Two Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) doctors recently received awards for their innovative work caring for aging patients in the community.
California Health Care Foundation Award
His groundbreaking project, “SNF 2.0: Modernizing Skilled Nursing Facility Care for the 21st Century,” strives to create a sustainable model of excellence in caring for patients discharged from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities (SNF).
“We are increasingly seeing people in nursing homes that 20 years ago would have been cared for in a hospital setting,” said Dr. Lam. “Systemic barriers have made it challenging for many nursing homes to care for patients who are leaving the hospital sooner and sicker. We want to be part of the solution.”
On Sept. 27, more than 200 people attended the “Aging and Community Redefined – A Vision for the Future” symposium, sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Held at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, the event explored ways that health systems can partner with communities to ensure that seniors can live independent and fulfilling lives in the communities they love.
The event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Bruce Chernoff, CEO of the SCAN Foundation and Chair of the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care, said we should think more broadly than the impact diseases have on seniors. “Diseases only get you halfway there. Function is about the quality of life,” he said. “It’s about how we help our older, valued, community and family members be fully connected. That’s a good thing for the medical system.”
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), including the Mills-Peninsula Division of PAMF, was one of six Sutter Medical Network physician organizations recognized by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) in September 2013 as statewide leaders in quality medical care.
The six members of the Sutter Medical Network recognized by IHA at top performers are:
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation – Mills-Peninsula Division / Mills-Peninsula Medical Group, serving San Mateo county
- Top Performer – Palo Alto Medical Foundation, serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Alameda counties
- Top Performer – Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods, serving Sonoma and Lake counties
- Top Performer and Most Improved – Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, serving San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties
- Top Performer – Sutter Medical Foundation – Sutter Medical Group, serving Sacramento, El Dorado, Solano, Yuba, Placer and Nevada counties, affiliated with the Sutter Medical Foundation
Expert, Convenient Health Care, On-site for Employers, Employees
Bay Area employees can now receive expert medical care at work when the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) health care team comes to them. In August 2013, PAMF’s Employer Health Services launched its new Care-A-Van mobile medical clinic. The Care-A-Van provides primary and wellness services, including annual check-ups, blood work and vaccinations. Several leading Bay Area employers – the majority located in Silicon Valley – have already signed up for the service, and PAMF’s Care-A-Van team is continuing to expand its schedule.
“The demand for this service has been overwhelming,” said Ron Sinha, M.D., a PAMF internist and medical director of PAMF’s Employer Health Services program. “Employees clearly are concerned about their health, but often lack the time to establish care with a new primary care provider or manage their existing health issues. The Care-A-Van provides them the opportunity to get that overdue blood test or vaccination at the convenience of their workplace, and the results will be updated in an electronic health record instantly. Employees who have come to see us so far have been extremely impressed by the onboard amenities, feeling virtually no difference than being seen at their local PAMF clinic.”
The Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center (SCWHC), Dignity Health Dominican Hospital (Dominican Hospital, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz (PAMF) announced today an unprecedented partnership that includes an almost $7 million collective investment to prepare our community for the 2014 implementation of healthcare reform through the Affordable Care Act.
Through this partnership, SCWHC will be able to expand needed primary care services to low-income patients, especially children, in Mid-County. This will help meet the anticipated rise in demand for primary care services due to health care reform and the accompanied increase in the number of area residents with health insurance.