Posts made in September, 2011

Anticipating “Senior Tsunami” in San Mateo County, Mills-Peninsula Expands Geriatric Services

San Mateo County expects to see a 72 percent increase in the number of older adults (65 years and older) by the year 2030. Statistics reported by the San Mateo County Health System (2010) indicate that as a result of the significant increase in older adults living in the area, there will be a 50 percent increase in the demand for doctors, and as great as 108 percent increase in demand for sub-specialty care. Mills-Peninsula Health Services is one of several key San Mateo County organizations already planning and expanding services essential to this large and growing part of our community.

Mills-Peninsula is also working now to encourage optimal health and well being in our senior population with preventive health and wellness programs and health education. Among the variety of programs and services that support older patients, are Adult Day Health, Alzheimer’s Day Health Care and Wise and Well. One geriatric program, in particular, is growing in anticipation of increased demand – the Geriatric Hip Fracture Program. Read More

Mills-Peninsula Medical Group Named Among Top Performers Statewide

Honored by Integrated Healthcare Association

Five physician organizations within the Sutter Medical Network were honored this week by the Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA), a prominent industry leadership group that promotes and recognizes quality improvement in health care statewide.

The five Sutter affiliates receiving quality awards through IHA’s Pay for Performance (P4P) recognition program are:

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Quality Patient Care Will Continue During Nurses’ Union Strike

The California Nurses Association (CNA) has called a strike against Mills-Peninsula and seven other Sutter Health hospitals on Sept. 22.

Both Mills-Peninsula Medical Center and Mills Health Center will remain open and provide full medical services, including emergency care, throughout the strike.

The union called a one-day strike at Mills-Peninsula, but because our contract with the replacement staffing company requires a five-day minimum, nurses will return to work on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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CHART Honors Mills-Peninsula for Excellence

Mills-Peninsula Health Services (MPHS) is one of three hospitals affiliated with the Sutter Health network of care to earn a July 2011 “Certificate of Excellence” by the renowned California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Task Force (CHART).

Awarded for key quality achievements in 50 categories, Mills-Peninsula one of only 29 hospitals across California recognized for outstanding clinical performance.

“It’s great to validate the hard work our doctors, nurses and staff have been doing, especially as health care quality, service and affordability are forefront in peoples’ minds today,” said Bob Merwin, MPHS CEO. I’m very proud of the doctors, nurses and staff who earned this CHART recognition. We are all dedicated to providing the best care for our community.” Read More

Mills-Peninsula Donates Care through Operation Access

Mills-Peninsula donates care through Operation Access, a non-profit organization that helps low-income, uninsured people receive surgical and specialty care they need. Mills-Peninsula has participated since 2003. In the first half of 2011, Mills-Peninsula performed 45 percent of the services provided in San Mateo County through Operation Access.

For the first half of 2011, Mills-Peninsula provided $219,096 in charity care through Operation Access. Services provided at Mills-Peninsula include 22 operating room procedures, three gastroenterology procedures, two minor radiology procedures.

Participating specialties include otolaryngology (ENT), general surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, vascular and urology. Read More