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PAMF Earns Top Honors for Patient Care

CAPG-star-logoSix Sutter Medical Network (SMN) physician organizations that participated in the annual CAPG Standards of Excellence Survey, ™ including all five medical foundations, earned Elite status—the highest honor awarded by CAPG, a trade association for physician organizations. The survey measures medical group infrastructure against multiple criteria, such as patient experience, population health and affordability.

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Sharks Foundation Donates $25,000 to PAMF’s Youth Nutrition Program

Sharks Foundation logoThe San Jose Sharks hockey team’s Sharks Foundation recently selected the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Youth Nutrition Program (5210 Numbers to Live By! Program) to receive a grant of $25,000. The youth nutrition program teaches healthy nutrition and exercise habits to school children.

This grant is part of the Sharks Foundation’s 2015-2016 $565,000 grant grand total that was awarded to 24 local non-profits to further their work in supporting underserved young people and their families. Each recipient was given $20,000 to $25,000.

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HMR Program Ranked Among Best Diets in the U.S.

Weight Loss Program Offered at PAMF Gets Long-Term Results

The magazine U.S. News & World Report evaluated 38 of the most popular diets and weight loss programs and, in January 2016, announced their ranking according to weight loss, and health and fitness goals.

The HMR® (Health Management Resources) Program tied for first place with the Biggest Loser for best fast weight-loss diet, and came in second only to Weight Watchers for the best weight loss diet in the nation.

About 200 U.S. hospitals and medical facilities offer the HMR Program; the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is the only medical provider in Northern California to offer it.

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PAMF Palliative Medicine M.D. Receives Award for Advance Care Planning Work

Steve Lai, M.D.

Steve Lai, M.D.

Steve Lai, M.D., a palliative medicine physician at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), recently received the Practice Change Enhancement Award, a grant of $15,000, from the Hartford Foundation. This grant will be used to support Dr. Lai’s ongoing work to improve the quality of care we provide when assisting older and chronically ill patients in making advance care planning decisions.

“It’s an honor to receive this award and support,” says Dr. Lai. “It shows recognition for the value of our work to date and makes it possible to build on and sustain our efforts.”

In 2014 Dr. Lai was one of 10 individuals in the U.S. chosen for the Practice Change Leaders Program – a national program designed to develop, support and expand the influence of leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in older adult care. As part of the program, Dr. Lai received a grant of $45,000 and mentorship from experienced leaders in the field to support a quality improvement project at PAMF led by him.

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PAMF Opens New Danville Center

DanvilleRibbonCuttingThe Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), part of the Sutter Health network of care, today opened a new 18,000-square-foot medical center in Danville that is home to a growing team of primary care physicians and medical support staff.

At the new PAMF Danville Center, patients can access a full range of health care services, including primary outpatient care (internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics), as well as diagnostic imaging, mammography and laboratory services — all in one location. Specialty care and advanced diagnostic services are available 12 miles away at our Dublin Center.

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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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