Community Benefit

Gift of Surgery Month Is a Success

Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Carlos Surgery Centers Cared for 72 Patients

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PAMF staff at the Mountain View Surgery Center collaborated with RotaCare to deliver the free surgeries.

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.

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PAMF Symposium Provides Venue to Share Teen Health Resources

Group-300x238The 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

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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PAMF Donates $200K to Local Healthy Kids Program

Nearly 200 local children in need will receive medical, dental, vision and mental health benefits thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) to the Healthy Kids program of Santa Clara Family Health Foundation.

PAMF Regional President Dr. Lizz Vilardo (l) presents the $200,000 donation to Kathleen King (r) of the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation

PAMF Regional President Lizz Vilardo, M.D., presented the check to Kathleen King, executive director of Santa Clara Family Health Foundation. “This gift will fund health insurance for 194 children who otherwise would not receive appropriate health care,” said Dr. Vilardo. “For years, state budget cuts have negatively impacted county health programs and have reinforced the importance of philanthropic support. This gift reinforces PAMF’s long-time commitment to keeping children and their families healthy.”

“Healthy Kids fills the crucial gap in insurance and health care access for many low- and moderate-income families who can’t insure their children because they lack access to employer-sponsored insurance or are not eligible for public coverage via Medi-Cal and Healthy Families,” King explained. “In Santa Clara County, those families can enroll their children in Healthy Kids. We believe one uninsured child in our county is one too many.”

PAMF’s donation, combined with a gift from the El Camino Hospital District, will enable all under- and un-insured children in Mountain View to receive essential health care coverage this year. As an expression of appreciation, at the most recent City Council meeting Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak proclaimed Wednesday, October 23, 2012, “El Camino Hospital District and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Day.”

Launched in 2001, the locally funded Healthy Kids health insurance program increases access to and use of both medical and dental care, which are crucial contributors to children’s overall well-being and health.

“The physicians and professionals of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation recognize this need and we are committed to helping children in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Vilardo. “The work that the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation does to help the neediest of our county’s children is constant and critical.”

About Santa Clara Family Health Foundation

Santa Clara Family Health Foundation (SCFHF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose focus is on raising funds to support the Healthy Kids program and the Children’s Health Initiative in Santa Clara County. Through the Foundation, community leaders, community members, foundations, corporations, local businesses, friends, and other supporters can contribute funds to help achieve the goal of providing every child in Santa Clara County with access to quality health care through insurance.

Media Contacts:

Cynthia Greaves
PAMF Public Affairs

Kathleen King
Santa Clara Family Health Foundation

Bay Area Students “Walk to the Olympics” – PAMF Donates Pedometers

Students of the Peninsula Bridge summer school program in Palo Alto are celebrating the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London in a unique and healthy way – they are walking 5,731 miles (the distance from the Bay Area to London) from June 25 to July 27, the day the Olympics start. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) donated pedometers to the participating students and their teachers to help them track their progress and reach their goal.

Peninsula Bridge helps motivated middle-school students from under-resourced local communities achieve academic and personal success through a variety of programs. Their five-week, tuition-free summer program held on several Bay Area private school campuses also encourages students to develop healthy habits. This year’s “Walk to the Olympics” event is motivating students to work as a team to achieve their own Olympic goal together.

To kick off the walk in true Olympic style, the Peninsula Bridge summer school program team held an opening ceremony on June 25 at the stadium of Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton for the 500 participating students. The event included an Olympic torch relay and speeches by three former Olympians and medalists: Anne Warner Cribbs (swimming), Chris Dorst (water polo) and Patrick Burrows (field hockey). Read More

Scholarships Help Fund Future Doctors’ Education

Front row (l. to r.): Alan McKay, The Alliance; Kaitlin Russon, award recipient; Barry Bowman, UCSC. Back row (l. to r.): Richard Nichols, SMSC; Larry deGhetaldi, M.D., PAMF Santa Cruz Division.

With our country’s aging population and the continued rise in chronic diseases, ensuring there are enough doctors to take care of our increasingly complex health needs is a daunting challenge. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and PAMF’s Santa Cruz health care partner Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC), both Sutter Health affiliates, are helping to meet this critical need by awarding annual scholarships to deserving students who are committed to becoming doctors.

PAMF Physicians Award Scholarships for Almost 20 Years

Since 1993, PAMF physicians have awarded scholarships to outstanding local high school students to help pay for their undergraduate studies. This year’s scholarship winners are:

  • Sophie Ballard from Santa Cruz High School, who will attend University of California, Berkeley
  • Jeffrey Chen from Irvington High School in Fremont, who will be in the Physician – Scientist Program through Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy and Albany Medical Center in Albany, both in New  York
  • Stephanie Kong from St. Francis High School in Mountain View, who will go to University of California, Los Angeles

    Sophie Ballard

The Palo Alto Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarship is funded by our physicians and provides $5,000 a year (a total of $20,000 per recipient) to deserving students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors. Unlike most other scholarships, which award a one-time sum, the PAFMG scholarship repeats for all four years of college.


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