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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.”

For the last three years in a row, PAMF’s program has also been recognized by HMR for the patient with the greatest health improvement and weight loss of all HMR program participants across the country.

Don Fulk, this year’s HMR Patient Winner lost 164 lbs with PAMF’s HMR program

This year’s HMR patient winner, Don Fulk, who lost 164 pounds, describes how he regained his health:

“With the help of HMR I have done a complete 180 – at my heaviest, I was completely sedentary – TV was my sole entertainment and Ben & Jerry were my best friends,” said Fulk. “At the start of the HMR Program a walk around the block was a struggle but I have worked up to participating in 5ks on a monthly basis. At one point, I set a goal to walk 100 miles in one month and I accomplished my goal. I track everything that I eat and I have learned to cook with flavor and low fat. I have inspired family members, friends, and co-workers to control their weight as well.”

Learn more about the HMR Program at PAMF.