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American College of Surgeons Honors Mills-Peninsula for Quality Surgical Care

acs_nsqipFor the third year in a row, Mills-Peninsula Health Services achieved recognition for high-quality surgical care from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP).

Mills-Peninsula was one of only 44 hospitals in the country commended for achieving “meritorious outcome performances” in the following eight outcome areas in all surgery cases from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2013: 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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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Mills-Peninsula Health Services Among Best

20110325_PK_MILLS PENINSULA 1075U.S. News & World Report named Mills-Peninsula Health Services to its annual list of Best Hospitals 2014-15 for regional excellence in Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery and Gynecology. The annual U.S. News rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“Every day our physicians, nurses and staff members work hard to enhance the health of our community through exceptional, compassionate care,” said Mills-Peninsula Health Services CEO Bob Merwin. “We’re proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the outstanding level of care consistently achieved by our services.”

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Movie Night at Mills-Peninsula June 25: Forks Over Knives

ForksCommunity members are invited to join a free showing of the award-winning film, Forks Over Knives, at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, clinic building, Auditorium 1, June 25 at 7 p.m., says Debra Shapiro, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula OB/Gyn.

The 96-minute film will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Katie Mae, M.S., a nutritionist and culinary instructor who specializes in plant-based and sugar-free cooking. Light refreshments will be served. Read More

Mills-Peninsula Earns ‘A’ Grade in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Mills-Peninsula with an “A,”  its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. Read More

Mills-Peninsula Achieves Geriatric Care Designation


Mills-Peninsula Health Services has received a designation for providing specialized care to geriatric patients. The program is called NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders), and provides training for nurses and hospital leadership in issues related to caring for older patients.

The NICHE initiative started at Mills-Peninsula with a grant from the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation to support the specialized training. Jason Overby, an advanced practice nurse who specializes in geriatric care, spearheaded the program after recognizing the need. Read More