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Steve Lai, M.D., a palliative medicine physician at The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), recently received the Practice Change Enhancement Award, a grant of $15,000, from the Hartford Foundation. This grant will be used to support Dr. Lai’s ongoing work to improve the quality of care we provide when assisting older and chronically ill patients in making advance care planning decisions.
“It’s an honor to receive this award and support,” says Dr. Lai. “It shows recognition for the value of our work to date and makes it possible to build on and sustain our efforts.”
In 2014 Dr. Lai was one of 10 individuals in the U.S. chosen for the Practice Change Leaders Program – a national program designed to develop, support and expand the influence of leaders who are committed to achieving transformative improvements in older adult care. As part of the program, Dr. Lai received a grant of $45,000 and mentorship from experienced leaders in the field to support a quality improvement project at PAMF led by him.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), part of the Sutter Health network of care, today opened a new 18,000-square-foot medical center in Danville that is home to a growing team of primary care physicians and medical support staff.
At the new PAMF Danville Center, patients can access 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. Specialty care and advanced diagnostic services are available 12 miles away at our Dublin Center.
Part of $255,000 Donation by Sutter Health to Food Banks in Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii
Across the United States, 48 million households struggle to keep food on the table. In compassionate support of our neighbors in need, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, has donated $50,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County this holiday season. This contribution is part of a $255,000 donation by Sutter Health to 27 food banks in areas our network serves within Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii. This donation includes the Alameda County Community Food Bank and Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano in the East Bay.
Elizabeth (“Lizz”) Vilardo, M.D., has been named chief executive officer (CEO) for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). She assumes the position from Richard Slavin, M.D., who is serving as CEO Emeritus until his retirement in January 2016.
An experienced leader within Sutter Health network of care, Dr. Vilardo is an internal medicine physician who has held a series of leadership positions, including serving on the boards of Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and nine years on the board of Sutter Health. She became president of the Camino Division of PAMF in 2010. Dr. Vilardo is only the fourth CEO in the history of PAMF since the organization was founded in 1930.
David Adamson, M.D., FRCSC, FACOG, FACS, a reproductive endocrinologist and the medical director of the assisted reproductive technology laboratories at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Fertility Physicians of Northern California, has been selected by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, to receive its highest honor, the Barbara Eck Founders Award, for leadership, volunteerism and research in the field of infertility. Dr. Adamson will accept the award at RESOLVE’s Night of Hope Gala, on November 17, 2015 in New York City.
As the organization that supports and provides a voice for people diagnosed with infertility, RESOLVE established the Hope Awards to recognize professionals, companies, volunteers and the media who have demonstrated leadership in the infertility field or have made a positive impact in the lives of people struggling with infertility. Read More about National Fertility Organization Honors PAMF Fertility Medical Director
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 about Local Experts Hold Free Lectures for National Bladder Health Week: Nov. 9-13
The 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 about PAMF, SMSC, CPMC Selected as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality