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In ThIs Issue more than 100 communities throughout Northern California,
the Sutter Health network is a regional leader in cardiac care,
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Your Doctor and You: A Partnership for Good Health 4
COVER PHOTOgRaPHY BY Bill maHON PHOTOgRaPHY
The Future of Health Care: Taking an Active Role 6
This School Year, Trade Up at Lunchtime 8
Women and Perimenopause 10
Answers to Your Top 5 Flu Questions 11
Health Advice from Our Family Doctors 12
Health Maintenance Checklist 14
Now Open! 12 Camino Encinas Medical Office 15
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Message from the
medical Director of the Medical Group
Dear Friends, good diet, but also age-appropriate
The national conversation on health care reform is largely driven physical exams and screenings.
by the escalating costs of delivering care to patients. Health care i encourage you to keep our Health
providers, politicians, insurers and patients are all struggling to Checklist (Page 14) as a personal
reinvent the system to provide high-quality, efficient, integrated reference guide—and to take a proac-
and affordable care for all. tive, partnership approach with our
Sutter Health and Sutter East Bay medical Foundation, with clinicians to optimize your visits. elIzabeTh Mahler, M.D.
its affiliated, multi-specialty medical group and network, is moving Medical Director
Please also help me salute my easT bay physIcIans
steadily toward realizing this goal. What this work requires is a colleagues who mentor local Youth MeDIcal Group
commitment to teamwork, be it the health care delivery team of Bridge program students. “meet” three
clinicians, clinics, hospitals, testing facilities, labs and pharma- of these students on Pages 6 and 7. and finally, you are invited
cies, or the more personal team of clinician and patient. to visit our newly renovated medical building in Orinda (Page 15).
in this edition of Your Health, you’ll find information for it integrates our medical and OB/gYN practices into one state-
healthy living. Several of our family practitioners offer advice on of-the-art facility.
screening and preventive measures for you to consider. Dr. Risa
Kagan, OB/gYN and women’s health specialist, also offers in good health,
advice on women’s health concerns. Remember, health mainte- Elizabeth Mahler, M.D.
nance not only includes a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and medical Director, East Bay Physicians medical group
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Your Doctor and You:
a partnership for
W h e n c h o o s i n g a d o c t o r, there’s a lot to think about:
experience, specialty, location, health plans accepted and
more. It pays to take your time with this decision. The best
doctor is “a good fit”—someone you like, trust and can talk
to about even the most personal issues. Once you find that
doctor, your medical care, including routine exams, preven-
tive care and treatment, will go more smoothly.
At Sutter Health, doctors partner with you. This means
listening to your needs and providing reliable advice and
treatment—with attention to quality and results, as well as
to understanding and compassion.
Once you choose your doctor, it’s important to take an
active role in your care. Primary care physician Lisa Masson,
M.D., of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, offers the follow-
ing three suggestions for making the most of your visits.
Plan ahead. “Bring a list of two or three main concerns,”
says Dr. Masson. “If you have a dozen minor issues,
something important may not get the attention it
deserves.” She also encourages dressing in a manner that
allows a doctor to easily examine you. For example, if you
have knee pain, wear lose-fitting pants rather than tight jeans.
Be open about your concerns. If you feel embarrassed or
reluctant to talk about a health issue, Dr. Masson sug-
gests writing it down on paper and handing it to the
physician. “Whatever you do, don’t wait until the visit is
almost over to bring it up.” Discussing it early is the best way
to get all of your questions answered.
Ask questions. Speak up if you don’t under-
stand something. Your doctor may assume
you understand the information unless you
indicate otherwise. “Communication is the key
to the relationship,” says Dr. Masson. “Our job is
Need to Find a Doctor? to teach you something that can help you.” That
it’s easy—go to TheDoctorforYou.com! There, you can search goal is lost if you leave the office with unanswered
for a doctor based on what is important to you, such as gender, questions.
location, specialty and languages spoken.
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Everyone Has a Story . . . Sydney (far right) plays
Our Story Is You
soccer with her mom
Stephanie and sister Paige.
