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Severe heat can be deadly, experts warn

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The heat is on for Arizona – specifically the Phoenix area – and it’s more than just an annoyance. “It’s particularly dangerous for folks that either have outdoor occupations or that do outdoor work or even are exercising in the heat of the day, if they haven’t ‘cameled’ up with water before hand,” said Will… Read More →

Will Humble joins University of Arizona Center

AHCCCS Alternative - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Will Humble, MPH, longtime director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, has been appointed division director for health policy and evaluation at the Center for Population Science and Discovery at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. A Tucson native, Humble is scheduled to join the UA April 13 and will report to Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD, MEd, associate vice president… Read More →

Kitchell finishes 171KSF patient tower at Chandler Regional

Chandler Regional Hospital

Kitchell recently completed a 171,000-square-foot expansion at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, adding 96 beds and bringing the hospital’s bed count to 339, while adding and expanding comprehensive services. “Chandler Regional is truly a community hospital with more than 50 years of history in the East Valley,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of… Read More →

Arizona achieves substantial reduction in preterm birth

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Nearly 1,000 babies were spared the health consequences of an early birth and potentially $52.7 million in health care and societal costs were avoided in Arizona, according to the March of Dimes.  Based on 2012 preliminary data, Arizona has reduced its rate of preterm birth from a rate of 12.7% in 2009 to 11.6% in… Read More →

Arizona Community Foundation awards $25K to AFHP


The Arizona Community Foundation has awarded the Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) a $25,000 grant to implement a statewide public awareness and education campaign for young women about the importance of taking B vitamin folic acid before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects. Research consistently shows that the highest rate of unintended pregnancies is… Read More →

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital now Level III Trauma Center

Trauma Program Manager Lori Moxon, RN, left, with (from left) John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital CEO John Harrington Jr., Level III Trauma Medical Director Ian Thomas, DO, ADHS Trauma Development Section Chief Daniel Didier, John C. Lincoln Trauma Services Medical Director Alicia Mangram, MD, and Deer Valley Hospital Medical Director Mary Ann Turley, DO, celebrate the presentation of the hospital’s Level III Trauma Center designation from the State of Arizona.
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The Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Monday granted John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital’s application to be designated as a Level III Trauma Center, hospital CEO John L. Harrington Jr. announced. The first trauma patient arrived just hours later. Patient care services in the Deer Valley Emergency… Read More →

Only 27.1% of medical marijuana cardholders are women

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Two years after the legalization of medical marijuana in Arizona, the use of the plant is still taboo for many members of a group that makes up half of the population: women. Only 27.1% of medical marijuana cardholders are women, according to statistics released by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Several factors, including the… Read More →

Valley medical centers seek trauma designation


Two medical centers in Maricopa County plan to seek trauma designations from the Arizona Department of Health Services’ emergency medical bureau. Chandler Regional Medical Center plans to open a Level I trauma center. Its sister hospital, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, is planning for a Level III facility. For Chandler Regional, a Level I designation would… Read More →

Pool Safety: Preventing Child Pool Drownings

pool safety

With the summer just beginning, practice pool safety; ensure your pool and spa area in your backyard is safe, to prevent child drownings. So far this year, 14 pool-related drowning incidents by children have occurred in the state. In 2011 alone, 27 children died from drowning, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS).… Read More →

Transitioning A Parent To Independent Living, Care Facilities

Independent Living, Q&A with Vi at Silverstone
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Coming to terms with moving a parent into independent living, a care facility can be personal and enriching The decision to move a parent from their residence into a retirement facility is not easy to come to terms with. However, at Vi at Silverstone, a resort-style living facility in Scottsdale, the change is made easier.… Read More →

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operators Deal With Regulations, Landlords

Medical Marijuana, AZRE Magazine May/June 2011
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Don’t look for medical marijuana dispensaries to pop up next door to your neighborhood drug store anytime soon. Cities are wrestling with a host of issues to determine where the new businesses can set up shop, even as the Arizona Department of Health Services tries to figure out who can operate them and who can… Read More →

Arizona’s Life-Saving Trauma Units Take Hours Of Hard Work And Planning

Arizona Ambulance - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

When Disaster Strikes The mass shooting in Tucson on Jan. 8 that left six people dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Tucson) and 12 others wounded outside a Safeway grocery store dramatically demonstrated the responsiveness of our state’s emergency trauma system. The fact that Giffords and the other victims were transported within minutes to University Medical… Read More →

HCLA 2011 – Behavioral Health Care Award

Health Care Leadership Awards 2011

Richard Clarke, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Magellan Health Services of Arizona As CEO of Magellan Health Services of Arizona, Richard Clarke leads his team of 300 in implementing the Regional Behavioral Health Authority contract for Central Arizona. In so doing, Clarke is in charge of the strategic transformation of the system, quality outcomes for recipients,… Read More →

Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Proposition Passes, But Where Will The Dispensaries Go?

Medical Marijuana Where Will The Dispensaries Go

Arizona voters made history again this month, narrowly approving Proposition 203, the ballot initiative allowing one medical marijuana dispensary for every 10 pharmacies in the state (which translates to about 120 statewide). Under Prop. 203, patients suffering from a wide range of painful medical conditions will be able to buy small amounts of marijuana from… Read More →