Comedy Night Fundraiser for AIDS Care @ San Jose Improv- March 6th

Natasha Leggero

Natasha Leggero- Headlining Comedian for the PACE Clinic Comedy Night Fundraiser

Come join us for the Second Annual PACE Clinic Comedy Night, Laugh*Sing*Dance*Care featuring Natasha Leggero, March 6, 2012.

Proceeds from this event go to the Valley Medical Center PACE (Partners in AIDS Care and Education) Clinic, Santa Clara County’s only resource for HIV/AIDS patients without insurance. The PACE Clinic will use this money to carry out a special HIV/AIDS prevention education campaign in 2012.

This year we are featuring headlining comedian, Natasha Leggero.

When: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 @ 7:45 PM; dinner service available

Where: The San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose, CA

Tickets: $45

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Natasha Leggero is an actress and comedian who can be seen regularly on E!’s top rated show Chelsea Lately. Natasha is an accomplished stand-up comedian with appearances on The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call w/ Carson Daly and a Comedy Central special which premiered in March 2011. Her record “Coke Money” has been in the top 10 on iTunes since it’s debut on Comedy Central Records in March 2011. Natasha tours the country headlining packed comedy clubs across the US with her own brand of sophisticated writing, physicality and glamour.

Featuring Comedian Jimmy Ouyang

Featuring Comedian Jimmy Ouyang

Jimmy Ouyang is a Chinese American stand-up comedian best known for his sharp observations and his confident swagger on stage. He was recently selected by FunnyorDie as one of the top 30 comedians under 30 to watch in the nation, along with Amy Schumer and TJ Miller. Jimmy made his television debut on CBS’s hit series “2 Broke Girls”. He has also been a writer/consultant for the Harlem Globetrotters. Jimmy was born in Hong Kong to a traditional Chinese family from Shanghai. At the age of thirteen his family moved to Los Angeles. He later graduated from UCSD with a Management Science degree. Jimmy now spends most of his time in Los Angeles.



The #1 Cher Impersonator in the Bay Area Sasha Stephane

The #1 Cher Impersonator in the Bay Area, Sasha Stephane

Opening up the show on Tuesday night will be the #1 Cher Impersonator in the Bay Area, Sasha Stephane. She has performed along side Yara Sofia, Raven, Mimi Imfurst from RuPaul’s Drag Race plus Mimi’s own Band “XELLE”  She has performed in Hollywood, Portland, Reno, Vegas, Hayward, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose’s Finest Nightclubs and have also performed at The Napa Valley Wineries where I currently have my own show with my girls Jackie, Dannie and Fey. The ladies are a team of 4 professional female illusionists portraying Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Celine Dion and Of Course The Diva Herself CHER plus their amazing back up dancers.  

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The PACE Clinic offers patients in all stages of HIV infection state-of-the-art primary care in a friendly and compassionate environment. At the clinic they offer a variety of programs that allow doctors and patients to work together to address the increasing complexity of HIV treatment, as well as the real-life challenges of dealing with the disease.The clinic stresses a holistic approach that includes a comprehensive range of on-site services, from clinic treatment to nutrition and psychotherapy.

The clinic serves more than 1,250 patients per year with medical treatment to prevent or delay the progression of HIV/AIDS and to treat other medical conditions. For patients without health insurance, the PACE Clinic is their only resource for HIV/AIDS treatment in Santa Clara County. Services include medical evaluation, treatment and management of HIV/AIDS, nursing triage, access to clinical trials, psychiatric and mental health counseling, nutritional assessment and counseling, dental services, and a pharmacist for medication adherence issues.
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Amazing device improves patient/doctor communication!

Most medical devices can't be found at REI. This one can.

Dr. Gary Lee is Valley Medical Center’s director of palliative care, and he’s using a new high-tech wonder in his daily communication with his patients.

Yes, I know it may not look that amazing. But consider: This portable, light-weight camping stool allows Gary to carry it wherever he goes, and when he’s ready to speak with a patient at the bedside, he unfolds it and sits at eye-level with the person in the bed.

Barbara Zahner, Chaplain here at VMC, puts it like this: “the presence of this simple, low cost piece of equipment changes the environment from clinical to remembrances of comforting campfires, cozy conversations, and the grandeur and spirit of nature and creation.”

Gary first read about this in the New England Journal of Medicine, and has found it a real game-changer: The national statistics are that a patient is interrupted by their doctor (at most) 18 seconds into being heard…and in Gary’s practice, that just won’t do.

You see, Gary’s work involves end-of-life discussions with patients and families, where listening is a critical part of delivering care. If done right, the alert reader of this blog will remember that palliative care can not only provide dignity, it can actually extend life.

