Posts made in August, 2011

Modern Healthcare Rates Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center in its Top 100 Places to Work in Health Care

Modern Healthcare has recognized Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, Calif.  (SMSC), part of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, as among the nation’s 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. SMSC is one of three Sutter Health affiliates to make the Top 100 list, which also listed Sutter Davis Hospital – Davis, Calif., and Sutter Medical Foundation – Sacramento, Calif.
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Free Prostate Screenings, Health Lecture – September 17 in Santa Cruz

In honor of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center (SMSC) and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation will host the 10th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Santa Cruz, California. The event is free and open to the community. The event provides an extremely important prostate cancer screening opportunity for those men in the community who otherwise may not have access to screenings.

According to the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in American men. It is the second greatest cause of cancer related death for men, second only to lung cancer. Over 90 percent of prostate cancer cases are found while the cancer is still either local or regional, and nearly 100 percent of these men are still alive five years after being diagnosed. In cases where the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, 34 percent survive five years. Read More

Weekend Appointments at Palo Alto Urgent Care

Busy patients will be pleased to know they can now make weekend appointments to be seen at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center Urgent Care Department. Patients can make same-day appointments for minor illnesses and injuries on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 650-853-2958. Walk-ins are still welcome.

“Our Urgent Care Department is sometimes busy with both simple and more complex medical problems,” says Richard Deslauriers, M.D., medical director of the Palo Alto Center’s Urgent Care Department. “By offering weekend appointments to adults for simple illnesses and injuries, we can provide our patients even better service by reducing the time a patient may have to wait and enabling them to schedule appointments when it is most convenient for them. Increasing patient satisfaction is one of our primary goals.” Read More

New PAMF Medical Building Earns Leed Gold

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) new medical office building at 49 Wells Avenue has been awarded LEED® Gold certification as established by the U.S. Green Building Council. The most recent addition to Palo Alto campus, the 17,000 square foot, two-story clinic opened to patients in October 2010. It houses the Breast Imaging Center, Encina Practice and Executive Health Program.

Developed in March 2000, LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, “provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions…and promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.” Read More

Same-Day Orthopedics Acute Care Clinic Opens

Pain on Sunday. Call us on Monday.

Because injuries that cause pain and swelling often occur over the weekend when people are more active, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Orthopedics Department has created a Monday Acute Care Clinic to offer its hard-playing patients special Monday appointments. Patients can now call 650-934-7111 by noon on Mondays to receive a same-day appointment at the Mountain View Center.

The Monday Acute Care Clinic is for patients between the ages of 15 and 55 who are experiencing pain and swelling due to injuries. Conditions treated include soft tissue injuries, ligament tears, and knee and shoulder pain.

“When it comes to sprains, strains and tears, we understand that waiting several days for an appointment can be frustrating,” said Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Doctor Kevin Murray, M.D. “With this new clinic, we have set time aside at the Mountain View Center to evaluate and treat these injuries as quickly as possible. We encourage anyone with a new injury to call us and arrange to see a Sports Medicine specialist as soon as possible for a same-day appointment.” Read More