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FDA taps PAMF Research Institute & Johns Hopkins Medicine study team
Generic drugs can save millions in health care costs, while providing the same quality, safety and efficacy as brand medications. Yet many doctors still prescribe brand-name treatments for their patients. Why?
To find out, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tapped a team at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) and Johns Hopkins Medicine for a two-year study that will analyze factors that contribute to the underuse of generic drugs. Read More about New Study Investigates Underuse of Generic Drugs
Part of $252 Million Donation by Sutter Health to Northern California Food Banks
One in six people in California go hungry, including many in Bay Area and Northern California residents. To help provide meals for those 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. The contribution is part of a $252,000 donation by Sutter Health to 27 food banks throughout Northern California, which includes the Alameda County Community Food Bank in the East Bay.
Sutter Health has launched My Health Online for Teens, an innovative electronic health service. More than2,500 teenage patients have already signed up for the service, which provides teens secure, online access to their health records and their doctors. My Health Online for Teens also provides an easy way for parents to stay connected with the doctor of their teens, as their children learn how to manage their own health care.
My Health Online for Teens lets kids ages 12 to 17 email their doctors, review test results, renew prescriptions, track immunizations and schedule appointments—all from a cell phone or laptop.
In a recent study, researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) ranked the healthiness of 150 national chain restaurants in the United States. The 2013 study was lead by Primary Investigator Lenny Lesser, M.D., MSHS, a family medicine physician at PAMFRI, and funded in part by The California Endowment. Dr. Lesser presented the team’s research – and the launch of a new interactive rating system and website for consumers that shares information on which chain restaurants are healthier than others – on November 19, 2014 at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) new San Carlos Center opened for patient care on Monday, November 17, 2014. At opening, the San Carlos Center is home to 75 physicians and 220 medical support staff. It is anticipated that the light-filled, four story, 192,000 square foot building will serve 140,000 patient visits in the first year. PAMF’s Redwood City and Redwood Shores clinics have moved to the new location. The new outpatient medical center has the capacity to grow to 120 physicians.
The outpatient medical center is the first phase of a two-part expansion plan at the San Carlos site. The first phase, now complete, includes the outpatient building and a four-level parking structure with 1,115 parking stalls. The second phase, an inpatient hospital, remains part of PAMF’s future growth plans for the location, although a specific date for beginning construction is not yet set.
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