Sutter Urgent Care at Bluerock Expands Hours April 1

Posted on Apr 4, 2014

Sutter Urgent Care Logo "We Plus You"Patient demand has been growing by leaps and bounds since the Sutter Urgent Care at Bluerock opened its doors three years ago in East Contra Costa County. Sutter Urgent Care’s medical director, Jeff Leinen, M.D., said that to keep up with patient demand the Urgent Care will start seeing patents from 1 p.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Sutter Urgent Care offers expert, same-day care for adults and children, providing a faster, convenient and economical alternative to going to the emergency room for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Don’t forget you can check the website for “real-time” wait times.

Narsai’s Poached Pear With Non-fat Chocolate and Raspberry Sauces

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

Narsai's Poached Pear With Non-fat Chocolate and Raspberry Sauces

Recipe © 2005 by Narsai M. David

Welcome spring in good health with these succulent pears covered in creamy chocolate and delicious raspberry sauces. Read More

Join Us at the 2014 March for Babies Walk

Posted on Mar 24, 2014

Young girl walking between her parents while holding hands

Walk with us at 9 a.m. on Sat., April 26, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, and give hope to babies born sick or premature.

Together, we can raise money to support programs in our community and help moms to have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The March for Babies also funds life-saving research to find answers to serious problems that can threaten the health of babies.

Please get involved and help every baby have a healthy start in life. Join your team today!

Jeffery Leinen, M.D., Joins Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation as Urgent Care Medical Director

Posted on Mar 12, 2014

Dr. Jeffery Leinen, urgent care medical director

Urgent Care Medical Director Jeffery Leinen, M.D.

Dr. Jeffery Leinen has been a familiar face at Sutter Delta Medical Center for years. In fact, he is no doubt a familiar face throughout East Contra Costa County. After all, he was pictured in life-size ads plastered on the side of Tri-Delta buses holding a Healthgrade’s Emergency Medicine of Excellence medallion.

So it is with great pleasure SEBMF welcomes Dr. Leinen back to Sutter Health in his new role as Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation’s urgent care medical director.

“My role as the urgent care medical director is an exciting opportunity,” says Dr. Leinen. “Urgent care is becoming essential in almost any health system, so I am up to the challenge of building this as a comprehensive service line from the ground up for Sutter Health East Bay Region.”

Leinen treated patients at Blue Rock Urgent Care

Knowing the ins and outs of how urgent care works is nothing new to Dr. Leinen, as he was instrumental in helping launch the region’s first urgent care at Blue Rock in Antioch. The region has seen tremendous success with urgent care, and has decided to expand it throughout the East Bay Region.

“Urgent care is similar to treating patients in the ER, but the patients are typically not as sick,” says Leinen. “So a majority of the time you are able to treat the patient and return them to good health, which always feels rewarding as a physician.”

Helped Sutter Delta achieve Emergency Medicine of Excellence Awards

Dr. Leinen joined Sutter Delta Medical Center in 2006 as the Emergency Department’s medical director. During his leadership, Sutter Delta was ranked by Healthgrades as one of the top 5 percent of Emergency Departments nationwide for three years in a row.

“Earning the Healthgrades nationwide recognition was a prestigious honor,” says Leinen. “One I am very proud of because it shows that working as a determined team with focused goals can achieve a lot.”

Dr. Leinen lives in Walnut Creek with his wife and two young children, so joining Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation brings him back home.

Circulation problems? Get the flow going again.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) can be limiting and often goes undiagnosed. PAD happens when arteries leading to your legs, feet and arms narrow, causing blood flow to slow. PAD doubles your chance for a heart attack or stroke.

PAD TestFour warning signs you could be at risk

  • Cramping pain or fatigue in the legs when you move
  • Numbness or tingling in legs or feet
  • Coldness or color changes in legs, feet or toes
  • Wounds on feet that won’t heal

Screening is the first step

A simple screening could save your life. An Ankle-brachial Index (ABI) test is a quick, painless and accurate test conducted by measuring blood flow to the limbs to see if you have a problem. Sutter Delta offers free ABI screenings on the third Thursday of the month.

To schedule your FREE ABI screening appointment or to learn more about PAD call (925) 779-3508 or send an email to

When: Third Thursday of the Month,  8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where:  Sutter Delta Medical Center, 3901 Lone Tree Way, Antioch (in the community clinic building)


A Heart Attack in Your Leg? Simple Screening Test Saves Lives

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

Strong and fit, Erick Carlson led marine photography dives all over the world. So when he began to have severe leg pain just walking a few feet, he thought it was a nerve problem:

“If I kept moving, the pain would slowly go down my leg and then would start burning in my calf. … my foot would actually go numb, so that I couldn’t even feel my foot hit the ground.”

When he rested, the pain would go away. So Erick stopped all the activities he loved, until his Sutter Health doctor performed a simple blood pressure test for his legs, known as ABI (ankle-brachial index) screening.

The test revealed that he had peripheral arterial disease (also known as peripheral vascular disease): 90 percent of blood flow to his left leg was blocked. Watch Erick’s story:

Deep-sea diver photographing a sea otter

“Like angina or chest pain on exertion–which is caused by plaque buildup in the coronary arteries–peripheral arterial disease is caused by the same process in the peripheral vessels,” explains Vindhya Hindnavis, M.D., an internist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF), who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and is affiliated with Sutter Delta Medical Center. Read More

SEBMF Welcomes Farnoosh Farrokhi, M.D. and Julie Freedman, M.D.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) and the East Bay Physicians Medical Group welcome two new providers this month. Joining the team are Farnoosh Farrokhi, M.D., an endocrinologist who sees patients at SEBMF’s Castro Valley Care Center, and Julie Freedman, M.D., a hospitalist who cares for patients at the Berkeley and Oakland campuses of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Please join us in welcoming both physicians. Read More