Fourth-Grader Fights Cancer . . . and Wins
Sutter care team brings hope and healing to Sydney Stevens
“ Yo u r d a u g h t e r h a s c a n c e r. ” The words are devastating for any
parent to hear, but especially when your daughter is 9 years old. In
June 2006, that was the grim news Stephanie Stevens struggled to
absorb just days after her seemingly healthy daughter Sydney com-
plained of a painful side ache.
After running numerous tests, doctors found a softball-sized tumor
on Sydney’s kidney. Further testing revealed that it was stage 4 cancer
that had also spread to her lungs and into a major vein, only an inch
from her heart. Sydney was immediately admitted to the pediatric inten-
sive care unit of the Children’s Center at Sutter Medical Center in
Sacramento—where an aggressive battle to beat the disease began.
Before it was over, Sydney would undergo three surgeries, multiple
rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatment at Sutter Medical
Center, Sacramento. “Ask anyone—it’s amazing. Never once did Sydney
complain. Never once did she make it more difficult or cry. She was such
S y d n e y S te v e n s a champ,” says Stephanie.
The comforting presence of golden Labrador retrievers Hazel and
Millie—therapy dogs at the Children’s Center—was a bright spot for
Sydney. “I remember a lot of bad things, but I remember good things too,
like visiting with Millie at the hospital,” she says. “Millie helped me learn
“We are very happy that Sydney to walk again after surgery. They even let me paint her toenails.”
is doing so well now. She was brave Stephanie adds, “I had complete confidence
throughout her diagnosis and in the doctors. The Sutter team was great with
treatment, displaying wisdom and everyone in our family. Their support made
Watch Sydney’s Story
humor that delighted us. Her a terrible situation much more bearable. On
Don’t miss the online video of
parents were also very supportive. Jan. 30, we celebrated two years since Sydney’s
Sydney Stevens, part of our
The teamwork among her providers last treatment. It’s so nice to have my healthy
2008 annual Report at
and her family was seamless.” daughter back.”
—YiSheng Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Today Sydney is feeling great and enjoying
a n n u a l r e p o r t . While there,
oncologist, Children’s Center at gymnastics, soccer and art classes. “The doc-
we hope you’ll browse the
Sutter Medical Center, tors and nurses at Sutter saved my life so I can
report to meet more patients
Sacramento run around and play like a regular kid,” she
and see our commitment to
says. “I’m Sydney, and that’s my story.”
quality, compassionate care
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The Future of
Taking an Active Role in the
Education of Local students
At Sutter East memorable and exceptional.” All of our
Bay Medical providers agree—mentoring is a great
Foundation (SEBMF) way to give back.
and East Bay Physicians
M e d i c a l G ro u p ( E B P M G ) , our Continue reading to meet three
mission is to enhance the health, well- current or past participants in
ness and quality of life in the communi- Youth Bridge/Youth in Medicine:
ties we serve through our commitment
to excellence in patient care, service, Ola
education and research. And our com- Abdulrahman
mitment extends beyond medical care. Recent high-school
“I was introduced to the Youth
academy for Health
Bridge program through Deborah Pitts and Bioscience,
and Greba Jackson, who run the Oakland
Youth Bridge/Youth in Medicine
programs at the Alta Bates Summit By age 17, Ola
Medical Center (ABSMC),” says had attended schools in three different
Sarita Satpathy, M.D., a hospitalist countries. Prior to coming to the U.S.
treating ABSMC patients during seven months ago, she lived in Iraq. She
their hospital stays. Dr. Satpathy also lived in Jordan for two years with
and other EBPMG providers are her family. “I was nervous about coming
mentors for at-risk students. to the U.S. The culture and school sys-
“Many of these students live in tem are very different,” says Ola, who
tough neighborhoods and have has been speaking English for five years.
amazing stories of overcoming Despite the challenges, she excelled
adversity. It is an inspiration and in school—and remains committed to
sarITa saTpaThy, M.D. pleasure to mentor them,” her dream of becoming a doctor. “I am
hospitalist Dr. Satpathy says. “These kids very excited to have been accepted into
alTa baTes suMMIT
MeDIcal cenTer help make my work more mean- the Youth Bridge program. This health
ingful, and each student I meet is internship will give me the opportunity
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to shadow doctors and see another side experiences about their struggles. She Mimi. “It’s a great program, and you
of the medical field,” she explains. will never forget this advice in particular: can always learn more.”
