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.
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 sector.
Az Business is proud to announce the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists, who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and will be recognized at the Healthcare Leadership Awards dinner and awards ceremony on April 9 at the Arizona Grand Resort. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Abrazo Health — Arrowhead Hospital
Abrazo Health — Michele Finney
Affiliated Urologists — Dr. Mark Hong
Banner Health, Cardon Children’s Medical Center — Rachel Calendo
Banner Health — Peter Fine
Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation — Catherine Ivy
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck — Martin L. Shultz
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center
CTCA — Dr. Glen Weiss
Dedicated Health Solutions
Dignity Health — Barrow Neurological Institute
Dignity Health, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers — Tim Bricker
Dignity Health — St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
HonorHealth and TGen — Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff
HonorHealth – Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
IASIS Healthcare — Tony Marinello
Maricopa Integrated Health System — Dr. David Wisinger
Midwestern University — Kathleen Goeppinger
Quarles & Brady — Roger Morris
Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Dr. Robert J. Arceci
Snell and Wilmer – Richard Mallery
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Southwest Behavioral Health Services
The CORE Institute — Dr. David Jacofsky
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Abrazo Health’s Arrowhead Hospital offers a new minimally invasive procedure to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart valves who are unable to have open heart surgery.
“Our Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program provides options to patients who have been denied life-saving therapy. These patients were deemed either inoperable or extremely high risk for open heart surgery,’’ said Dr. Michael Caskey, medical director of Arrowhead Hospital’s Structural Heart Program and Heart Murmur Clinic which opened in December.
TAVR is a minimally invasive, advanced heart procedure for patients suffering from severe aortic stenosis. With Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, a small, thin flexible tube (catheter) holding the aortic heart valve is guided to the heart. Special imaging equipment is used to guide positioning and placement of the new heart valve.
Caskey said benefits may include:
- Shorter time in the hospital.
- Faster recovery.
- Fewer complications.
- Minimal blood loss.
Arrowhead Hospital’s collaborative, multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and other healthcare professionals are using the Medtronic CoreValve System to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at high risk for surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval in 2014 was based on research showing the TAVR had superior survival rates at one year when compared to open-heart surgery, the current gold standard for aortic valve replacement.
“Arrowhead is excited to add this life-saving therapy to our current comprehensive cardiac services. Keeping the needs of the patient as a primary focus of care, our commitment to being a leader in cardiovascular care for our community remains strong.” said Arrowhead Hospital CEO Frank Molinaro.
Tammy Querrey, a board certified- acute care nurse practitioner, is Arrowhead Hospital’s valve coordinator. She guides patients throughout the entire care process from assessment and education to scheduling appointments, preparing for the procedure, during the patient’s hospital stay and following up with the patient after 30 days and one year after their procedure.
Arrowhead Hospital’s Heart Murmur Clinic is inside the main hospital, 18701 N. 67th Ave. in Glendale. More information is available at 1-844-8MURMUR.
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.
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.
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.
Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has announced today that Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital have been named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
The three Abrazo Health hospitals are recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.
Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital are among 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. This is the second year in a row that Maryvale Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer.
Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.”
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Abrazo Health is safe, effective care. That’s why our organization has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital are proud to receive the distinction of being a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Ken Howell, President of Abrazo Health.
Arrowhead Hospital is the first hospital in the state to offer the MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA), the latest innovation in total hip replacement surgery performed using the RIO®, Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. RIO® is a highly advanced, surgeon-controlled robotic arm system that enables the accurate alignment and positioning of implants. Orthopedic surgeons at Arrowhead Hospital performed the first MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) at the hospital on Wednesday, January 18.
The advantage to using this cutting edge robotic surgical technology provides the specially trained orthopedic surgeon a patient-specific 3-D reconstruction to pre-plan the patient’s hip replacement. During the procedure, tactile, visual, auditory feedback, and real-time data assists the surgeon in preparing the hip joint and placing the implants in the desired orientation with more accuracy.
“The MAKOplasty® Total Hip Arthroplasty allows me to more accurately position the implant, which is an important aspect in improving surgical outcomes and the lifespan of the implants used for hip replacement,” said Shane Martin, M.D., specially-trained MAKOplasty® orthopedic surgeon at Arrowhead Hospital. “The robotic arm technology enables me to achieve a new level of precision using the latest techniques in total hip replacement and is designed to restore patient mobility and active lifestyle.”
The MAKOplasty® THA, a groundbreaking surgical solution to potentially relieving hip pain, is indicated for patients who suffer from non-inflammatory or inflammatory degenerative joint disease.