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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
650-934-8614
greavec@pamf.org

Kathleen King
Santa Clara Family Health Foundation
408-874-1998
kking@scfhp.com

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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PAMF Breast Health Center Provides Free Mammograms for Ravenswood Clinic Clients

Every day, Rita Sohlich, M.D. a radiologist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation,  sees the benefits of early detection of breast cancer. As an expert at breast MRI, breast biopsy and intervention, mammography and outcome analysis, Dr. Sohlich is passionate about making breast health screenings available to everyone.

Rita Sohlich, M.D.

“When I started at PAMF six years ago, I took over as lead radiologist in Breast Imaging from my colleague and friend, Dr. Tracey Dellaripa, and continued her goal to bring high quality breast ultrasound to the clinic,” Sohlich says. “Under the mentorship of Dr. Tony Marzoni, Palo Alto Division president and Dr. Solon Finkelstein, a PAMF radiologist for 45 years, we conceptualized and designed the Breast Imaging Center.  Offering something back to the community was an integral part of our mission.”

In February, 2012, Dr. Sohlich oversaw the launch of a new program that has been an ambition of hers for years. Building on PAMF’s long-time relationship with East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood Family Health Center, Dr. Sohlich has been collaborating with Ravenswood for more than a year to provide free mammograms to more than 250 eligible Ravenswood patients, who come to the Palo Alto Center one Saturday each month. Read More

PAMF Physicians, Staff Volunteer at Autism & Developmental Screenings Event – April 21 in Dublin

The School of Imagination, a Dublin-based, non-profit education center that pairs typically developing children and children with developmental disabilities, is hosting the sixth annual “Happy Talkers Community Outreach” program on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the School of Imagination/Happy Talkers, 9801 Dublin Blvd., in Dublin.

The Community Outreach event is the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in California history, offering free developmental delay and autism early intervention screenings and support for families. In just a few short hours, parents will receive answers about their child, a roadmap and on-site referrals to a host of support agencies, critical early intervention assistance that would normally take months to obtain.

More than a dozen Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) physicians and staff are volunteering at the April 21 event. PAMF has been a sponsor of the School of Imagination for several years and funded a therapy room in the new school that opened in October 2011. Read More

Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health Contribute $50,000 to Local Food Banks

PAMF Employee Nancy Hidaka delivers food donated by PAMF staff for local children and families in need.

To help local families in need of food this holiday season, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Sutter Health have made a $50,000 donation to Second Harvest food banks in the South Bay Area: $33,500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, and $16,500 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County.

The funds are a portion of a quarter-million-dollar donation by the Sutter Health network to 29 food banks throughout Northern California, which will help provide more than a million healthy meals to families in need.

According to food banks representatives, monetary donations help maximize the amount of food available for the hungry – in many instances, a $1 donation can translate to over $5 worth of distributed food. Read More