“Youth Bridge has opened the door “Don’t let people define who you are. She explained that last year her typi-
to health care for me.” Sometimes we lose ourselves and try to cal day began with morning classes and
Next fall, Ola will attend Junior copy others. But we are born unique and projects. In the afternoon, she went to
College. Eventually she would like should not die as copies.” Samuel Merritt College to learn about
to transfer to U.C. Davis and major in In addition to her Youth in Medicine medicine and to do lab projects. “I also
bioscience. She wants to be an obstetri- Internship, she is a mentor at Manzanita worked at the Summit campus of Alta
cian/gynecologist, like her aunt. Elementary School and volunteers for Bates Summit Medical Center,” she
Teens on Target, an Oakland Youth pro- says. “It was great. I followed doctors
Elizabeth gram that focuses on violence prevention on their rounds and even watched a
Beltran through peer leadership. Elizabeth surgeon put in a defibrillator.”
Recent high-school explains, “I am tired of seeing violence Mimi also met pharmacists, respira-
and death. I want to help others instead.” tory therapists, social workers and
academy for Health
and Bioscience, Next fall, she will attend her fresh- other people with jobs she never knew
Oakland man year at the University of California existed. “I am glad that I was able to
at Berkeley—and be the first one in her experience other jobs in health care,”
Elizabeth moved family to attend college. she says. “I’m definitely interested in
back to the U.S. from Mexico when she working in the medical field, but I am
was age 13. Despite the fact that she Mimi Le not sure what I want to do yet.”
didn’t speak English and missed her Recently completed Next fall, Mimi will begin her
friends, she quickly assimilated to the sophomore year. Her goal is to attend
Oakland High School
new environment and resumed earning Stanford University and major in medi-
straight A’s in school. “I feel lucky that Mimi started cine/science.
I earned one of the 30 spots in the pro- participating in
gram,” says Elizabeth, who is interested Youth Bridge
in becoming a doctor, an occupational programs while
therapist or a physician assistant. “I am in seventh grade. Her middle school
particularly interested in helping counselors encouraged her to apply Dedication, Compassion
patients recovering from strokes.” because of her interest in science and and Excellence
Youth Bridge encourages students to medicine. “I would like to stay in the learn more about Sutter East
talk with doctors who have similar life program as long as possible,” says Bay medical Foundation and
East Bay Physicians medical
group and our mission at
s u t t e r e a s t b a y. o r g / a b o u t .
youth bridge leads the Way
Youth Bridge is a year-round, career Youth Bridge also serves alameda with nurturing, support and motivation.
development program that enables at-risk County students in ninth-grade through Youth Bridge students are between ages
East Bay adolescents to complete high college, focusing on african-american 14 and 20. The program serves an equal
school, gain meaningful employment and Hispanic/latino students. Typically, number of girls and boys.
experience, learn about health-related these students tested well in their ele- Two relatively new components of
careers and pursue further academic and mentary education, but may have been Youth Bridge—Youth in medicine and
vocational education. The program has thrown off course by circumstances out mentoring Young men and Women—
supported more than 900 youths in tran- of their control. The program proves that target students in sixth to ninth grade.
sitioning from adolescence to adulthood. students can excel in academic pursuits
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This school year,
Trade Up at lunchtime
Your Child + Healthy Foods = All-Day Fuel
K e e p it safe. Buy an
insulated lunch box and
Packing your kids’ lunches every day is extra
use a small cold pack or
insurance that they’ll get the nourishment they frozen juice box to keep
need to do their best in school. Here are some ideas cold foods cold.
for creating nutritious and enticing lunches.
