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PAMF Donates $50,000 to Local Food Banks to Ease Hunger

Part of $255,000 Donation by Sutter Health to Food Banks in Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii

Across the United States, 48 million households struggle to keep food on the table. In compassionate support of our neighbors in need, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, has donated $50,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County this holiday season. This contribution is part of a $255,000 donation by Sutter Health to 27 food banks in areas our network serves within Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. This donation includes the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano in the East Bay.Alameda Food Bank

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PAMF Names Dr. Elizabeth Vilardo CEO

Elizabeth ("Lizz") Vilardo, M.D.

Elizabeth (“Lizz”) Vilardo, M.D.

Elizabeth (“Lizz”) Vilardo, M.D., has been named chief executive officer (CEO) for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). She assumes the position from Richard Slavin, M.D., who is serving as CEO Emeritus until his retirement in January 2016.

An experienced leader within Sutter Health network of care, Dr. Vilardo is an internal medicine physician who has held a series of leadership positions, including serving on the boards of Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and nine years on the board of Sutter Health. She became president of the Camino Division of PAMF in 2010. Dr. Vilardo is only the fourth CEO in the history of PAMF since the organization was founded in 1930.

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National Fertility Organization Honors PAMF Fertility Medical Director

David Adamson, M.D.

David Adamson, M.D.

David Adamson, M.D., FRCSC, FACOG, FACS, a reproductive endocrinologist and the medical director of the assisted reproductive technology laboratories at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Fertility Physicians of Northern California, has been selected by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, to receive its highest honor, the Barbara Eck Founders Award, for leadership, volunteerism and research in the field of infertility.  Dr. Adamson will accept the award at RESOLVE’s Night of Hope Gala, on November 17, 2015 in New York City.

As the organization that supports and provides a voice for people diagnosed with infertility, RESOLVE established the Hope Awards to recognize professionals, companies, volunteers and the media who have demonstrated leadership in the infertility field or have made a positive impact in the lives of people struggling with infertility. Read More

Local Experts Hold Free Lectures for National Bladder Health Week: Nov. 9-13

National Bladder Health Week is November 9 through 13, 2015 and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is hosting a series of free lectures to raise awareness of bladder health and pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urinary incontinence (the involuntary loss of urine) affects an estimated 15 to 30 percent of U.S. adults. Most people take bladder control for granted until it becomes a problem. Read More

PAMF, SMSC, CPMC Selected as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality

HEI LogoThe Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014 (HEI), an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational branch of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

PAMF and SMSC were honored for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families who can face significant challenges in receiving good health care. According to the HEI 2014 survey, 56 percent of LGB patients and 70 percent of transgender or gender non-conforming patients surveyed have experienced some type of discrimination in the health care setting. Read More

Richard Slavin, M.D., to Receive Leadership in Healthcare Award


PAMF CEO Richard Slavin, M.D.

Presentation at Pathways One from the Heart Awards Breakfast on October 29 

Palo Alto Medical Foundation CEO Richard Slavin, M.D., has been selected to receive the annual Leadership in Healthcare Award from Pathways Home Health & Hospice. Pathways presents this award to individuals who have shown a lifetime commitment to health care and made a significant difference in local communities. The award will be presented at Pathways’ 25th annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast honoring leadership in health care and philanthropy on October 29, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. Read More

Gift of Surgery Month Is a Success

Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Carlos Surgery Centers Cared for 72 Patients

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PAMF staff at the Mountain View Surgery Center collaborated with RotaCare to deliver the free surgeries.

During the month of August, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a Sutter Health affiliate, held its annual Gift of Surgery event, during which doctors performed 72 free surgeries for patients of safety net clinics who could not afford elective surgeries. PAMF physicians volunteered approximately 180 physician hours and their medical teams three times that.

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