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Posts made in October, 2010

Dr. Richard Slavin named CEO of Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Richard Slavin, M.D., has been named chief executive officer for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) effective immediately. The announcement was made by Jeff M. Gerard, president of Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region, which includes PAMF.

Dr. Slavin has served as the president of the Camino Division of PAMF since 2000 and as executive vice president since 2009. Along with Dr. David Druker, Dr. Slavin was the principal architect of the affiliation of Camino Medical Group into the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Former CEO Dr. David Druker died in July 2010.

“Dr. Slavin has a long history of clinical and administrative accomplishments and will provide exceptional leadership for PAMF and in his role as a member of the Sutter Health System Management Team,” Gerard said.

Raised in San Francisco, Dr. Slavin attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduated from Washington University Medical School, and received his surgical training at Stanford University Medical Center.

Breast Cancer Journeys – Patients Create Video to Inform and Inspire Others

In this patient-created video, women who are Palo Alto Medical Foundation breast cancer patients, survivors, advocates share stories and information about breast cancer – from diagnosis, treatment and recovery. The women, their family members and doctors share their inspirational stories of care and growth through fighting breast cancer to inform, educate and help others who may have been diagnosed with – or are dealing with breast cancer. “You can do this!” says one survivor.

New Breast Imaging Center to Open in Palo Alto

Entrance to new Breast Imaging Center at Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation will open the doors to its newest clinic building on its Palo Alto campus on Monday, November 1, 2010. The Breast Imaging Center will be staffed by dedicated mammographers and fellowship-trained breast radiologists, who work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of cancer specialists including breast surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists.

A model of care, the Center’s goal is to reduce the time from finding a breast lump to a definitive course of action to 48 hours, a significant improvement on the agonizing three-to-four weeks that is now typical in some places.

“In addition to having the latest and greatest technology in breast cancer detection and a dedicated and highly trained staff, the new Breast Imaging Center will provide a wonderfully peaceful and private space for women to receive their breast care,” says Rita Sohlich, M.D., a radiologist at the Breast Imaging Center. “We care about one thing and that is providing outstanding health care to our patients. The new center will enable us to expand on that mission. Being able to detect an early breast cancer can make a real difference in someone’s life.” Read More

Dr. Richard Slavin New PAMF CEO

Richard Slavin, M.D., has been named chief executive officer for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) effective immediately. The announcement was made by Jeff M. Gerard, president of Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region, which includes PAMF.

Dr. Slavin has served as the president of the Camino Division of PAMF since 2000 and as executive vice president since 2009. Along with Dr. David Druker, Dr. Slavin was the principal architect of the affiliation of Camino Medical Group into the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Former CEO Dr. David Druker died in July 2010.

“Dr. Slavin has a long history of clinical and administrative accomplishments and will provide exceptional leadership for PAMF and in his role as a member of the Sutter Health System Management Team,” Gerard said.

Raised in San Francisco, Dr. Slavin attended the University of California Berkeley, graduated from Washington University Medical School, and received his surgical training at Stanford University Medical Center

 

PAMF Doctors Partner with Cisco to Create Unique Health Program for South Asian Employees

When it comes to risk factors for heart disease, not all of us are created equal. Research shows that South Asians experience heart disease five to 10 years earlier than other ethnic groups South Asians comprise individuals from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and neighboring regions.  Asian Indians make up the highest percentage of South Asians and India has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the world. South Asians also develop diabetes and heart disease at a lower body weight, which is why the World Health Organization (WHO) has established lower healthy weight limits for South Asians. In response to these health concerns, doctors and researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) designed an innovative employee wellness program to help South Asian employees at Cisco in San Jose, California, understand their risk factors and develop a plan to improve their overall health. This included helping Cisco employees understand their South Asian adjusted risk “numbers” and develop a culturally tailored plan for healthy lifestyle habits. Cisco Signs on with PAMF In 2009 PAMF began its pilot program with Cisco. The Personalized Health Program for South Asians (PHP-SA) program was a culturally sensitive employee wellness program designed with South Asian employees in mind. The fully electronic program was co-created and coached by PAMF’s Ronesh (Ron) Sinha, M.D., also of South Asian descent, and focused on a healthy diet, regular exercise and behavior change. The six-month program encouraged the use of a health risk assessment (HRA) which was customized to reflect the diet and lifestyle of a South Asian respondent. Dr. Sinha is co-creator of PAMF’s South Asian health website, and lectures at many Bay Area Companies to advocate employee wellness and prevention. Read More