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Hall joins CTCA’s Board of Directors

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center announced Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall will be joining its Board of Directors.

“As a prostate cancer survivor, this is a cause very close to my heart,” said Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, who recently launched his own non-profit organization, the Pro-State Foundation. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Board of Directors for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and seeing how I can help further their mission of ‘Winning the Fight Against Cancer, Every Day®.’”

“We are incredibly fortunate to welcome Derrick to our Board leadership,” said Matt McGuire, President and CEO, CTCA® at Western. “Derrick’s business savvy and commitment to community leadership, coupled with his own journey of cancer survivorship, will greatly enhance our ability to provide our patients the best possible cancer care.”

Hall joins a list of distinguished leaders and respected professionals currently serving on the Board of Directors: Richard J Stephenson (Chairman), James J. Grogan, Esq. (President); Kenneth Bennett (Treasurer); Stephen B. Bonner, Esq.; Ernest Calderón, Esq.; Michael L. Gallagher, Esq.; Carrie Martz; Robert Mayo; Christa Severns; Dr. Christopher Stephenson and Candace Hunter Wiest (Secretary).

“As President of the Western Board, I know I am speaking for all of our members in expressing our sincere welcome to Derrick and our gratitude to him for committing his time and energy to our important mission,” said James Grogan, President, CTCA Western Board of Directors. “Derrick will bring a wealth of community knowledge and business experience to our patient-focused efforts as we work to help families fight this horrible disease. His personal fight with cancer has inspired many in our community and we are thrilled that he will be helping Western deliver the best possible, personal, integrative, cancer care to all of our patients.”

SETTING PRIORITIES: “The founding principal of CTCA is putting patients first in everything we do and being on a constant quest to bring them hope,” says CEO Matt McGuire. “They push us to innovate.” Photo by Shavon Rose.

CTCA CEO: Research will reduce fear


CTCA’s new CEO says research will reduce fear for cancer patients

Personal experience led Matt McGuire to begin a career at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.“I’ve lost three of my four grandparents to cancer,” said McGuire, who was named CEO of CTCA at at Western Regional Medical Center in January. “I remember when I was 13 years old and my mom telling my brother and I that Grandma had cancer and I could just see the fear in my mother’s eyes. I just hope and expect that 10 years from now, because of all the innovations that are going to come by the bedside that the cancer diagnosis won’t be nearly as fearful as it is today.”

To help his hope become a realization, McGuire is leading CTCA at a time when the hospital is taking an aggressive role in cancer research.

What have been the biggest challenge of CTCA’s increased focus on research?
We had to essentially build the program from the ground up. The hiring of (Director of Clinical Research) Dr. Glen Weiss and the progress he has led has been extraordinary. We have to be more responsive to new ideas. We have 14 people now on the research team and it’s been a challenge to find those people and to leard the complexities and regularities of the pharmacy industry.

Why did you decide to add research?
The primary driver is that it brings additional hopeful options to patients. As personalized and genomic medicine takes hold as we look into the future, having the ability to have the most recent targeted therapies available for our patients is so in line with our mission that we knew it was time.

What qualities does and effective CEO need to possess?
Good communication skills. A clear vision and an ability to rally people around that vision. Energy and passion. The last thing is they need to be resilient. The perseverance that is needed to adapt in this ever-changing world is absolutely fundamental. I try to put relationships front and center. I want our stakeholders to know that their voice and concerns will always be heard.

What are your goals as CEO of CTCA?
We have to be the leader in the delivery of personalized cancer care. We are going to be the leader in how genomics medicine will change the way we administer cancer care. With what we are starting in our research program, it’s going to be an amazing evolution about how cancer care is delivered. We have to lead in that space. I hope and expect that 10 years from now, because of all the innovations that are going to come, the cancer diagnosis won’t be nearly as fearful as it is today. It will be hopeful because people will know there are places like CTCA and other cancer care providers who can help. I liken it to how the ACL injury was a career-ending injury in sports 10 or 15 years ago. Now, you have Adrian Peterson leading the NFL in rushing after an injury that would have ended his career 10 years ago. I think we’re going to look back 10 or 15 years ago and say, “Back then, cancer used to scare people.”

TGen finds clue to stop spread of lung cancer

Two cell surface receptors might be responsible for the most common form of lung cancer spreading to other parts of the body, according to a study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The hepatocyte growth factor receptor (HGFR/MET) and fibroblast growth factor-inducible 14 (FN14) are proteins associated with the potential spread of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to the TGen study published online April 8 by the scientific journal Clinical & Experimental Metastasis.

NSCLC represents more than 85 percent of all lung cancers, which this year will kill an estimated 159,000 Americans, making it by far the leading cause of cancer-related death. It has a 5-year survival rate less than 10 percent.

The invasive and metastatic nature of NSCLC contributes to this high mortality rate, and so finding the cause of this potential to spread is key to helping patients survive.

Therapies targeting MET and FN14 are in clinical development, which could lead to treatments that could help halt or slow the spread of this lung cancer.

“As the metastatic phenotype is a major cause of lung cancer mortality, understanding and potentially targeting these pathways may reduce the high mortality rate in advanced lung cancer,” said Dr. Timothy Whitsett, an Assistant Professor in TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and the study’s lead author.

Significantly, the TGen study found that MET and FN14 were elevated in metastatic tumors compared to primary lung tumors and suppression of MET activation or FN14 expression reduced tumor cell invasion.

“The elevation of these receptors in metastatic disease opens the possibility for therapeutic intervention,” said Dr. Nhan Tran, an Associate Professor in TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and the study’s senior author.

