From the President, September 2014

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in President's Message | 0 comments

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wow!! That was the most common response from patients, nurses, physicians and visitors to the opening of the new tower. Summit Medical Staff has always provided high-quality evidence-based medicine, and now we can provide that same level of quality to our patients in a much more “luxurious” environment. There is an identified issue with AT&T cell service coverage in the new tower. I do not expect a fix within the next quarter, though talks are ongoing. Verizon coverage is better, as they provided internal antennas for the tower. I have no preference, but as long as you have a Sutter email account, Verizon is offering a 22% discount off the monthly bill. Read More

Don’t Discontinue Admit Order

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in EHR Updates | 0 comments

It has come to my attention that since the introduction of the new ADMIT/OBSERVATION order there has been a sharp increase in the number of patients who appear to have NO ADMIT ORDER. We are looking at the root cause but we believe a major source of this is the inadvertent DISCONTINUING of the order upon transfer of patients. This can occur when the physician in the process of order reconciliation selects “ALL” for discontinuation. Previously this did not impact the admit orders, but in the new build the admit order is also discontinued. Read More

Would You Like to Have Access to Your Charts From Your Personal Handheld Device?

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in EHR Updates | 0 comments

Haiku & Canto

Clinicians can access Sutter’s EHR on handheld devices using an Android or Apple iPadR, iPhoneR, or iPodR Touch running iOS 5.0 or higher to review patient information. The application offers providers the ability to drill down to view, and in some cases interact with, specific clinical information. Clinicians in their offices, clinics or in the hospital can preview the patient’s record on their devices and can also upload clinical pictures taken on their phone directly to the chart. Read More

2014 Flu Vaccine

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Schedule:

CAMPUS LOCATION DATE TIME
Eden Conference Rooms Sept. 12, 13, 15 Fridays: 6:30 am–6:30 pmSaturdays: 7 am–3 pmMondays: 6:30 am–6:30 pm

 

Delta Conference Rooms Sept. 19, 20, 22
Herrick Maffly Auditorium Sept. 26, 27, 29
Alta Bates Auditorium Oct. 2, 4, 6
Summit Fir 1 & 2, Elm Rooms Oct. 10, 11, 13

By Employee Health/Occupational Medicine Department
ABSMC – 510-869-8920

 

Welcome New Physicians

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in New Physicians | 0 comments

Please welcome the physicians who joined our staff in July:

Nava Geula, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
2450 Ashby Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
510-204-4723

Ashim Hajra, M.D.
Hospitalist, Medical
350 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
510-869-6883 Read More

From the President, August 2014

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in President's Message | 0 comments

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Greetings and hope you had a nice Ramadan,

The new Patient Care Pavilion opened Aug. 3.  You can read a nice review of the tower in the SF Chronicle here:

http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Kaiser-s-anemic-new-Oakland-hospital-leaves-us-a-5621348.php

Thanks to all of you who attended the open house in the new tower July 10. There has been a great positive buzz since that tour. There is genuine excitement about the greatly enhanced, comforting experience our patients will get in the new tower, building on the superb clinical outcomes we have provided over the years. New patient behavior policies will be initiated in the new tower to address smoking, elopement, AMA and other disruptive behaviors. The policies are available for your review in the Medical Staff Office and via the nurse managers on your units. Read More

Caring for an Incapacitated, Unrepresented Patient at Summit?

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Committee Briefings | 0 comments

The Summit Campus of ABSMC has a formal mechanism for making ethically responsible medical decisions for patients who cannot make medical decisions for themselves and who do not have a DPOA.  A Surrogate Decision-Making Team (SDT) can be requested though an ethics consult.  Unlike an ethics consult (which is purely advisory), the SDT can make decisions on major invasive treatments and on forgoing life-sustaining treatments.  The SDT is made up of 5 persons not directly involved in the patient’s care (a physician, a nurse, an MD and a non-MD Ethics Committee member and a community member or chaplain).  The team can be readily convened and is available throughout the hospital stay.  Read More

Welcome New Physicians

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in New Physicians | 0 comments

Please welcome the new physicians who joined our staff in July:

Jacob Adams, D.O.
Critical Care Medicine
2450 Ashby Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
510-204-1894

Stephanie Brown, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
350 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
510-869-6600

Elijah Edwards, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
2450 Ashby Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
925-962-1800

Kenneth Kim, M.D.
Physical Medicine and Rehab
450 North Wiget Ln.
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
925-691-9806

Michael Rodevich, Ph.D.
Neuropsychology
2001 Dwight Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
510-204-4473

From the President, July 2014

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in President's Message | 0 comments

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

We would like to wish you a happy Caribbean Heritage and World Environment Month.

The excitement and enthusiasm around the opening of the new Patient Care Pavilion (PCP) continues to grow as more physicians and staff participate in the “day-in-the-life” tour. Please make sure to take the Fire, Life, Safety quiz which was emailed to you and partake in the mandatory Fire, Life, Safety Tour in order to have access to the new building when it opens on 8/3/2014. (Tour schedule below.) There will also be new behavioral contract procedures for our patients when they move into the new tower (already being trialed at Alta Bates), primarily to prevent patients from leaving the floor for unauthorized (think smoking) purposes. Read More

Fire/Life/Safety Tours – New Merritt Pavilion

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

There will be Fire/Life/ Safety tours at the new Merritt Pavillion on the hour from 8-11 am every day from July 14th – July 18th, and on July 21st, 22nd and 24th.  No reservations are needed.  Meet a tour guide in the Lobby of the New Merritt Pavilion.

 By Medical Staff Office