California Health News related to the Palo Alto Medical FoundationNavigation
On Monday, June 8, 2015, the newly renovated Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) medical building at 401 Old San Francisco Road in Sunnyvale reopens for patient care. The refurbished building is located across the street from the new Sunnyvale Center, which opened in August 2013.
Demolition of the interior of the building at 401 San Francisco Road began in October 2014 and the entire renovation took eight months. The exterior of the building remains unchanged.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in Santa Cruz County and Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) of Santa Cruz, both affiliated with Sutter Health, announced a $750,000 donation to local community clinic Salud Para La Gente (Salud) in May 2015. The donation will be spread over a period of five years.
Salud provides health care services to the local community, regardless of health insurance or ability to pay. Salud’s two largest clinics in Watsonville, CA are currently operating at full capacity – including its East Beach Clinic, which serves half of all of the organization’s patients.
Salud will use the contribution to expand and renovate its East Beach Clinic in Watsonville, to accommodate additional patients and providers – increasing access to high-quality, comprehensive and cost-effective health care for low-income and underinsured and uninsured individuals. The award enables Salud to further expand its ability to provide comprehensive integrated services, including preventative, diagnostic and essential care management required for a healthy community.
More than 63,000 UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored health plan participants in Northern California will benefit from improved care coordination and enhanced health services
Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and UnitedHealthcare have launched an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve how patient care is coordinated and delivered for more than 63,000 Northern California residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans.
The ACO will help shift California’s health care system to one that rewards quality and value instead of the volume of procedures performed. Specifically, the ACO will transition PAMF from a fee-for-service compensation model to a value-based approach in which the organization is rewarded for achieving certain evidence-based measures – such as hospital readmission rates, disease management and prevention, and patient safety – as well as total cost savings.
American Academy of Family Medicine publishes
PAMF, Stanford, Einstein College of Medicine study findings
Much of the dietary information presented as fact is actually myth, according to an article co-authored by a researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), Stanford and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. An article describing the study findings, is published in the May 1 issue of American Family Physician, the American Academy of Family Physician’s peer-reviewed and evidence-based clinical journal for physicians and others in primary care.
The researchers studied dietary myths about vitamins and minerals (micronutrients); carbohydrates, proteins, and fats (macronutrients); dietary fibers; and how calories relate to weight loss. They found that the best diets share common features and a consistent theme: limit ultra-processed foods and eat whole or minimally processed foods – as close to what occurs in nature as possible. Read More about Nutrition Myths & Healthy Dietary Advice in Clinical Practice
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.