SEBMF Hospitalist Program Marks 10 Years of Patient Focused Care

Posted on May 19, 2015

HospitalistSutter East Bay Medical Foundation developed a hospitalist program to improve every patient’s hospital experience.
Since the start of the program in 2005, patients have:

• Experienced more focused care with shorter hospital stays.
• Received consistently high-quality medical care.
• Participated in decisions about their treatment plans.
• Accessed an in-hospital physician who is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Today we have more than 100 hospitalists working in our three East Bay medical centers, and helping cover schedules in our care centers.

SEBMF Shows Strong Support for March of Dimes

Posted on May 6, 2015

MOD FinalA morning shower in Pleasanton on April 25 couldn’t dampen the spirit of hundreds of walkers wearing Sutter Health’s colors in March for Babies, benefiting the March of Dimes. The “super team” of employees, friends and family members represented Sutter Health’s East Bay affiliates.

The East Bay March of Dimes team raised more than $74,800 and SEBMF surpassed its goal by raising $10,448.

Sutter Health Donates $500,000 to Help Earthquake Relief Efforts in Nepal

Posted on Apr 29, 2015

Donation Supports American Red Cross and International Medical Corps

Sutter Health today announced a $500,000 donation to help support relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal this past weekend. The American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund and International Medical Corps will each receive $250,000 from the not-for-profit health system.

“The widespread damage and suffering caused by this massive earthquake is incomprehensible,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health. “Our hearts are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this catastrophic disaster. We hope our donation brings comfort and relief to those who need it the most.” Read More

Ask An Expert About Nurse Practitioners

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Sarah Noble, MSN, FNP

Nurse Practitioner, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Q: My Ob-Gyn’s office recently added a nurse practitioner. Can you tell me more about their qualifications and what they do?

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has advanced education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical conditions, disease prevention and the promotion of health wellness.

Nurse practitioners must complete a master’s or doctoral degree and receive additional medical training beyond their initial training as a registered nurse. Read More

Leading Edge HPV Research Includes Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Jill Foley, M.D.

Jill Foley, M.D. SEBMF OB-GYN Department Chair

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation and our patients are part of groundbreaking public health public health surveillance program into the effectiveness of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines.

By monitoring trends in the occurrence of HPV types associated with precancerous lesions, the project helps researchers understand the impact of HPV vaccines on these lesions and other HPV related diseases.

“We are proud to contribute to the evidence that is demonstrating the effectiveness of HPV vaccines against HPV types most commonly associated with precancerous cervical lesions,” says Jill Foley, M.D., SEBMF OB-GYN Department chair. Read More

Free Wig, Support for Cancer Patients Experiencing Hair Loss

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society support women during cancer treatment.

Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center now offers a free wig and American Cancer Society consultation for women losing hair during cancer treatment.

The wig bank is staffed by specially trained volunteers at the cancer center, 2001 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Call 1-800-227-2345 for an appointment.

“This is the first onsite American Cancer Society wig bank at a Sutter Health facility in the East Bay,” says Luanne Ridgley, LCSW, manager of oncology supportive care services for the cancer center. “It’s a great resource for anyone in the community, not just Sutter patients.”

One-on-one consultations include:

  • One free wig per patient
  • Finding a wig that fits your lifestyle
  • Suggestions for wearing wigs, turbans and scarves


Summit Campus Asthma Resource Center Open

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Roshenara smallWith the addition of a Summit campus location, Sutter Health’s East Bay region now has three resource centers improving treatment for asthma patients and reducing their need for Emergency Department visits and hospital stays.

After treatment in one of our EDs, patients with an asthma diagnoses who don’t have their own physician or medical insurance or those with MediCal are invited to meet with an asthma educator. Patients get support managing the chronic disease and to find ongoing care in the community.

“Patients are very thankful,” says respiratory therapist Roshenara Moore, who leads the center. “They appreciate that someone cares.”

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