From the President, October 2014

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in President's Message | 0 comments

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Happy Columbus Day and Happy Halloween.

We have analyzed the viewing habits of the medical staff with respect to this blog/Medical Staff Newsletter. On average about half of you open the blog and on average spend about one minute reading the blog. How to most effectively communicate information out to the medical staff is a challenge of most medical staffs, and I have asked the chiefs of staff from all Sutter hospitals to share their current methods of communication with our group next month. If we see a better mousetrap we will adopt it.

In the meantime, knowing you will be spending one minute on reading this blog, I am going to adopt a bullet point approach to facilitate your reading. Please feel free to give us feedback.    Read More

New Tower Q & A

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

Where did the nursing station white board go?

  • Large white dry erase boards were not installed in the new tower.
  • To replace this function, a Sutter EHR Pre-Login View has been created and made available on a few of the nursing station computers.
  • When you log-in (as usual) on these specified computers, the unit’s patient information is displayed, including room/bed, patient last name, attending physician, assigned RN, and expected discharge date.
  • The use and effectiveness of this tool will be assessed over the next month or two.

 How do I locate the nurse for my patient?

  • From the nursing station, ask the clerk to contact the nurse.
  • From the patient’s room, call the phone number for the nurse that is listed on the patient’s white board.

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Changes in the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the committee responsible for reviewing and overseeing research involving human subjects at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Beginning this past summer, ABSMC joined with other Sutter Health affiliates to administratively consolidate the separate affiliate IRBs into a unified Sutter Health IRB. This consolidation follows the directive of the Sutter Health Research Governance Council, which, under the leadership of SH Senior Vice President for Research & Education, Martin Brotman, M.D., adopted a plan in December 2012 to consolidate various research operations across the Sutter system.

In accordance with the Research Council directive, the IRBs at both the Summit and Alta Bates campuses were merged into the new Sutter Health IRB, effective Sept. 2. This new Sutter Health IRB (SHIRB) includes members of the Summit and Alta Bates IRBs, as well as members from the former CPMC and Sac/Sierra IRBs, and follows substantively similar policies and procedures as the previous local IRBs. Read More

Single Fax Number for all Pre-Surgical Related Medical Records

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Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is constantly striving to improve work processes to enhance the provider and patient experience.

Our goal is to improve the efficiency for your office. We would like to decrease the need for your office to fax documents to several different numbers. As of Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, for the Summit Campus only, please fax all pre-surgical related medical records, including your H&P, results and orders to the Same Day Surgery fax number 510-869-6681. We will get it scanned into EPIC upon receipt.

H&P Requirements:

  • H&P exams performed within 30 days prior to admission may be used if the physician writes an update note in EPIC, or interval H&P note, within 24 hours of admission, but prior to surgery.
  • H&Ps performed more than 30 days prior to admission do not comply with timeliness requirements and a new H&P must be performed.
  • All H&Ps must include a date, time and signature.
  • When faxing H&Ps, please ensure all pages of the document are faxed to Same Day Surgery, 510 869-6681.

Please do not fax or send any more pre-surgical documents to Medical Records, as this will result in duplicate data in the record and cause confusion for your provider and the nursing staff taking care of the patient.

Thank you in advance for supporting Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s efforts to improve the provider and patient experience.

 By Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Department of Perioperative Services

2014 Flu Vaccine / TB and N95 Testing

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments


10/3: 6:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

10/4: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

10/6: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

SUMMIT              FIRS 1 & 2 & Elm

10/10: 6:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

10/11: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

10/13: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

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

Welcome New Physicians

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in New Physicians | 0 comments

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

Vidhya Balasubramanian, M.D.
Pulmonary Diseases
3017 Telegraph Ave., #102
Berkeley, CA 94705

Richard Baxter, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Road, #200
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Robert Binder, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Road, #200
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
925-296-7150 Read More

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:

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