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Two PAMF Doctors, One Nurse Named Silicon Valley Health Care Heroes

On Thursday, May 10, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal held its annual Health Care Heroes Awards. The ceremony and awards highlight the individuals in the Silicon Valley health care industry: doctors, nurses, CEOs and others who have improved the way the health system works in the valley’s hospitals, labs, start-ups, nonprofits and universities. The 2012 winners were announced at the awards breakfast held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, and this year, there were three finalists from Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF).

Dr. David Quincy, Frank delaRama, RN, and Dr. Albert Chan

PAMF 2012 Health Care Hero Award Finalist and Winners

David R. Quincy, M.D., M.P.H., “Administrator” Health Care Hero Award

In addition to being Regional Medical Director for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation since 2008, and a board certified Family Medicine physician, David Quincy, M.D., is the medical director of the Mountain View RotaCare Clinic.

Dr. David Quincy and Dr. Jane Varner

During his tenure at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Dr. Quincy has served on the board of directors, as department chair of Family Medicine, as After-Hours Primary Care program director, and as site leader at the Santa Clara Center for five years. Dr. Quincy has also been involved in numerous committees, and has been department chief and vice-chief at El Camino Hospital.

Dr. Quincy has maintained a concurrent commitment to people in need. For 15 years (since 1997) Dr. Quincy has served as medical director of the RotaCare Free Clinic in Mountain View.   This clinic provides care to the growing population of working and unemployed residents who are unable to pay for primary health care. All RotaCare health care services are free to the patient including medical exams, diagnostic testing, lab testing, and pharmaceuticals. The organization is volunteer driven, and “employs” more than 1,000 medical and non-medical volunteers.

Albert Chan, M.D., M.S., “Future Leader” Health Care Hero Award

Dr. Chan goes to the stage to receive his award.

Albert Chan, M.D. has combined his talent in medicine and his dedication to patient care with his exceptional knowledge of information technology. As a board certified Family Medicine doctor,  he regularly sees patients, and combines his personalized care with technology to improve medical care and empower patients – promoting patient-centered decision support, online disease management, and leads the optimization of clinician use of electronic health records at PAMF and throughout the Sutter Health network of care.

A pioneering advocate of the value of electronic health records, Dr. Chan is physician champion of the electronic health record and e-health for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.  He currently serves as Chief Medical Information Officer of the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Medical Director of the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, and Medical Director of My Health Online (formerly known as PAMFOnline) for Sutter Physician Services. Dr. Chan also headed up the creation and implementation of the My Health Online mobile formats via the MyChart app on both Android and Apple devices. More than 70 percent of PAMF’s patients are using My Health Online.

Frank delaRama, RN, “Nursing” Health Care Hero Award Finalist

A nurse navigator in the Cancer Care Department of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Frank delaRama, RN, is wholly dedicated in his daily work to helping people through their cancer journey.

Frank delaRama with PAMF CEO Dr. Richard Slavin

Frank likens himself to a GPS system, helping prostate and breast cancer patients find the best route to take for their journey. He deeply and genuinely cares about his patients, their families, and their futures.

He is founder and chair of PAMF’s Cancer Patient Advisory Board, which is comprised and lead by cancer patients and survivors. He also helped create PAMF’s Prostate Cancer Buddy Program – which puts men in touch with each other as they navigate the prostate cancer decisionmaking and journey. Frank is also a member of Sutter Health’s Cancer Service Line Prostate Committee, with an NIH-funded study underway exploring shared-decision making in prostate cancer treatment, as facilitated by a nurse navigator.

As an Oncology/Genomics Clinical Nurse Specialist (Navigator), Frank provides all cancer genetics counseling services for the multi-specialty group practice; he has done more than 500 genetic counseling sessions to date. He also provides all prostate cancer navigator services for about 125 new patients every year, with continuing services aimed toward survivorship care. He is also an active blogger on Sutter Health’s My Life Stages with his “Prostate Cancer: A Family Affair” blog.