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PAMF Opens Urgent Care in San Mateo

Facility_PCR_PAMF_UrgentCareSanMateo_20140925_03_250pxThe new Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Urgent Care Center at Mills Health Center in San Mateo opened its doors on September 29, 2014 to help meet the local community’s greater need for urgent care. The Urgent Care Center is located in the space formerly occupied by the standby Emergency Department at Mills Health Center, which closed in December 2012 to meet the requirements of California earthquake safety laws. Local critical emergency care will continue to be provided by Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame.

Facility_PCR_PAMF_UrgentCareSanMateo_20140925_09_250px“This is a truly regional and collaborative effort between Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation,” said Jesus Saucedo, M.D., associate chief medical officer of PAMF’s Mills-Peninsula Division. “As the Urgent Care Center is located in a Mills-Peninsula Health Services facility, urgent care patients will also have easy and quick access to Mills Health Center’s first-class radiology and laboratory services.”

The PAMF new Urgent Care Center offers the following services:

  • Convenient hours, 365 days a year including weekends and holidays, no appointment necessary
  • On-site diagnostic services including laboratory, radiology and CT scans
  • Enhanced treatments such as IV fluids and medications, splinting and casting, suturing and minor surgical procedures
  • Respiratory therapy treatments
  • Open to all and accepts most insurance plans
  • Year-round hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Weekends and holidays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Approximate Urgent Care Center wait times available online

Urgent Care vs. the ER

Health issues cared for at an urgent care center are generally not life-threatening and don’t require extensive testing – and if it is a true emergency, an urgent care center will direct a patient to a nearby emergency room. Read more about the differences between emergency care and urgent care to help you decide where to go for quick medical care when you can’t see your doctor.

View a complete list of PAMF Urgent Care Center locations and learn more about urgent care.

PAMF Scholarships Support Future Doctors

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF)  is helping to ensure there are enough qualified doctors to care for our aging population by awarding scholarships annually to deserving students who are committed to becoming doctors.

Since 1993, our physicians have funded and awarded more than 44 scholarships to outstanding local high school students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors.

The Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarships each total $25,000 per recipient and are paid out to each student over five years, helping them fulfill their ambition to become a doctor and give back to their communities.

This year PAMF’s Philanthropy Department awarded additional scholarships to two deserving students. One is funded through generous donations from community members to our Pre-Med scholarship fund. The second scholarship is funded through donations in memory of Brian Paaso, M.D., a gastroenterologist who cared for patients at PAMF for his entire career.

This year’s scholarship recipients are: Read More

PAMF and Avenidas to Host Successful Aging Celebration on August 16

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On August 16, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and Avenidas will host a public celebration to honor seniors – bringing together resources and organizations to help seniors “age in place.” The Successful Aging Celebration, hosted for the third year, will take place at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center.

“The aging journey brings with it thrills and challenges,” said Peter H. Cheng, M.D., chief of PAMF’s Palo Alto Center Geriatric Medicine Program and co-founder of the annual event. “The Successful Aging Celebration is a way for PAMF to give back to older adults. We’ll celebrate aging by honoring the achievements of seniors and highlighting the synergistic work that PAMF does with the community – and have a grand time together.”

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PAMF Research Institute Seeks Older Adults to Participate in Study

 PCORI-funded study aims to create user-friendly online tool for people to select Rx drug plans

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) has launched a new research study to create a more user-friendly online tool to help older adults select Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. PAMFRI is looking for older adults to participate in the study and share their experiences in a focus group. The research project is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, PAMF Research Institute

Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, PAMF Research Institute

“Currently, Medicare beneficiaries often have to choose among more than 30 different Medicare Part D plans,” said Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, PAMFRI senior scientist. “This is a difficult and confusing task. Through this study we hope to create a more effective tool that is easier to use and will help individuals select their prescription drug plans. In order to build a better tool, we want to understand what it’s like for older adults to select a Medicare Part D plan.

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Doctors Honored for Innovations in Geriatric Medicine

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

Albert Lam, M.D.

Albert Lam, M.D.

Albert Lam, M.D., a doctor in geriatric medicine at PAMF, has received an award from the California Health Care Foundation for his work to strengthen systems of care for aging patients.

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.”

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