President’s Message

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in President's Message | 0 comments

First, a hearty welcome to Ursula (Ursi) Boynton, M.D., our new Chief Medical Officer.
As many of you know, Ursi was our administrative Medical Director under Steve O’Brien, M.D., our past CMO. She practiced as a hospitalist at ABSMC for many years. Welcome back Ursi!

This month, we also welcome back Jerry Kozai, our CEO. We look forward to continuing to work with you, further defining the strategic vision and growth of ABSMC.

In addition, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to David Clark, our interim CEO. You jumped in feet first with a great attitude and energy. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.

Please add to your calendar the Joint Summit and Alta Bates Medical Staff Holiday party. It will take place at Trader Vic’s on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

Starting August 5, we will have a new Bioethicist, Robert Fulbright. He will work closely with our Ethics Committee, bringing his expertise to our hospital, which will greatly benefit our patients experiencing challenging circumstances.

A special thank you goes out to our Wellbeing Committee for hosting another successful Physician Mindfulness retreat.

The Peer Support program continues to receive referrals and is actively reaching out to our colleagues. We hope those of you who have been contacted have felt comforted and supported! If you would like to speak with a Peer Supporter or if there is someone who you think would benefit from Peer Support, please email This program is only for members of the Summit and/or Alta Bates Medical Staff.

We will continue to build up our community and support one another. The Wellbeing Committee is moving on to the next phase, mapping out what we can do to further benefit our medical staff community. We will also partner with administration to help ease some of the barriers of practicing medicine at the hospital. More to come…


Jill Kacher Cobb, MD

President, Summit Medical Staff, ABSMC


Brian Wong, MD Receives Caring for People Award

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Why Sutter Community Connect (SCC)

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New Provider Memo

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Andrew J. Benn, MD
Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
5201 Norris Canyon Road, Suite 220
San Ramon, CA  94583
(925) 277-1900


Magdalena Ciurlik, MD
East Bay Anesthesiology Medical Group Inc
3000 Colby St., Ste. 205
Berkeley, CA  94705-2058
(510) 666-0854


Umee A. Davae, DO
Bay Psychiatric Associates
2001 Dwight Way, Ste 4190
Berkeley, CA  94704
(510) 204-4635


Mehrbod S. Javadi, MD
Radiology, Diagnostic
Bay Imaging Consultants
2125 Oak Grove Rd., Ste. 200
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(855) 424-2723


John R. Krouse, MD
Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
106 La Casa Via, Ste. 140
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 274-2860


Anjali M. Murthy, Md
Cal Sports Orthopaedic Institute
2999 Regent St., Ste. 225
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 704-7760


Mark D. Nathan, MD
Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group
106 La Casa Via, Ste. 140
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(925) 274-2860


Jeanie M. Thompson, MD
Virtual Medical Staff, LLC
2655 Northwinds Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA  30009
(877) 732-7089


Yuming Yin, MD
Radiology, Diagnostic
Direct Radiology, LLC
1839 N. Government Way, Ste. B
Coeur d Alene, ID  83814
(855) 687-7237




President’s Message

Posted on Jun 3, 2019 in President's Message | 0 comments

Longer, warmer days
Rain’s falling, flowers blooming|
Summer’s almost here

Congratulations to our amazing TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) team! They have now completed over 500 procedures. This exemplary program began in 2014 and continues to grow and deliver outcomes rivaling top programs around the world.

Earlier in May, we had an unexpected Joint Commission Stroke survey and had ZERO findings. This is really quite impressive! The survey team was complimentary on the work everyone is doing to improve outcomes for patients who suffer from a stroke.

On Saturday June 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Medical Staff Physician Well Being Committee is supporting the third annual Physician Wellness Retreat at Green Gulch Farm, Muir Beach. Please email Dr. Lenny Husen at if you are interested in attending. There are only one or two spaces left. The retreat fee is $125.

The new opening date for the Cafeteria, MRI, and Doctor’s lounge is mid July.

ED construction continues. The ED back corridor will be closed. Also, please do not park in the ED parking lot. With the ongoing construction and busy ambulance bay, there is limited parking. Our on call physician colleagues are having a tough time finding parking in this lot, which should be reserved for on call physicians only, allowing them quick access to the ED.

The hybrid OR is slated to open in October. Due to construction, traffic on the 3rd floor will be rerouted.

There was a recent case of measles in the Berkeley community. You can check your titers, and if necessary, receive a MMR booster at Employee Health. This service is free to all Medical Staff Physicians and APCs.

If you unfortunately have an accidental needle stick and are a member of the Medical Staff, you can be evaluated for free in the Emergency Department. Please be sure to tell the person registering you that you are a member of the Medical Staff, need to be seen for a needle stick and evaluated for blood born pathogen exposure. This information will allow them to use the appropriate physician corporate account so you are not sent a bill. Thank you to the Hospital Administration and our Emergency Room Physicians for providing this free service!

And finally, thank you to our CME, Dr. Filip Roos, who’s last day will be June 21. We wish you success in your future endeavors!


