Organizational News

Mills-Peninsula Begins Construction of Replacement Helipad

Sutter Health’s Mills-Peninsula Health Services has begun construction of a helipad to replace the one demolished during construction of Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, which opened in May 2011.

Once constructed, the helipad will facilitate transport of critically ill patients and enhance Mills-Peninsula’s participation in the newly-launched Sutter Health medical transport network. Via air ambulance, critically ill patients will be transported more quickly and efficiently – both within the Sutter Health network and outside of it.

The helipad will also help ensure residents continue to have access to emergency care in the event a disaster, such as an earthquake, renders roadways impassable. Read More

Mills-Peninsula Announces New Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease

Image-Guided Atherectomy Device Helps Physicians See Inside Arteries

The Cardiovascular Department at Mills-Peninsula Health Services is one of the first in the United States to offer a new treatment recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide relief for patients suffering from the painful symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or PAD — a condition caused by a build-up of plaque that blocks blood flow in the arteries to the legs and feet.


Dirk Baumann, M.D.

Dirk Baumann, M.D. and Stephanie Lin, M.D., vascular surgeons at Mills-Peninsula, are two of the first physicians in the country using Avinger’s Pantheris™ lumivascular atherectomy system, the first-ever, image-guided atherectomy device for the treatment of PAD.

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Mills-Peninsula to Sell Skilled Nursing Operations to Plum Healthcare Group

Mills-Peninsula Health Services today announced that it is completing the sale of the Mills-Peninsula Skilled Nursing operations, located at 1609 Trousdale Drive in Burlingame, to Plum Healthcare Group, LLC. The California Department of Public Health granted an operating license to Plum Healthcare Group, and transfer of ownership will take place on June 30. The new entity will be called Peninsula Post-Acute.

“The guiding principle for the sale of our skilled nursing facility has been to ensure quality services will continue to be available in our community,” said Dolores Gomez, Mills-Peninsula Health Services chief operating officer. “This move is part of an ongoing effort to concentrate resources on services our hospital is best positioned to provide, reduce costs and be more affordable to our acute care patients.” Read More

Mills-Peninsula’s Advanced Joint Care and Replacement Center Joins the California Joint Replacement Registry

SH_MPHS_Orth_jointCare_1line_1lineDept_clr_cmykMills-Peninsula’s new Advanced Joint Care and Replacement Center, which opened to patients in July 2014, has joined the California Joint Replacement Registry (CJRR), an independent organization that collects and reports patient data about the outcomes of joint replacement procedures. Mills-Peninsula joined the CJRR in an effort to continuously improve quality and satisfaction for our patients who have hip and knee replacements.

Since its opening, the Advanced Joint Care and Replacement Center has registered more than 200 knee and hip replacement patients in the CJRR. “Tracking patient outcomes in the CJRR is truly beneficial to patients and the joint replacement care field as a whole,” said Kyoko Lok, clinical nurse case reviewer in Quality Management at Mills-Peninsula.  Read More

Mills-Peninsula & PAMF Donate $9M to Bay Area Community Clinics

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.”

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Mills-Peninsula Names New CEO

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.

Jane Wagner will be the new CEO of Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame.

Jane Wagner will be the new CEO of Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame.

“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.

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