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Palo Alto Medical Foundation Sponsors Rey of Hope Luncheon

 

Elizabeth (“Lizz”) Vilardo, M.D.

SAN JOSE, Calif.– March 15, 2017 — Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School is pleased to announce that Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is a “Summa Cum Laude” sponsor of its primary fundraiser of the year, taking place on March 24, 2017, at the downtown San Jose Marriott Hotel. As the lead sponsor, PAMF has pledged to help underwrite costs and provide much needed scholarship funds for Cristo Rey students.

“We are very blessed and grateful for our partnership with PAMF,” says Father Peter Pabst, SJ, president of Cristo Rey San Jose. “In addition to its generous support of our event, PAMF is the largest provider of jobs in our Work Study program, offering excellent work opportunities and mentorship for 12 Cristo Rey students.”

The Rey of Hope Luncheon will highlight accomplishments of Cristo Rey students as well as raise funds for the Rey of Hope Scholarship Fund. Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., CEO of Palo Alto Medical Foundation, is the keynote speaker of the event, which is expected to draw in excess of 500 attendees.

We are so pleased to have the opportunity to work with these motivated students,” said Dr. Vilardo. “We value the contribution they are making to the important work we do every day to provide the best care for patients. This is an important time for them and we hope their experiences at PAMF and Cristo Rey will help them to continue to succeed in pursuing an education, a career and giving back to others.”

Sade F., a sophomore at Cristo Rey San Jose, says, “Working at Palo Alto Medical Foundation has transformed my work day into my favorite day of the week. My work experience at PAMF has also influenced my interest in pursuing medicine as my career. I constantly learn from those around me and they inspire me to succeed. I am extremely grateful for the amazing opportunities presented to me through PAMF.”

Working at both the Sunnyvale and Mountain View PAMF campuses, Sade and fellow Cristo Rey students are learning skills such as working directly with patients to help them register for the Flu Shot Express, confirming telephone appointments, working as Patient Service Representatives at the front desk of the clinical departments and facilitating the transfer of patients’ messages from the automated system to the appropriate department.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the Rey of Hope Luncheon, please contact Shelby Saso at shelby.saso@cristoreysj.org.

About Cristo Rey San Jose

Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School provides students from underserved communities with a rigorous, college-prep education and a unique Work Study program, in which students work one day per week at Silicon Valley businesses. Fees paid by companies such as Cisco, HP, Yahoo!, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Frank Rimerman + Co., and dozens of others help offset up to 50 percent of tuition costs. Cristo Rey San Jose is one of 32 schools nationally that comprise the Cristo Rey Network, which boast a 90% college enrollment rate. More information is available at cristoreysanjose.org.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education, is part of the Sutter Health network of care. Founded in 1930, PAMF is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine, health innovation and patient-centered care. PAMF’s more than 1,400 affiliated physicians and 6,100 employees serve one million patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. For more information about the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, please visit the PAMF website.

 

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