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John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Donates $100K to Improve Behavioral Health in Teens

Donation Supports Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Pilot in Four Bay Area Counties.  Program Available to Patients who Receive Primary Care at PAMF. 

The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation has granted the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation $100,000 in support of an innovative pilot program that screens adolescents for behavioral health problems and helps them get treatment. The comprehensive Adolescent Behavioral Health (ABH) program addresses the epidemic of untreated behavioral health conditions among adolescents. The program is available to patients who receive their primary care through the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a regional partner of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. The two affiliates of the Sutter Health network are working together to expand behavioral health care services for adolescents in primary care settings. ABH is a five-year demonstration project, officially launched in January 2014, to address issues of a severely fragmented behavioral health system in a proactive, systematic way. Read More

Silicon Valley Cardiology Joins PAMF

Silicon Valley Cardiology (SVC) recently joined the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in November 2014. This move brings together two renowned Bay Area medical practices offering services in state-of-the-art cardiac care.

“By combining our organizations, we can use our expertise and resources to bring the best of cardiac medicine to a greater number of patients in our communities,” said SVC founder Roger Winkle, M.D.

Conrad Vial, M.D.

Conrad Vial, M.D., Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line at PAMF

“Coming together to form an expanded and integrated cardiovascular medicine practice is great news for patients in the Bay Area,” added Conrad Vial, M.D., medical director of the cardiovascular service line at PAMF. “The community will have even greater access to high-quality, seamless and coordinated cardiac care in multiple Bay Area locations.”  Together, SVC and PAMF will create and execute a unified vision for cardiovascular services at PAMF.

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Advanced Illness Management Program Launched in Santa Clara County

Patients with Chronic Illness Benefit

AIMSutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® program, which already operates in 15 counties in Northern California, has been launched in areas of Santa Clara County, including Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, and is now offered to patients at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF).

The AIM program is a service of Sutter Care at Home and provides nurse-led care management, palliative care and advance care planning for patients with late-stage or advancing chronic illness.

AIM employs an interdisciplinary team to bridge the gaps between a hospital, physician’s office and home for the frailest, sickest patients. AIM improves care coordination and communication between primary care physicians and specialists, and among inpatient, ambulatory and home-based services. Trained AIM teams support PAMF’s most seriously ill patients in the safety and comfort of their own homes or residential care facilities.

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New Study Investigates Underuse of Generic Drugs

FDA taps PAMF Research Institute & Johns Hopkins Medicine study team

Generic drugs can save millions in health care costs, while providing the same quality, safety and efficacy as brand medications. Yet many doctors still prescribe brand-name treatments for their patients. Why?

To find out, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tapped a team at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) and Johns Hopkins Medicine for a two-year study that will analyze factors that contribute to the underuse of generic drugs. Read More

PAMF Donates $50,000 to Local Food Banks this Season

 Part of $252 Million Donation by Sutter Health to Northern California Food Banks

2nd Harvest Santa CruzOne in six people in California go hungry, including many in Bay Area and Northern California residents. To help provide meals for those in need, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, has donated $50,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County this holiday season. The contribution is part of a $252,000 donation by Sutter Health to 27 food banks throughout Northern California, which includes the Alameda County Community Food Bank in the East Bay.

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