Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Carlos Surgery Centers Cared for 72 Patients
During the month of August, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a Sutter Health affiliate, held its annual Gift of Surgery event, during which doctors performed 72 free surgeries for patients of safety net clinics who could not afford elective surgeries. PAMF physicians volunteered approximately 180 physician hours and their medical teams three times that.
On Monday, September 21, 2015, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) opened a new Daly City Center for patient care. Located at 901 Campus Drive in Daly City, the new center will offer primary care, including pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine, for both children and adults. In addition, specialists in the fields of neurology, general surgery, vascular surgery and cardiac electrophysiology will rotate through the center each week to provide enhanced patient access to specialty care. The Daly City Center also offers laboratory services and, beginning on November 1, state-of-the-art digital radiology.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) hosted the first “Coming Together 4 R Youth Symposium” on August 26, 2015, to help connect health care professionals with local teen health and wellness resources. The event was held at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center. More than 90 professionals from local medical and mental health organizations, city government offices and schools attended the symposium.
“Meeting the emotional and social needs of young people can be challenging,” says Nancy Brown, Ph.D., a PAMF health education manager who organized the symposium. “Medical professionals can refer young people to mental health providers for counseling but teens need additional opportunities to gain self-confidence and life skills in safe, non-judgmental and nurturing environments.” Read More about PAMF Symposium Provides Venue to Share Teen Health Resources
Open Communication Model Increases Patient Engagement & Satisfaction
A recent Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) study looked at ways to improve patient-physician communication through a cluster randomized controlled trial of four primary care clinics at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Funding for the study was provided by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),
Researchers tested two approaches:
The first approach, called “Open Communication,” was co-developed by the PAMF Research Institute team with patients, physicians and clinic staff. It contained three components:
- A Visit Companion booklet for patients write down the issues or questions that matter to them most, and bring to their doctor visit
- A short animated video that encourages patients and physicians to communicate openly
- Physician communication coaching from a standardized patient coach on how to use the booklet with their patients
The second approach was based on the AskShareKnow of the ASK Patient-Clinician Communication Model which prompts patients to ask their doctor three questions about their options and risks.
Led Camino Medical Group, Palo Alto Medical Foundation for 40 years
Richard Slavin, M.D., CEO of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), part of the Sutter Health network, has announced plans to retire on January 4, 2016. Dr. Slavin has had a long and impressive career in medicine that has shaped the way medical care is delivered in the Silicon Valley and beyond. He was a principal architect of the 2000 merger of Camino Medical Group and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Dr. Slavin served as president of the Camino Division of PAMF until 2010, when he became PAMF’s CEO.
“Dr. Slavin has been a driving force behind the clinical and operational excellence, strong financial performance and exceptional growth at PAMF for more than 15 years. After more than four decades as a physician and physician leader, he wishes to pursue other facets in his life,” said Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Region.
His successor will be announced soon.