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Abrazo hospitals offer free stroke checks

Abrazo Health is offering free StrokeCheck events  in May to raise  awareness about stroke  risk factors, symptoms and treatments.

Stroke is the Number 4 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 129,000 people a year. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke once every 40 seconds, according to the American Stroke Association.

Abrazo Health is teaming up with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to provide community education and health screenings including glucose checks. The schedule is:

• May 6: 7-11 a.m., West Valley Hospital, 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear.

• May 8: 8 a.m. to noon, Paradise Valley Hospital, 3929 E. Bell Road, Phoenix.

• May 12: 8 a.m. to noon, Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix.

• May 15: 8 a.m. to noon, Arrowhead Hospital, 18699 N. 67th Ave., Glendale.

• May 20: 8 a.m. to noon, Maryvale Hospital: 5102 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix.

• May 22: 8 a.m. to noon, North Peoria Emergency Center, 26900 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.

• May 28: 8 a.m. to noon, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, 2000 W. Bethany Home Road,

StrokeCheck includes blood pressure and heart rate, body mass index, review of family history and risk factor assessment, stroke education and materials and counseling with a licensed medical professional. Participants are requested to bring a list of current medications and recent lab work to the sessions. For the glucose screening, please fast 6-8 hours prior to the test. If you have not fasted, the test cannot be performed.

For more information, go to AbrazoHealth.com/strokecheck. Registration is required. Please call 855-292-WELL (9355).   

Stroke Warning Signs

Warning signs of a stroke include:

F: Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A: Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S: Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?

T: Time: Get the affected person to a hospital right away to receive the most effective treatment.

Act fast and call 9-1-1- immediately at any sign of stroke.


1st Arizona patients undergo stroke preventing implant

Two Arizona Heart Hospital patients today became the first in Arizona to receive an implant of a stroke-preventing device since it was approved by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration.

The Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device manufactured by Boston Scientific BostonSci_Watchman_Brochure_v12received FDA approval on March 13. It is used for patients with atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia, affecting more than 5 million patients in the United States. With atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart beat abnormally fast and people are five times more likely to develop a stroke.

Carol Burns, 78, of Tahuya, Wash., is one of two patients who had the device implanted this morning at Arizona Heart Hospital in Phoenix.

“I have been waiting for more than a year to get the Watchman. I am looking forward to not having to take blood thinners anymore,’’ said Burns who spends winters in El Mirage.

Heather Henderson, 73, of Phoenix, who also had the device implanted today, said she is no longer is worried about having a stroke.

“The Watchman will protect me and I will be able to live my life better,’’ she said.

Dr. Vijendra Swarup

Dr. Vijendra Swarup

Dr.  Vijay Swarup, who is Burns’ and Henderson’s physician, said the FDA’s approval means that more patients will have access to this Watchman device, an umbrella mesh-like device that is implanted in the heart via a catheter through a vein in a patient’s upper leg. The device has been commercially available internationally since 2009.

“The device is an alternative to traditional blood thinners which often cause significant bleeding complications,” Swarup said.

The Arizona Heart Hospital had been conducting clinical studies on the Watchman device for the past eight years. Swarup is the principal investigator for the clinical studies at Arizona Heart Hospital in partnership with Arizona Heart Rhythm Center.

Arizona Heart Hospital is the only Arizona hospital and among 48 sites nationally that have been conducting clinical studies on the Watchman device. Arizona Heart Hospital ranks among the top sites as far as the number of devices implanted during the clinical trials, according to Boston Scientific.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, stroke is the leading cause in the United States of serious long-term disability and the third leading cause of death.

The Watchman study is one of several clinical studies being conducted at Arizona Heart Hospital.

“Arizona Heart Hospital is an industry leader with a broad range of vascular research with multiple clinical trials underway, said Arizona Heart Hospital President Stephen Harris.

