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.”

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad Recipe

Posted on Jul 1, 2015

feta saladWhat is more cooling than sweet, cold watermelon? This salad is commonly eaten in the Mediterranean and parts of the Middle East, where the summers are sweltering. It is a revelation to those who have never tasted it. At first, the combination seems unlikely – salty feta with sweet watermelon? But one taste, and you’ll be convinced. This salad is an example of the balance of contrasting flavors. Read More

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 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).

SEBMF Offers Extended Lab Hours at East Bay Locations

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

lab hours armFor your convenience Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation is offering extended evening and weekend lab hours at locations throughout the East Bay. As part of your health care team, laboratory staff play a vital part in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Using state-of-the-art technology, our highly skilled laboratory professionals draw blood and take other specimens, accurately analyze the samples and relay results to your physician. Click here to see a list of our locations and hours.