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PAMF Expands Gastroenterology Sevices to San Jose

Expanding specialty medical services available in the South Bay, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has added further gastroenterology services in the San Jose/Los Gatos area.

As part of this expansion in services, Gastroenterologists David Stein, M.D., and Geoffrey Spencer, M.D., have joined PAMF. Their South Bay practice is located at 2440 Samaritan Drive in San Jose. With this expansion, PAMF gastroenterology services are now available in Burlingame, Dublin, Fremont, Los Gatos/San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Carlos and Santa Cruz.

“Adding this well-respected practice expands our existing digestive health services in Los Gatos and extends our ability to provide coordinated primary and specialty care to our patients in the South Bay,” said Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., PAMF regional president.

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PAMF Danville Primary Care Opens March 2015

First Primary Care Office in Contra Costa County for PAMF

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), part of the Sutter Health network of care, will open a new medical office in Danville, California, in March 2015 – PAMF’s first location in Contra Costa County. This expansion in the East Bay will help meet the demand for primary care for residents of Danville and the surrounding communities.

Initially, adult and pediatric care will be offered at PAMF Danville Primary Care, a 3,000-square-foot medical office located at 919 San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

By the end of 2015, the location will be expanded into a new, 18,000-square-foot PAMF Danville medical center that will be home to 17 primary care physicians and a team of medical support staff. Patients will have access to 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. More than 20 specialty care and advanced diagnostic services are currently available at PAMF’s Dublin Center in the East Bay.

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Jimmy Hu, M.D., PAMF Regional President

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John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Donates $100K to Improve Behavioral Health in Teens

Donation Supports Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Pilot in Four Bay Area Counties.  Program Available to Patients who Receive Primary Care at PAMF. 

The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation has granted the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation $100,000 in support of an innovative pilot program that screens adolescents for behavioral health problems and helps them get treatment. The comprehensive Adolescent Behavioral Health (ABH) program addresses the epidemic of untreated behavioral health conditions among adolescents. The program is available to patients who receive their primary care through the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a regional partner of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. The two affiliates of the Sutter Health network are working together to expand behavioral health care services for adolescents in primary care settings. ABH is a five-year demonstration project, officially launched in January 2014, to address issues of a severely fragmented behavioral health system in a proactive, systematic way. Read More

Study Finds More Medicare Seniors Get Preventive Care Since ACA Expansion

The number of eligible seniors enrolled in Medicare fee-for-service who went to their doctor for Annual Wellness Visits increased from 1.4 to 27.5 percent in the three years (2011-2013) since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medicare coverage to fully cover preventive care visits, according to a study conducted by Sukyung Chung, Ph.D., assistant scientist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) that was published in the January issue of Health Affairs. The study suggests that expanding coverage for Annual Wellness Visits is an effective way of ensuring more seniors get needed preventive care.

The study evaluated primary care patients at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and assessed the impact of the expansion in coverage on utilization of preventive visits. Among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, annual preventive visit rates increased by two-fold, from 17 percent in 2007 to 32 percent in 2013. Read More

Nutrition Program Offered at PAMF Ranked No. 2 by US News & World Report

HMR Ranked No. 2 of Best Diets of 2015

A program offered by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in US News & World Report’s Best Diets of 2015. The ranking was based on both short- and long-term weight-loss ratings of the HMR program.

HMR’s program focuses on integrating diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching. This is the first time that HMR’s diet program has been included in the annual rankings list. HMR was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.

During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report created in-depth profiles of each diet, and a panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets and their effectiveness.

PAMF, part of the Sutter Health network, has offered the HMR program for 26 years to community members who are interested in losing weight.

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THE HMR team at PAMF’s Mountain View Center

“HMR has been a catalyst for thousands to make long-term lifestyle changes with their weight and health management,” said Karen Ledesma, manager of PAMF’s HMR Weight Management Program in Mountain View. “Our team of caring professionals works hard to help our patients reach their goals.”

In 2014, PAMF’s HMR program saw drastic reductions in patients’ weight, improvement in obesity-related comorbidities (the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions) and the elimination of medications for many patients.

“For years our program has thrived on physician referrals and word of mouth. To be recognized for the first time in the U.S. News & World Report Best Diets of 2015 list is incredibly exciting and gratifying. Our hope is that news of the high HMR rating will reach many more people to whom we can offer this powerful program.”

PAMF’s HMR team has been recognized multiple times by the HMR parent organization with 10 gold standard awards for excellence in performance and patient care.

The HMR program is available in hospitals and medical centers or can be used by participants at home. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the HMR program in supporting weight loss. Research shows 47 pounds average weight loss for a mix of HMR Decision-Free® and Healthy Solutions® clinic patients with a BMI of 40 or greater who completed the program for at least 12 weeks.

Patient Stories

If a member of the media is interested in interviewing patient participants, please contact Karen Ledesma at (650) 404-8268 or ledesmak@pamf.org.

To learn more about PAMF’s HMR® program, call (650) 404-8260 or visit pamf.org.

For more information on HMR®’s inclusion in the Best Diets ranking, please visit www.usnews.com/bestdiets or join the conversation on Twitter using the #BestDiets hashtag.

Silicon Valley Cardiology Joins PAMF

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.

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Conrad Vial, M.D., Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line at PAMF

“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.

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Advanced Illness Management Program Launched in Santa Clara County

Patients with Chronic Illness Benefit

AIMSutter 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.

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