Pick plenty of p ro d u c e .
growing bodies need the
nutrients from several servings
of fruits and vegetables every
day. Cut produce into small,
finger-sized pieces and add
a low-fat dressing or nonfat
yogurt for dipping. For veggie-
phobic kids, mix shredded
zucchini or carrots into soups,
muffins or pasta.
Get c re a t i v e . Think in terms of food categories:
protein, dairy and fruits or vegetables. Try low-fat granola
and strawberry yogurt or cherry tomatoes with hummus.
Dish up a whole-grain tortilla roll-up with lean turkey and P a c k i n p ro t e i n . While a
low-fat cheese or with peanut butter and fruit. sandwich made with low-fat,
low-sodium meat is a fine
choice, think outside the bun.
Nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs
and beans are also tasty, heart-
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Don’t Skip Out on Breakfast
Over the summer, it may have been easier to manage what
your kids ate and when. But what’s a parent to do when they
go back to school? “The key is to establish a foundation of
healthy eating habits, starting with breakfast,” says Kim
Vagt, R.D., director of food and nutrition services for Sutter
arnold gold, m.D., a pediatrician with Sutter North
medical Foundation, agrees, especially for school-age kids.
“Children who don’t eat a morning meal don’t learn or
remember as well as kids who do have breakfast,” he says.
“They also tend to overeat later in the day.”
Vagt adds, “Parents have a big influence on their children’s
eating habits and food choices.” at home, keep nutritious
items on hand in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer. Then
C l e a n i t u p . little hands
talk with your kids about making healthy choices so they
touch everything from a
learn which foods deliver optimum nutrition and energy.
runny nose to the back of
the bus seat. Pack a small
bottle of hand sanitizer. it’ll
encourage cleaning grubby
fingers before eating and
will help prevent the Get Snacking . . . the Smart Way
spread of germs.
The key to smart snacking isn’t labeling foods “good” or “bad,”
says Vagt. it’s about portion control and not grazing constantly.
“We have to allow kids to get hungry,” she says. “increase their
physical activity, and offer a selection of healthy foods, such
as fresh fruit or yogurt. aim for 100-calorie snacks.”
Vagt has this suggestion for a quick snack you can make
with your kids. at just 77 calories a pop, it’s a sweet and
D o n ’t s k i m p o n d a i r y. Help kids get healthy winner.
calcium and vitamin D. Kids ages 2 to 8
need 2 cups of low-fat dairy daily. Try Yogurt Popsicles
low-fat cheese and whole-wheat crackers. 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt
Serve low-fat chocolate milk as a treat. 1 banana, sliced 1 cup fruit juice or fruit chunks
1. Blend ingredients together and pour into small paper cups.
Buy more than bread. Try interesting alterna- 2. Put in freezer. When yogurt mixture is half frozen, place a
tives: whole-grain English muffins, crackers, plastic spoon or popsicle stick in each cup.
pitas or bagels, or flavored tortillas or wraps. 3. To serve, turn cup upside down. Yields four or five pops.
Be sure to choose low-fat, high-fiber options.
Improve Your Family’s Diet
Visit s u t t e r h e a l t h . o r g / y o u r h e a l t h
and read Changing Your Family’s Eating Habits.
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Women and Perimenopause:
A Season of Change
Midlife is a time o f t r a n s i t i o n f o r woman has gone 12 months Many women choose
women, as children leave the nest and without a menstrual period. continuous-use birth
new priorities come into focus. Inside “The hallmark of perimeno- control pills so they can
your body, change is also happening, pause is irregular, unpredictable have fewer or no periods.
prompting new and sometimes uncom- periods, often associated with “They’re just as safe as the
fortable symptoms. Talking candidly hot flashes, sleep disturbances traditional use of the pill,”
with your health care provider will help and vaginal dryness,” says says Dr. Kagan. “The only
rIsa KaGan, M.D.
you better understand and manage com- Risa Kagan, M.D., a physician ob/Gyn
difference is that you take
mon medical issues during this time. with Sutter East Bay Physicians easT bay physIcIans an active pill the entire
Medical Group and clinical month.”
