Posts made in March, 2012

Aging Expert & Author from Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute to Keynote Mills-Peninsula Luncheon, Lecture

Michael Roizen, M.D., chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and a New York Times best selling author, will be the keynote speaker for the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s  11th Annual Women’s Luncheon & Lecture  April 30, 2012 in Burlingame.

Dr. Roizen will talk about “Extending Your Warranty: A Happier, Healthier YOU.”  An anesthesiologist and internist, he has co-founded 12 companies and co-authored the YOU series, with Mehmet Oz, M.D., including “Staying Young: the Owner’s Manual to Extending Your Warranty.”

  • Natural ways to lower blood pressure
  • Anti-aging agents for men and women over 50
  • Ways to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol without drugs
  • How to increase energy, alertness and vitality
  • How to prevent or stop the progression of arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Secrets to success in weight loss, and
  • How to manage stress in all aspects of life.

The 2012 Women’s Luncheon & Lecture is expected to draw more than 800 attendees. Proceeds will benefit Mills-Peninsula’s Women’s Health Center and the expansion of the Breast Health Program.

Last year’s program raised more than $300,000, which funded new equipment, nursing education and other services in the Women’s Health Center, including free mammograms and continuing care for the uninsured and underserved women in the community.

The luncheon program will also include a fundraising raffle. Individual seats are $150; sponsorships and tables are also available. Register online.

Media Contact

During his Bay Area visit, Dr. Roizen will have some availability for media interviews. If you are interested in talking with him, please contact Karen Malekos-Smith at 650-696-5908 or

Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Receives Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation

Cute baby imageSanta Cruz, Calif. — Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) has been designated by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. as a “Baby-Friendly” hospital as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI).

The BFHI is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. The BFHI provides direction to hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so. Scientific studies have shown that breastfed children have fewer and less serious illnesses than those who never receive breast milk, including reduced risk of SIDS and less childhood cancer and diabetes.

To achieve the Baby-Friendly designation, facilities must register with Baby-Friendly USA, complete the all of the requirements, and ultimately demonstrate during an on-site assessment that they have correctly integrated all of the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding into their practice for healthy newborns.  Nurses undergo 18 hours of training and three hours of supervised time with patients, and physicians receive three hours of training.

“We are extremely proud of our Lactation Center and the wonderfully supportive staff there, along with our outstanding obstetricians and pediatricians,” said Ric Nichols, SMSC administrator.  “The services they provide are an important part of having a wonderful birthing experience here at SMSC.”

SMSC also recently received high marks in a recent California WIC survey, ranking fifth in the state in exclusive breastfeeding scores.  Approximately 98 percent of mothers enter SMSC with the intention to breastfeed, and 93 percent leave exclusively breastfeeding. In comparison, LA County Hospitals’ data shows that close to 90 percent of women enter intending to breastfeed, yet 39 percent leave exclusively breastfeeding.  This is an indication of SMSC’s extraordinary lactation practices, training and team approach.

Image of the Sutter Maternity and Surgery Hospital

Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz (PAMF Santa Cruz) provides general health care, family practice, urgent care, primary care and health care specialists.  The 30-bed Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) is a licensed and Joint Commission accredited acute care hospital providing birthing, medical and surgical services. PAMF Santa Cruz and SMSC coordinate to provide an integrated model of health care delivery for Santa Cruz County residents. Both are affiliates of the Sutter Health family of not-for-profit physician organizations and hospitals that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality.

Media Contact:

Mark Riley

Student Gardens Grow Positive Attitudes about Fruits, Vegetables

College Park Elementary School of San Mateo is planting an American Heart Association Teaching Garden. It is part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds.

The Plant Day Celebration, to be held on Thursday, March 15 at College Park Elementary, will feature a performance by the school choir and a “produce market” where students can select a vegetable with a healthy recipe to take home. Special guests include Ticker the giant heart and his friends, the Produce Posse. Read More