With skilled physicians, state-of-the-art equipment and innovative techniques, Arizona Heart is at the forefront of identifying innovative solutions and utilizing research to attack and overcome heart and vascular disease.  Areas of specialty include cardiac ablations treatment for arrhythmia disease, structural heart disease treatments such as valve replacement surgery; and a Vascular Surgery Fellowship.

Arizona Heart Hospital has received several awards including recognition as one of Truven Top 50 hospitals for Heart Care and it ranks among the top of Tenet’s 80 hospitals for quality and growth. 


Abrazo Health launches redesigned website

Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has launched a redesigned website.

The new website, www.AbrazoHealth.com, has a clean, modern design and enhanced site navigation and content. Features include:

  • Online emergency room check-in.
  • Portal for patients to access their medical records.
  • Our Stories section spotlighting Abrazo patients, staff and volunteers.
  • Community Involvement section highlighting how Abrazo gives back to the communities it serves.
  • Facilities directory including Abrazo hospitals, emergency centers, urgent care centers and physician practices.
  • Consumer-oriented health content enabling patients and visitors to quickly find the information they need.

“Our new website design makes it easier for patients to find the closest Abrazo facility, book an ER appointment and access their health information,’’ said Michele Finney, Market Chief Executive Officer.

The Abrazo system includes six acute care hospitals: Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital. In addition, the system consists of two emergency centers: North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center; Abrazo Medical Group; Phoenix Health Plans; and School-Based Health Centers.

Breast cancer treatment

Abrazo offers mammogram scheduling site

Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona,  is offering a new online scheduling for routine screening mammograms.

Women can book their annual screening mammogram appointments at Arrowhead Hospital and Phoenix Baptist Hospital by visiting AbrazoHealth.com/Mammogram from an Internet-connected computer, phone or tablet.  They are the first hospitals in Arizona to use InQuicker’s online mammogram scheduling tool. InQuicker’s online self-scheduling lets patients book appointments for healthcare services and check-in for estimated treatment times at ERs.

Patients will receive an email confirmation that includes appointment date and time, directions to the provider’s facility, and other detailed instructions to help ensure prompt service upon arrival.

“Abrazo Health’s new tool is a simple and convenient way for those with busy lives and busy families to conveniently schedule their routine mammograms,’’ said Market Chief Executive Officer Michele Finney.

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the United States, but early detection can lead to a 98 percent survival rate, according to the National Cancer Institute.

“Routine screening exams for breast cancer are important because they find cancers before they start to cause signs such as a lump,” said Phoenix Baptist Hospital Chief Medical Officer Lynnette Watkins.

Arrowhead Hospital and Phoenix Baptist Hospital chief medical officers encourage annual mammograms for women who are 40 to 49 years old while women aged 50 to 74 may be screened every other year with regular well-woman exams.

“Breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis of a woman with this disease,” said Arrowhead Chief Medical Officer Patrick Smith.

Mammography appointment scheduling is a new addition to the self-scheduling emergency room service already available for Abrazo Health facilities. AbrazoHealth.com/ER, which provides its users with an estimated treatment time enabling them to wait from the comfort of home, is available for emergency care at Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, West Valley Hospital, North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center.

Those with life-threatening or debilitating medical conditions should dial 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency department rather than using the online self-scheduling service.

Michele Finney, Market CEO for Abrazo Health.

Abrazo recognized for patient safety

Abrazo Health’s Arrowhead, Maryvale, Paradise Valley and West Valley hospitals received top grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Safety Score, representing the hospitals’ continued commitment to delivering safe, high-quality healthcare services.

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score is a rating system designed to give consumers information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one.

“Every day, our teams of hospital colleagues are focused on improving outcomes and enhancing the safety of the care we deliver,” said Michele Finney, Market CEO for Abrazo Health. “We are proud to receive ‘A’ grades in safety from The Leapfrog Group, as we believe it reflects the hard work of our teams to position our hospitals as leading, trusted providers of care for the patients we are privileged to serve.”

