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Celebrity Fight Night

Celebrity Fight Night XVIII Raises $9 Million [PHOTOS]

This past weekend, friends gathered and bars of “Happy Birthday” were sung by many, including actor Kevin Sorbo and Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort where celebrity guests gathered for a special event — Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday celebration and Celebrity Fight Night XVIII.

“This is a great place and great organization,” said actress Melissa Peterman. “There’s a powerhouse of people, and they’re here because of Muhammad and the cause — they love what this cause does.”

Celebrity Fight Night, held on Saturday, March 24, featured live auctions and entertainment to help raise donations for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, along with many notable, smaller charities. One generous donation was made by Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy.com, of $1 million.

The live auction featured items such as dinner at Reba McEntire’s Beverly Hills, Calif. home, which included special guests Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson; this went for $1.8 million — three bidders paid $600,000 each for a chance to dine with the superstars. Another item that sold for $1.4 million was a vacation in Tuscany and dinner with Andrea Bocelli. Celebrity Fight Night XVIII raised a total of $9.1 million; the event has raised nearly $80 million dollars in 18 years.

“At this event, good people are doing great things,” said Sorbo. “I’m thrilled to be here, and I will keep coming back.”

Miley Cyrus, Lionel Richie, Rascal Flatts, Rita Wilson, John Corbett, Sinbad and Jackie Evancho all performed under the direction of David Foster. And Mauro Castano of the popular TLC television show “Cake Boss” provided the birthday cake.

While some of the guests have been attending for years on end — including Bo Derek, who said this was her 12th year attending Celebrity Fight Night; and Frankie Muniz, who said this was his fourth year — this was also a year of firsts for a few guests, including Castano and Hanks and Wilson, who made surprise appearances that night.

“I really had no idea how great this would be,” said actress and model Bo Derek. “Thinking I had been to so many of these events in big cities, this one blew me away. I think the support from the community and the love, heart and soul — it’s really unique.”

But everyone made it clear on the red carpet that night the importance of the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation and giving back, especially to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. For Nancy Lieberman, former professional basketball player, she emphasized the importance of the research that will go into finding the cure for Parkinson’s. Hanks said it has always been about awareness and commitment and being able to contribute and help out in any way one can.

“There’s no reason not to be here,” said Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder. He added that, in the future, he hopes for the foundation to be “more prolific and better than ever” as well as for it to grow to more cities.

View photos from the Celebrity Fight Night XVIII red carpet:

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Photos by Cory Bergquist

For more information about the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, visit celebrityfightnight.org.

best of the best 2011, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Best of the Best Awards 2011: Health Care

Winner: St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center

St. Joseph's Hospital, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital that has evolved over the last 115 years to become a destination hospital for the most complex medical cases from throughout the United States and around the world. The hospital provides a wide range of health, social, and support services, with special advocacy for the poor and underserved. It also is nationally recognized for quality tertiary care, medical education and research. St. Joseph’s includes Barrow Neurological Institute, the Heart & Lung Institute and a Level 1 Trauma Center. U.S. News & World Report routinely ranks St. Joseph’s among the nation’s top 10 best hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.
Year Est: 1895
Principal(s): Linda Hunt
Physicians: 1,277
St. Joseph's Hospital Logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 350 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Finalist: Delta Dental of Arizona

Delta Dental, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

For more than 39 years, Delta Dental of Arizona has been delivering quality dental insurance to Arizona residents. As a leading dental insurance provider, it is always looking for new and innovative ways to promote oral health and wellness by offering affordable dental plans throughout the community. Delta’s individual dental plan is tailored to meet the needs of uninsured and underinsured individuals and families. Its individual plan provides four different options, all with the same access to an extensive provider network of more than 3,000 dentists, servicing more than 5,700 locations. Delta is also offering DeltaVision, a fully insured group vision plan and an integral part of health care and wellness programs.

