• Mother and toddler doing yoga together

    Where People Come First,
    Better Health Follows.

  • Community health clinic
  • Improving health for families in the East Bay Area

About Better Health East Bay

A New Kind of Philanthropic Organization

In January 2014, Alta Bates Summit Foundation joined with Eden Medical Center Foundation and Delta Memorial Hospital Foundation to create an entirely new kind of regional nonprofit philanthropic organization: Better Health East Bay.

Better Health East Bay leverages the community health care assets we have today to foster groundbreaking health care innovations that will impact our future. Now, donors are invited to partner with us to accelerate the transformation of health care delivery in the communities we all share.

Our future challenges and areas of focus are to:

  • Improve access to care for the underserved
  • Coordinate care for complex medical conditions
  • Improve community-based chronic disease management

Making a Positive Impact on our Local
Communities - Our First Milestone

Community health logo In 2012, there were nearly 176,000 visits to Sutter Health's East Bay emergency departments - many of which were for non-urgent care. Recognizing this as a key factor in rising health care costs, in 2013, Sutter Health used a charitable gift to fund an innovative project to create a geographic information system to identify "hot spots" where large concentrations of people are using Alta Bates Summit Medical Center's emergency departments for non-urgent care.

This ground-breaking hot spot mapping technology will allow us to identify patterns in usage so we can direct patients to more appropriate and cost-effective health care resources that are closer to home for them. In turn, this will simultaneously reduce the cost and resource burden on local hospitals.

As part of this initiative, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Oakland was selected as one of only five healthcare organizations in the nation to participate in a year-long Hotspotting Advisory Group project to help communities around the U.S. that want to reduce healthcare costs.

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers We are privileged to be working with Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, who pioneered the concept of medical hotspotting in the impoverished city of Camden, New Jersey where he practices. Pictured right: Dr. Brenner describes the power of medical hotspotting at the Better Health East Bay launch event in Oakland on January 23, 2014.

An Invitation to Donors

Partner With Us to Achieve Our Vision of Better Health

Most of us don't give much thought to hospitals or other health care services until we need them. Yet, at one time or another, we seek health care services for ourselves or someone we love. We all want and deserve the best possible care when and where we need it.

At Better Health East Bay, we are seeking community partners who believe in our vision for changing health care delivery in our communities. Access to financial resources is vital; the energy, drive and a desire to work on the leading edge of change is critical. If you want to contribute to solve our nation's most pressing healthcare challenges, start close to home.

Click on the links below or contact us to learn more about giving opportunities and how you can help provide better health care for generations to come.

Jim Hickman, CEO of Better Health East Bay
  • Jim Hickman
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Better Health East Bay
  • Tel: 510-204-4361
  • Email: hickmaj@sutterhealth.org
  • Click here to view bio
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More to Come

In the coming months, we will continue to update this site with new information about our work and success stories of where we are making a positive impact in our communities.
We appreciate your interest and support of Better Health East Bay.

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