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PAMF Research Institute Seeks Older Adults to Participate in Study

 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).

Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, PAMF Research Institute

Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, PAMF Research Institute

“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.

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PAMF Honored by California Association of Physician Groups for Excellence

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.

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Winners in the Sutter Health Network include the following:

Elite Status (4 stars / highest recognition)

  • Brown & Toland Physicians
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Medical Foundation
  • Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation

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 CenterSutter 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.

Westside Clinic Opens Summer 2014

PAMF’s New Westside Clinic Services in Santa Cruz Began June 30

renderingexteriorwestsideThe Palo Alto Medical Foundation‘s (PAMF) new Westside Clinic in Santa Cruz opens this summer  for patient care, offering family medicine, pediatrics, laboratory, radiology and urgent care services at 1301 Mission Street. The Family Medicine Department began seeing patients in the new clinic on June 30, 2014.  All other services will be open for business on July 14. View a list of Westside Clinic medical team members and departments.

“Santa Cruz sorely needs new primary care services,” said PAMF Santa Cruz Division President Larry DeGhetaldi, M.D. “This new state-of-the-art facility will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for all primary care services, including pediatrics, which has not been available on the Westside until now.”

About the New Medical Building

The new 18,000-square-foot, two-story building consolidates services and providers from PAMF Santa Cruz medical offices previously located at 115 Locust Street and 1203 Mission Street and adds new providers and services including pediatrics, laboratory, shared medical appointments and radiology. When fully operational, the clinic will include 21 providers and approximately 45 staff.

The building’s innovative design includes 100 percent ADA compliant features and efficient workflow areas, where providers and medical assistants work side-by-side to increase communication and collaboration on patient care.

The new Westside Clinic also includes several environmentally-friendly site design features. The designs are consistent with the City of Santa Cruz’s green policies and with PAMF’s internal goals for energy-efficient design. Green design features at new medical clinic include: Read More

PAMF Innovation Center Hosts Tech Day for Seniors

Event Helps Seniors Keep Connected Through Technology

Thanks to Tech Day for Seniors, a day-long learning event on May 17, 2014 organized by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, more than 60 older adults from the Bay Area improved their ability to use personal computing devices and online communications services and tools. The Innovation Center hosted this unique event together with the Los Altos Recreation Department at the Los Altos Senior Center. Other partners included the Egan Junior High School PTA, the Bullis Charter School Booster Club, the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE), all based in Los Altos, and the Stanford Alumni Association, Palo Alto. Read More

Neurointerventional Program Expands Brain & Spine Disease Treatment

PAMF, El Camino Hospital Provide Minimally Invasive Procedures, More Comprehensive Care in Silicon Valley

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital announced today an expansion of the hospital’s Neuroscience Institute to now include neurointerventional services.  Patients at the hospital’s Mountain View campus can now receive treatment for a wider range of diseases of the brain and spine and enhanced offerings for stroke-related care, neuro-oncology and neuro-critical care and comprehensive spine care.

To provide patients with the greatest breadth of expertise, this partnership brings together El Camino Hospital’s clinical expertise with that of Palo Alto Medical Foundation and independent physicians to benefit patients and families across the Silicon Valley area.

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PAMF Research Awarded $1.7M Grant by National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) a $1.7M three-year grant (R01HL119845) to study a new way to measure the effects of a disease and its treatment on patients’ lives. The study will focus on asthma to test the new approach.

Sandra R. Wilson, Ph. D.

Sandra R. Wilson, Ph. D.

Many tools already exist to help physicians and scientists measure patients’ symptoms, physical limitations and emotional well-being. However, “These measures alone don’t tell physicians caring for patients or scientists developing new medical treatments how the patient feels their quality of life is being affected, says Sandra Wilson, Ph.D., PAMFRI senior scientist and the study’s principal investigator. “Getting that information requires a new type of measure.”

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NIH Awards $3M Grant to PAMF Research Institute

Study on Benefits of Strength Training Regimen for Normal Weight Diabetics 

Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) have been awarded a $3M grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study the benefits of strength training for people with type 2 diabetes who are at normal weight.

With type 2 diabetes, the body cannot use insulin properly to control blood sugar levels. Regular physical activity has been shown to help control blood sugar levels, and current guidelines emphasize aerobic exercise and weight loss for overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes. However, up to one in five people with type 2 diabetes are at normal weight, with a body mass index (BMI) under 25. They may not need to lose weight. For these individuals, best exercise regimen is not yet known. There is evidence that strength training, which improves muscle mass while decreasing body fat, may be more beneficial for normal weight diabetics than other types of exercise. Read More