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Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) —not-for-profit affiliates of Sutter Health – are providing $9 million in funding over the next three years to 11 community clinics in Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. The community clinics provide health care for free or reduced rates to low-income and uninsured people who may otherwise be unable to access medical care.
“Caring for the community is at the heart of what we do at Mills-Peninsula and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation,” says Jeff Gerard, Regional President, Sutter Health. “We are committed to improving health care throughout the Bay Area. By partnering with these clinics, we will help increase much-needed access to medical care.”
“Our partnership with Mills-Peninsula goes beyond the dollars to truly keep people healthier,” says Sharon Petersen, Samaritan House director of operations. “So many wonderful physicians from Mills-Peninsula help people feel good day to day.”
Sutter Davis Hospital CEO Janet Wagner to Succeed Retiring Bob Merwin
Janet Wagner, chief executive officer of Sutter Davis Hospital, has been named the next CEO for Mills-Peninsula Health Services. She will be only the fourth CEO at Mills-Peninsula in its 60-year history. Wagner succeeds current Mills-Peninsula CEO Bob Merwin who has led the organization for 27 years. Wagner begins her new role on September 29 and will work closely with Merwin to ensure a smooth transition upon his retirement in January 2015.
“I am very proud that we are able to tap talent like Janet Wagner’s from within the Sutter Health family to grow and take on new leadership roles. This is especially important as we continue on the path to become a truly integrated health care organization, linking and strengthening local, regional and system-wide strategies and services to keep our patients at the center of everything we do,” said Jeff Gerard, Sutter Health regional president.
U.S. News & World Report named Mills-Peninsula Health Services to its annual list of Best Hospitals 2014-15 for regional excellence in Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery and Gynecology. The annual U.S. News rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
“Every day our physicians, nurses and staff members work hard to enhance the health of our community through exceptional, compassionate care,” said Mills-Peninsula Health Services CEO Bob Merwin. “We’re proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the outstanding level of care consistently achieved by our services.”
Community members are invited to join a free showing of the award-winning film, Forks Over Knives, at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, clinic building, Auditorium 1, June 25 at 7 p.m., says Debra Shapiro, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula OB/Gyn.
The 96-minute film will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Katie Mae, M.S., a nutritionist and culinary instructor who specializes in plant-based and sugar-free cooking. Light refreshments will be served. Read More about Movie Night at Mills-Peninsula June 25: Forks Over Knives
Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Mills-Peninsula with an “A,” its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. Read More about Mills-Peninsula Earns ‘A’ Grade in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score
Mills-Peninsula Health Services has received a designation for providing specialized care to geriatric patients. The program is called NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), and provides training for nurses and hospital leadership in issues related to caring for older patients.
The NICHE initiative started at Mills-Peninsula with a grant from the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation to support the specialized training. Jason Overby, an advanced practice nurse who specializes in geriatric care, spearheaded the program after recognizing the need. Read More about Mills-Peninsula Achieves Geriatric Care Designation
For the fourth year in a row, Mills-Peninsula Health Services has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus award, part of the Get With The Guidelines stroke prevention program. The award recognizes Mills-Peninsula for treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association standards of care for at least two consecutive years and achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with seven of 10 stroke quality measures in the Get With The Guidelines program. Read More about Mills-Peninsula Receives Fourth Consecutive Stroke Quality Award