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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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ECH Senior Health Center offers new model of care

El Camino Hospital’s Senior Health Center is designed to ensure access to fully integrated, comprehensive care so that seniors can remain healthy and independent as long as possible.

A new approach to senior care, the center, one of the first of its kind in Northern California, provides a “patient-centered medical home” to patients 65 and older, according to administrators.

Patrick Kearns, M.D., a longtime gerontologist and chronic-care expert, serves as the center’s medical director and was instrumental in its creation.

“It is estimated that by the year 2020, Santa Clara County’s population of adults over 65 will reach close to 300,000, nearly double what it is today, and these adults will be dealing with a wide array of chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” Kearns said. “This makes it imperative to have this ‘patient-centered medical home’ model that offers a better way to help them manage their ongoing care.”

Kearns has worked with Silicon Valley’s aging population for three decades, as both a physician and an administrator at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. At Valley Med, he served in leadership roles in chronic-care management, diabetes care, inpatient management, clinical nutrition, primary care and intensive care. He also has served on numerous local and national initiatives and task forces in those areas.

The Senior Health Center’s multidisciplinary team provides integrated care under the direction of board-certified internists and geriatricians who work directly with patients’ current physicians to coordinate services at the center and in the community. Patients have the opportunity to select a primary-care physician, if they do not already have one, and are supported by a care team – a nurse coordinator, a nutritionist, a geriatric case worker, a pharmacist and other experts as needed.

Health-care management tools

The center supports patients with tools and techniques that help them stay involved in their health-care management. Among those tools is a secure, online patient portal tied to the patient’s medical record. The portal enables patients to communicate with their entire care team, access test results, schedule appointments and track their medical care.

Creating an extensive support network for older adults is an important piece of the medical home concept.

“One of the key differences with the Senior Health Center is that we provide comprehensive care to the patient through an extensive care team, focus on wellness and independence and spend the time needed with each patient and their caregivers necessary to improve health,” said Scott Farr, vice president of Continuum of Care, who works with Kearns. “Here, the patient comes first.”

With many physician practices full or unable to accept Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service patients, the center provides a primary-care alternative for individuals over the age of 65. Seniors do not have to be a current or prior patient at El Camino Hospital to use the center. They can self-refer or be referred by a physician who does not take Medicare Part B.

Services offered

The center ensures that both the medical and psychosocial needs of the patient are met, according to administrators. Services include not only the diagnosis and treatment of an immediate illness or injury, but also future risk assessment wellness planning, disease-specific health education, nutritional assessment, medication counseling and functional/social/psychological assessments.

For example, pharmacists and dietitians look carefully at each senior’s prescription medications and monitor their diets. Caseworkers focus on finding out what sort of support the patient needs at home, and whether there are relatives helping with care. If transportation to and from home is needed, El Camino Hospital’s volunteer RoadRunners service is an option.

The center also assists patients in understanding various Medicare plan options. By talking with staff, seniors can evaluate all of the plan options and discuss additions such as prescription drug coverage and supplemental packages.

The Senior Health Center is located at Cedar Pavilion, 2660 Grant Road, Suite F, Mountain View. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 962-4360.

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