President’s Message

Posted on Feb 4, 2020 in President's Message | 0 comments

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to serve you over the past two years as President of the Summit Medical Staff. It’s been an honor leading such an amazing group of physicians and APCs who are truly dedicated to our patients and our community. On February 1, 2020, Jeff Chen, MD (ED physician extraordinaire) began his two year term as President of the Summit Medical Staff. Also, Theresa Kim, MD (General Surgeon) will serve as Vice Present and follow Dr. Chen in two years as President of Summit Medical Staff. Steven Kang, MD (EP) will serve as our Secretary/Treasurer. Donna Tigno, MD (Pulmonary/Critical Care) will serve as Member at Large for the Department of Medicine, and Karen Goodwin, DO (Breast Surgeon) will remain Member at Large for the Department of Surgery. Thank you for serving; we are in good hands!


~David Clark, our Interim CEO, will remain Interim CEO until April. Thank you David!

~Please save the date for Doctor’s Day Monday, March 30, 2020. Buffet breakfast (7-9 a.m.) and luncheon buffet (11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.) will be served in the Bay View Room on the 11th floor. Take the “A” elevators and use your badge to access the 11th floor.

~ABSMC Website Improvement Project: You may receive an email asking you to update your physician profile information. Please update at your convenience. You will need your state license number and NPI number to complete the form. This information will go onto the ABSMC Sutter website and allow you to be searchable on the website. Under interests, please list items that you would like to be searchable. In other words, if you are a general surgeon who does robotic hernia repairs, list robot and hernia under interests. A tip sheet will be included in the email.

~Look our for new bus wraps and billboards advertising ABSMC, coming mid-February!

~Thank you for filling out the Physician Satisfaction Survey. We had a record number of surveys returned this year- 61.1% (up from 46% last year). Dr. Ursi Boynton will share the results with each Department. Also, thank you for taking time to share your thoughts. We have collated the comments and will prioritize and use them as a guide to address our many “opportunities” in 2020.

Construction update:

~Thank you Denise Navellier, Lisa Bailey MD, Marc Schroeder MD, and so many other team members for OR closure planning and coordination for work on the hybrid OR and the air handling system over the holidays. There was a lot of work that went on behind the scenes and all of your effort was greatly appreciated! Construction on the hybrid OR is expected to finish at the end of March and open June 2020.

~Demolition continues on the Summit West Tower and is ahead of schedule. The target for completion is June 2020.

~Phase 1 construction in the ED is underway. Demolition of the former entry vestibule and restrooms has begun and they are building out a new entry vestibule.

~We are waiting for CDPH approval for building a wall to separate zones 2 and 3 for the MRI. Timeline for opening is TBD.

Thank you and cheers!

Jill Kacher Cobb, MD

ABSMC Construction Update

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Summit MRI
– Put on hold pending approval from CDPH to build a wall to separate zone 2 and 3
– Wall estimated to be complete in March 2020
– Unknown timeline at this point – More detail forthcoming by 01/31/2020


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President’s Message

Posted on Jan 6, 2020 in President's Message | 0 comments

Bygone memories
Rain washing leaves down a hill
Tabula rasa

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday and a chance to reconnect with family and friends. We have a lot to look forward to this next year.

During our peer support journey, we realized that as peer supporters we could only do so much. Some of our colleagues require resources beyond peer support. To address this gap, we are partnering with the Sutter Empolyee Assistance Program (EAP) to offer broader resources to our physicians and advanced practice clinicians.

A special thank you to David Clark, ABSMC CEO, for supporting Physician Wellness by securing the contract for EAP! All medical staff members will be able to access EAP after April 1, 2020, as this is our “go live” date.

The benefit will provide three free sessions every six months that can be used for counseling with licensed therapists or work-life resources. Also, they have a 24 hour a day/7 day a week crisis hotline. Benefits include short term problem resolution in areas including managing stress, parenting and relationships, grief and loss, drug and alcohol use, and managing life and career changes. Work-life program resources include child, elder and pet care referrals, legal and financial consultation, and education referrals and resources.

EAP is strictly confidential and there is no paperwork and no copay. To learn more about the services we will be able to access after April 1st, please visit or call 1-800-477-2258.

Thank you Lenny Husen for organizing two Physician Wellness Retreats in 2020! The first will occur on May 30, 2020 and the second on December 12, 2020. They will both be held at the beautiful and relaxing Green Gulch Zen Center in Marin County. More details to follow.

Also, our Wellness team is developing a budget for fun activities. We currently are exploring many options and will develop a survey monkey to see what interests the medical staff. Stay tuned!

We continue to work with administration and the Bay Operating Unit on growth and strategy for ABSMC. One project is updating physician information on the ABSMC website. Ellen Carroll may reach out to you to provide an information update for the ABSMC website. She also can be reached at if you would like to reach out to her sooner than later to provide your updated information. Also, we are working on a stronger marketing presence in the East Bay. Keep your eye out for new shuttle and bus wraps, along with other marketing strategies!

Wishing you health, happiness and adventure in 2020,

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

*EPINEPHRINE DOSING ALERT* Treatment of Anaphylaxis

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