St. Jude's Plano unit still growing

Success with three recently released medical devices has led to St. Jude Medical's (St. Paul Minnesota,) operating unit in Plano, Texas, to expand and hire additional staff. The company's Neuromodulation Division, which is currently home to 600 of the unit's 1,190 employees, added about 230 workers last year, and it plans to continue to grow at that level for the foreseeable future, said Chris Chavez, president of the St. Jude Medical Neuromodulation Division.

About half of the jobs being created this year will consist of engineers, scientists, clinical and other administrative staff working out of Plano. The other jobs will be in sales and clinical support scattered throughout the country.

Stanford opens new 'gateway' outpatient center

Patients can now visit a wide array of Stanford (California) outpatient clinics, from orthopedic surgery and sports medicine to pain management and sleep medicine, through one main door. The Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, which opens Feb. 17 in Redwood City, is the new home of specialized services that were previously located on the main campus at Stanford University Medical Center.

"Our goal was to create an environment that matches Stanford's quality of care," said Stanford Hospital President and CEO Martha Marsh. "Every aspect of patient comfort, convenience and service has been carefully planned," she said.

The Outpatient Center offers convenience and easy access and includes specialized services in orthopaedics & sports medicine, sleep medicine, pain management, dermatology, digestive health and imaging services. In addition, the site includes outpatient services for hand and upper extremities, joint replacement, spine disorders and physical therapy.