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  • It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate

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    Earlier this month, the county’s Public Health Department informed us that the first flu death of the 2015-2016 influenza virus in the state of California was recorded in Santa Clara County. As a health care professional, this news saddens me deeply, both because a life was lost and because I suspect that this drastic outcome could most likely have been prevented. The deceased person was an adult under 65 years of age who had chronic underlying medical conditions, tested positive for influenza A, was hospitalized and ultimately died from ... Read More

  • Community Health Centers and Valley Medical Center Rise to the Challenge!


    As the Daughters of Charity hospitals consider their newest suitor, Blue Mountain Capital, we must not lose sight of the critical function healthcare partnerships play in creating and sustaining a healthcare safety net for underserved populations. A good example is the alliance between Santa Clara County’s Valley Medical Center (VMC) and our non-profit Community Health Centers (CHCs), who share a philosophy and commitment to improve the health of our communities. Since 1993, we have been in formal partnership with VMC, developing an ... Read More

  • Surgery Day: Bernardino’s Story

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    Bernardino Juarez looks like an ordinary, young and joyful man. He is a construction worker living in Hollister and the proud father of a 5 year-old boy who loves soccer. On the outside, he seems relaxed and content with life, but deep inside, he confesses that there is something that doesn't let him live in peace: he is uninsured. "What if something happens to me and I can't afford to pay for health care?" This past year, Bernardino's fear became a reality when his hernia became too large to ignore. He had consulted a specialist at a health ... Read More

  • Employee Wellness is More Important than Ever

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    Health is important wherever you go. With many people spending most of their day sitting at a desk or inside an office, workplace wellness programs have become an important part of ensuring employee health. About two years ago, Gardner took a look at employee health and realized it wasn’t where it should be for an organization dedicated to health and healthcare. There had been a steady increase in employee injuries and illness. Healthcare costs and employee absenteeism was also on the rise. The leadership team recognized that something ... Read More

  • The 10 Warning Signs of Teen Suicide

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    In the early morning hours of Monday, March 9th 2015, a Palo Alto High School Sophomore ended his life by stepping into the path of an oncoming train. He was 15 years old and he was the eighth Caltrain death in a year that has barely started. For comparison, there were seven teen suicides in the Palo Alto area all of last year. Palo Alto is one of the wealthiest and best ­educated communities in California, but that has not stopped the recent spate of teen suicides. Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent, Glenn McGee, thinks he ... Read More

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