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New PAMF Sunnyvale Center Opens August 5

Sunnyvale Entrance for Blog

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation‘s (PAMF) new Sunnyvale Center at 301 Old San Francisco Road will open for patient care on Monday, August 5. Come and celebrate the grand opening of the new center with us at our community open house and health fair on July 28, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The new, state-of-the art 120,000-square-foot medical center will house:

  • Cancer Care and Infusion Center
  • Comprehensive Primary Care for adults, including Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatric Care
  • Diagnostic Imaging Center offering the most advanced technology, including MRI, PET and CT and SPEC CT scanners
  • Complete laboratory, enabling patients to go directly from the exam room or physician’s office to the lab
  • Health Resource Center
  • Café
  • Conference Center

The new Sunnyvale Center replaces a 55-year-old medical building at 301 Old San Francisco Road. The beautiful and modern three-story building is about half the size of PAMF’s Mountain View Center and twice the size of the old Sunnyvale clinic.

Who is moving into the new Sunnyvale Center?

Several departments and services will be moving into the new Sunnyvale Center. These include:

Family and Internal Medicine

The Family and Internal Medicine Departments from 401 Old San Francisco Road will relocate to the second floor of the new center next door at  301 Old San Francisco Road. Family Medicine doctors at this location. Internal Medicine doctors at this location.

OB/Gyn

The OB/Gyn team currently seeing patients at 877 Fremont Avenue in Sunnyvale will relocate to the third floor pavilion of the new medical center. The leased clinic on Fremont Avenue will close permanently. OB/Gyn doctors at this location.

Pediatrics

The Pediatrics team currently at 201 Old San Francisco Road, Sunnyvale, will move to the second floor of the new medical center. Pediatricians at this location.

The clinics at 201 and 401 Old San Francisco Road will be closed for renovation which is as yet unscheduled.

Cancer (Oncology) Infusion Services

Granite water wall in garden outside the Sunnyvale Cancer Center

Granite water wall in garden outside the Sunnyvale Cancer Center

All oncology infusion services are moving from PAMF’s Mountain View Center to the new Sunnyvale Center. Only our chemotherapy infusion services will be moving; all other infusion services will remain at the Mountain View Center.

All the oncologists will be rotating between the Mountain View Center and new Sunnyvale Center. This includes Rosendo So-Rosillo, M.D., Edmund Tai, M.D., Derrick Wong, M.D., Irene Wu, M.D., Peter Yu, M.D.,  and Monique DeBruin, M.D., who will be joining the oncology team in August. In addition, Drs. Wong and Wu will be seeing patients in Los Gatos; two days per month each.

Learn more about the new Sunnyvale Center.

Watch the time lapse of the construction of the new Sunnyvale Center – two years of work compressed into just to a few minutes. Click on the link and then on the “Timelapse” button.

PAMF's Sunnyvale Center

PAMF Receives Top Rankings by California Office of the Patient Advocate

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has been rated four out of four stars by the California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) in a statewide assessment of all medical groups.  Medical groups were ranked in two categories: meeting national standards of care, and patient ratings.

Established in 2000, the Office of the Patient Advocate is an independent state office in conjunction with the Department of Managed Health Care. The OPA was created to represent the interests of health plan members to get the care they deserve and to promote transparency and quality health care by publishing an annual Quality of Care Report Card.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is one of only a few medical groups in California that rated four out of four stars in both categories.

“Our physicians and staff are committed to providing all of our patients with superb medical care and service. The four-star rankings are truly gratifying,” said Richard Slavin, M.D., chief executive officer of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.  “Measurement of performance and outcomes is critical to continuous improvement in our organization. Our focus is our mission: To enhance the well-being of the residents of our communities through compassion, excellence and innovation in health care services, education and research.”

For this statewide assessment, 17 quality measures are evaluated across a range of important health conditions, including preventive care and wellness, for rating on national standards of care.

The second rating was for patient satisfaction, collected via the Patient Assessment Survey (PAS), which assesses the patients’ experiences of care, and their service with the doctor and medical group.

Patients answered questions about:

  • Communications
  • Coordination of care
  • Helpfulness of office staff
  • Timely care and service
  • Health and wellness promotion

“Gold Medal” Health Information at My Life Stages

MyLifeStages.org is one of the few places online where you’ll find Northern California practicing physicians answering questions, blogging and talking about the very topics that matter most to you.

What is MyLifeStages? It’s Sutter Health’s wellness portal that connects women and their families with Sutter-affiliated doctors for health information, tools, expert tips and more, all for free. Serving more than 360,000 visitors in 2011, this site is loaded with its interactive features and health resources designed to support women on their journey toward good health at every stage of life.

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Nurses Honored with Clinical Excellence Awards

Pictured from left to right are: Deanna Ciano, Tamara Vargas-Maionchi, Wendy Valdovinos, Hope Herring and Helen Benavidez. Not pictured: Belen Salazar.

Congratulations to the six outstanding nurses who received this year’s PAMF Palo Alto Division Clinical Excellence Awards! Each year since 2005, exemplary nurses are chosen by their peers to receive this award. The winners are picked because of the excellent and compassionate care they provide for our patients and also to recognize that they are outstanding colleagues and leaders. This year’s winners, honored at a luncheon in September, are: Read More

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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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 www.sfdragonboat.com.