Posts made in April, 2012

Hundreds in Silicon Valley Turn Out for PAMF Innovation Event on Senior Health

The  Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation  launched its linkAges™ Successful Aging Program with a community education and developer event on April 14 and 15, 2012. PAMF’s linkAges initiative is pioneering new ways to support seniors in the community to live a meaningful life and to age in place. When the Innovation Center invited the community to share its ideas on developing new ways to help seniors age successfully, the response was overwhelmingly positive. The event had a waiting list within days of the announcement, and more than 300 members and leaders in the community, high tech, government and developers attended the free event, which was hosted by PAMF and Health 2.0 at Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum. The event was also carried live on Twitter via the #linkAges hashtag, with people participating virtually throughout theUnited States.

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation Opens Primary Care Clinics in South Bay

After many months of planning, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is opening three medical clinics in the Los Gatos area. The medical foundation has leased the sites to house a team of primary care physicians while seeking to acquire land to build a new PAMF Los Gatos Center. Eventually, PAMF’s Los Gatos Center will house all of the PAMF Los Gatos area physicians and allow room to add specialty medical services.

According to Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., PAMF’s regional president who will oversee medical operations in the South Bay, the not-for-profit medical organization is welcoming 11 area physicians into the organization and relocating several established PAMF physicians to Los Gatos.

“Offering our health care services at these new sites in Los Gatos is a terrific occasion,” Dr. Vilardo said. “At present, neither PAMF nor Sutter Health has affiliates in the Los Gatos or West San Jose area, so we look forward to caring for this community.” Read More

PAMF Weight Management Program Honored for Excellence & Patient Care

PAMF’s HMR team pictured with HMR president

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s HMR (Health Management Resources) weight management program team was recently recognized by the HMR parent organization with 10 Gold Standard awards for excellence in performance and patient care.

HMR presents Gold Standard Certificates annually to a select group of clinics across the nation in categories such as greatest weight-loss rates, outstanding group attendance and best weight maintenance data. HMR programs nationwide submit clinical data in these areas and top programs are awarded with the HMR Gold Standard Certificate of Achievement. PAMF’s HMR Program has earned Gold Standard awards yearly since 1996 but this is the first year that the PAMF team received awards in 10 categories.

“We’re very proud of this accomplishment,” says Karen Handy, MPH; HMR, nutrition and diabetes education program manager at PAMF’s Mountain View Center. “Only a handful of the 200 HMR programs nationwide receive 10 Gold Awards in the annual recognition program. This is a true testament to a dedicated staff that is passionate about their work. The strong partnerships with our patients, data-driven approach, best attendance and compliance rates and very low drop-out rates mean that we are consistently able to achieve significant results and help our patients regain their health and quality of life.” Read More

PAMF Physicians, Staff Volunteer at Autism & Developmental Screenings Event – April 21 in Dublin

The School of Imagination, a Dublin-based, non-profit education center that pairs typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities, is hosting the sixth annual “Happy Talkers Community Outreach” program on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the School of Imagination/Happy Talkers, 9801 Dublin Blvd., in Dublin.

The Community Outreach event is the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in California history, offering free developmental delay and autism early intervention screenings and support for families. In just a few short hours, parents will receive answers about their child, a roadmap and on-site referrals to a host of support agencies, critical early intervention assistance that would normally take months to obtain.

More than a dozen Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) physicians and staff are volunteering at the April 21 event. PAMF has been a sponsor of the School of Imagination for several years and funded a therapy room in the new school that opened in October 2011. Read More

PAMF Receives OK to Begin Construction of New Medical Campus in San Carlos

Water Board Issues “No Further Action” Letter

For the past four years, an environmental soils remediation project has been underway at the property located at 301 Industrial Road in San Carlos to restore the site to what regulators describe as an “unrestricted standard.”  This is the highest standard of remediation possible. On April 12, 2012, the California State Water Quality Control Board (SWQCB) issued a “No Further Action” letter certifying this cleanup has been completed and that all site remediation requirements for this “unrestricted standard” have been met.   This action on the part of the SWQCB clears the way for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) to take title to the property and commence construction on its medical campus – the PAMF San Carlos Center.

Between April 2007 and December 2011, Northgate Environmental Management, Inc., demolished all above-grade structures and excavated nearly 107,000 cubic yards (CY) of soil over seven acres of the 18-acre site. Of that total volume, approximately 54,000 CY of soil were treated and reused, nearly 32,000 CY of clean soil were reused, and approximately 21,000 CY of soil were disposed offsite at licensed landfills. A total of 1,900 soil samples, 725 soil gas samples, and 163 groundwater samples were collected during the implementation of site cleanup activities. Read More