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Local Experts Hold Free Lectures for National Bladder Health Week: Nov. 9-13

National Bladder Health Week is November 9 through 13, 2015 and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is hosting a series of free lectures to raise awareness of bladder health and pelvic floor disorders (PFDs). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urinary incontinence (the involuntary loss of urine) affects an estimated 15 to 30 percent of U.S. adults. Most people take bladder control for granted until it becomes a problem. Read More

PAMF, SMSC, CPMC Selected as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality

HEI LogoThe Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014 (HEI), an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational branch of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

PAMF and SMSC were honored for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families who can face significant challenges in receiving good health care. According to the HEI 2014 survey, 56 percent of LGB patients and 70 percent of transgender or gender non-conforming patients surveyed have experienced some type of discrimination in the health care setting. Read More

Richard Slavin, M.D., to Receive Leadership in Healthcare Award

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PAMF CEO Richard Slavin, M.D.

Presentation at Pathways One from the Heart Awards Breakfast on October 29 

Palo Alto Medical Foundation CEO Richard Slavin, M.D., has been selected to receive the annual Leadership in Healthcare Award from Pathways Home Health & Hospice. Pathways presents this award to individuals who have shown a lifetime commitment to health care and made a significant difference in local communities. The award will be presented at Pathways’ 25th annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast honoring leadership in health care and philanthropy on October 29, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto. Read More

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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New PAMF Daly City Center Opens

On Monday, September 21, 2015, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) opened a new Daly City Center for patient care. Located at 901 Campus Drive in Daly City, the new center will offer primary care, including pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine, for both children and adults. In addition, specialists in the fields of neurology, general surgery, vascular surgery and cardiac electrophysiology will rotate through the center each week to provide enhanced patient access to specialty care. The Daly City Center also offers laboratory services and, beginning on November 1, state-of-the-art digital radiology.

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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 Research Institute Shares Findings on Open Communication Study

Open Communication Model Increases Patient Engagement & Satisfaction

A recent Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) study looked at ways to improve patient-physician communication through a cluster randomized controlled trial of four primary care clinics at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Funding for the study was provided by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),

Researchers tested two approaches:

The first approach, called “Open Communication,” was co-developed by the PAMF Research Institute team with patients, physicians and clinic staff. It contained three components:

  1. A Visit Companion booklet for patients write down the issues or questions that matter to them most, and bring to their doctor visit
  2. A short animated video that encourages patients and physicians to communicate openly
  3. Physician communication coaching from a standardized patient coach on how to use the booklet with their patients

The second approach was based on the AskShareKnow of the ASK Patient-Clinician Communication Model which prompts patients to ask their doctor three questions about their options and risks.

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