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Posted on Feb 1, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Feeding Our Community and Reducing Food Waste at Alta Bates Summit

Posted on Feb 1, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ABSMC has launched a program to drastically cut food waste, while helping feed local communities in need. In the first four months of operation, ABSMC has already donated 7,600 pounds of edible food, which equates to 6,349 meals, to multiple local, non-profit community programs. Kudos to our FNS team on this great achievement.



Posted on Nov 3, 2020 in EHR Updates, Uncategorized | 0 comments

A new ordering question was added to all imaging procedures, “Is this patient discharging today?”

A response of “Discharging” will help the Radiology Techs to prioritize these exams. 

IMPORTANT: If you have an imaging order in your Preference List, please update the order. 

Below is a picture of the new question, as well as instructions to update your preference list (delete the existing order and add the new order)


Delete the old version:

  1. Select the EPIC button in the upper left corner of the screen
  2. Select Tools and then Preference List Composer
  3. In the lower right corner, click the Edit button
  4. Select the list to be updated, i.e., Orders Preference IP
  5. Once you see your imaging orders, write down (or screenshot) the ID number(s)
  6. Single click on the order(s) to be deleted and press Remove Item from the menu

Add the new version:

  1. Add the new order by selecting New Item,
    Enter the ID number (or order name) and customize the order
    Press Accept

If you need any assistance, please give us call.

Thank you!
Patty 510-325-9618
Shala 510-495-5254

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Posted on Nov 3, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

President’s Message

Posted on Sep 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

California is burning.

Just two years ago, the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise and burned nearly 150,000 acres, leading to billions of dollars in damage and claiming 85 lives. This year, the wildfire season began earlier than expected due to dry lightning strikes and dry vegetation, causing multiple discrete fires throughout the bay area, of which at the time of writing, are still not fully contained.

The scope of the devastation is not nearly as large in terms of human lives lost, largely in part to the efforts of emergency officials to evacuate civilians, and the fact that the fires are mostly concentrated in less inhabited areas. However, the air is choked with smoke, and the air quality index in the bay area (AQI) has been mostly unhealthy, at times dangerously so. As expected, this causes an increase in visits for respiratory illness, particularly for those with underlying conditions such as Asthma/COPD, but also with heart disease, and the young.

The map below is from Cal Fire, the agency that manages fire services for the state. They have pulled in out of state resources to fight the fires, which at this point have burned 1.42 MILLION acres of land. The areas in red indicate the active fire zones.

This picture, taken from NASA, shows the charred earth and smoke from space.

Many of us live in the fire affected zones, and some of us have had to evacuate. Thankfully, some of the evacuation alerts have been lifted, but the predicted ongoing dry weather poses additional risks.

What can we do ourselves to mitigate risk? These websites have some useful resources and fire update information, as well as up to date air quality information.


Thanks and best wishes to the firefighters at the front lines right now battling the blazes to keep us safe.

Jeff Chen MD, MPH, FACEP
Chief of Staff, ABSMC Summit Campus

Balancing Authenticity with Positivity: Using “Right Speech” to cope with 2020

Posted on Sep 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Balancing Authenticity with Positivity: Using “Right Speech” to cope with 2020

 It seems the provocations to what we thought was normal life just keep coming; they are piling up upon each other faster than we can resolve them.  We are still grieving and trying to cope with one thing when another happens. Now the state is burning, and the air is toxic.  Our beautiful bay area has air quality as bad as anywhere in world.  Anyone not feeling overwhelmed at times must be great at denial.

There are great reasons to keep it positive even if we are not feeling great.  Our brains are in fact wired bidirectionally so that a forced smile can lead to mood change.  We all know that mood is contagious and some positivity at the workplace can bring everyone up. We have much to lift us up as we go through our day if we look for it: the beauty in our patient’s struggles, the love the nurses bring to their care, our teamwork and sense of meaning that caring for those in need brings.

Yet we are human and need to be so at work. Expressing our vulnerabilities can be healing and liberating as we break stereotypes about physicians’ emotional lives.  More generally, nothing predicts workplace satisfaction more than the feeling at we can be our authentic selves.

Getting the balance right between being cheerful and “real” is not easy.  We don’t want to dump all or frustrations and anxieties on our co-workers, and at the same time, we don’t want to try to be someone we are not. Getting the balance right takes some mindfulness.  We need moments of calm to actually understand how we are feeling. This starts with stopping our never-ending mental narratives and sense what is happening in our body, our mind and surroundings. At this point we can communicate in ways that are authentic and productive to our culture.

The Buddhist have this notion of “Right Speech” I call upon to communicate in the “right” way.

First, we need to listen to our selves. What are we feeling and why are we feeling that way?  We need to carefully listen to those around us to see how they are feeling.

Then, when we speak, we want to make sure our comments are wholly truthful; don’t let your grief or fear take you to unhelpful hyperbole.  We want our comments to be expressed with kindness and be helpful.  Perhaps most importantly, we want our words to be spoken at the right time.  Unloading on others about your problems at the wrong time can certainly make the work environment more toxic – such as during a meeting or during direct patient care.

Yesterday during a meeting, I felt I wanted to explode; this initiative we have been working on was going nowhere and my patience these days is short – understandably right? Well, I kept it together and after the meeting, I framed my concerns as best I could without the hyperbole and expletives it might have earlier had.  I also let people know I was struggling.  My comments were met with kindness and concern and a constructive conversation then ensued.  The Skype called then ended with me feeling better about myself, my awesome teammates and the initiative we were working on.  Being my authentic self, expressing my vulnerability and then using “right speech” led to a win-win.

In these crazy times we need to take care of ourselves and we need to invest in our culture. Using right speech to express our vulnerabilities can help us with both of these. Sharing our struggles offers our teammates an opportunity for them to act on their compassion and we get the gift of receiving it.

So, be positive, keep your eyes open to the beauty of our work, open your heart to your colleagues.  That means sharing our struggles with your colleagues when the time is right and picking them up when they need some love.  With this mindset we can build individual relationships and our culture and create a healing environment for our patients as well as all of us who are lucky enough to work at ABSMC.

Lief Hass, MD – Wellness Chair- Summit