Posts made in June, 2012

Scholarships Help Fund Future Doctors’ Education

Front row (l. to r.): Alan McKay, The Alliance; Kaitlin Russon, award recipient; Barry Bowman, UCSC. Back row (l. to r.): Richard Nichols, SMSC; Larry deGhetaldi, M.D., PAMF Santa Cruz Division.

With our country’s aging population and the continued rise in chronic diseases, ensuring there are enough doctors to take care of our increasingly complex health needs is a daunting challenge. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and PAMF’s Santa Cruz health care partner Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC), both Sutter Health affiliates, are helping to meet this critical need by awarding annual scholarships to deserving students who are committed to becoming doctors.

PAMF Physicians Award Scholarships for Almost 20 Years

Since 1993, PAMF physicians have awarded scholarships to outstanding local high school students to help pay for their undergraduate studies. This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • Sophie Ballard from Santa Cruz High School, who will attend University of California, Berkeley
  • Jeffrey Chen from Irvington High School in Fremont, who will be in the Physician – Scientist Program through Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy and Albany Medical Center in Albany, both in New  York
  • Stephanie Kong from St. Francis High School in Mountain View, who will go to University of California, Los Angeles

    Sophie Ballard

The Palo Alto Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarship is funded by our physicians and provides $5,000 a year (a total of $20,000 per recipient) to deserving students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors. Unlike most other scholarships, which award a one-time sum, the PAFMG scholarship repeats for all four years of college.


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PAMF to Provide Local Medical Support to Athletes Competing in 2012 Olympic Trials – Gymnastics

This summer, San Jose, Calif., will become Gymnastics City USA when the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials – Gymnastics come to town from June 28 – July 1 at HP Pavilion at San Jose. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) will provide local medical support for the gymnasts competing in one of the sport’s most prestigious events.

“It’s a tremendous honor to provide local support for the U.S. athletes who will compete in San Jose and then in London,” said Richard Gayle, M.D., a sports medicine and orthopedics expert at PAMF’s Mountain View Center.  “With such a high caliber of athletes and the breadth of athleticism these individuals demonstrate, assisting in providing comprehensive medical care is indeed a privilege.”

Dr. Gayle and his fellow PAMF physicians will be on site for the duration of the four-day competition to provide local medical care for athletes, as well as USA Gymnastics officials and coaches. PAMF has two U.S. Olympians on its staff:  1996 Olympic gymnastics team gold-medalist Amy Chow, M.D., is a pediatrician at PAMF’s Dublin Center, and two-time U.S. cycling Olympian Christine Thorburn, M.D., is a staff rheumatologist. Read More

PAMF, Local Alliance Addressing Suicide Risk, Depression in Teens

Adolescence is a time of change: physiological, psychological and socio-cultural. With change comes stress and anxiety. Mood swings are common among teens  and if you add depression, mental illness or substance abuse to the mix, tragedy is too often the result.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This fact was brought home to the local community in late 2009 and early 2010, when the City of Palo Alto experienced a series of teen suicides. The community searched for solutions, and it became obvious to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) that the health care providers needed to reach at-risk teens more effectively.

Mental Illness and Adolescence

According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, half of all mental illnesses manifest by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24. Despite this early onset, most people delay getting treatment for at least 10, and up to 30 years. Read More

Construction Begins for PAMF San Carlos Center

The much-anticipated construction of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) San Carlos Center begins today – Monday, June 11.  Construction equipment is being delivered to the site in preparation for mobilizing the construction crews this week.

Physicians and staff from PAMF’s Redwood City and Redwood Shores Centers will relocate to the San Carlos Center upon completion in 2014.

PAMF’s San Carlos Center will be a state-of–the-art, full service medical center. It will offer nearly 30 primary and specialty care departments, house 75 physicians (with future capacity to house 120 physicians) and provide an Urgent Care Center, an outpatient surgery center, and complete laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments. Construction of PAMF’s 192,000-square-foot medical center and parking structure will take two years. Anticipated opening is fall 2014.

PAMF leaders, local officials and supporters, and the project team celebrated the groundbreaking of the new medical center at 301 Industrial Road on Monday, May 14, 2012. Read More