SEBMF Antioch Care Center Expanding Thanks to Philanthropic Support

Posted on Jun 7, 2017

Patients will soon have more medical staff close to home.

In 2015 Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) served 33,000 patients who call east Contra Costa County home. In 2016 that number grew by 10 percent and this year it is on track to grow by another 10 percent. Accommodating such growth is at the heart of a $6.5 million dollar gift awarded to SEBMF by the generous donors to Better Health East Bay – a Sutter Health philanthropic foundation supporting Sutter’s East Bay network of doctors and hospitals.

“As the communities of Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen, Oakley, and Pittsburg grow so too does their need for outpatient physician services” said Jim Hickman, CEO of Better Health East Bay. “Patients here have struggled to get access to timely and appropriate primary and specialty care – and they shouldn’t have to.”

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Generations Connect 3 OB/GYNs

Posted on Oct 5, 2015

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Pictured L to R: Risa Kagan, M.D., Clare Rudolph, M.D., and Marilyn Honegger, M.D

Strong partnerships and working relationships among physicians are a vital part of great health care, but Clare Rudolph, M.D., has unique and enduring connections to her current medical partners Risa Kagan, M.D. and Marilyn Honegger, M.D.  Read More

SEBMF Physician is a Leading Researcher for Libido-Enhancing Drug for Women

Posted on Jun 5, 2015


Risa Kagan, M.D., a gynecologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation is nationally recognized for her work and research in the field of menopause.

Yesterday’s testimony before the Food and Drug Administration on ‘the little pink pill’ Flibanserin has been hailed by many as a milestone in gender biased pharmaceuticals addressing sexual drive and libido.

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation OB/GYN, Risa Kagan, M.D., was on the committee of medical experts and was a Principal Investigator for the drug for pre-menopausal and post menopausal women. “There are currently no drugs approved for female sexual function (while there are 26 drugs approved for males). With this vote we are one step closer to having an approved option for women. We can have a safety discussion that is well informed, monitored and updated, as opposed to the quackery and off-label treatments patients currently resort to,” said Kagan.

The FDA’s joint meeting of the Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee determined by an 18 to 6 vote that the benefit/risk profile of flibanserin approval of the new drug.

Dr. Kagan is an obstetrician-gynecologist on staff with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She has been in practice for 37 years. Congratulations to Dr. Kagan on her research efforts through Alta Bates Summit’s REDI (Jordan Research and Education Institute).

Ask An Expert About Endoscopic Ultrasound

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.


Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

I have been diagnosed with a digestive disorder and I may be a candidate for an endoscopic ultrasound. What are the benefits of this procedure?

 In conventional endoscopy, the gastroenterologist can only view the innermost lining of the digestive tract. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) allows a doctor to get very close to the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, liver and gallbladder and look beyond the inner layers. Read More

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.

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