Year Est: 1972
DDS: 3,045
Principal(s): Allan Allford
Delta Dental Logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 5656 W. Talavi Blvd.
Glendale, AZ 85306
602-938-3131 www.deltadentalaz.com

Finalist: Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler Medical, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 Chandler Regional Medical Center has been an important part of the East Valley for 50 years. Since opening its doors as Chandler Community Hospital with 40 beds and 25 employees, Chandler Regional has grown to 225 beds. It continues to expand with construction plans on two major projects, adding a new patient tower and expanding the existing cardiac cath lab. The combined projects will add more than 200 jobs and over 100 new patient beds. With over 2,000 employees and a medical staff of 850 in all major specialties, Chandler Regional is part of Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the eighth-largest health care system in the nation and the largest nonprofit health care system in the West.
Year Est: 1961
Principal(s): Patty White
Physicians: 850
Chandler Regional Logo, AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 475 S. Dobson Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224

Arizona Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011


HCLA 2011 – Nurse Or Nursing Advocate

Honoree: Stacy Danahy, Director of Medical Operations, Arizona, Laser Spine Institute

Stacy Danhay, Director of Medical Operations, Arizona, Laser Spine InstituteDuring her 12 years in the health care industry, Stacy Danahy has displayed time and again that she is a true leader by going above and beyond to care for her patients. For the past two years, she has worked as director of medical operations at the Laser Spine Institute (LSI), a position that requires her to oversee patients, as well as other medical staff.
Her duties include answering questions from both patients and staff, determining the efficiency of the clinic as a whole, handling patients of concern, overseeing patient safety and infection control, educating and training staff, and managing inventory of supplies and medications.

What distinguishes Danahy is her dedication to providing quality care and comfort to all of her patients, no matter what the circumstances. She has been known to drive to the hotels of LSI patients as early as 5 a.m. to provide special care, such as the removal of stubborn catheters. She has also rubbed a patient’s feet and talked him through a claustrophobic experience, and has lain on the floor to ease the nerves of another anxious patient. She will do whatever the situation calls for in order to meet the emotional needs of her patients.

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Diane Drexler, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Cancer Treatment Centers of AmericaFinalist: Diane Drexler, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Having worked nearly 20 years in health care, Diane Drexler is considered a leader in the industry. After working with many Banner hospitals and serving as Banner Estrella Medical Center’s first chief nursing officer, Drexler joined the senior management team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, where she oversees a staff of 75 nurses.

Under Drexler’s leadership, Cancer Treatment Centers of America became the first acute care facility in the state to be licensed with an Acuity Adaptable Nursing Unit. This new unit allows a patient to remain in the same room for all levels of acuity, including intensive care, and virtually eliminates bed transfers.

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irginia Prendergast, Nurse Practitioner, Barrow Neurological InstituteFinalist: Virginia Prendergast, Nurse Practitioner, Barrow Neurological Institute

Virginia Prendergast has a very good reason for being so dedicated to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. She was born at St. Joseph’s and at age five convinced her father to take her on a tour of the hospital.
Prendergast had always wanted to be a nurse, and in 1979 she joined the neuroscience staff at St. Joseph’s. She rose through the ranks to become the youngest head nurse in intensive care. In 1993, she became the first neurosurgery nurse practitioner at Barrow.

In addition, Prendergast has developed and teaches a 20-week certification course to help nurses prepare for a national neuroscience nursing certification examination.

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Health Care Leadership Awards 2011

HCLA 2011 – Hospital & Medical Center

Merit Award: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Merit Award for Hospital & Medical CenterSt. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center first opened its doors in March 1895, and more than a century later it is a leader in Arizona health care. St. Joseph’s has come a long way since the Sisters of Mercy opened it as a six-bedroom cottage in Downtown Phoenix, originally founded to help tuberculosis sufferers who came to Phoenix to improve their health.

The hospital went through numerous expansions and fundraising efforts before opening in 1953 at its current location on Fifth Avenue and Thomas Road as a 325-bed hospital. Since then, St. Joseph’s has almost doubled in size and the campus now encompasses 55 acres. In 2010, the hospital had nearly 40,000 inpatient admissions and more than 435,000 outpatient visits.
Along with providing excellent health care, St. Joseph’s is one of the state’s largest teaching hospitals, having trained more neurosurgeons than any other hospital in the world. St. Joseph’s is the new regional campus of Creighton University Medical School.

This not-for-profit hospital also houses the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, the Heart & Lung Institute, St. Joseph’s Children’s Health Center, a Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, and much more. The only transplantation programs in the Valley, the Heart & Lung Institute at St. Joseph’s has conducted approximately 70 lung transplants and five pediatric heart transplants.

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