From the President, April 2014

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

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

I would like to divert your attention from March Madness (Go Bruins) for a few items ongoing at Summit.

Congratulations are in order for Merrilee Newton and the Quality Improvement Department for Summit receiving the “Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence” in 2014 from Health Grades. This award is given to hospitals rated in the top 5 percent in the nation with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates across 27 common conditions and procedures. Patients have a lower chance of dying at a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital compared to all other hospitals. For more information see: Read More

Observation Unit Pilot

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in News from Administration | 0 comments

On March 17, we started a 3-month pilot on observation patients on 5W in the old SCU. The goal of this 4-bed unit is to better identify and manage observation patients. We are taking these patients who are poorly identified and intermixed with inpatients on the units, and moving them to one area where we are supported and enabled as a team to identify and care for them more efficiently. With the new CMS IPPS 2 Midnight rule for inpatients, the number of observation patients will increase at least two-fold, and it is in our patients’ best interest to provide them with this high quality, time efficient care.

By Ursula N. Boynton, M.D.
Administrative Medical Director

Meet the Team of Better Health East Bay

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

bhebteam_101Teamwork is the cornerstone of Better Health East Bay (BHEB), our East Bay-wide charitable foundation formed by the merge of Alta Bates Summit, Eden and Sutter Delta philanthropic associations.

Led by Jim Hickman, vice president of philanthropy for Sutter Health East Bay and CEO for Better Health East Bay, each member of the team plays an important part in helping redesign and improve how patient care is delivered in our communities. Read More

Welcome New Physicians

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

Robert Alessi, M.D.
2001 Dwight Way, Suite 4190
Berkeley, CA  94704
510-204-4635 Read More

From the President, March 2014

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in President's Message | 0 comments

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

Junaid H. Khan, M.D.

I am humbled and honored to be penning my first note as Medical Staff President. 2014 promises to be an “exciting” year for the medical staff at Summit. Happy New Year.

First I want to thank Dr. Roger Phelps for the outstanding job he did as the president for the last two years and his anticipated role as “past-president” for the next two years. There were several notable accomplishments over the last year: Successful transition to EHR, an “A” grade by Leapfrog (a patient safety organization), NSQIP–Meritorious Status for 2012 for Composite Quality score in outcomes areas of Mortality, DVT/PE, Cardiac, Respiratory, Unplanned Intubation, Ventilator > 48 hours, Renal failure, SSI and UTI for all surgery cases, Joint Commission Triennial Accreditation and Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for total hips and knees and stroke. Read More

DID YOU KNOW? EHR Tips/Updates

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in EHR Updates | 0 comments

  1. What does “PRIOR” as the code status in the patient banner mean? When this designation is present it is asking the physician to re-order the patient’s code status. It is critically important that physicians see this as an urgent priority and act on it to be sure that the appropriate response is taken by nurses and physicians in the event of a code situation. The rationale for the use of “PRIOR” is to require affirmative re-ordering of the code status when the patient undergoes significant changes in care site. Examples of this include outpatient to inpatient, floor to OR, OR back to floor, etc. Although this workflow requires physician attention, it is there to insure that the code status is kept current as the patient’s condition may change. Read More

TAVR Procedures Offered at Summit

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

We are excited to announce that we now offer the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure at the Summit Campus of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC).  This procedure is an excellent option for patients who are either high risk, or not candidates for open aortic valve replacement. This procedure is being performed in our hybrid operating room with both catheterization and surgical capabilities. Read More

ICD-10 Update

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The launch of the International Classification of Diseases Version Ten, commonly known as ICD-10 is just around the corner. Oct. 1, 2014, is the date when CMS will require providers to submit claims using this upgraded system. Because nearly everyone in the health care delivery system will have to adjust, ICD-10 has garnered a lot of interest and in many quarters a fair amount of anxiety. To address some of these concerns from a physician’s perspective, Sutter has provided a number of resources to help smooth this transition. Read More

Welcome New Physicians

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in New Physicians | 0 comments

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

David Daniels, M.D.
Cardiovascular Disease
87 Encina Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Andre Gay, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgery
80 Grand Ave., 5th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
510-451-6226 Read More

From the President, February 2014

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Roger Phelps, M.D.Welcome to another New Year, and welcome back to another edition of your Medical Staff’s newsletter.

This is my last report to you.  I won’t presume to offer any sage overviews or insightful comments.  That’s beyond my capacity.  Instead I wish merely to express to you my thanks for your time and support over the last two years, and to ask you to join me in wishing all best good fortune to my successor, Dr. Junaid Khan, who will be the Summit’s Medical Staff President for the next two years, and to Drs. Donna Tigno and Charu Puri, who will serve respectively as the Medical Staff’s Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer for that same period.  (As past president, I’ll move along, still attend many a meeting, and serve as chairman of the Credentials Committee.) Read More