Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

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Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus in Oakland, California

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is a hospital located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. Its three campuses are located in Berkeley (Alta Bates Campus, Herrick Campus) and Oakland (Summit Campus). Alta Bates Summit is a non-profit community-based medical center and is part of the Sutter Health network.


Alta Bates

The flagship Berkeley campus of the hospital was named after Alta Bates, a nurse. Until its affiliation with Summit Medical Center, it was known simply as Alta Bates Medical Center, and originally, as Alta Bates Hospital. Bates was a prominent early California Nurse Anesthetist. The CANA (Calif. Assoc. of Nurse Anesthetists) Bullet in of December, 1955 reported that Bates was the first graduate of a nurse's training program in Eureka, California, and the first woman in the San Francisco Bay Area to become an outstanding anesthetist. Alta Bates administered over 14,000 anesthetics during a career lasting more than fifteen years.[1]


In 1904, Dr. LeRoy Francis Herrick, a graduate of the Kentucky College of Medicine (1893),[2] purchased a Berkeley mansion known as the Hume House, located on the same block upon which the current Herrick Campus is situated, between Dwight and Channing Ways, and Milvia and Grove (now Martin Luther King Way). He converted the large home into a 25 bed hospital which he chose to name for President Theodore Roosevelt whom he admired. (President Roosevelt was an early proponent of a government-supported national public health system.) The Roosevelt Hospital was expanded to 50 beds by 1924, and renamed Berkeley General Hospital. In 1932, Dr. Herrick died, and his heirs converted the hospital into a non-profit corporation. By 1934, the hospital had 100 beds. Additional wings and facilities were gradually added. In 1945, the hospital was again renamed, this time in honor of its founder---Herrick Memorial Hospital.[3][4] Further improvements and expansions continued through the ensuing decades until its merger with Alta Bates Hospital in 1984.


The Summit Campus was previously three separate facilities in the same "Pill Hill" neighborhood immediately north of downtown Oakland: Providence Hospital (founded in 1904 by the Sisters of Providence[5]), Peralta Hospital (founded by local Oakland doctors in the 1920s) and Samuel Merritt Hospital. Dr. Samuel Merritt (1822–1890) was a successful San Francisco physician and also the 13th mayor of Oakland, California from 1867-69. In 1867, Merritt donated to the city of Oakland the wetlands now known as Lake Merritt. Merritt left plans for a hospital and nursing school to be built in his name after his death; in 1909 Samuel Merritt College (still in operation as Samuel Merritt University and affiliated with Sutter Health) and Merritt Hospital opened.[6]


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