Jill Kacher Cobb, MD
President, Summit Medical Staff, ABSMC

A Message from David Clark, Interim CEO – New Summit Cafe

Posted on Jun 3, 2019 in Announcements | 0 comments

Dear ABSMC Staff, Physicians, and Volunteers,

I am excited to share that our Merritt Ground Floor renovation project at the Summit campus in Oakland is nearly complete.  After operating for more than 40 years on the first floor of the Merritt Pavilion, our Food and Nutrition Department and Doctor’s Lounge are preparing to move into a brand-new, expanded space on the ground floor level.

The new 15,000 square-foot Food and Nutrition Department will accommodate an expansive kitchen and dining area that will be more customer-service focused and provide our staff with a better work environment. A new MRI suite will also be housed on the ground floor level.

The new Summit Café will accommodate approximately 300 guests for dining and features an open, spacious design in the serving area and a more comfortable seating area with plenty of natural light. In addition a food serving area with specialty stations will offer different styles of cooking and made to order dishes.

We are committed to investing in our employees and partnering with our Food and Nutrition Team to ensure that our transition to the new space is successful. Our number one priority is to support our employees and help develop their skills in this new environment.

Over the next few months, we may modify and reduce the full range of the current Summit café offerings while our Food and Nutrition department begins cross-training their staff as they prepare for the big move. This means the café grills, pizza station and salad/deli bar could be closed periodically and we may reduce down to one cashier on duty.

I appreciate everyone for being patient and understanding while our Food and Nutrition team works through this transition. The new Summit Café is an opportunity for us to revitalize and renew our entire operation and I’m confident that our Food & Nutrition Team will shine with confidence and pride in their new home.

A celebration is being planned in the next few months and we encourage all of our employees, physicians, and volunteers to join the opening of this beautiful new addition to our Summit campus.

David Clark, Interim CEO

Alta Bates Summit TAVR Program Reaches Milestone of 500 Procedures

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Alta Bates Summit TAVR Program Reaches Milestone of 500 Procedures

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substance (EPSC)

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The technology Sutter Health uses for electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) will change starting June 3, 2019.  We will be using an updated technology from our current vendor, Imprivata, called Confirm ID that will meet the two-factor authentication regulations that go into place in January 2020.

The change will be implemented in two phases:

Phase 1: Go-Live, Monday, June 3, 2019

  • The prompt for signature of an electronic controlled substance will look different
  • The password will be required first
  • During this phase, you will use your existing authentication method of password and SecureAuth codes
  • There are no changes to your phone application in this phase
  • Below is what the new prompt for signature will look like:

Phase 2:  Phased Rollout between June 3 and December 31, 2019

  • Supervised enrollment will occur at numerous Sutter Health locations in the coming months
  • Supervised enrollment is the process by which we physically witness and enroll providers in their authentication method in compliance with DEA and State regulations
  • Enrollment dates for each location will be communicated to you 30 days prior to each event, along with directions on how to prepare for the enrollment event.

Early enrollment:  Providers who wish to enroll in the new system prior to the upcoming enrollment fairs may contact a physician liaison for assistance after June 3rd.

Summit:  Patty Fitzgibbons, 510-325-9618
Ashby:      Shala Thomas, 510-204-3023



Medical Records

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Please remember to sign your verbal/telephone orders timely. Medical Staff Regulations and Regulatory Requirements state that Verbal and Telephone Orders must be signed within 48 hours.

Situation: Currently at 88% compliance with this measure. Our compliance goal is to be 90% or better. Please do your part and sign your orders ASAP.

Below are some handy tips:

Hardwired signing your Verbal/Telephone Orders.  Make signing deficiencies the first and last thing you do daily

Sign ALL Verbal/Telephone orders including Discontinues and Canceled order

Work with your group to sign orders for each other.  Inform your team when going off service and ask that your orders be signed.  Patty Fitzgibbons or Shala Thomas will work with you and your group to make it easy to sign each other’s verbal orders.

Inform Health Information Management when going on vacation so deficiencies can be placed on hold while you are out.

In order to place a hold on any potential medical record deficiencies, you have 3 options:

1. Call the local HIM/Medical Records Department, Chart Completion Team at Summit: 510-869-6465, option 2 (Summit Campus only).
2. Call or email the S3 physician line (Summit and/or Alta Bates Campus) 855-398-1641, option 1 or email:  S3ChartCompletionTeam@
3. Call or email the HIM Manager (Summit and/or Alta Bates Campus) Summit: 510-869-8741, or email

Improving Patient Blood Management

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Single unit RBC transfusion strategy:  Our improvement efforts over the past year were applauded during our recent Joint Commission survey.  And even more impressive, we have been able to sustain that improvement over the past few months:  65% to 70% of transfuse orders are for 1 RBC unit.  The statistics exclude RBC transfusions for sickle cell disease, GI hemorrhage and post-partum hemorrhage.

Recommendation: Don’t transfuse more RBC units than absolutely necessary.  Give single unit RBC transfusions in stable, non-bleeding hospitalized patients; and reassess the patient and check a HGB level after the single-unit transfusion to decide if a second unit is needed.

Updated Department/Group/Provider-specific data will be shared with your leaders.  Please contact Crystal Huber (510-570-6592 or if you are interested in seeing your provider-specific data.

Next steps:

  • Updated indications for transfusion will be shared after MEC approval
  • Review platelet utilization