Reduced Hospitalizations and Health Care Costs a Key Goal
Sutter Health’s innovative Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® program is now available to San Mateo County patients with late-stage chronic illness, marking a major expansion of these services in Northern California. The expansion extends access to eligible patients of Palo Alto Medical Foundation in San Mateo County, as well as, Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Mills-Peninsula Medical Group and Sutter Care at Home.
“AIM uses a nurse-led interdisciplinary team to bridge the gaps between the hospital, the community physician’s office, and home for our sickest patients,” said Brad Stuart, M.D., Senior Medical Director for Sutter Care at Home, an affiliate of Sutter Health. “Quality, affordable care for all of our patients is a priority and the expansion of AIM systemwide complements our mission and values. AIM supports giving the right care, at the right time, at the right level of care for the patient’s goals.”
The AIM program provides nurse-led care management, palliative care, and advance care planning for patients with late-stage chronic illness. With a pilot in Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region showing positive outcomes, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) awarded Sutter Health a three-year, $13-million Health Care Innovation Award to support the expansion of AIM throughout Northern California.
The Sacramento Sierra Region pilot showed reduced hospitalizations and improved care transitions, contributing to an improved quality of life for patients enrolled in AIM.
Together, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Mills-Peninsula Health Services comprise Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region.
Margie O’Clair, 650.934.6970; OclairM@sutterhealth.org
Community invited to free event celebrating older adults, July 28
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and Avenidas Village are partnering for better health for older adults and invite the community to the first-ever “Successful Aging Celebration” – an uplifting and educational day open to seniors. The free event will be held at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center campus at 795 El Camino Real on Saturday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a movie screening at 2:30 p.m.
“With the right support systems in place, people today can choose to age well in their own homes,” said Avenidas Village Director Vickie Epstein. “In our partnership with PAMF, we want to provide a continuum of care from medical care to support services to seniors in our community.”
“Successful aging does not happen spontaneously,” said Peter H. Cheng, M.D., chief of PAMF Palo Alto Center’s Geriatric Medicine Department and co-organizer of the event. “Rather than leaving things to chance, seniors need to know where they stand and what to do on their aging journey. The Successful Aging Celebration will honor seniors – and bring together community resources and organizations aiming to help seniors successfully ‘age in place.’ We hope the community will spread the word about this special event and join us in what will be a day to remember!” Read More about Avenidas Village & PAMF to Co-Host “Successful Aging Celebration”
For the 14th year in a row, Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz, will host a Senior Health Fair for the community on April 30, 2011, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This free event is open to seniors in the community and offers multiple free health-screening exams for diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, dental hygiene, skin cancer, bone density, glaucoma, hearing and other health issues.