Posts made in July, 2011

MPHS Medical Volunteers Make Trip to Philippines

Dr. Kim Erlich, Medical Director of Infection Control at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, recently returned from his fourth volunteer medical trip to the Philippines. He and a group of Mills-Peninsula medical staff volunteered with Philos Health – a nonprofit organization formed in August 2004 to improve the health and well-being of people living in rural and underserved areas of the Philippines. PhilosHealth is comprised predominantly of Mills-Peninsula health care providers and supportive community members. In this blog post, Dr. Erlich provides a first-hand account of his Mills group’s most recent trip.

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Expert Stroke Care Continues at New Hospital

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Successful treatment can depend on expert medical care close to home. Did you know that Mills-Peninsula was the first certified stroke center on the Peninsula? Since then, our award-winning medical team has given hundreds of people the best chances of recovery. At our new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, which opened in May 2011, we’ll do even better.

In this brief video now airing on ABC television, Emergency Physician Karin Molander, M.D., and the Stroke Center team, give viewers a tour of the new hospital’s expanded emergency room, life-saving technology, and a healing environment for patients and families.

You can read more about strokes, learn the warning signs of a stroke, and take an interactive stroke risk assessment on the Mills-Peninsula Stroke Center  web page.

Caregiver University: Tools for Effective Caregiving

If you help care for a senior, there is a free class available through the Mills-Peninsula Health Services Senior Focus Program to make your caregiving path a little smoother. Our Tools for Effective Caregiving educational series focuses both on the needs of caregivers and their loved ones. The classes are co-sponsored by the County of San Mateo Aging and Adult Services, and provide hands-on opportunities to learn practical skills and help people cope with the challenges of elder care. The class also connects caregivers with support groups and other community resources. This course is not for professional caregivers.

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Advanced Cardiology Care at Mills-Peninsula

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States and a major challenge for caregivers and patients alike. At the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, California, our mission has been to provide the best medical experts with the most advanced technology for the treatment of heart disease. To accomplish this, we’ve come together to design a truly responsive healing environment at our new hospital – with a drive to excel and a spirit of compassion. You can learn more about this healing environment as Cardiothoracic Surgeon Conrad Vial, M.D. explains in this new video currently airing on ABC television.

Be Sun Smart: Tips for Summer Skin Safety

Dr. Janet Maldonado examines a patient’s skin.

Skin cancer is on the rise for all age groups, and melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — is increasing in people over 65. Because you accumulate sun damage throughout your life, even in later years, good habits are important at every age. Being smart about sun protection will help you stay safe while enjoying the summer.

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