Generous Support Enhances Pediatric Vision Services for the Underserved and Anchors Capital Campaign for new Sunnyvale Vision Care Center
The Sunnyvale Vision Care Center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has received an $800,000 gift from Charles R. Munnerlyn, Ph.D., and Judith Munnerlyn. The contribution will support two important vision initiatives at PAMF. First, it will provide free vision care to underserved children as part of a partnership with the Sunnyvale School District. Second, the donation launches a $1.2 million capital campaign to begin building PAMF’s Sunnyvale Vision Care Center. Scheduled to open in the second half of 2016, the vision care center will named the Munnerlyn Eye Institute.
“I’ve spent my entire career developing innovative ophthalmic instruments from automated refractors to glaucoma testing equipment to lasers for treating eye diseases, and, ultimately, a laser for vision correction,” said Dr. Munnerlyn, who received his Ph.D. in optical engineering. “Nothing is more rewarding than having people tell me how they benefitted from vision technologies with which I have been involved. Making a contribution like this to Sunnyvale and the surrounding communities, provides a means not only for testing the vision of young people, but building the Eye Institute gives more people access to eye care and expands existing services.”
Dr. Munnerlyn is known as one of the founding fathers of laser vision correction for his role in developing the technology which has been used on more than 15 million eyes. In the 1970s, Dr. Munnerlyn founded VISX, Incorporated, which became the leading manufacturer of laser-based vision correction systems in the world. He serves on the board of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) are exploring a new and creative way to manage Type 2 diabetes in South Asian immigrants. For the first time, Bollywood dance – a high-energy, cinematic dance style native to India –will be studied for its effectiveness in managing diabetes.
In comparison to all other racial and ethnic groups, South Asians in the United States have one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes. For this group, encouraging lifestyle changes, such as increasing exercise and making healthier eating choices, are an essential part of diabetes care.
Amlu Natesan, a UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program student, has partnered with PAMFRI’s Latha Palaniappan, M.D., M.S. and her research team and the India Community Center (ICC) to address this issue. The Culturally Relevant Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes (CURE-D) study is piloting an innovative Bollywood exercise program in an effort to motivate and engage South Asian women in exercise.
“Culturally tailored programs may help increase exercise in minority populations,” said Dr. Palaniappan, associate investigator at PAMFRI and principal investigator for this study. “The CURE-D study is a unique opportunity to assess Bollywood dance as exercise and to improve the care of diabetes in a minority population.”
The CURE-D study has enrolled approximately 30 women with type 2 diabetes. Currently underway, the study includes Bollywood classes taught by Shelly Rojas, the fitness manager and lead instructor at the ICC. The classes will take place two times a week for an eight-week period.
45 INDEPENDENT JEWELRY & TEXTILE DESIGNERS TO PARTICIPATE
Now in its eighth year, STYLE, the Bay Area’s most discerning wearable art show and sale, returns to support women’s cancer survivorship programs at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF).
From cutting-edge to classic, STYLE 2014 presents the jewelry and textile designs of 45 locally and internationally renowned artists in an exclusive two-day show, sale and benefit. All exhibiting artists were evaluated and selected by STYLE’s founder and curator, Diane Master, and represent the best in independent fashion design.
“We are thrilled to offer fashion lovers such an expansive selection of artisan-made work,” said Master, “and the chance to meet the artists and aid cancer survivorship.”
Hosted at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View Center at 701 El Camino Real, in Mountain View, the STYLE event is on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public at an admission price of $10. Ten percent of the event’s proceeds will benefit PAMF’s women’s cancer survivorship programs.
“As a not-for-profit medical foundation, we are extremely grateful to the STYLE artists who are generously donating a portion of their sales to fund our growing survivorship programs,” said Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., regional president of PAMF.
The goal of the PAMF women’s cancer survivorship program is to offer services for people coping with cancer. Fundamentally, survivorship starts as soon as a patient is diagnosed, and successful treatment means being cancer-free and able to return to a healthy, pain-free lifestyle.
“There is tremendous synergy between STYLE 2014 and our cancer survivorship programs,” said Karen Harrington, physician director, PAMF Cancer Navigation and Survivorship. “Art and fashion provide uplifting support for women with cancer who often struggle with their return to everyday life. We want to get women back to what they love to do and to help them feel comfortable, empowered and beautiful.”
STYLE is the Bay Area’s premiere art-to-wear show, sale and benefit event. Created by Diane Master in 2005 and produced in collaboration with Lucente Studio, STYLE brings distinctive jewelry and textiles from the artist studio to discerning shoppers in support of a worthy cause.
STYLE Contact: Laurel Skillman; firstname.lastname@example.org
Increased Access to Health Care for Busy Professionals
With stressful, around-the-clock careers, many professionals in Silicon Valley don’t make time to see a doctor. To help, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) created the Care-A-Van, which provides modern-day house calls to corporations.
Launched in the summer of 2013, PAMF’s mobile Care-A-Van travels to large employers in Silicon Valley and provides medical care to employees at their job sites, making it easier for busy professionals to receive good health care.
PAMF’s Care-A-Van medical team offers annual physicals, including Pap smears, care for basic health issues, lab services, counseling on test results (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index) and vaccinations.
Since the mobile medical clinic hit the road, demand has steadily increased, and it now travels to work sites five days a week. Current employers using the Care-A-Van include Brocade, Cadence Design Systems, Marvell, NetApp, NVIDIA, Oracle (both their Redwood Shores and Santa Clara sites), Sandisk, Synopsys, Varian, VMWare and Yahoo. At many of these companies, employees can schedule online appointments for the mobile clinic.
The California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) recently issued its 2014 Quality of Care Report Card, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has been rated four out of four stars for patient experience. In this statewide assessment, more than 200 medical groups were scored in categories including how patients rated their care.
PAMF received top ratings for patient experience throughout its service areas of Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.