As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health is committed to providing medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes six acute care hospitals: Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; with a combined 1,059 licensed beds, North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center.


Az Business honors healthcare leaders

Each year, Az Business magazine hosts the Healthcare Leadership Awards to honor the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare system. Here are the winners and finalists who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and were recognized at the 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 10 at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix. See photos from the event here or on our Facebook page.

Winner: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
TGen has made great strides in the field if genomics medicine. TGen researchers work to help physicians prescribe drugs that are designed more intelligently, work more effectively and have fewer toxic side effects. They have received numerous grants to support research into brain cancer and brain injuries, advanced cancers, Parkinson’s, rare childhood disorders, and more.

Barrow at PCH
Sonora Quest

Winner: Barbara Kavanagh, Arizona Myeloma Network
Kavanagh’s mission is to change the lack of information and support resources for myeloma cancer by forming the Arizona Myeloma Network and the Living with Myeloma Conference, which has grown to 300 people. She also introduced the Pat and Bill Hite Cancer Caregivers Education and Support Program for caregivers to receive support and answers.

Catherine Ivy, Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation
Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University

Winner: Robert L. Meyer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of Phoenix Children’s Hospital from the edge of financial failure to a successful $588 million expansion that made the hospital into one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country. PCH is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

Tim Bricker, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert
Mary Lee DeCoster, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista, IASIS Healthcare
Ed Myers, St. Luke’s Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare

Winner: Dr. John Chen, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Serving the community’s most vulnerable residents, Chen has helped thousands of patients within the Maricopa Integrated Health System. He sees patients who are in urgent need of treatment because of their lack of dental insurance or location in third world countries. He promotes dental care and hygiene to help prevent serious diseases.

Dr. Randal Christensen, Crews ‘n’ Healthcare
Gerri Hether, Orchard Medical Consulting

Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Marking its 75th anniversary in Arizona, BCBSAZ is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance as well as outside programs targeted to children and their families to help reduce childhood obesity.

Health Net of Arizona
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

Winner: Kristen Rosati, Polsinelli
As an attorney dedicated to the healthcare industry, especially to healthcare privacy, health information exchange and clinical research, Rosati has written 12 books, 30 articles and made 200 presentations on healthcare topics. She also helped establish two nonprofits in Arizona that support health information exchange and health information technology.

Richard Mallery, Snell and Wilmer
Martin L. Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Winner: Scottsdale Healthcare
As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s Medical Center

Winner: Ventana
Ventana is driving personalized healthcare through the development of “companion diagnostics” to identify patients most likely to respond favorably to specific therapies. Ventana has worked is currently engaged in more that 150 collaborative projects to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics globally.

W.L. Gore and Associates

Winner: Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
BAI has undergone a major prevention trial to evaluate a treatment in cognitively healthy older adults at the highest known genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The study is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative API, an international collaboration led by BAI to accelerate the evaluation of promising but unproven prevention therapies.

Banner MD Anderson
University of Arizona Cancer Center

Winner: Jimmy Chow, IASIS Healthcare
Chow improved the field of orthopedics by helping to design and teach a hybrid technique of a minimally invasive total hip replacement where the surgeon builds a new hip from inside the body. This surgery results in no post-operative limitations and many patients are discharged within 24 hours. Chow is one of 10 surgeons in the world to perform his surgery.

Karen Corallo Chaney, Magellan Health Services
David Notrica, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Winner: Venkatesh G. Ramaiah, Arizona Heart Hospital
Ramaiah, the medical director and director of vascular and endovascular research, successfully created the “un balloon,” which is used to remodel thoracic endografts without the wind sock effect. This products was able to be marketed and sold.

David Jacofsky, CORE Institute
Glen Weiss, CTCA

Linda Hunt, Dignity Health
Hunt, who has served as the leader of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012, has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. She has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.

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