President’s Message

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Happy Doctor’s Day a bit early!
On Friday, March 29, in the Bay View Room on the 11th floor,
we will celebrate Doctor’s Day. A breakfast and lunch buffet will be served on behalf of the Hospital
Administration in appreciation and support of the Medical Staff.
Also, if you pre-ordered a zip-up sweat shirt, they will be available. Thank you to Administration for the gift!

It’s that time of the year: JCAHO. They have been making rounds throughout the Sutter system over the last few months and will be here soon.
Below are a few tips:

-Wear your hospital ID badge.
-Wash your hands or use foam upon entering and exiting a patient room.
-Sign your verbal/telephone orders ASAP.
-Carry with you the Blue Book, which can be found at the nursing stations or drop by the Medical Staff Office to secure yourself a copy.
-Or, download a digital copy to your phone with this link:


-You can use the book or web link at any time to look up an answer.
-Most importantly, if you don’t know the answer, tell them where you can find it (ask the manager, Medical Director, or Chair of your Department).
-Follow the Universal Protocol for surgical and non-surgical invasive procedures by performing a “time-out” to correctly identify the patient, procedure, site, and availability of appropriate equipment.

On another note, many of our Medical Staff Leaders attended a Sutter Physician Leadership Symposium at the end of January. Medical Executive Committee members from across the Sutter system were invited to attend and learn more about issues related to Medical Staff Leadership including credentialing and privileging, peer review, and regulatory compliance. Not only did we learn a lot about how to better serve you, but we also reconnected with the purpose of the Medical Staff Organization.

First, a hearty thank you to the many Medical Staff Leaders who are currently serving and have served before us for your leadership and time spent doing this important job.

For those who are closer to residency training and at the beginning of your career, you may be learning about the organized Medical Staff and wondering what it’s all about. A hospital’s Medical Staff is an independently functioning, self-governed organization (separate from hospital administration), of all licensed independent physicians and other practitioners who are permitted by law to provide patient care within that hospital or facility. We are accountable to the governing body, which is the Sutter Bay Board, for quality of care. We are composed of MDs and DOs, along with other practitioners including, but not limited to, PAs, NPs, Dentists, and Podiatrists.

The Medical Staff has a set of Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, and policies we abide by. Our Bylaws provide a framework for self governance in order to permit the Medical Staff to discharge its responsibilities in matters involving the quality of medical care and to govern the orderly resolution of those purposes. The Rules and Regulations supplement the Bylaws and cover Medical Staff and hospital procedures in more detail than the Bylaws. Policies supplement the Rules and Regulations.

The Medical Staff has an important role providing physician leadership throughout many aspects of the hospital. We partner with administration, directors, managers, and the staff of many departments throughout the hospital to provide feedback and elicit change. Physician leadership is important now more than ever in our rapidly changing healthcare environment. The next newsletter will give more detail and describe how you can get involved.


Be well,

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




Doctors’ Day

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019



BREAKFAST BUFFET:  7:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

LUNCHEON BUFFET:  11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.


EPIC & EPIC Patient Safety Notice

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Quick Reference Guide: Electronic Access to Patient Medical Records

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Access, Use and Disclosure of Patient Health Information (PHI) Pursuant to Authorization:

 Must be limited to the minimum necessary to facilitate legitimate Treatment, Payment, or Healthcare Operations (TPO), or as required by law. Any other access, information required, use, or disclosure purpose(s) of PHI requires prior written authorization from the patient.

Access to Patient Medical Records

You may access a Patient’s electronic health record:

  • When you are the treating provider for the Patient
  • When conducting Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research
  • For approved quality review purposes.

Documentation is essential to understanding the purpose for accessing a record. Ensure you document thoroughly, especially when the Patient is a family member.

 Access to Adult Family Member(s)/Friend(s) Medical Record(s)

Electronic access to an adult family member’s and/or a friend’s medical record is ONLY permissible if:

  • You are a health care provider and the access is for purposes of treating the family member or friend. Applicable documentation policies must be followed.
  • There is a prior signed authorization present in the EHR.

Access to Your Personal Medical Record

  • Recommend using ‘My Health Online’ to access your personal records. It is not recommended that you access your personal health records via Epic.

Know Do Share – Immediate Post Op Note

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Share Everywhere

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iPad Tablets Allow Parents to Monitor Their Infants 24/7 at Alta Bates Summit NICU

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iPad Tablets Allow Parents to Monitor Their Infants 24/7 at Alta Bates Summit NICU

Doreen and Vikash Lal enjoy holding their daughter Savannah.

On any given day, the Alta Bates Summit neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) treats as many as 47 babies, all of whom were born preterm or have health issues. It can take weeks, or even months, for these babies to become strong enough to go home—which means parents often must return to work or go home to be with their other children, leaving their babies in the hospital.

Now, thanks to a new NICU pilot program, parents can stay connected with their babies by using iPads that allow them to view real-time health information, 24 hours a day.

MyChart Bedside is a tablet-based software that enables parents to see an up-to-the-minute dashboard of information, including recent vital signs, lab results, scheduled procedures, discharge planning and education materials—all in one easy-to-use application.


The pilot provides more than a dozen iPads to parents at any given time, or parents can download the MyChart Bedside software on their own iPad. Social workers in the NICU are providing tutorials to parents on how to use the tablets and software application.

Doreen and Vikash Lal are the proud parents of Savannah, their three-week-old baby girl who was born at Alta Bates nine weeks premature. The Pittsburg, CA family is using their tablet regularly and finds the iPad very helpful to check in on their baby.

“Knowing that we can log in anytime and get a live-time update on our baby’s condition definitely brings peace of mind during what can be a challenging time,” says first-time mom Doreen. “My husband and I can’t be at Savannah’s bedside all the time, so being able to check in remotely is very comforting.”

“Knowing that we can log in anytime and get a live-time update on our baby’s condition definitely brings peace of mind during what can be a challenging time,” says first-time mom Doreen.

Making Progress One Day at a Time
“We hope the iPads will help our NICU families feel more involved in their child’s care and get a better understanding of what’s happening with their baby at all times,” says Belinda Krstic, R.N., Alta Bates Summit NICU Manager. “The great benefit of MyChart Bedside is that it allows parents to gain more insight on their child’s progress and stay in-tune with their medical treatment 24 hours a day.”

Savannah weighed a little over two pounds when she was born and her mom and dad were quite excited when she recently weighed in at 3 pounds. The Lal family says being able to monitor Savannah’s progress via the iPad has allowed them to stay fully engaged with the nurses and care providers.

“The nurses have been great, and the iPad allows us to track who’s caring for Savannah and the medications she receives,” adds Doreen. “We’re learning something different every day, and we’re very happy with the care our little daughter is receiving.”

Alta Bates Summit Among Five Sutter Health Hospitals That Earn Recognition for Quality Outcomes

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Dr. Eileen Consorti Receives “Visionary Award” from the Susan G. Komen Foundation

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New Providers Memo

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Gina C. Bane, MD
East Bay Anesthesiology Medical Group
3000 Colby St., Ste 205
Berkeley, CA  94705-2058
(510) 666-0854


Chul Y. Chung, MD
Radiology, Diagnostic
Bay Imaging Consultants Medical Group, Inc.
2525 Oak Grove Rd., Ste. 200
Walnut Creek, CA  94598
(855) 424-2723


Keith F. Korver, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgery
Keith Korver, MD Inc.
3536 Mendocino Ave., Ste.  200
Santa Rosa, CA  95403
(707) 573-6166


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