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.
“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.
Patients with Chronic Illness Benefit
Sutter 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.
Sutter Health has launched My Health Online for Teens, an innovative electronic health service. More than2,500 teenage patients have already signed up for the service, which provides teens secure, online access to their health records and their doctors. My Health Online for Teens also provides an easy way for parents to stay connected with the doctor of their teens, as their children learn how to manage their own health care.
My Health Online for Teens lets kids ages 12 to 17 email their doctors, review test results, renew prescriptions, track immunizations and schedule appointments—all from a cell phone or laptop.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) new San Carlos Center opened for patient care on Monday, November 17, 2014. At opening, the San Carlos Center is home to 75 physicians and 220 medical support staff. It is anticipated that the light-filled, four story, 192,000 square foot building will serve 140,000 patient visits in the first year. PAMF’s Redwood City and Redwood Shores clinics have moved to the new location. The new outpatient medical center has the capacity to grow to 120 physicians.
The outpatient medical center is the first phase of a two-part expansion plan at the San Carlos site. The first phase, now complete, includes the outpatient building and a four-level parking structure with 1,115 parking stalls. The second phase, an inpatient hospital, remains part of PAMF’s future growth plans for the location, although a specific date for beginning construction is not yet set.
The 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.
“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.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is one of seven physician organizations in the Sutter Health network of care that received recognition today as a quality performer in medical care from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California. With today’s recognition, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation became the only IHA-recognized physician organization to receive the quality performer recognition every year since 2003. Read More about PAMF Earns Quality Performer Award