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Men’s Health Symposium Targets Prostate Cancer, Heart Disease Prevention

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Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men, who are more than twice as likely to die of the disease as white men, according to the American Cancer Society. Early detection can save lives. To help men take action on prostate cancer prevention and other health issues, the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) and Mills-Peninsula are hosting the annual Men’s Health Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Mills Health Center in San Mateo.

“This is meant to be a day of empowerment for our men to take charge of their own health,” says Gloria Brown, chairperson of AACHAC. “Men tend to put health screenings off. This event makes it easy and fun to take action and learn more about healthy living.”

The event offers free health screenings for prostate cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. A 12-hour fast is required for the lab screenings (water and medications are OK, delay diabetes medications).

In addition to prostate cancer, this year’s event is also focused on heart disease prevention. Dean Moore, a heart transplant recipient, musician and former San Francisco 49er, will be the keynote presenter and will perform a concert at the end of the event. The lab screenings — specifically cholesterol and blood pressure tests — can alert the presence of risk factors for heart disease.

Registration for the Men’s Health Symposium starts at 7 a.m., and screenings start at 7:30 a.m. The event, including breakfast, lunch and a concert, is free to attendees who register by 11:30 a.m. After 11:30 a.m., the cost is $10 for lunch and the concert.

For more information and to register, call 650-696-4378 or go to

Grandmother Power Author at Mills Health Center

grandmother_powerIn 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.

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City and Hospital Celebrate New Public Art

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On August 14, representatives from Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the City of Burlingame will attend a celebration in honor of the new installation Ode to Joy, a series of eight sculptures by acclaimed artist Douwe Blumberg.

The Kentucky-based artist responded to Mills-Peninsula’s national call for design submissions for a public work of art to adorn the grounds of the new medical center, which opened in May 2011. Blumberg’s design depicting birds taking flight was chosen by a selection committee, hospital employees and members of the community. Blumberg installed his sculptures of cast aluminum birds at Mills-Peninsula this spring. With more than 200 completed commissions, Blumberg has created artwork for Ground Zero in New York City, the Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial and the royal residence in Dubai.

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New Advances in Ankle Surgery Improve Patient Mobility

Replacements, Fusions and Transplants Heal Common and Chronic Injuries

New technologies developed in the last decade have helped ankle surgeons achieve better outcomes for a range of injuries and conditions.

The Mills-Peninsula Orthopedic Ankle Center team now offers total ankle replacement, a procedure that replaces a painful, arthritic joint with metal and plastic implants, similar to knee and hip replacements. Total ankle replacements are typically recommended for people who have advanced ankle arthritis, destroyed joint surfaces, or pain and stiffness that interferes with daily activities. Studies show that ankle replacements can safely and reliably ease pain and maintain mobility in patients. Improved ankle replacement parts made of metal and a smooth plastic material (polyethylene) can relieve the pain of bone rubbing against bone. 

Todd Kim, M.D.

Todd Kim, M.D.

 “As people get older, they’ve had more time to injure their ankles and joints,” says Todd Kim, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula orthopedic surgeon who has specialized training in both ankle and shoulder repairs.

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Korean Consul-General Thanks Mills-Peninsula for Care to Asiana Crash Victims

Pictured (l to r): Alan Brody, M.D., Bob Merwin, Consul-General Han Dong-man, Lorraine Massa, M.D.

Pictured left to right: Alan Brody, M.D., Bob Merwin, Consul-General Han Dong-man, Lorraine Massa, M.D.

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.

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SMSC & PAMF Recognized as Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality

HRC-LGBT-300x187Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center (SMSC) and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), have been recognized as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization.

SMSC and PAMF earned honors for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate health care.

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Mills-Peninsula Cares for Victims of Asiana Airlines Airplane Crash

mills.exteriorUPDATED July 15, 2013, 12:30 p.m PT – As of Monday morning, July 15, 2013, the Mills-Peninsula Emergency Department in Burlingame, CA, had assessed and cared for 38 injured passengers from the Asiana Airlines airplane crash that occurred Saturday, July 6 at San Francisco International Airport. All are in stable condition with injuries generally reported as fractures, contusions and abrasions.

Five people (all adults) were originally admitted to the hospital. One is currently still in the hospital in stable condition.

Representatives from the Korean and Chinese Consulates were on site Saturday and Sunday to offer assistance to patients and their families.

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