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Silicon Valley Cardiology (SVC) recently joined the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in November 2014. This move brings together two renowned Bay Area medical practices offering services in state-of-the-art cardiac care.
“By combining our organizations, we can use our expertise and resources to bring the best of cardiac medicine to a greater number of patients in our communities,” said SVC founder Roger Winkle, M.D.
“Coming together to form an expanded and integrated cardiovascular medicine practice is great news for patients in the Bay Area,” added Conrad Vial, M.D., medical director of the cardiovascular service line at PAMF. “The community will have even greater access to high-quality, seamless and coordinated cardiac care in multiple Bay Area locations.” Together, SVC and PAMF will create and execute a unified vision for cardiovascular services at PAMF.
Patients with Chronic Illness Benefit
Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® program, which already operates in 15 counties in Northern California, has been launched in areas of Santa Clara County, including Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, and is now offered to patients at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF).
The AIM program is a service of Sutter Care at Home and provides nurse-led care management, palliative care and advance care planning for patients with late-stage or advancing chronic illness.
AIM employs an interdisciplinary team to bridge the gaps between a hospital, physician’s office and home for the frailest, sickest patients. AIM improves care coordination and communication between primary care physicians and specialists, and among inpatient, ambulatory and home-based services. Trained AIM teams support PAMF’s most seriously ill patients in the safety and comfort of their own homes or residential care facilities.
FDA taps PAMF Research Institute & Johns Hopkins Medicine study team
Generic drugs can save millions in health care costs, while providing the same quality, safety and efficacy as brand medications. Yet many doctors still prescribe brand-name treatments for their patients. Why?
To find out, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tapped a team at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) and Johns Hopkins Medicine for a two-year study that will analyze factors that contribute to the underuse of generic drugs. Read More about New Study Investigates Underuse of Generic Drugs
Part of $252 Million Donation by Sutter Health to Northern California Food Banks
One in six people in California go hungry, including many in Bay Area and Northern California residents. To help provide meals for those 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. The contribution is part of a $252,000 donation by Sutter Health to 27 food banks throughout Northern California, which includes the Alameda County Community Food Bank in the East Bay.
Sutter Health has launched My Health Online for Teens, an innovative electronic health service. More than2,500 teenage patients have already signed up for the service, which provides teens secure, online access to their health records and their doctors. My Health Online for Teens also provides an easy way for parents to stay connected with the doctor of their teens, as their children learn how to manage their own health care.
My Health Online for Teens lets kids ages 12 to 17 email their doctors, review test results, renew prescriptions, track immunizations and schedule appointments—all from a cell phone or laptop.
In a recent study, researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) ranked the healthiness of 150 national chain restaurants in the United States. The 2013 study was lead by Primary Investigator Lenny Lesser, M.D., MSHS, a family medicine physician at PAMFRI, and funded in part by The California Endowment. Dr. Lesser presented the team’s research – and the launch of a new interactive rating system and website for consumers that shares information on which chain restaurants are healthier than others – on November 19, 2014 at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) new San Carlos Center opened for patient care on Monday, November 17, 2014. At opening, the San Carlos Center is home to 75 physicians and 220 medical support staff. It is anticipated that the light-filled, four story, 192,000 square foot building will serve 140,000 patient visits in the first year. PAMF’s Redwood City and Redwood Shores clinics have moved to the new location. The new outpatient medical center has the capacity to grow to 120 physicians.
The outpatient medical center is the first phase of a two-part expansion plan at the San Carlos site. The first phase, now complete, includes the outpatient building and a four-level parking structure with 1,115 parking stalls. The second phase, an inpatient hospital, remains part of PAMF’s future growth plans for the location, although a specific date for beginning construction is not yet set.