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UA receives $1.5M to study cancer in firefighters

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Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters, and the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is leading to collaborative project to develop the framework for a long-term study of cancer in firefighters. The UA program received a $1.5 million in funding from the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance… Read More →

Ways to find relief from healthcare costs to boost bottom line


The average annual workplace family health premium has been on the rise since the turn of the century. From 2001 to 2006, there was a 63 percent increase, it rose another 31 percent from 2006 to 2011 and we got hit with another 20 percent increase in the last five years, according to analysis from the Henry… Read More →

Arizona sees large decline in birth rates among teenagers

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Arizona was among five states nationwide experiencing the biggest decline in teenage birth rates in urban counties between 2007 and 2015, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The report, Teen Birth Rates for Urban and Rural Areas in the United States, 2007-2015, released on Wednesday showed that birth rates for teenagers… Read More →

NAU, UA health students collaborate to improve patient care


A one-year inter-professional mentorship program is bringing together health profession students from Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix to better understand and improve the patient’s experience. The Community Health Mentor Program, which launched in 2015, stresses the importance of an inter-professional approach in order to provide successful health… Read More →

3 Abrazo Arrowhead Campus volunteers earn Lifetime Achievement Awards


Abrazo Arrowhead Campus honored three long-time volunteers with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for donating more than 16,000 hours combined at the hospital. This is the highest award in the nation bestowed on volunteers who have donated at least 4,000 hours during their lifetime. Abrazo Arrowhead Campus CEO Frank Molinaro presented the award on Nov. 11… Read More →

ASBA plans forum on changing landscape of health insurance


The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) will be hosting a free Healthcare Forum, educating business owners on the changing landscape of health insurance and the impact on individuals and small businesses.  Recently merged, Banner Health and Aetna will be sponsoring the event, bringing ASBA members and guests hot topics in the healthcare world.  With Aetna’s… Read More →

Arizona Brain & Spine Center grows with new surgeon


Arizona Brain & Spine Center added neurosurgeon, Dr. Abhishiek Sharma to its practice. Sharma joins the Brain & Spine Center from Wisconsin. “Dr. Sharma has already proven to be a valuable asset to our team,” said Dr. Igor Yusupov, founder of Arizona Brain & Spine Center. “His empathetic, respectful nature, coupled with his years of experience… Read More →

TGen discovers potential drug targets to cut cancer pain


The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has discovered potential drug targets to reduce pain in pancreatic cancer patients. TGen researchers have found that the nerve growth factor (NGF), a neurotrophic factor, and its receptor TRKA are associated with perineural invasion (PNI), which is the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to invade surrounding nerves. Blocking the NGF signaling… Read More →

Banner Health helps veterans through ‘Hiring Our Heroes’


Banner Health is helping military veterans obtain meaningful employment through the Hiring Our Heroes program, a national organization associated with the U.S. Chambers of Commerce that works with veterans transitioning to civilian life. Master Sgt.  Alen Schulze, a telecommunication operations chief at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is one of two Hire Our Heroes corporate fellowship program graduates recently hired… Read More →

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation raises nearly $1 million

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation raised, with the help of the local community, $950,000 during the month of September for its first Go Gold campaign. This amount includes cash and in-kind donations. The fundraiser kicked off on September 1 for National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Local businesses and the community joined this movement to support childhood cancer research through promotions… Read More →

Mesa’s Beech Medical named to Entrepreneur’s 360 List

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Beech Medical Group, Inc., an integrated health solutions company that contracts with large employers, state agencies and insurance companies to improve patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs, has been named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 360 List of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” The Mesa based business ranked 108 out of 360 companies nationwide. This is… Read More →

Banner Health completes acquisition of 32 urgent care facilities

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Banner Health officially completed the acquisition of Urgent Care Extra’s 32 existing Arizona locations Tuesday, and is in the process of re-branding these centers to reflect the new ownership. The new Banner Urgent Care facilities are located in the greater Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. As part of this acquisition, more than 400 Urgent Care… Read More →

Banner and Aetna announce a joint venture


Aetna (NYSE: AET) and Banner Health teamed up and created a jointly owned health plan company, Banner | Aetna, that will focus on improving quality, affordability and the patient experience. The partnership will combine Banner’s care management capabilities and high-quality facilities, providers and delivery system with Aetna’s leading health plan expertise, cutting-edge analytics and health information technology.… Read More →

Spinal cord injury survivors still struggle after leaving hospital


A woman fell asleep driving an 18-wheel diesel truck down the freeway and crashed into Mark Aceves’ pick-up. The collision broke Aceves’ back. He woke up in a hospital 10 days later with a spinal cord injury, squinting at the cold fluorescent lights above him. Doctors said it was a miracle he survived. “They were telling… Read More →