Posts made in October, 2011

Volunteers Offer Companionship to Patients Nearing Last Days of Life

Mills-Peninsula Chaplain Sam Ortega isn’t always sure whether patients recognize the sound of their favorite music or hear the passages of familiar books as they pass through their final days.

But the occasional moments of awareness, such as a toe tapping in time to a beloved Johnny Cash tune, let Ortega and other volunteers in the No One Dies Alone (NODA) program know the work they do is helping comfort and soothe.

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Mills-Peninsula Works with PAMF’s Innovation Center to Pilot Transition of Care Program


As baby boomers age, America has to find better ways to ensure that everyone has access to excellent health care – whenever and wherever they need it, says Paul Tang, M.D., chief innovation and technology officer for Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF).

Dr. Tang is one of several Sutter Health leaders on the Peninsula pioneering efforts to redesign health care from inside the industry. Their work is resulting in exciting new projects that forge relationships in communities to improve the quality of life and health of Americans.

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Adult Day Health Program Helps Keep People Independent

For six years Norma Giuliani has relied on a local senior health program to get her out of her studio apartment a few times each week.

To 75-year-old Giuliani, the adult day health program at Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus in Burlingame is a lifeline to a level of care not available elsewhere.

Adult day health care is designed to provide medical and social services for older and disabled adults — keeping them independent and out of more expensive nursing homes, which provide a more intensive level of care.

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Bariatric Surgery Patients Share Their Stories

“Losing a hundred pounds is like getting your life back,” says Kenneth A. Plough II.

A high school teacher and competitive swimmer, Plough opted to undergo weight loss (bariatric) surgery, seven years ago.

At 5 foot, 7 inches tall, Plough’s weight had ballooned to 315 pounds. He suffered from type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, constant pain from a herniated disc and bouts of asthma.

Within 18 months after the operation, Plough lost one-third of his body weight plus all his medical issues.

“Life is much easier than it was 100 pounds ago,” says Plough.

“But even if I wasn’t swimming competitively, just to have lost the weight, not have to wear a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device at night, worry about diabetes, or live with that pain in my joints, it was worth it.”

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Frances Huang, Mills-Peninsula Medical Social Worker to Speak at Alzheimer’s Conference

Frances Huang, MSW, Mills-Peninsula’s Senior Focus Program

Frances Huang, medical social worker at Mills-Peninsula’s Senior Focus Program will be a featured speaker the 7th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Circle of Care Conference on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City, California. This annual education conference is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and  is designed for families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. It is also for professionals who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, the challenges and hope for the future.

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