Easing the Transition professor, Department of
Perimenopause takes place when Obstetrics, Gynecology and Intimate Concerns
women are in their mid-40s to mid-50s. Reproductive Sciences, University of Low libido is one of the biggest
During this time, most women experi- California, San Francisco. “Because other concerns Dr. Kagan sees among women.
ence new symptoms and body changes conditions, such as thyroid disorders, “There’s a huge mind-body connection
due to shifting hormone levels. It ends can cause similar symptoms, it’s a good here,” she notes. “Stress, parenting,
with menopause, which occurs once a idea to see your doctor to rule out other relationship issues and depression all
causes.” can affect a woman’s interest in sexual
Depending on how severe your intimacy. Medications, such as antide-
symptoms are, you may want to pressants, birth control pills and high
consider short-term hormone replace- blood pressure medicine, can also affect
ment therapy or other treatments. sexual desire.”
While libido may naturally decline
Pregnancy Is Still Possible with age, your doctor can work with
Your chance of becoming pregnant you to identify any underlying causes
drops off quickly after age 35. But preg- so you can feel more like yourself again,
nancy can still occur up to the time that says Dr. Kagan.
you reach menopause. Birth control
continues to be important for women
who don’t want to conceive. Popular
methods of prescription birth control
are the pill and the vaginal ring. These
hormonal options not only prevent
pregnancy, but can also ease hot flashes
and protect you from bone loss.
Access Candid Advice
For more articles, tips and facts
related to women’s sexual health,
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Answers to Your
Top 5 Flu Questions
The fl u season is lo o m i n g a n d w i t h i t , q u e s t i o n s aimed to have it ready by fall, when the regular flu vaccine
are rising about the p o s s i b l e re t u r n o f t h e H 1 N 1 becomes available.
virus. Here Toni Brayer, M.D., internal medicine specialist and
chief medical officer for Sutter Health West Bay Region, shares How can I prevent the flu?
her insights and advice on prevention, symptoms and treatment. Getting a flu shot is the best way to avoid illness.
Anyone can get the vaccine, but children, pregnant
How do I know if I have the flu? women, older adults and people who have a chronic
Influenza is always respiratory (in your chest). condition, such as diabetes, should have a flu shot every fall.
A ‘stomach bug’ is not the same as the flu. If you To stay well, regular hand washing is very important. For
have a cough with fever, fatigue, runny nose, sore on-the-go cleaning, keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer in
throat, body aches and chills, then you likely have the flu. your car, purse or briefcase. And try to avoid people who are
sick. An infected person stays contagious up to seven days
If I get the flu, should I see a doctor? after symptoms first appear—and up to 24 hours after symp-
For most healthy people, the flu will get better with toms have ended.
rest and plenty of fluids. However, if you have diffi-
culty breathing, shortness of breath or a high fever Will a prescription antiviral medicine cure the flu?
that doesn’t break, feel confused, or don’t start to feel better No. Antiviral medications will greatly lessen the
in three to four days, you should call your doctor. symptoms of flu, but won’t cure it. To be effective,
this medicine must be taken within 48 hours of the
Is H1N1 still a concern? onset of the flu.
Yes. All flu strains, including H1N1, aren’t spread as
easily in hot weather, so they tend to quiet down. But
they may come back when the weather cools. A vaccine Stay Up to Date on the Flu!
specifically for H1N1—separate from the regular flu vaccine— For current information on the flu, H1N1 and flu
is currently in development. At press time the government vaccines, go to the Web site for the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, at c d c . g o v.
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Health Advice from our Family Doctors
What health issues are among the most pressing today? What screenings
are available for them? We asked some of our doctors who practice
Family Medicine what they think. Here’s what they have to say:
“ P ro s t a t e c a n c e r i s a s i g n i f i c a n t c a u s e on their circumstances. Regularly scheduled
o f i l l n e s s a n d d e a t h w o r l d w i d e . The goal mammograpms can save lives.”
of prostate screening is to diagnose illness early —Nina Birnbaum, M.D.
