Community News

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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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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Introducing the Mills-Peninsula Health Services Blog

Welcome to the new Mills-Peninsula Health Services (MPHS) blog! We are excited to have this new forum with you to share health information in new ways online and to receive feedback from you on articles. Our physicians and staff look forward to providing perspective, health tips and sharing here. Please check back often because we will regularly post articles on a health topics and share news of our partnership and work in the community for health, wellness and community benefit.  We hope this blog will help keep you and your family informed, educated and even more prepared to participate in your health and wellness decisions. Read More