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.”
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.
“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.
A new treatment that effectively targets cancer cells is offering pain relief, improved quality-of-life and extended survival time for men with late-stage prostate cancer that has spread to the bones.
Mills-Peninsula’s Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center has introduced this new cancer treatment, Xofigo (Radium-223 dichloride), for patients with advanced-stage prostate cancer that has metastasized to the bones, but not other organs. Xofigo was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2013 for treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Mills-Peninsula’s cancer center is among the first in the Bay Area to offer this new treatment.
“This drug has very low toxicity and has the potential to create comfort in men who are suffering, and it may even prolong their lives,” says Stephen Weller, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula radiation oncologist. “It is an important drug — similar to other types of radiation treatment but more effective.”
Beginning Oct. 1, legal residents of California who do not have health insurance from their job or from another government program will be able to buy insurance through the state’s new “exchange” called Covered California. On Jan. 1, 2014, most people will be required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) to have health insurance.
All health plans purchased through Covered California must cover certain services called essential health benefits. These include doctor visits, hospital stays, emergency care, maternity care, children’s care, prescriptions, medical tests and mental health care. They also must cover preventive care services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies.
In conjunction with National Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 8, acclaimed photojournalist and author Paola Gianturco will speak and sign copies of her book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, on Sept. 7, at Mills Health Center in San Mateo.
Organized by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) USA and the African American Community Health Advisory Committee and sponsored by Mills-Peninsula Health Services, the event is a benefit for the AWDF’s Mother Africa campaign, which helps African grandmothers who are supporting children orphaned by AIDS.
The Consul-General of the Republic of Korea, Han Dong-man, visited Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, to thank the hospital staff for the care and compassion they provided to victims of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport.
Mills-Peninsula’s Charles and Ann Johnson Foundation Emergency Department cared for 22 injured passengers on the day of the airplane crash, and doctors examined several more in subsequent days. In total, the hospital treated 38 passengers with injuries that included fractures, contusions and abrasions.
During his visit, Consul-General Dong-man met with CEO Bob Merwin; COO Dolores Gomez; Lorraine Massa, M.D., chief of staff; and Allan Brody, M.D., vice chief of staff and medical director of the Emergency Department.