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National Public Education Initiative April 19-April 25, 2015
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Fertility Physicians of Northern California and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association recognize National Infertility Awareness Week, April 19 through April 25 – joining millions of women and men, healthcare professionals, mental health professionals, and other thought leaders to promote greater awareness about infertility.
PAMF Fertility shares RESOLVE’s mission to help people find information and support for infertility. In addition to monthly free support groups for community infertility patients, PAMF Fertility offers a variety of ongoing programs to help people navigate the challenges of infertility including these upcoming events: Read More about PAMF Fertility Physicians Observe National Infertility Awareness Week
The new Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Surgery Center Fremont opened for patient care on Monday, April 6, 2015. The Surgery Center Fremont is home to 58 physicians and 68 support staff. It is anticipated that the 20,400-square-foot surgery center will serve 10,230 patient visits in the first year.
The surgery center is located at 3120 Kearney Street on the Fremont, California campus that also houses two PAMF medical office buildings. The center is designed to be convenient and accessible for patients. The facility has four operation rooms and two endoscopy suites, 10 pre-op and 10 post-op bays (two bays will accommodate patients staying overnight) and five post-anesthesia care unit recovery bays. The new center will provide space for a sterile processing department, and onsite quality, infection control, education and administrative teams. The center also includes a new four-story, 216 space parking garage to provide ample parking for patients and visitors. Read More about PAMF Opens Surgery Center in Fremont
Two affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for profit network received awards honoring their electronic health record (EHR). The Palo Alto Medical Foundation clinics throughout the Bay Area and Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Calif. earned prestigious Stage 7 Awards from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an industry authority in health care information technology.
As part of this expansion in services, Gastroenterologists David Stein, M.D., and Geoffrey Spencer, M.D., have joined PAMF. Their South Bay practice is located at 2440 Samaritan Drive in San Jose. With this expansion, PAMF gastroenterology services are now available in Burlingame, Dublin, Fremont, Los Gatos/San Jose, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Carlos and Santa Cruz.
“Adding this well-respected practice expands our existing digestive health services in Los Gatos and extends our ability to provide coordinated primary and specialty care to our patients in the South Bay,” said Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., PAMF regional president.
First Primary Care Office in Contra Costa County for PAMF
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), part of the Sutter Health network of care, opened a new medical office in Danville, California, on March, 2, 2015 – PAMF’s first location in Contra Costa County. This expansion in the East Bay helps meet the demand for primary care for residents of Danville and the surrounding communities.
Initially, adult and pediatric care will be offered at PAMF Danville Primary Care, a 3,000-square-foot medical office located at 919 San Ramon Valley Boulevard.
By the end of 2015, the location will be expanded into a new, 18,000-square-foot PAMF Danville medical center that will be home to 17 primary care physicians and a team of medical support staff. Patients will have access to a full range of health care services, including primary outpatient care (internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics), as well as diagnostic imaging, mammography and laboratory services – all in one location. More than 20 specialty care and advanced diagnostic services are currently available at PAMF’s Dublin Center in the East Bay. Read More about PAMF Danville Primary Care Is Now Open
Donation Supports Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Pilot in Four Bay Area Counties. Program Available to Patients who Receive Primary Care at PAMF.
The John & Marcia Goldman Foundation has granted the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation $100,000 in support of an innovative pilot program that screens adolescents for behavioral health problems and helps them get treatment. The comprehensive Adolescent Behavioral Health (ABH) program addresses the epidemic of untreated behavioral health conditions among adolescents. The program is available to patients who receive their primary care through the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a regional partner of Mills-Peninsula Health Services. The two affiliates of the Sutter Health network are working together to expand behavioral health care services for adolescents in primary care settings. ABH is a five-year demonstration project, officially launched in January 2014, to address issues of a severely fragmented behavioral health system in a proactive, systematic way. Read More about John & Marcia Goldman Foundation Donates $100K to Improve Behavioral Health in Teens
The number of eligible seniors enrolled in Medicare fee-for-service who went to their doctor for Annual Wellness Visits increased from 1.4 to 27.5 percent in the three years (2011-2013) since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medicare coverage to fully cover preventive care visits, according to a study conducted by Sukyung Chung, Ph.D., assistant scientist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) that was published in the January issue of Health Affairs. The study suggests that expanding coverage for Annual Wellness Visits is an effective way of ensuring more seniors get needed preventive care.
The study evaluated primary care patients at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and assessed the impact of the expansion in coverage on utilization of preventive visits. Among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries, annual preventive visit rates increased by two-fold, from 17 percent in 2007 to 32 percent in 2013. Read More about Study Finds More Medicare Seniors Get Preventive Care Since ACA Expansion