While San Francisco’s list of 10 largest employers is dominated by tech, across the bay in Oakland it’s all about health. The city’s top three employers are Kaiser Permanente (No. 1), Sutter Health (No. 2), and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital (No. 3). Together, these health care giants employ about 19,000 people in Oakland and more than 85,000 people in the Bay Area (Kaiser and Sutter rank third and fourth, respectively, on San Francisco’s 10 largest employers). (San Francisco Business Times)
Sutter Health’s critical care patients can now expect quicker and more efficient transfers from one facility to another thanks to its new fleet of medical helicopters and ground ambulances. (East Bay Times)
The nonprofit announced on Thursday it would be partnering with California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) and American Medical Response (AMR) to operate its own fleet of helicopters and ambulances, respectively.
For the first time in the East Bay, six hospitals are partnering to improve care for frequent Emergency Room (ER) patients. With the implementation of the PreManage ED system, all six hospitals are now alerted when a frequent patient registers at any one of their ERs. Care providers can then respond quickly, in real-time, to ensure patients receive top-quality, consistent care in the appropriate setting. (Business Wire)
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will offer free, anonymous, in-person and online screenings for depression on Thursday, National Depression Screening Day.
One out of 10 people in the United States suffers from depression, according to Sutter Health, which owns Alta Bates Summit. Like annual health exams, screening for depression and other mood disorders helps identify warning signs and treatment resources, the organization says. (San Jose Mercury News)
Chuck Prosper, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s CEO, is so proud of his new $350 million inpatient tower, which opened Sunday, that he straightened chairs and rearranged wastebaskets during a tour of the 250,000-square-foot facility like a housewife preparing for her mother in law’s first visit.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, which has hospitals in Berkeley and Oakland, has cut 139 jobs in recent months, but 219 jobs remain on the chopping block, officials confirmed late Thursday. (Sacramento Business Journal 4/25/14)
The California Nurses Association and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center are awaiting a decision by an outside arbitrator on whether the East Bay hospital system can proceed with layoffs and a restructuring of its 1,700-member nursing staff. (Sacramento Business Journal)
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a Sutter Health affiliate with several hospital sites in the East Bay, plans to cut 358 positions early this month, the hospital confirmed Tuesday. (Sacramento Business Journal)
It will be two years before Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s new 238-room patient care center opens, but on Tuesday a crane lifted the last beam on the towering structure into place as a crowd of onlookers cheered the construction milestone.
Hundreds signed the white beam before it was raised onto the skeleton of the 11-story building, which is expected to open in early 2014. (Bender, The Oakland Tribune 2/28/12)
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