Posts made in August, 2011

Staff, Doctors Go to the Ballgame Together

More than 900 PAMF employees, doctors, their families and friends enjoyed watching the San Jose Giants take on the High Desert Mavericks on Saturday, August 20 during PAMF’s annual summertime event.

For Josie Dayrit, a patient services representative in the Mountain View Center’s Family Medicine Department, PAMF Day with the SJ Giants is a special highlight – she has sung the national anthem before the game for the last five years.

“It’s always a great experience singing the anthem,” says Dayrit. “I enjoy getting together with family and co-workers and meeting employees from other sites. I just have a ball! I’m blessed to work for such a great organization.”

Watch the video of Dayrit singing the anthem, as filmed by one of her co-workers:


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How Much is Too Much for a Child’s Backpack?

As some school districts consider swapping heavy textbooks for e-reader tablets, local health experts understand the impact an overloaded backpack can have on a child — stiff necks, sore shoulders and aching backs. But parents can help prevent these possible pains in a few simple ways. Read More

PAMF Food Drive Helps Ease Hunger for Local Children in Need

PAMF’s Nancy Hidaka and Community Services Agency volunteer

Thanks to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Second Annual Summer Food Drive, several local families won’t go hungry this summer. This year’s food drive ran from June 1 to 30, and employees, doctors and patients contributed a total of 1,530 pounds of food (worth almost $2,300) to help feed local low-income kids and their families.

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Keeping Kids Balanced in the Age of Electronics

The media has been around for decades, but the plethora of technology options today dwarfs what was available even 20 years ago. Between television, MP3 players, video games, computers, cell phones and portable electronic devices, kids’ lives could easily be consumed by electronic devices.

According to a study published by the Kaiser Foundation, kids ages 8 to 18 years old average eight hours of media time every day. We talked to Dr. James Ferrara, a pediatrician at member of the Mills-Peninsula Division of PAMF, about some of the benefits and pitfalls of this exposure.

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Doctors, Staff Paddle in SF Dragon Boat Races

Once again, employees and physicians from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Mills-Peninsula Health Services have joined up to create the Sutter Health Peninsula Coast Region (PCR) team at the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival on September 17, 2011. Both new and returning paddlers will be participating on our boat. 

Want to see what’s it like being a paddler? Check out this video from last year’s race!

Cheer for our Peninsula Coastal Dragons team!

Come show your support for the PCR Dragons by attending the free race day event with your family and friends. The Dragon Boat Festival is  Saturday, September 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Treasure Island in San Francisco. It’s always a fun event and a beautiful San Francisco Bay setting –  we hope to see you there cheering for our team!

To learn more about the San Francisco Dragon Boat event, visit