Author Archives: Kerry Duff


Continuing Education Is Proving Vital In The Health Field

Continuing Education Vital In The Health Field - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

From nurses to doctors to health care executives — and everyone in between — the job market in the medical field has tightened since 2007. “For the first time in a decade, our undergraduate nursing graduates have had difficulty in finding positions or in obtaining a position in a specialty area in which they prefer… Read More →

East Valley Energy: Leaders In Business, Government And Education Are Working To Keep The Region Growing

People in lab coats working in a wet lab office environment

The East Valley has experienced unprecedented growth since 1980. With nearly 1.7 million residents and more than 54,000 businesses, community and business leaders alike are looking to the future to prepare for greater global competition. They also are working to sustain a strong and vital economy that will protect and preserve the quality of life… Read More →

Hospitals And Health Care Organizations Are Making Tough Decisions To Ride Out The Recession

Hospitals And Health Care Organizations Are Making Tough Decisions To Ride Out The Recession

After a decade of significant growth, the Valley’s health care industry has become an economic driver for the state. During this severe economic downturn, however, the health care industry busted the myth of being recession proof. But that doesn’t mean it’s recession battered. Health care organizations have weathered the economic turmoil better than most industries… Read More →

Child Care: Phoenix Children’s Hospital And Cardon Children’s Medical Center Help Young Cancer Patients

Child Care: Phoenix Children’s Hospital And Cardon Children’s Medical Center Help Young Cancer Patients

Children in the Valley have access to some of the most comprehensive cancer care in the region, thanks to the two hospitals that are solely dedicated to pediatric patients — Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the soon-to-be-opened Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Phoenix Children’s Hospital houses the state’s largest pediatric cancer program and is a long-standing member… Read More →

Growing Number Of Health Care Professionals Are Getting Their MBAs

Growing Number Of Health Care Professionals Are Getting Their MBAs

Despite the sluggish economy and rising unemployment, a growing number of health care professionals are headed back to school to get an MBA and increase their value in the job market. A recent survey by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education showed an 18 percent increase in applications to graduate programs across the… Read More →

Nursing Shortage Still Plagues Arizona’s Health Care Industry

Nursing Shortage Still Plagues Arizona’s Health Care Industry

Arizona’s nursing shortage is a very serious problem and it is not going away any time soon. The state is going to need approximately 49,000 new registered nurses by 2017 to keep pace with population growth, RNs retiring and nurses lost to attrition, according to the Arizona RN Shortage: 2007 Results, a report published by… Read More →

New Angel Investment Group Targets Women Entrepreneurs

angel statue

A new angel investment group called the Catalyst Committee is gearing up to invest in local startup companies that focus on consumer goods such as apparel, high-end furniture and cosmetics. Heading up the new committee is Dee Riddell Harris, president of the Arizona Angels, a group of private investors that has been funding startup, technology-based… Read More →

New Product By Valley Company Offers Innovative Way To Treat Wounds

Healing Powers
February 1, 2009 by in AZ Business Magazine | Healthcare

Bandages have changed very little over the years, but a new wound-care treatment called Prosit, developed here in the Valley, is shifting that paradigm. Prosit is a single-layer polyester fabric dressing that covers a wound like a bandage. But when moistened, it generates a micro-electric current that kills microbes — bacteria, viruses, fungus, mold, yeast… Read More →

Ensemble DevMan Of Arizona Aims To Benefit Medical-Office Clients

Ensemble DevMan

Medical real estate developers Ensemble Real Estate Services and DevMan Company have joined forces to become Ensemble DevMan of Arizona. The union was official Nov. 1. Ensemble DevMan specializes in medical office development, management, leasing and brokerage — a combination of each firm’s services before the merger. The new company has 110 employees and the… Read More →

Susan Edwards – President Of The Arizona Region At Banner Health Systems

Susan Edwards - Banner Health

The health care industry remains a bright spot in Arizona’s dismal economic landscape, with Banner Health shining among the very brightest. Headquartered in Phoenix, the not-for-profit health system has 12 hospitals in the Valley and is the second-largest employer in Arizona behind Wal-Mart with more than 26,000 full-time employees. Banner’s Arizona region President Susan Edwards… Read More →

Real Estate Companies Are Seizing Opportunities During The Bust

buyers market

With dark clouds hanging over the country’s economy and property prices tumbling, many people consider the idea of buying real estate absurd. Yet Valley real estate experts contend right now is the best time to buy. Jeff Pavone, principal of Commercial Plus in Scottsdale, says smart, experienced commercial real estate investors only buy property when… Read More →

State-Chartered Banks Are Still Lending Despite The Credit Crunch

Money Flow
December 1, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Finance

The credit crunch is gripping much of the nation, but Arizona banks are still lending money and most are well-capitalized to weather tough economic times. The state’s core capitalization rate of 10.31 percent is well above the national average of 7.89 percent. That means Arizona banks have a good cushion to ride out the mortgage-induced… Read More →

West-MEC Provides Career And Tech Training To West Valley Teens

West-MEC provides career and tech training

Keeping with its goal of enhancing the education system in the West Valley, WESTMARC is a major proponent of West-MEC — the Western Maricopa Education Center District. West-MEC is a public school district that provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to more than 21,000 high school students in the West Valley. West-MEC was formed… Read More →

Two New Spring Training Stadiums Set To Debut In The West Valley

Two new spring training stadiums
August 1, 2008 by in AZ Business Magazine | Travel

With football, hockey, baseball and possibly USA Basketball joining the mix, the West Valley is becoming an active sports mecca for the rest of the Valley. Recent additions to this bustling hub of game activity are new Cactus League training facilities in Glendale and Goodyear that will come online for the 2009 spring training season.… Read More →

Surging Hispanic Population Growth Creates Opportunity, Challenges

Arizona Majority

Arizona’s Majority Minority Surging Hispanic population growth creates opportunity, challenges   Arizona’s population is changing as fast as its landscape. At present, approximately 1.6 million Hispanics, or one in four Arizonans, call the Grand Canyon State home. Since 40 percent of the state’s population now consists of Hispanic and other minority residents, the U.S. Census… Read More →