health 1There’s more to fall than back to school. For many it means beginning or resuming a regular exercise routine or even training for a competitive event.

We asked Vipul Gupta, M.D., a cardiologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation how athletes of all ages can safeguard their heart health before hitting the gym, pool, open road or wherever your energy takes you. Read More

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation is Expanding!

Posted on Aug 22, 2014

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) continues to expand in the East Bay, welcoming several excellent providers who bring a wealth of education, experience and knowledge to the care of our patients.

Dr. Vipul Gupta

Vipul Gupta, M.D., MPH. Dr. Gupta is board eligible in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He received his medical degree from Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai India, and a master’s of public health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.  He completed both a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the State University of New York, Buffalo. In addition, Dr. Gupta completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Gupta is fluent in Hindi. He enjoys music, watching movies, travelling and sports such as cricket and football. Dr. Gupta joined the organization on Aug. 11. He sees patients in Antioch and will also spend time in Oakland/Berkeley.

Dr. Baotram NguyenBaotram Nguyen, M.D. Dr. Nguyen is board eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. Dr. Nguyen is fluent in Vietnamese. She joined the organization on Aug. 11 and sees patients in Castro Valley.

 

 

 

Dr. Jonathan LynneJonathan Lynne, M.D., MPH.  Dr. Lynne is board eligible in family medicine. He received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Granada, West Indies and a master’s of public health in epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed a residency in family medicine at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Dr. Lynne is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and speaks some Spanish. He enjoys staying active and participates in ballroom dance, tennis, volleyball, camping, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, traveling, and playing piano. Dr. Lynne joined the organization on Aug. 11 and he sees patients in Antioch and Brentwood.

 

 

Screen and Your Sleep: The Impact of Nighttime Use

Posted on Aug 1, 2014

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We use electronic devices in every room – should we keep our electronics out of the bedroom? Sleep specialist Joanna Cooper, M.D., will discuss the most current findings regarding the effect of electronic devices on our sleep.

According to Dr. Cooper, a neurologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, the timing of sleep and wakefulness is controlled by two areas in the brain. One is highly sensitive to light and drives wakefulness, while the other (the pineal gland) secretes melatonin when the light dims in the evening. Thus we humans are programmed to fall asleep after dark.

Joanna Cooper

Dr. Joanna Cooper, will discuss the effects of electronic devices on sleep at a free presentation on Tuesday, August 26.

When: Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
To reserve a seat, call (510) 869-6737.
Where: Claremont Hotel, Monterey Room, located at 41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley.