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Nutrition Program Offered at PAMF Ranked No. 2 by US News & World Report

HMR Ranked No. 2 of Best Diets of 2015

A program offered by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been named the No. 2 Best Weight-Loss Diet in US News & World Report’s Best Diets of 2015. The ranking was based on both short- and long-term weight-loss ratings of the HMR program.

U.S. News and World Reports cover HMR’s program focuses on integrating diet, physical activity and healthy lifestyle skills through weekly coaching. This is the first time that HMR’s diet program has been included in the annual rankings list. HMR was evaluated against 34 other diets in categories including easiness to follow, ability to produce short and long-term weight loss, nutritional completeness, safety, and potential to prevent and manage diabetes and heart disease.

During the ranking process, reporters and editors from U.S. News & World Report created in-depth profiles of each diet, and a panel of nationally recognized experts on diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes and heart disease rated the diets and their effectiveness.

PAMF, part of the Sutter Health network, has offered the HMR program for 26 years to community members who are interested in losing weight.

“HMR has been a catalyst for thousands to make long-term lifestyle changes with their weight and health management,” said Karen Ledesma, manager of PAMF’s HMR Weight Management Program in Mountain View. “Our team of caring professionals works hard to help our patients reach their goals.”

In 2014, PAMF’s HMR program saw drastic reductions in patients’ weight, improvement in obesity-related comorbidities (the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases or conditions) and the elimination of medications for many patients.

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THE HMR team at PAMF’s Mountain View Center

“For years our program has thrived on physician referrals and word of mouth. To be recognized for the first time in the U.S. News & World Report Best Diets of 2015 list is incredibly exciting and gratifying. Our hope is that news of the high HMR rating will reach many more people to whom we can offer this powerful program.”

PAMF’s HMR team has been recognized multiple times by the HMR parent organization with 10 gold standard awards for excellence in performance and patient care.

The HMR program is available in hospitals and medical centers or can be used by participants at home. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the HMR program in supporting weight loss. Research shows 47 pounds average weight loss for a mix of HMR Decision-Free® and Healthy Solutions® clinic patients with a BMI of 40 or greater who completed the program for at least 12 weeks.

Patient Stories

If a member of the media is interested in interviewing patient participants, please contact Karen Ledesma at (650) 404-8268 or ledesmak@pamf.org.

To learn more about PAMF’s HMR® program, call (650) 404-8260 or visit pamf.org.

For more information on HMR®’s inclusion in the Best Diets ranking, please visit www.usnews.com/bestdiets or join the conversation on Twitter using the #BestDiets hashtag.

Silicon Valley Cardiology Joins PAMF

Silicon Valley Cardiology (SVC) recently joined the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in November 2014. This move brings together two renowned Bay Area medical practices offering services in state-of-the-art cardiac care.

“By combining our organizations, we can use our expertise and resources to bring the best of cardiac medicine to a greater number of patients in our communities,” said SVC founder Roger Winkle, M.D.

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Conrad Vial, M.D., Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line at PAMF

“Coming together to form an expanded and integrated cardiovascular medicine practice is great news for patients in the Bay Area,” added Conrad Vial, M.D., medical director of the cardiovascular service line at PAMF. “The community will have even greater access to high-quality, seamless and coordinated cardiac care in multiple Bay Area locations.”  Together, SVC and PAMF will create and execute a unified vision for cardiovascular services at PAMF.

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Advanced Illness Management Program Launched in Santa Clara County

Patients with Chronic Illness Benefit

AIMSutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management (AIM)® program, which already operates in 15 counties in Northern California, has been launched in areas of Santa Clara County, including Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, and is now offered to patients at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF).

The AIM program is a service of Sutter Care at Home and provides nurse-led care management, palliative care and advance care planning for patients with late-stage or advancing chronic illness.

AIM employs an interdisciplinary team to bridge the gaps between a hospital, physician’s office and home for the frailest, sickest patients. AIM improves care coordination and communication between primary care physicians and specialists, and among inpatient, ambulatory and home-based services. Trained AIM teams support PAMF’s most seriously ill patients in the safety and comfort of their own homes or residential care facilities.

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New Study Investigates Underuse of Generic Drugs

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

PAMF Donates $50,000 to Local Food Banks this Season

 Part of $252 Million Donation by Sutter Health to Northern California Food Banks

2nd Harvest Santa CruzOne 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.

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Sutter Health Launches New Online Health Tool for Teens

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.

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PAMF Researchers Study Healthiness of U.S. Chain Restaurants

GrellinNew Website Points Consumers to Healthiest Places to Eat Out

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.

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