and to get the best outcomes for those who
undergo treatment. “ A s a f a m i l y p r a c t i t i o n e r, I s e e patients
Today there are two widely accepted forms o f a l l a g e s . For both male and female patients
of screening: A blood test called “PSA” detects over age 50, I recommend a colorectal cancer
anThony jones, M.D. levels of prostate-specific antigen, which may be screening. Colorectal cancer, also referred to as
a sign of cancer. And the “DRE,” or digital rectal colon cancer, develops in the large intestines
exam, where a physician uses a finger to exam- (colon) or rectum. It is the third most common
ine the prostate gland, feeling for abnormalities. form of cancer and the second leading cause of
Both tests have strengths and limitations. It is cancer-related deaths in the United States.
important to discuss prostate screening with Factors that increase one’s risk of developing
your doctor and decide what is right for you. colorectal cancer include increasing age, family
The American Cancer Society suggests an history, prior colorectal cancer or polyps, and
annual screening, starting at age 50. Men at higher lifestyle—such as a diet high in fat and red meat
nIna bIrnbauM, M.D. risk, including African Americans and those with and low in fiber, being sedentary, and smoking.
a family history, may need to start earlier.” For patients who have an increased risk, I may
— Anthony Jones, M.D. recommend screening before age 50.
Screening tests, including colonoscopy and
“ O n e i n e i g h t w o m e n w i l l g e t b re a s t flexible sigmoidoscopy, can help identify colorectal
c a n c e r i n h e r l i f e t i m e . Breast cancer is the cancer at an early, potentially treatable stage,
most common cancer among women and the or even at a precancerous stage (adenomatous
second leading cause of cancer death among polyps).”
women in the U.S. The good news is that breast —Immanuel Asuncion, M.D.
cancer death rates are going down, in part due
M.D. to early detection and improved treatment. “ T h e A m e r i c a n D i a b e t e s A s s o ciation
All women should learn how to do a breast e s t i m a t e s that 5.7 million Americans are
self-exam. Women in their 40s should talk to their unaware that they have diabetes, a disorder of
doctor about getting an annual mammogram. A sugar metabolism. There are four types of diabetes,
mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast but by far the most prevalent is type 2 diabetes.
that can detect an abnormality before you or your A person who doesn’t exercise and is overweight
doctor can notice any change in the breast. is predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes,
Every person is unique. If patients have an also known as insulin-resistant diabetes. Insulin
increased risk for breast cancer, I may advise resistance is when your body doesn’t recognize
them to have mammograms before age 40, based insulin and doesn’t absorb sugar properly.
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We screen for diabetes with a blood test “ H y p e r t e n s i o n — a l s o re f e r re d t o a s h i g h
performed after not eating for 12 hours. An b l o o d p re s s u re — a n d h i g h c h o l e s t e ro l
elevated fasting blood sugar (greater than 135) are two conditions I see often in my practice.
defines diabetes. If you’re diagnosed with diabe- Uncontrolled hypertension and high cholesterol
tes, we follow your hemoglobin A1C (average are risk factors for stroke, heart attack, heart fail-
glucose control over past three months) with a ure, arterial aneurysm and chronic renal failure.
goal of keeping it under 7 percent. Hypertension is often called the “silent
I encourage patients to become more active. killer” because not everyone has symptoms. WenDy buFFeTT, M.D.
Even small steps help. I’m a big believer in using Screening for hypertension is as easy as getting
pedometers, and I wear one myself. There are your blood pressure taken, and the condition can
simple things we can do to increase the number be controlled with medication.
of steps we take, like park further away from our Cholesterol, a fat-like substance in blood, is
destinations.” essential for the proper function of the cells in
—Wendy Buffett, M.D. your body, but can build up on the walls of your
arteries. Over time, this buildup causes “harden-
“Many women do not know that chlamydia ing of the arteries” so they become narrowed,
can cause infertility if it is left untreated. which slows down or blocks blood flow to the shannon Mccune,
This sexually transmitted disease (STD) is caused heart. If the blood supply to a portion of the
by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and can heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the
be passed between sexual partners or from a result is a heart attack. We screen for cholesterol
mother to her unborn child. It is one of the most levels with a blood test that requires an empty
common STDs in men and women. stomach (12 hours of fasting).
