Alta Bates Summit Diabetes Health Fair Offers Screenings and Education

Posted on Nov 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Alta Bates Summit Diabetes Center and Samuel Merritt University’s Ethnic Health Institute will host a free Diabetes Health Fair that will include free diabetes screenings for blood sugar and cholesterol, blood pressure and retinopathy (eyes). The event will also feature presentations by certified diabetes educators specializing in diabetes and management of the disease.

Additionally, fun, interactive exhibits will provide information about diet, foot care, medications, and a blender bike and new insulin delivery devices. Participants will have an opportunity to ask diabetes specialists individual questions and will receive educational materials and healthy snacks. Meet our great staff and learn about diabetes management. Our very cool blender bike will be back by popular demand!

Learn about new technology including Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Closed Loop Insulin Delivery.

The Health Fair will be held from noon-4 p.m. at the Summit Campus Front Lobby in Oakland. Employees and volunteers are welcome to drop in as time allows. The Health Fair is open to everyone who may have the disease as well as friends and family members and to anyone in the community who may want to know more about diabetes and how to live a healthy life style.

Get the Scoop on Diabetes
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Alta Bates Diabetes Health Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 14 beginning at noon. The Alta Bates Summit Diabetes Center has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators for meeting the national standards of excellence in diabetes education. To learn more about our services, visit www.altabatessummit.org/diabetes or call (510) 204-1081

Clayton Warren | October 31st, 2018

Share Everywhere!

Posted on Nov 1, 2018 in Committee Briefings, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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NEW! Share Everywhere

Epic’s patient portal includes Share Everywhere!

Did you know that your patients can get access to Epic’s patient portal, My Health Online, included with Sutter Community Connect (SCC)?

My Health Online is an important tool which allows patients to better manage their care and communicate with physician practices. It can also make physician practices more efficient if properly utilized.

Share Everywhere is included in My Health Online and allows patients to grant temporary, secure, one-time access to their medical record to any provider anywhere. Providers can then access a patient’s chart to provide care from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection.

SCC provides the software tools, system integration, clinical connectivity and support independent providers need to deliver quality health care efficiently.

Contact Larraine Ewing at (510) 590-1241 or EwingL@sutterhealth.org for more information.

For a limited time, Sutter Health is providing a donation to eligible clinicians to reduce the cost of the SCC system, its implementation and ongoing support in accordance with the Stark Law Exception. 

Contact Larraine Ewing for more information! 

(510) 590-1241


Proprietary and confidential. Not to be released without the permission of Sutter Community Connect.

2018 ABSMC Health Fairs

Posted on Oct 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments





Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Summit 350 Hawthorne Ave, Oakland

10/12 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Providence Pavilion 3100 Summit St. Redwood Room – Flu & TB
10/15 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Providence Pavilion 3100 Summit St. Redwood Room – Flu & TB
10/16 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Providence Pavilion 3100 Summit St. Redwood Room – Flu & TB
10/18 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Employee Health: 3232 Elm St. Ste. A – TB Reading Only

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Alta Bates 2450 Ashby Ave, Berkeley

10/19 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Auditoriums 3, 5, 6, & 7- Flu & TB
10/22 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Auditoriums 3, 5, 6, & 7- Flu & TB
10/23 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Auditoriums 3, 5, 6, & 7- Flu & TB
10/25 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Conference Room 1 – TB Reading Only

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Herrick 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley

10/26 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Maffly, CC Conf. & CC Meeting Room- Flu & TB
10/29 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Maffly, CC Conf. & CC Meeting Room- Flu & TB
10/30 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Maffly, CC Conf. & CC Meeting Room- Flu & TB
11/01 6:00 am – 6:00 pm CC Conference Room – TB Reading Only


Alta Bates Summit Physicians & Pediatric Cancer Patients Take the Field at Oakland A’s Game

Posted on Sep 6, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dr. Christine Chung and Dr. Sravana Chennupati took part in the pre-game festivities.

Dr. Christine Chung with our pediatric cancer patients.

On September 1, the Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer and the Oakland Athletics partnered to support Stand Up To Cancer, a Major League Baseball initiative to commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. All Major League players, coaches, and umpires wore gold-ribbon decals and wristbands to further promote awareness for childhood cancer, which is the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under in the United States.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to be the only provider of advanced radiation treatment for kids in the East Bay and the Oakland A’s went above and beyond to treat our patients and their families to a special pre-game experience. More than a dozen children were escorted onto the baseball field for batting practice and then lined up with A’s and Seattle Mariners players for the national anthem. Alta Bates Summit radiation oncologists Dr. Sravana Chennupati and Dr. Christine Chung also took part in the pre-game event and Dr. Chung threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

“It takes a collaborative effort to provide academic level care in a community hospital setting and we’re proud to be able to offer high quality care to young patients close to their homes,” says Dr. Chennupati. “Our entire team of nurses, therapists and staff members take really great care of these families and it was very special to see so many smiles at the game.”