A simple camping stool! How wonderful to slow that hurry-up dynamic between doctor and patient, letting both feel more present and “in the moment”. Anyone can do this, right Gary? “Well, it requires training”, he told me…and remember, VMC is the teaching hospital for Stanford: “We teach medical students that the most important part of the stethoscope is the six inches between the ear pieces. By the same token, the most important part of the camping stool is – well, you get the idea.”

We’ve all heard it before, and it’s so true: Before they care how much you know, they have to know how much you care.

Let’s make cigarettes OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive!

On the June ballot in California, Proposition 29 deserves your vote…and the campaign deserves our support.

The idea is simple, and we’ve done it before: Another tax on tobacco –  a dollar a pack this time – to support cancer research and other fine things.

Frankly, I don’t care as much about what the tax money does. Cigarettes kill a hundred Californians, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. What I like is that cigarettes will be even more unaffordable, and that has proven to be a major reason why people finally quit.

And that’s the point: If you smoke, you just have to quit. For yourself, your family, for those around you…as hard as it is, and I know its miserable, you just have to get help and stop. Also, a dollar a pack more might keep one more 15-year-old from starting.

Visit to learn detials, and check out the video below featuring our own Public Health Officer Marty Fenstersheib, MD, and Supervisor Ken Yeager, on why Santa Clara County is behind Proposition 29.

Stem Cell Research – a promise we must keep

“I want to be an advocate for stem cell therapies and other types of spinal cord injury treatment that can make a difference in someone’s life.”                                                  SCVMC patient Katie Sharify is one of only five people to receive stem cell treatments to treat her spinal cord injury. 

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) Rehabilitation Center, in partnership with Stanford Hospital, launched a groundbreaking study in 2011 to establish the promise of embryonic stem cells in treating spinal cord injuries. However, the momentum of this historic collaboration is threatened and your help is needed to continue this valuable research.

In November 2011, Geron announced that it would close the Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Trial to new enrollment. Dr. Steven McKenna, principal investigator for the research at SCVMC, said, “We’re still in the very early history of what amounts to creating an entirely new field. With effective stem cell therapies we have an opportunity to actually reverse the disease process itself.” However, Geron’s decision threatens to derail our progress toward an important milestone in curing spinal paralysis.

The VMC Foundation and the SCVMC Rehabilitation Center have created a special fund to support the continuation of these highly promising trials – to reach the first milestone in achieving a cure for spinal cord paralysis. The Treatment Innovation Fund allows those who understand the importance of such a cure to make a contribution.

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About the SCVMC Rehabilitation Center

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Rehabilitation Center is a world leader in rehabilitation services for people suffering from spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and many other injuries. The Center also serves as the teaching hospital for Stanford Hospital rehabilitation students, and as the primary rehabilitation facility for Stanford Hospital patients.

Because of their neuro-impairment, the lives of the Rehab Center’s patients are changed in the most fundamental ways, including physical functioning, communicating and even mental functioning. For the past 40 years, it has been the mission of the doctors, nurses and therapists at SCVMC Rehab Center to improve patients’ quality of life, increase their independence, and reintegrate them into their communities. The Center, located at SCVMC in San Jose, is operated by Santa Clara County and serves anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The Rehab Center is considered one of the most comprehensive and trusted rehabilitation facilities in the western US, and draws patients from across the state and beyond. High-visibility patients are often referred to SCVMC’s Rehab Center by physicians who could send their patients to any facility in the world.

About Katie Sharify

Katie Sharify, a USC student from Pleasanton, was injury last year in a car accident. The attorney for personal injury issues can deal with such instances if there is need for help with the legalities.  She become one of the first people in the world to receive stem cell treatment for spinal cord injury at SCVMC.  Learn about her amazing story with this short video from filmmaker David Alvarado.

Join us for a “Taste of California” at the Computer History Museum – February 24th

Please join us for a special event to benefit the Valley Medical Center Foundation and the Brain Injury Association of California:

A Taste of California

Friday February 24, 2012, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Computer History Museum (
Mountain View, CA

On Friday February 24th at 7:00 PM, we will be taking part in a “Taste of California Gala” at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

The gala is going to be an amazing experience, especially if you’re looking for things to do in San Diego. Attendees will have admission to all of the Computer History Museum exhibits where you can play Pong on a giant screen or catch a sneak preview of the soon to be released film Sanctioned Savagery: The Untold Story of American Football with the film makers.

Wines will be poured from wineries such as House Family, Guglielmo, Burrell, Poetic Cellars, and others. Jazz music will be performed by musician Bob LoPresto. Food from around the state will be prepared and served by Savory & Sweet Catering followed by incredible desserts including organic cotton candy in exotic flavors, sesame brittle, and more!

Tickets are $75 in advance, $100 at the door
Call 408-885-2153 or visit to purchase tickets.

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A "Taste of California" Gala Invitation

If you are interested in attending the any or all of the Santa Clara Valley Brain Injury conference, visit to register.