You can get chlamydia more then once, and —Kathryn Malone, M.D.
re-infection increases your risk of serious repro-
ductive issues. About 75 percent of infected
women and about 50 percent of infected men
KaThryn Malone, M.D.
have no symptoms. Access Interactive Health Tools
Women who are sexually active should be Try one of our easy-to-use personal
regularly tested for chlamydia through a simple calculators or take a quiz. You’ll learn
swab or urine test. We can effectively treat chla- important facts that can help you make smart
mydia with antibiotics.” decisions about your health. To get started,
—Shannon McCune, M.D. visit s u t t e r e a s t b a y. o r g / h e a l t h .
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Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
health Maintenance checklist
For more information, talk with your doctor and visit sutterhealth.org.
FOr WOMEN FOr MEN
Blood pressure annually Blood pressure annually
Weight, height and annually Weight, height and annually
body mass index (Bmi) body mass index (Bmi)
Screening Tests Screening Tests
Chlamydia annually for sexually active women lipid Testing Every 5 years, from age 35 to 70
Pap Test Every 3 years until age 65, starting at Prostate Specific annually (optional to age 75)
age 21 or 3 years after becoming antigen (PSa)
sexual active Fecal Occult annually from age 50 to 75, unless
mammogram Every 1 to 2 years from age 40 to 76, Blood Test colonoscopy performed within last
optional from age 77 to 80 10 years
lipid Testing Every 5 years, from age 45 to 70 lower gi Endoscopy at age 50, then every 10 years to
Bone Density Test Recommended at age 65 (Colonoscopy, age 75
Fecal Occult annually to age 75, unless colonos-
Blood Test copy performed within last 10 years Immunizations
lower gi Endoscopy at age 50, then every 10 years Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster every 10 years, starting
(Colonoscopy, to age 75 Pertussis (Td/Tdap) at age 19
Sigmoidoscopy) Varicella Zoster Virus get a second vaccine if born in
Immunizations 1980 or later
Human Papillomavirus Between age 9 and 26 Zoster (Shingles) at age 60
(HPV) influenza annually (optional up to age 65,
Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster every 10 years, starting at then annually)
Pertussis (Td/Tdap) age 19 Pneumococcal Vaccine at age 65
Varicella Zoster Virus get a second vaccine if born in 1980
Zoster (Shingles) at age 60
influenza annually (optional up to age 65, then
Pneumococcal Vaccine at age 65 ✁
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12 Camino Encinas, Orinda,
Sutter East Bay Med i c a l F o u n d a t i o n ’s new, state- n Family Medicine
of-the-art medical office building at 12 Camino Encinas Roger Iliff, M.D.; Suzanne August-Schwartz, N.P.;
opened last month after months of planning, renovation and Sharon Rouillard, N.P.
and hard work. Our largest renovation project to date, n Internal Medicine
the 15,000-square-feet facility centralizes and integrates Jyothi Bachwani, M.D.; Bill DeWolf, M.D.; Mary Lynn Miller,
specialties from Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and M.D.; and Lauralie Korey, P.A.
OB/GYN, to Rheumatology, Urology (opening in Sept. 1, n OB/GYN
2009), Radiology and Laboratory Services. Jill Foley, M.D.; John Girard, M.D.; Marilyn Honegger, M.D.;
In addition to making our building seismically retrofitted, Angelyn Thomas, M.D.; Vineela Poddatoori, M.D., (Oct. 1,
we made the look and feel of the environment even more 2009); and Carol Tracy, N.P.
patient-, provider- and staff-centered. The building includes n rheumatology
additional conveniences and a pleasant setting for patients, Brian Kaye, M.D., and Jonathan Ellman, M.D.
as well as an efficient and ergonomic workplace for health n Urology
care providers and staff. Phillip Ross, M.D. (Sept. 1, 2009)
Today more than 24 East Bay Physicians Medical Group
medical providers practice here—all under one roof.
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n DEXa bone scanning n Patient lab-draw station
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