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PAMF Honored by California Association of Physician Groups for Excellence

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) was one of six physician organizations in the Sutter Medical Network to receive “Elite” honors from the California Association of Physician Groups’ (CAPG) Standards of Excellence Survey—the highest recognition awarded by the professional organization.

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Winners in the Sutter Health Network include the following:

Elite Status (4 stars / highest recognition)

  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

Sent each year to dozens of participating physician organizations throughout California, the survey provides a thorough examination of the tools and processes CAPG members have in place to meet the escalating expectations of health care purchasers and patients. It helps set the bar for consumers to evaluate a physician group’s technical quality, patient experience and affordability.

“Recognitions such as these are among the most meaningful because they acknowledge the commitment of our network’s doctors and care teams to providing patients with an exceptional, personal and consistent experience,” said Sutter Medical Network Senior Vice President and Executive Officer Jeff Burnich.

Physician organizations voluntarily participate in CAPG’s Standards of Excellence survey. This year 62 organizations, collectively caring for 11.1 million Californians, voluntarily participated in the survey.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education, is part of the Sutter Health network of care. Founded in 1930, PAMF is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine, health innovation and patient-centered care. PAMF’s more than 1,200 affiliated physicians and 5,400 employees serve nearly 850,000 patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is part of Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region, which also includes Mills-Peninsula Medical CenterSutter Maternity & Surgery Center and Menlo Park Surgical Hospital. For more information about the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, please visit the PAMF website and blog, follow us on Twitter, and join us on Facebook and Google+. To learn about PAMF’s Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, visit the PAMF Innovation Center website.

About Sutter Health

Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

Westside Clinic Opens Summer 2014

PAMF’s New Westside Clinic Services in Santa Cruz Began June 30

renderingexteriorwestsideThe Palo Alto Medical Foundation‘s (PAMF) new Westside Clinic in Santa Cruz opens this summer  for patient care, offering family medicine, pediatrics, laboratory, radiology and urgent care services at 1301 Mission Street. The Family Medicine Department began seeing patients in the new clinic on June 30, 2014.  All other services will be open for business on July 14. View a list of Westside Clinic medical team members and departments.

“Santa Cruz sorely needs new primary care services,” said PAMF Santa Cruz Division President Larry DeGhetaldi, M.D. “This new state-of-the-art facility will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for all primary care services, including pediatrics, which has not been available on the Westside until now.”

About the New Medical Building

The new 18,000-square-foot, two-story building consolidates services and providers from PAMF Santa Cruz medical offices previously located at 115 Locust Street and 1203 Mission Street and adds new providers and services including pediatrics, laboratory, shared medical appointments and radiology. When fully operational, the clinic will include 21 providers and approximately 45 staff.

The building’s innovative design includes 100 percent ADA compliant features and efficient workflow areas, where providers and medical assistants work side-by-side to increase communication and collaboration on patient care.

The new Westside Clinic also includes several environmentally-friendly site design features. The designs are consistent with the City of Santa Cruz’s green policies and with PAMF’s internal goals for energy-efficient design. Green design features at new medical clinic include: Read More

Neurointerventional Program Expands Brain & Spine Disease Treatment

PAMF, El Camino Hospital Provide Minimally Invasive Procedures, More Comprehensive Care in Silicon Valley

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital announced today an expansion of the hospital’s Neuroscience Institute to now include neurointerventional services.  Patients at the hospital’s Mountain View campus can now receive treatment for a wider range of diseases of the brain and spine and enhanced offerings for stroke-related care, neuro-oncology and neuro-critical care and comprehensive spine care.

To provide patients with the greatest breadth of expertise, this partnership brings together El Camino Hospital’s clinical expertise with that of Palo Alto Medical Foundation and independent physicians to benefit patients and families across the Silicon Valley area.

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First West Coast Site for Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program: PAMF, El Camino Hospital

Program is one of only 15 nationwide to offer innovative, minimally invasive treatment options for complex pulmonary diseases

El Camino Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Fellowship Program to be the first West Coast sites to offer interventional pulmonology fellowships for pulmonary fellows.

Interventional pulmonology (IP) is an emerging field within pulmonary medicine that focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, airway disorders and pleural (lung) diseases.

Ganesh Krishna, M.D.

Ganesh Krishna, M.D.

Ganesh Krishna, M.D., an interventional pulmonologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital, is the chair of the fellowship search and director of the fellowship program. The joint IP program is the leading program on the West Coast and one of only 15 nationwide providing diagnostic and therapeutic services and cutting-edge treatment in pulmonary medicine. 

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PAMF Care-A-Van on the Job at Silicon Valley Companies

Increased Access to Health Care for Busy Professionals

With stressful, around-the-clock careers, many professionals in Silicon Valley don’t make time to see a doctor. To help, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) created the Care-A-Van, which provides modern-day house calls to corporations

careavan-2Launched in the summer of 2013, PAMF’s mobile Care-A-Van travels to large employers in Silicon Valley and provides medical care to employees at their job sites, making it easier for busy professionals to receive good health care.

PAMF’s Care-A-Van medical team offers annual physicals, including Pap smears, care for basic health issues, lab services, counseling on test results (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index) and vaccinations.

Since the mobile medical clinic hit the road, demand has steadily increased, and it now travels to work sites five days a week. Current employers using the Care-A-Van include Brocade, Cadence Design Systems, Marvell, NetApp, NVIDIA, Oracle (both their Redwood Shores and Santa Clara sites), Sandisk, Synopsys, Varian, VMWare and Yahoo. At many of these companies, employees can schedule online appointments for the mobile clinic.

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PAMF Gets Four-Star Rating for Patient Experience from OPA

The California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) recently issued its 2014 Quality of Care Report Card, and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has been rated four out of four stars for patient experience. In this statewide assessment, more than 200 medical groups were scored in categories including how patients rated their care. 

PAMF received top ratings for patient experience throughout its service areas of Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

Dr. Dean Zweng practices in PAMF's Scotts Valley Center.

Dr. Dean Zweng practices in PAMF’s Scotts Valley Center.

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