HMR Ranked No. 2 of Best Diets of 2015
A program offered by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets of 2015. The ranking was based on both short- and long-term weight-loss ratings of the HMR program.
HMR’s program focuses on integrating diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching. This is the first time that HMR’s diet program has been included in the annual rankings list. HMR was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.
During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report created in-depth profiles of each diet, and a panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets and their effectiveness.
PAMF, part of the Sutter Health network, has offered the HMR program for 26 years to community members who are interested in losing weight.
“HMR has been a catalyst for thousands to make long-term lifestyle changes with their weight and health management,” said Karen Ledesma, manager of PAMF’s HMR Weight Management Program in Mountain View. “Our team of caring professionals works hard to help our patients reach their goals.”
In 2014, PAMF’s HMR program saw drastic reductions in patients’ weight, improvement in obesity-related comorbidities (the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions) and the elimination of medications for many patients.
“For years our program has thrived on physician referrals and word of mouth. To be recognized for the first time in the U.S. News & World Report Best Diets of 2015 list is incredibly exciting and gratifying. Our hope is that news of the high HMR rating will reach many more people to whom we can offer this powerful program.”
PAMF’s HMR team has been recognized multiple times by the HMR parent organization with 10 gold standard awards for excellence in performance and patient care.
The HMR program is available in hospitals and medical centers or can be used by participants at home. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the HMR program in supporting weight loss. Research shows 47 pounds average weight loss for a mix of HMR Decision-Free® and Healthy Solutions® clinic patients with a BMI of 40 or greater who completed the program for at least 12 weeks.
If a member of the media is interested in interviewing patient participants, please contact Karen Ledesma at (650) 404-8268 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about PAMF’s HMR® program, call (650) 404-8260 or visit pamf.org.
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The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is one of seven physician organizations in the Sutter Health network of care that received recognition today as a quality performer in medical care from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California. With today’s recognition, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation became the only IHA-recognized physician organization to receive the quality performer recognition every year since 2003. Read More about PAMF Earns Quality Performer Award
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) was one of six physician organizations in the Sutter Medical Network to receive “Elite” honors from the California Association of Physician Groups’ (CAPG) Standards of Excellence Survey—the highest recognition awarded by the professional organization.
Winners in the Sutter Health Network include the following:
Elite Status (4 stars / highest recognition)
- Brown & Toland Physicians
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation
- Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
- Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
- Sutter Medical Foundation
- Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
Sent each year to dozens of participating physician organizations throughout California, the survey provides a thorough examination of the tools and processes CAPG members have in place to meet the escalating expectations of health care purchasers and patients. It helps set the bar for consumers to evaluate a physician group’s technical quality, patient experience and affordability.
“Recognitions such as these are among the most meaningful because they acknowledge the commitment of our network’s doctors and care teams to providing patients with an exceptional, personal and consistent experience,” said Sutter Medical Network Senior Vice President and Executive Officer Jeff Burnich.
Physician organizations voluntarily participate in CAPG’s Standards of Excellence survey. This year 62 organizations, collectively caring for 11.1 million Californians, voluntarily participated in the survey.
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 1,200 affiliated physicians and 5,400 employees serve nearly 850,000 patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is part of Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region, which also includes Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center and Menlo Park Surgical Hospital. For more information about the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, please visit the PAMF website and blog, follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook and Google+. To learn about PAMF’s Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, visit the PAMF Innovation Center website.
About Sutter Health
Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.
PAMF, El Camino Hospital Provide Minimally Invasive Procedures, More Comprehensive Care in Silicon Valley
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital announced today an expansion of the hospital’s Neuroscience Institute to now include neurointerventional services. Patients at the hospital’s Mountain View campus can now receive treatment for a wider range of diseases of the brain and spine and enhanced offerings for stroke-related care, neuro-oncology and neuro-critical care and comprehensive spine care.
To provide patients with the greatest breadth of expertise, this partnership brings together El Camino Hospital’s clinical expertise with that of Palo Alto Medical Foundation and independent physicians to benefit patients and families across the Silicon Valley area.
Program is one of only 15 nationwide to offer innovative, minimally invasive treatment options for complex pulmonary diseases
El Camino Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Fellowship Program to be the first West Coast sites to offer interventional pulmonology fellowships for pulmonary fellows.
Interventional pulmonology (IP) is an emerging field within pulmonary medicine that focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, airway disorders and pleural (lung) diseases.
Ganesh Krishna, M.D., an interventional pulmonologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital, is the chair of the fellowship search and director of the fellowship program. The joint IP program is the leading program on the West Coast and one of only 15 nationwide providing diagnostic and therapeutic services and cutting-edge treatment in pulmonary medicine.