Since 1993, Palo Alto Medical Foundation physicians have funded and awarded more than 40 scholarships to outstanding local high school students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors.
The annual Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group Pre-Medical Scholarships each total $25,000 per recipient and are paid out to students over five years, helping them fulfill their ambition to become a doctor and give back to their communities. This year for the first time, thanks to generous donations from PAMF’s Community Board and local community members, PAMF’s Philanthropy Department awarded additional scholarships to three deserving students.
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With health insurance premiums spiraling, leaving many families with no other choice than going uninsured – free local community clinics, such as the RotaCare Clinic in Mountain View, are often the only hope for those families to receive the healthcare they need. Fulfilling our mission to help people with the most need and least access to medical services, Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) doctors and other staff members have been volunteering regularly at the RotaCare Clinic since 1996.
Almost 50 PAMF physicians and staff members volunteer to care for nearly 600 RotaCare Clinic patients each month. The clinic is held at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View for 50 hours each week, including several evenings. Physicians treat minor illnesses and injuries, help patients to manage their chronic health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, and provide free medications and referral services.
“These patients come to us because they have no other way of getting healthcare,” says David Quincy, M.D., MPH, one of PAMF’s regional medical directors, who has volunteered as medical director of the RotaCare Clinic since 1997. “It is satisfying to know that our patients leave the clinic with their medications in hand – no need to struggle with the wearying financial conflict of having to choose between buying medication and groceries.”
One client of the Mountain View RotaCare Clinic, who chose to remain anonymous, expresses her gratitude: “Your presence and care helped to restore my faith in the universe and helped me to trust that I’m going to be all right again,” she says. “In such challenging times, your benevolent assistance is lighting the path to a new and healthier way of being, one step at a time.”
“Wow!” – that’s the most common word patients and visitors utter as they enter Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Mountain View Center. At the center of the lobby is a spectacular 15-foot glass sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Made up of 442 individual hand-blown glass elements, the sculpture is an electrifying potpourri of colorful Persian-style flowers in shades of yellow, blue and red hanging in two parts from the 54-foot high atrium.
For the last six years, doctors and staff at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz and Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) have participated in an annual golf tournament to raise money for Healthy Kids of Santa Cruz County, a local organization that improves the health and well-being of low-income Santa Cruz County children by providing them with health insurance. This fall, the tournament raised $6,500, which our doctors and staff donated directly to Healthy Kids of Santa Cruz County. Since 2004, Healthy Kids has enrolled over 17,000 local children into coverage programs.
George Mendoza, an anesthesia technologist at SMSC, and the driving force and organizer of this fundraising effort, explained, “The event is not only an opportunity to get to know many of our colleagues, it also raises money for an excellent cause.”
Looking for up-to-date Down syndrome resources in person? You’ll find a wealth of materials including books and videos at PAMF’s Mountain View Center Community Health Resource Center – thanks to generous donations from the Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network and PAMF Pediatrician Dr. Jane Chen. The library is free and open to all members of the community.
Surf legend Jack O’Neill, founder and chairman of O’Neill Inc., is known the world over for developing the surfing wetsuit which not only keeps surfers warm, but also blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays. PAMF dermatologist James Beckett has two passions outside of his Santa Cruz medical practice: surfing and helping other surfers avoid skin cancer.
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