Pertussis (whooping cough) has reached epidemic proportions in California, prompting a new California state law that requires all students entering the 7th through 12th grades to provide proof of having received a booster vaccination (called Tdap) against the disease.
In February 2011, the State Superintendent of Education, Tom Torlakson, sent a letter to schools informing them about this immunization requirement. Many San Francisco Bay Area school districts in turn contacted parents about this required booster.
“PAMF has tens of thousands of pediatric patients, so we anticipated an increase in calls from parents requesting their child’s immunization records,” said Kathy Korbholz, PAMF vice president of Ancillary Operations. “We coordinated a mass mailing to the parents of all PAMF pediatric patients who are affected by the new law.”
Dr. Frank Chen and Dr. Warren King named team physicians
The Golden State Warriors recently became the latest Bay Area professional sports team to name the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Sports Medicine Department as its official provider of orthopedic services. The team’s orthopedic care will be overseen by Frank Chen, M.D. and Warren King, M.D.
“We are excited about this opportunity to work with the Warriors and provide care to the team and its players,” said Dr. Chen. “The Warriors are an exciting young team and our job, if there is an injury, is to work closely with the team’s Athletic Training and Strength & Conditioning staffs to get players healthy and back on the court.”
The Warriors join the Oakland Raiders, whose orthopedic care is currently overseen by Dr. King, as professional teams receiving orthopedic services from PAMF Sports Medicine physicians. Previously, Dr. King provided orthopedic services to the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants. In addition, he is the chief orthopedic surgeon for the United States Rugby Organization and has provided medical coverage at several professional soccer events, including the World Cup.
How do you motivate teenagers to develop good habits that will keep them healthy their whole life long? Use their favorite communications method to motivate them – a cell phone! That’s why the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has partnered with Vivecoach, a Silicon Valley-based online and mobile health application developer, to create and launch a new award-winning online health and wellness program – called WAY2GO! – designed specifically for teenagers.
When it comes to diabetes and cardiovascular disease, South Asians are one of the highest risk groups, and they also die from heart disease at a much younger age. To ensure that South Asian patients can live longer, healthier lives, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has created a South Asian Health Program that provides services and resources tailored to South Asian patients’ specific health needs.
Plans for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) San Carlos Center at 301 Industrial Road in San Carlos have been amended and will be built in two phases. The first phase will be a state-of–the-art, full service outpatient medical center, and the second phase will add a hospital (construction is not yet scheduled).