Posts made in May, 2012

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

This time last year, on May 15, 2011, the doors to the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center opened.

In its first year of operations – caring for people 24 hours a day, every day – an award-winning team of doctors, nurses and staff has tallied a number of accomplishments:

Nurses Strike Ends Quietly

The California Nurses Association strike at Mills-Peninsula Health Services ended quietly at 7 a.m., on Sunday, May 6. Although the union called for a one-day strike, the Mills-Peninsula replacement staff vendor contract requires a minimum replacement period of five days.

As in each past strike, Mills-Peninsula continued to fulfill its mission to care for the community. According to Mills-Peninsula Health Services CEO Bob Merwin, the California Department of Public Health was on site every day and expressed confidence in the quality of care that was being provided.

“During the five-day replacement period, day-to-day operations continued without incident. Eighteen babies were born, 661 patients received care in the emergency rooms, and 12 people had surgery,” Merwin said. “We are very thankful to all the staff who stepped up to make sure we continued to provide excellent care for our community.”

More information about the CNA strikes against Sutter Health

Community Invited to Soul Stroll for Health, May 19

The community is invited to join in a healthy day of walking and getting fit at the annual Soul Stroll for Health on Saturday, May 19, at San Mateo County’s 670-acre Coyote Point Recreation area. The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.

This is the 11th consecutive Soul Stroll for Health, created with a special focus on improving health in the African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander populations in San Mateo County through good nutrition and physical activity. This popular annual event is sponsored by the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) in partnership with Mills-Peninsula Health Services.

The celebrity chair this year is fitness expert Dr. Ian SmithHe has served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club, is the creator and founder of “The 50 Million Pound Challenge,” and is a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show Rachael Ray. Dr. Smith is also the host of his own nationally syndicated radio show “Health Watch” on American Urban Radio Networks.

Everyone is welcome to walk, run or stroll along the one-, three- or five-mile course. There will be a kids’ zone, free health screenings and entertainment. Estimated participation is 2,000-2,500 people. Online registration is encouraged.

For more information, please contact AACHAC Executive Director Gloria Brown at (650) 696-4378.