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The new Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Urgent Care Center at Mills Health Center in San Mateo opened its doors on September 29, 2014 to help meet the local community’s greater need for urgent care. The Urgent Care Center is located in the space formerly occupied by the standby Emergency Department at Mills Health Center, which closed in December 2012 to meet the requirements of California earthquake safety laws. Local critical emergency care will continue to be provided by Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame.
“This is a truly regional and collaborative effort between Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation,” said Jesus Saucedo, M.D., associate chief medical officer of PAMF’s Mills-Peninsula Division. “As the Urgent Care Center is located in a Mills-Peninsula Health Services facility, urgent care patients will also have easy and quick access to Mills Health Center’s first-class radiology and laboratory services.”
The PAMF new Urgent Care Center offers the following services:
Urgent Care vs. the ER
Health issues cared for at an urgent care center are generally not life-threatening and don’t require extensive testing – and if it is a true emergency, an urgent care center will direct a patient to a nearby emergency room. Read more about the differences between emergency care and urgent care to help you decide where to go for quick medical care when you can’t see your doctor.
View a complete list of PAMF Urgent Care Center locations and learn more about urgent care.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is one of seven physician organizations in the Sutter Health network of care that received recognition today as a quality performer in medical care from the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a renowned industry leadership group in California. With today’s recognition, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation became the only IHA-recognized physician organization to receive the quality performer recognition every year since 2003. Read More about PAMF Earns Quality Performer Award
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is helping to ensure there are enough qualified doctors to care for our aging population by awarding scholarships annually to deserving students who are committed to becoming doctors.
Since 1993, our physicians have funded and awarded more than 44 scholarships to outstanding local high school students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors.
The Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (PAFMG) Pre-Medical Scholarships each total $25,000 per recipient and are paid out to each student over five years, helping them fulfill their ambition to become a doctor and give back to their communities.
This year PAMF’s Philanthropy Department awarded additional scholarships to two deserving students. One is funded through generous donations from community members to our Pre-Med scholarship fund. The second scholarship is funded through donations in memory of Brian Paaso, M.D., a gastroenterologist who cared for patients at PAMF for his entire career.
This year’s scholarship recipients are: Read More about PAMF Scholarships Support Future Doctors
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Mills-Peninsula Health Services—not-for-profit affiliates of Sutter Health – are providing $9 million in funding over the next three years to 11 community clinics in Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. These community clinics provide essential health care for free or reduced rates to low-income and uninsured people who may otherwise be unable to access medical care.
“Caring for the community is at the heart of what we do at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Mills-Peninsula Health Services,” says Jeff Gerard, Regional President, Sutter Health. “We are committed to improving health care throughout the Bay Area. By partnering with these clinics, we will help increase much-needed access to medical care.”
With this support, the following clinics will be able to expand their services in a wide range of ways, from hiring new medical staff and building new clinics to launching online health record systems. Here is how the money will be used in 2014: Read More about PAMF & Mills-Peninsula Donate $9M to Improve Community Health
On August 16, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and Avenidas will host a public celebration to honor seniors – bringing together resources and organizations to help seniors “age in place.” The Successful Aging Celebration, hosted for the third year, will take place at PAMF’s Palo Alto Center.
“The aging journey brings with it thrills and challenges,” said Peter H. Cheng, M.D., chief of PAMF’s Palo Alto Center Geriatric Medicine Program and co-founder of the annual event. “The Successful Aging Celebration is a way for PAMF to give back to older adults. We’ll celebrate aging by honoring the achievements of seniors and highlighting the synergistic work that PAMF does with the community – and have a grand time together.”
PCORI-funded study aims to create user-friendly online tool for people to select Rx drug plans
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) has launched a new research study to create a more user-friendly online tool to help older adults select Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. PAMFRI is looking for older adults to participate in the study and share their experiences in a focus group. The research project is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
“Currently, Medicare beneficiaries often have to choose among more than 30 different Medicare Part D plans,” said Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, PAMFRI senior scientist. “This is a difficult and confusing task. Through this study we hope to create a more effective tool that is easier to use and will help individuals select their prescription drug plans. In order to build a better tool, we want to understand what it’s like for older adults to select a Medicare Part D plan.
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.
Winners in the Sutter Health Network include the following:
Elite Status (4 stars / highest recognition)
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 Center, Sutter 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.