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The Economic Gap is Now a Canyon

Folks in Tallahassee or Saint Paul or Topeka often assume that everyone living in Silicon Valley drives around in a BMW. That’s why, when I’ve traveled, I’ve tried to share the truth…and it’s shocking to many: One in four families in “wealthy” Silicon Valley cannot simultaneously afford food, clothing, shelter and medical care. But not […]

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President Cortese: "If we are bold," we can stop diabetes

President Cortese: “If we are bold,” we can stop diabetes

President Dave Cortese gave his “State of the County” address on Tuesday, January 27 to a packed house at San Jose’s Montgomery Theater. He spoke about many of our county’s pressing problems, and in each case, how we can only solve them if we work together. That sounds cliché, but it’s really not: If homelessness […]

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From Earthquakes to Ebola…VMC is here.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake…and if you were here, you remember where you were. Of course, Valley Medical Center was here and cared for the injured—my neighbor Judy, for instance, who owes her life in part to VMC. The role of a comprehensive health and hospital system like ours is […]

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Join us for the Heart Walk, October 11

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has created a team (Team SCVMC – County of Santa Clara) to participate in the 2014 Silicon Valley American Heart Association (AHA) Heart & Stroke 5K Walk.  Join us! October 11 @ 8:30 am -12:00 pm KLA-Tencor 1 Technology Drive Milpitas, CA Event activities include a Kids Fun Run, Healthy […]

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The only thing you should read today

I spent a day last week with the leaders of Ventura County Medical Center.  Not surprisingly, they are just as proud of their services as we are here in Santa Clara County—and they should be; from what I learned, Ventura County Medical Center is a jewel for their community…just like VMC! They like to talk […]

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