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Sutter Lakeside Hospital Evacuation Update

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Clinics Continue to Be Closed Due to Fire Threat

Sacramento, Calif. — Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Sutter Care at Home offices in Lakeport continue to be closed to patients due to the Mendocino Complex fires.

The hospital and clinics have been under an evacuation order since Saturday, July 28, 2018.

A team of personnel are working onsite at the hospital to make sure it is secure, functional and able to open when it is appropriate. Although some local roads near the hospital may be opening, it is not yet certain when the hospital or the clinics will re-open.

“We are looking forward to once again serving patients with compassion and excellence when the hospital reopens,’’ said Dan Peterson, chief administrative officer at Sutter Lakeside Hospital. “When the hospital is cleared to open, we will notify patients and the communities we support.’’ Read More

Recommendations on Coping with Poor Air Quality Due to Wildfires

Posted on Aug 5, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome, Wellness

LAKEPORT, Calif.–Sutter Lakeside Hospital continues to be threatened by the Mendocino Complex fire. The fire, which includes the River and Ranch Fires, began Saturday, July 28, and to this date is still raging

As the fires continue, the air quality is poor. When pollution is bad, it can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, cause shortness of breath, aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Air quality has been rated unsafe to unhealthy for sensitive groups who live near the fires, and it is also rated unhealthy for those who live in the Sacramento area. Poor air quality and smoky air also have been reported in the East Bay, including Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley area.

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PAMF Physicians Award Scholarships to Aspiring Future Doctors

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

PALO ALTO, Calif.–Three recent high school graduates are the latest recipients of college scholarships awarded by Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) physicians. The annual scholarships, created to help meet the need for future physicians, are awarded to deserving local students who are committed to becoming medical doctors.

The students, who are chosen through a competitive process, receive $25,000 or $12,000 scholarships that are paid over several years to help cover the costs of undergraduate studies and medical school.

Since 1993, PAMF physicians have funded and awarded more than 50 scholarships to outstanding local high school students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors. In addition, PAMF’s philanthropy department has awarded eight scholarships over the years thanks to generous community donors. Read More

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Neurologist Receives Public Service Award from KPIX-5 TV

Posted on Jul 9, 2018 in Community Benefit, We're Awesome

Dr. Joanna Cooper, a Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEBMF) neurologist has received the Jefferson Award from KPIX-5 San Francisco for her work co-founding Maya’s Music Therapy, a music therapy nonprofit that improves the quality of life developmentally disabled participants.

Watch to learn more about this inspirational program on @CBSSanFrancisco.

Maya’s Music Therapy Fund honors Dr. Cooper’s severely disabled daughter, Maya who died at age 14 from a rare neurologic disorder.

“She was nonverbal, but she could really come alive with music,” Dr. Cooper recalled.

When Dr. Cooper and Maya’s father founded the nonprofit in 1989, they started with a handful of children. Today, the nonprofit is 29 years old and serves more than a hundred children and adults. Read More

HMR Program Ranked a No. 1 “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet” for Third Year

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 in Uncategorized, We're Awesome

PALO ALTO, Calif.– For the third consecutive year, HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been ranked as a No. 1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet  in an annual 2018 ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

The simple and high-intensity lifestyle intervention program is offered by Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation at two locations, 301 Old San Francisco Road in Sunnyvale, and 795 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. 

The magazine evaluated 40 of the most popular diets and weight-loss programs on a range of levels from heart healthiness to their likelihood of helping people lose weight.

“Successful weight loss is not only about losing pounds quickly, it’s about creating changes around eating and physical activity that you can sustain over the long term,” said Carol Addy, M.D. MMSc, Chief Medical Officer at HMR. “By keeping the plan simple, people can lose weight quickly while building the skills they need for long-term weight management.”

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

Posted on May 30, 2018 in 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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