Workplace Violence Prevention – Jerry Kozai, CEO ABSMC

Posted on Oct 2, 2018 in Announcements | 0 comments

Jerry Kozai with Anne Kirkpatrick, Oakland Chief of Police

To address the serious issue of workplace violence incidents occurring in our Emergency Department and other areas of our facilities, members of our executive leadership have formed a workplace violence steering committee. That committee includes Rose Calhan, COO, Denise Navellier, CNE, and administrative management in cooperation with our security, risk and safety teams.

The purpose of the committee is to assess incidents and evaluate security risks, so that we can develop a strategy to help prevent workplace violence. Providing a safe environment for our patients, physicians and employees is a top priority for the committee—and for the entire executive leadership team. Because our goal is always to prevent violence before it occurs, the committee has also:

  • Added security shift supervisors at our campuses on all shifts to increase accountability and response time.
  • Worked to strengthen our existing relationship with law enforcement agencies to help them provide better support to our organization. In addition to the Neighborhood Resource Center collaboration with the Oakland Police Department, we are looking to create a similar partnership with the Berkeley Police Department.
  • Recommended that key violence prevention tools like Risk for Violence Assessments and signage be implemented campus wide.

Reporting Workplace Violence

  • Reporting work place violence is crucial. If you have a security concern for patients, physicians or employees, please call the house supervisor.
  • We encourage all our employees to be our eyes and ears to report safety issues.
  • Please continue to report workplace violence in MIDAS and inform your supervisor.

Our top priority is to create a safe environment for our patients, physicians and employees. If you have specific concerns or ideas on how to improve the safety of our workplace, please talk to your manager. Our leadership team values your feedback and we’ll continue to update you on our progress.


Joanne Jellin Retirement

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in Announcements | 0 comments

Dear Members of Summit Medical Staff, 

It is with gratitude and sadness that we announce the retirement of Joanne Jellin, PsyD, our esteemed colleague, who has lead the Summit Medical Staff Department for nearly 22 years. She began work at Providence Hospital in 1981 in the Medical Staff Office, subsequently came to Summit to lead our Medical Staff in 1996.  At one point she was asked to lead both the Summit and Alta Bates Medical Staffs for approximately five years. Dr. Jellin has been the heart and soul of our Medical Staff Organization. She has an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge that has guided our Medical Staff leaders through challenging times. She has been a monumental mentor to numerous colleagues throughout the years. She maintains compassion toward physicians and understands the myriad of challenges we face, doing her best to support us. Her presence will be greatly missed in the Medical Staff Office. We genuinely wish her the best in her retirement. Here’s to an amazing career, Dr. Jellin! 

Jill Kacher Cobb, MD


Bay Area Transfer Center Go-Live for ABSMC – Monday, September 3

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in Announcements | 0 comments

Beginning Monday, September 3, all Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (ABSMC) Higher Level of Care transfer and transport service requests for Acute Hospital and ED patients will be managed by the Bay Area Transfer Center located in Novato.

For Lower Level of Care/Non-Acute transfers and transports there is no change in the workflow.  The staff will continue to call Sutter AMR, which is detailed in the Know Do Share.

Our goal is to provide a seamless transition of patients between Sutter Health affiliates and non-Sutter hospitals to provide timely acceptance of patient transfers into our hospitals.

Effective at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, September 3, call 1-888-637-2762 for

Higher Level of Care transfer and transport service requests for Acute Hospital and ED patients

The Bay Area Transfer Center is located in Novato – our team includes the following:

  • Director: Susie Hong
  • Manager: Sophia Hall
  • Medical Director: Lory Wiviott, MD
  • Nurses and Coordinators

Please use the attached Know Do Share to alert your frontline team who utilize the transfer center services. If you have questions, please contact Bay Area Transfer Center at 1-888-637-2762. Thank you.

REVISED Bay Are Transfer Center ABSMC Know Do Share

Ambulatory Specialty Optimization

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in Announcements, Committee Briefings | 0 comments

Dr. Rockson Liu – PATCH Hernia Institute

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in Announcements | 0 comments


Dr. Rockson Liu, creator and founder of the PATCH Hernia Institute, presented a webinar this past July entitled “Robotic Surgery Across the Complexity Spectrum of Hernia Repair”. The live web broadcast and discussion was part of the global surgical educational series “Hernia Night in America” sponsored by Intuitive Surgical.  Dr. Liu is a General Surgeon with Epic Care who specializes in minimally invasive hernia repair, foregut, adrenals and abdominal surgeries. He is also the distinguished director of the Robotic Hernia Mentoring/Case Observation site at Alta Bates Summit.  This is the first and only training facility on the west coast for surgeons to learn advanced, robotic assisted, hernia repair techniques using the cutting edge da Vinci Xi robotic system.  Surgeons from all around the country come to the East Bay to learn from Dr. Liu’s experience and expertise in advanced hernia repair.

Bariatric Surgery – Ajay Upadhyay, MD

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in Announcements | 0 comments

The BEST (Bariatric Endoscopy Surgery Trends) Metabolic Surgery Conference was held this past June 15th to 17th in Pune, India.  The well organized and attended event boasted an international faculty with some of the most accomplished and skilled pioneers in the field, including Epic Care’s very own bariatric specialist Dr. Ajay Upadhyay.  The conference was an opportunity to share cutting edge clinical innovations, trends, and techniques among the world’s most experienced surgeons.  In addition to more traditional sessions, the program included 16 real-time, live procedure broadcasts with panel moderators to facilitate bidirectional dialogue and even included a remote procedure from Brazil!  For his part, Dr. Upadhyay performed a live laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in the operating theatre and served as a moderator panel chairperson for his colleagues.  He was selected to present the only video keynote session on robotic bariatric surgery and a second video on robotic redo procedures.  “It was a really wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas with some of the foremost providers in our field.  And the food was really good too!”

As a general surgeon, Dr. Upadhyay brings decades of expertise to the team here in the East Bay. His specialties include Laparoscopic and Robotic Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Surgery, Bariatric Surgery and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery.  Moreover, Dr. Upadhyay just completed his 500th robotic surgery- a significant milestone in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) practice and a true testament to his dedication to the craft of medicine.  Congratulations to Dr. Upadhyay for his achievement and for being invited to participate in the BEST Metabolic Surgery Conference!