All of the patients that attended the game also received a free replica Oakland Athletics jersey, gift bag and all the families sat in the same section of the stadium with the Comprehensive Cancer Center employees and physicians. Arrangements are also being made to ensure that patients that were unable to come to the game will also get an A’s jersey.

“The families were extremely touched when they were invited to the game,” says Donna Russell, RN, nurse manger, Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Services. “A few of our parents cried and remarked that they never had a chance to do special things like this and our team was building a memory for the entire family. This truly is magical on so many levels.”

Thank you to the Oakland A’s and our Comprehensive Cancer Center employees and physicians for their love and support of our pediatric cancer patients!

ABSMC Pharmacy Policy Updates

Posted on Sep 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Policy 2022: IV to PO Conversion Program

Overview: Approved at P&T and MEC, this policy allows Pharmacy to convert specific medications in eligible patients from current IV therapy to an oral bioequivalent regimen

MD Notification: A Pharmacy progress note will be entered for all IV to PO conversions

Eligible Patients: Patient is currently tolerating and taking other oral medications (No N/V) or is tolerating food or enteral feeds.

Ineligible Patients: ICU patients, any anatomical reason for impaired oral absorption of medications, treatment indication is outside of Pharmacy scope of practice for that specific medication. For antiinfectives, patients must have stable labs and a treatment indication within Pharmacy scope of practice

Medications (Medication specific nuances in attached policy)

Acetaminophen Famotidine Metronidazole
Azithromycin Fluconazole Multivitamins
Bactrim/Septra Folic Acid Pantoprazole
Ciprofloxacin Levofloxacin Potassium
Clindamycin Levothyroxine Thiamine
Doxycycline Linezolid Voriconazole

Pharmacy Audit Process: Staff will be independently reviewed by Pharmacy leadership to ensure the policy is being followed as outlined, and used only in those who met criteria



Questions/Feedback:  Please contact Pharmacy Management, Krista Bramble (BramblK@sutterhealth.org) or Jon Eggers (EggersJA@sutterhealth.org)

Krista Bramble Pharm.D.
Pharmacy Manager
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Summit Campus
510-869-8822 (ph)

Jon Eggers, Pharm.D, BCPS
Clinical Coordinator
Summit Campus Pharmacy
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Phone| 510-869-1523
Fax| 510-869-6268



Emergency Operations Plan

Posted on Jul 2, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Emergency Operations Plan
Know how to respond and prepare for Disasters

In the event of a disaster, Sutter East Bay Hospitals will utilize Emergency Operation Plans.  An announcement will be made overhead calling a triage code.  Medical Staff within our facilities will be identified and asked to report to the the Labor Pool. Physicians who are out of the hospital and responding to our call for assistance should report to the same campus specific locations. Please remember to bring your identification badge.

Sutter East Bay Hospitals have implemented facility specific, comprehensive, all hazards Emergency Operations Plans in order to assure the most appropriate hospital response to the medical needs of the community in the event of an emergency/disaster situation or a mass casualty incident.  This all-hazards plan complies with elements of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and incorporates the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) and addresses the six critical areas mandated by Joint Commission standards.

A complete Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA) is conducted annually to identify potential emergencies (natural and man-made) that could increase the need for the organization’s services, or its ability to provide those services. A multidisciplinary committee, including physicians, annually updates the HVA.

Medical staff can communicate potential emergency needs to the Emergency Preparedness Committee and/or the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

During a disaster, demand for care may exceed the ability to deliver healthcare. Disaster privileges may be granted to Volunteer Licensed Independent Practitioners after presenting documentation and completing a verification process by the Medical Staff Office.  A temporary badge will be presented and they will be paired with credentialed facility Medical Staff members.

There is a cache of emergency supplies on site.  In the event that the medical center requires additional resources, such as food, water, supplies, etc. there are Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) in place to assure that the medical center receives priority in obtaining these resources.

In a healthcare surge focus may shift from patient-based care to population-based outcomes as determined by the California Department of Public Health. Appropriate standards of care may also vary based on the availability of resources, patient needs and environmental factors.  Medical Care is coordinated and guidance is provided by the Medical Staff Specialist in the Hospital Command Center and implemented by the Medical Care Branch Director (HICS identified positions).

When you hear a triage code # overhead or receive a call from the hospital letting you know that our Emergency Operations plan has been activated:

  • Go to the Medical Staff Office for Eden and Delta Providers; or the Labor Pool for Alta Bates Summit.
  • Bring your ID badge

We have an up-to-date Emergency Operations Plan in place and practice using it at least twice per year.

A committee consisting of physicians and persons from a variety of disciplines annually updates the Hazard Vulnerability Analysis.

Medical Staff Office personnel verify credentials and coordinate approval of disaster privileges for volunteer licensed independent practitioners who present proper documentation.  Disaster privileges will be exercised under the supervision of the Chair of the applicable department.  The volunteer practitioners will work with credentialed Medical Staff members.

When shifting to population-based care, medical care is:

  • Coordinated by the Medical Staff Specialists in the Hospital Command Center
  • Implemented by the Medical Care Branch Director