A Very Special Summer Camp Experience

Posted on Jul 20, 2015

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Karen Montero (far right) with her fellow camp counselors Erica and Tatiana.

Karen Montero, the Interim Urgent Care Coordinator with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, recently spent a week volunteering at Camp Okizu, a free summer camp for children and families that have been affected by childhood cancer. Karen has been a cabin counselor two years running and she loves being able to supervise children while they participate in fun activities they normally wouldn’t be able to do.

“It makes me happy being with other people wanting to make a difference by impacting these children’s lives in a positive way,” she says. “Each year that I leave Camp Okizu, I’m left with more little footprints in my heart. That’s what keeps me coming back!” Read More

Operation Backpack: Helping Kids in Need

Posted on Jul 7, 2015

Bay Area Poster (1) (3)Each year, thousands of homeless and at-risk children in our local communities return to school without the basic supplies they need. Preparing these children for school with a new backpack filled with school supplies boosts their self-esteem and gives them the tools and confidence needed to learn and thrive in school.

The SEBMF Orinda Care Center is collecting backpacks and school supplies for Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack. Please drop off your backpacks and supplies by Friday, July 17. Our goal is to donate 50 backpacks! Here’s the Backpack Supply ListClick here to visit the Operation Backpack website.

Or you can drop off backpacks directly at the following two official drop off locations between July 13-24.
Volunteers of America Bay Area Office
972 Thirteenth St. #100, Oakland CA 94612
PH: 510-663-4546 x108

Volunteers of America Foster A Dream
628 Escobar St., Martinez CA 94553.
PH: 925-228-0200

Sutter Health’s 2014 Year in Review

Posted on Jul 2, 2015

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Our not-for-profit Sutter Health network invites you to explore our online 2014 annual report. Through videos and other interactive features, see how our doctors, hospitals and medical teams partner to provide top-rated, personalized care in diverse communities across Northern California. This year our annual report focuses on our:
Year in review
Community support
Generous donors
Sutter Health family
“At Sutter Health, we understand that in a rapidly changing world we must reimagine how we operate if we want to continue delivering the kind of quality care our patients expect and deserve,” said Sutter Health President and CEO Pat Fry. “In 2014, we implemented advanced technologies, pursued groundbreaking research, streamlined work processes and launched more convenient ways to access care.”

Join Us in the Fight to Knock Out Diabetes

Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Together, we can prevent – and knock out – diabetes!

Join us for this free event:

  • Boxing workshops
  • Healthy Filipino food demonstrations
  • Health screenings and community resources

For additional information, call 510-869-8223.

Knock out diabetes eventWhere & When

Date June 27, 2015
Time 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost Free
Venue The Kennel Boxing Gym
Address 3051 Teagarden St.
San Leandro, CA 94577

Class Registration

Register online by June 22.

Register Online

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.

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