Organizational News

PAMF Research Institute’s Dr. Harold Luft Receives 2018 Centennial Medal from Harvard University

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Organizational News, Quality, Research, We're Awesome

Dr. Harold Luft, Ph.D., director, PAMF Research Institute

PALO ALTO, Calif.- Harold S. Luft, Ph.D., director of Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), has been awarded the Centennial Medal from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the school’s highest honor recognizing outstanding alumni whose contributions to knowledge, to their disciplines, to their colleagues, and to society have made a fundamental and lasting impact.

Dr. “Hal” Luft, who is also a senior scientist at PAMF’s Research Institute and the Caldwell B. Esselstyn Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Health Economics at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, received the honor for his influential work as a health care economist.

Dr. Luft was presented with the award on May 23 at a ceremony at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in Cambridge, Mass. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Harvard’s Department of Economics, completing his Ph.D. thesis in 1973 on the impact of poverty on health, and health on poverty, in America.

“Harold Luft’s dedication to advancing interdisciplinary, empirical research has improved health care for the benefit of millions of Americans,” said Emma Dench, GSAS interim dean. “We are proud to award him the 2018 Centennial Medal.”

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Sutter Health Further Evolves Senior Leadership Structure

Posted on Apr 11, 2018 in Organizational News

Longtime leaders take on roles of Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Services; Greater Emphasis on Mental Health and Population Health

Not-for-profit Sutter Health today announced updates to its senior leadership team. James Conforti, who currently serves as President of Sutter Health’s Valley Area Operating Unit, will become the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. Jeff Gerard, currently President of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Operating Unit has been named Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategic Services. Conforti and Gerard will assume their new roles on June 1, and their previous positions will be eliminated. Additionally, Rishi Sikka, M.D., President of System Enterprises, will expand his role to help Sutter Health further increase its focus on mental health and population health services.

“It’s a dynamic and exciting time to be in healthcare and these updates to my senior leadership team are part of our continual process to evolve the care we provide to meet our patients’ expectations,” said Sarah Krevans, Sutter Health President and CEO. “We want to better enable collaboration, innovation and technology, and align our clinical services to deliver high-quality, personalized, and affordable care.

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Memorial Medical Center Opens New Biplane Surgical Suite

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 in Expanding Access, Neurosciences, Organizational News

MODESTO, Calif. – Memorial Medical Center (MMC), part of Sutter Health, recently opened their new biplane neurological suite, allowing neurosurgeons to use advanced equipment and techniques to benefit local Sutter Health patients.

The biplane suite, which includes the use of two rotating cameras to create detailed 3D views of the blood vessels in and leading to the brain, is designed to help neurosurgeons better treat patients with stroke-causing blood clots. The physicians are able to quickly receive more detailed information, helping  lead to a faster recovery for the patient.

“The technology offers a minimally invasive method to locate the clots in the brain and to use imaging to help guide surgeons as they remove the clots,” said Sergio Camarillo, director of patient care services at MMC. Read More

21 Sutter Health Affiliates Earn Recognition as Leaders in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in Community Benefit, Organizational News, Scroll Images, We're Awesome

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Twenty-one affiliates within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network earned recognition as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization.
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Palo Alto Medical Foundation Opens New Sunnyvale Eye Institute

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Organizational News

20161210_081049 MUNNERLYN EYE INSTITUTE STREET VIEW

PAMF’s Munnerlyn Eye Institute at 1085 El Camino Real in Sunnyvale

Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) announced the opening on  Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, of  Munnerlyn Eye Institute, a new spacious facility in Sunnyvale offering eye care for all ages as well as advanced procedures. The Institute is located at 1085 West El Camino Real.

As part of PAMF’s ophthalmology and optometry department, the doctors at Munnerlyn Eye Institute offer a full range of eye care. This includes eye exams and prescribing corrective lenses as well as treatment of eye diseases such as conjunctivitis, macular degeneration, other retina disorders, glaucoma and cataracts. Renowned specialists perform advanced surgeries and LASIK procedures. The Institute’s providers also offer specialized pediatric eye care. Read More