Posts made in February, 2013

Safeway Foundation Awards $25k to Breast Cancer Program for the Underserved

Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center has been awarded $25,000 by the Safeway Foundation to extend breast cancer care services to medically underserved women in San Mateo County. This is the seventh grant that Safeway has made to Mills-Peninsula’s Women’s Health Center, for a total of $140,000 since 2008.

The Mills-Peninsula Breast Cancer Program for Underserved Women fills the urgent need in San Mateo County for high-quality breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for women who would otherwise not have access to resources that can ensure that their cancer is detected and treated as early as possible. 

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Newest Robotic Surgery System Comes to Mills-Peninsula

Over the past 20 years, robotic surgery has advanced and redefined surgery across all specialties. Mills-Peninsula is pleased to announce a cornerstone addition to their suite of surgical services with the installation of the new da Vinci® Si robotic surgery system.  The Si system is the latest state-the-art version of the da Vinci®.


While not a robot in the strictest sense, the Si surgery system is a computer-enhanced surgical device that allows a surgeon to view surgeries in high definition 3D while manipulating mechanical arms with micro-instrument tips to perform intricate surgeries with increased stability. Some of the benefits for patients can include a faster recovery, less pain, lower risk of infection and less blood loss and scarring.

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Diabetes Research Institute Reports Advances in 2012

Great advances have occurred in diabetes research over the past decade, often in incremental steps, some which were taken at Mills-Peninsula’s Dorothy L. and James E. Frank Diabetes Research Institute in San Mateo, California. 

Mills-Peninsula’s San Mateo Center houses the Diabetes Research Institute.

“Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems of our time,” says David Klonoff, M.D., medical director of the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) at Mills-Peninsula Health Services. “We conduct research to tackle this problem and work toward breakthroughs in care.” 

Throughout 2012, the DRI conducted research studies, participated in hospital initiatives for diabetes care and performed service for Mills-Peninsula, the U.S. government, and the national and international scientific communities. In January, Dr. Klonoff compiled a summary of the DRI’s 12 grants for research conducted in 2012.

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Physicians from China Visit Mills-Peninsula on International Health Fellowship

Two physicians from Beijing, China saw health care from a very different point of view while visiting the United States as part of an International Health Fellowship, sponsored by Health Bridge International, a non-profit organization based in the United States. 

Dr. Yong Jiang presented an overview of hospital care in China.

Yong Jiang, M.D., vice chair of the Department of Surgery, and Sheng Wu, M.D., attending physician of the Emergency Department at Peking University First Hospital, spent a month visiting Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, in Burlingame, Calif., to learn about the U.S. health care system. In December the physicians explored the outpatient setting at Palo Alto Medical Foundation.  In January, they spent time at Mills-Peninsula in as many departments as possible and shadowed several physicians. 

At the conclusion of their stay, they spoke at a briefing at Mills-Peninsula to share their thoughts about health care in China and what they have learned during their visit to the medical center. 

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