Stroke Awareness and Education Day

Stroke Awareness DayYou’re invited to join Alta Bates Summit Regional Stroke Center and the Ethnic Health Institute’s Stroke Education and Outreach Committee for Stroke Awareness Day. Test Your Stroke IQ, have your blood pressure checked and hear from Dr. Brian Richardson, neurologist, who will talk about atrial fibrillation and strokes.

When: Monday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Alta Bates Campus, 2450 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley (Family Resource Center and Auditorium Room 6)

Dr. Richardson will speak from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

1 CE hour will be provided by the Bay Area Black Nurses Association BRN# CEP9053


Samuel Merritt University Invites YOU to … Get to Know Your Brain!

drawing of the brain and its regionsCome to our FREE, FUN, FAMILY EVENT, and learn “brainiac” facts on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Samuel Merritt University.

“Get to Know Your Brain” is a free, educational event designed for all ages and presented by Barb Puder, Ph.D., associate professor and Neuro-educator, Department of Basic Sciences, at Samuel Merritt University (SMU). The main objective is to make the wonders of neuroscience and the benefits of learning about the brain more accessible to the greater community to encourage healthy choices. Speakers, exhibits and hands-on activities will provide unique opportunities to educate visitors about the importance of the brain as a complex organ.

Learn about the Brain and How it works
10:00 a.m.: Welcome and Neuroanatomy
10:30 a.m.: Mindfulness Techniques to Improve Cognition; Reduce Stress
12:15 p.m.: Lifestyle and Nutrition for Brain Health
2:00 p.m.: Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on the Brain

: Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Location: SAMUEL MERRITT UNIVERSITY Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Ave. Oakland, CA 94609; Parking: Enter garage at 3131 Summit St. or 435 Hawthorne Ave.

Questions about the event?
Contact Barb Puder, Ph.D., email:

Link to Brain Awareness Program at Samuel Merritt University
For more information on Dr. Barb Puder and Brain Awareness Outreach please go to:

Heads Up in the East Bay

Head injuries are a major cause of visits to the Emergency Department. Getting treated quickly can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.Boy heading soccer ball

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center helps patients with brain injuries heal through their Brain Injury Program at the Herrick Campus in Berkeley. For more information, please call 510-204-4406, ext. 3, or access our Brain Injury Program in the East Bay. Read More

Three Hospitals, One Mission—Delivering Compassionate Care One Patient at a Time

We’ve talked about the importance of working together as a region to create a network of care for our patients. Thanks to your hard work, it’s paid off!

Watch the story of Kimberly Noack, whose life was transformed because of the compassionate care delivered by our staff at all three medical centers from Sutter Health’s East Bay.

Kimberly Noack, a grateful Sutter patient

Visit Us at the Solano Avenue Stroll!

People strolling on grass

Come enjoy 26 blocks of FREE family fun at the Solano Avenue Stroll, the East Bay’s largest street festival, hosted by the twin cities of Albany and Berkeley.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will be there sponsoring a booth with information about the signs of stroke and stroke prevention. Learn the “FAST” stroke symptoms.

What: Solano Avenue Stroll

Where: Albany/Berkeley

When: Sun., Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, please visit or email or call 510-527-5358.


Concussions in Children on the Rise

Three young teenage boys playing football; two are chasing one with the football in a grassy fieldRecreational- and sports-related concussions are a growing health concern among children and teens. How can you keep your child safe?

What are concussions?

Often called a mild traumatic brain injury, a concussion happens when the brain hits the skull with force that damages blood vessels and tissue. This can cause symptoms such as