Community Benefit

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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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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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

In it to End it – 2011 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

We Walk… Because We Can’t Walk Away

My work as an oncology rehabilitation specialist at PAMF has allowed me to become a part of patient’s lives as they navigate the complicated journey through cancer treatment. I work with patients from their time of diagnosis, through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and beyond. Our department within the Cancer Care Center addresses important issues such as pain, musculoskeletal and neurological side effects of treatment and surgery, fatigue, and swelling. Our main objective is to work as a team with patients and their families to improve their quality of life and return patients to their pain free prior level of function.

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Save Lives – Give Blood This Year!


PAMF employees donate at blood drives.

There is no substitute for human blood.  Much of today’s medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.  Every three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion.  Whether it’s a premature infant, a child being treated for cancer, a father injured in a serious car accident, or an elderly woman needing heart surgery, everyday, hundreds of people in our communities need blood.

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Join PAMF for “Healthy Screenings” Movie Nights!

Presenting…Healthy Screenings Film Series

We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” But did you know that the Palo Alto Medical Foundation has created a free community film series that aims to help you understand what you are eating?  This thought provoking series of films and engaging discussions are led in-person by PAMF family medicine physician and former film critic Dr. Ed Yu in Mountain View, and a group of PAMF doctors in Santa Cruz. The movies are shown monthly at the PAMF Mountain View Center and PAMF Santa Cruz hosts a monthly series (at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz). We would love to have you join us at one of our upcoming movie nights!

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