Dr. Glen Weiss, Co-Unit Head of TGen’s Lung Cancer Research Laboratory and Director of Clinical Research at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center, said, “This study identifies some targets that already have drugs in clinical trials, and helps put them into context for what might be a rational drug development approach for the treatment of this deadly cancer.”

Other institutes that assisted with this study are: the University of Arizona; St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center; and Humboldt Medical Specialists.

The study, FN14 expression correlates with MET in NSCLC and promotes MET-driven cell invasion, was funded by the National Institutes of Health, and grants from the St. Joseph’s Foundation and the American Lung Association.


TGen identifies key lung cancer enabler

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have discovered a protein, Mcl-1, that helps enable one of the most common and deadly types of cancer to survive radiation and drug treatments.

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) makes up about 85 percent of the nearly 160,000 Americans expected to die this year from lung cancer, which by far kills more patients than any other type of cancer; accounting for more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. annually. The 5-year survival rate for advanced NSCLC is less than 10 percent.

In the absence of more effective targeted therapies, most lung cancer patients currently rely on platinum-derived chemotherapeutics, such as cisplatin, or radiation therapy.

Previous TGen studies have shown that excessive activation of a cellular signaling mechanism known as TWEAK-Fn14 is linked to the survival and spread of cancer cells.

In a new laboratory study published in the scientific journal Molecular Cancer Research, TGen investigators found that a protein called Mcl-1 helps enable TWEAK-Fn14, which in turn helps protect NSCLC tumors from being destroyed by radiation and drugs.

“Our study demonstrates that the expression of Mcl-1 is necessary to promote the TWEAK-mediated survival of NSCLC tumor cells,” said Dr. Timothy Whitsett, an Assistant Professor in TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and the study’s lead author. “By deactivating Mcl-1, we believe we can give these lung cancer patients a better response to standard therapy.”

Employing a drug called EU-5148, laboratory researchers using lung cancer cell lines found they could block Mcl-1 function and halt the TWEAK-Fn14 cellular signaling mechanism.

“Inhibition of Mcl-1 function enhanced chemo- and radio-sensitivity in NSCLC cells. The depletion of Mcl-1 … was sufficient to abrogate the protective effects conferred on lung tumor cells by TWEAK-Fn14 signaling,” according to the study, Mcl-1 Mediates TWEAK/Fn14-induced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Survival and Therapeutic Response, published online Jan. 27, and awaiting print publication on April 14.

“This work positions both the TWEAK-Fn14 cellular pathway and the Mcl-1 protein as potential therapeutic interventions,” said Dr. Nhan Tran, an Associate Professor in TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and the study’s senior author. “Our evidence shows that, if we can bypass these mechanisms, it will be more difficult for these lung cancer cells to evade therapies.”

The study concludes that additional research of Mcl-1 and TWEAK-Fn14 mechanism is needed, eventually leading to clinical trials and more effective treatments that could reduce lung cancer mortality.

The drug, EU-5148, was provided by Eutropics Pharmaceuticals, based in Cambridge, Mass.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Goodyear) also contributed to this study.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Edgar Staren

CEO Series: Dr. Edgar Staren, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Dr. Edgar Staren is the CEO and President of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear, Ariz. Az Business Magazine and Grand Canyon University invited Dr. Staren to speak to an intimate audience of one hundred Arizona business owners and executives at Grand Canyon University on June 27th. In this lecture he shares his first hand experience as a cancer survivor and the importance of empowering the patient to be in control of their treatment. Dr. Staren also speaks to the value of not only technological innovation, but process innovation in health care and other industries.

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AZ Isotopes bringing jobs to Goodyear

AZ Isotopes has selected the city of Goodyear as the site for a state-of-the-art facility which will improve the diagnosis and treatment of serious diseases. By producing several  medical isotopes that are either not currently available or difficult to obtain in Arizona, the Goodyear facility will support health care by giving physicians and their patients the most modern tools for diagnoses and treatments as well as research towards  improving medical outcomes.

Construction and operation of the facility also will result in high-quality jobs.  Initially, about 50 technical and managerial professionals will be employed.  As demand for the isotopes and the research program expands, additional high-quality positions will be added.  Substantial growth can be expected as industry analysts estimate the projected market for medical isotopes at about $6 billion by the year 2018.

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord is highly supportive.  She stated: “We are excited to bring this new high-tech life sciences enterprise to Goodyear, along with highly skilled professionals and high-paying jobs.  Goodyear has everything companies like AZ Isotopes need to operate and grow their businesses.  We are growing and ready to help accommodate companies like AZ Isotopes to provide jobs and expand our work base.”

The Goodyear-based Western Regional Center for The Cancer Treatment Centers of America is also supporting the city’s efforts to help ensure that the new research and production facility is located nearby. It stated: “Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center (Western) in Goodyear applauds the city’s economic development efforts in healthcare initiatives which lower the nation’s reliance on foreign products.”  Edgar D. Staren, MD, PhD, President and CEO of Western added, “We look forward to a readily available local isotope supply that could support our patient needs.”  Additionally, several major universities (including the University of Arizona) have already expressed interest in taking advantage of the facility’s research capabilities.

The Goodyear location will contain the full spectrum of operations necessary for providing the highest quality support for medical care and research.  Included will be manufacturing, engineering, administrative, sales and executive positions.  AZ Isotopes has assembled an internationally-renowned team of top scientists and physicians to begin site preparation and facility design and construction.

The site for the Goodyear plant is a 10-acre tract along Litchfield Road, north of Maricopa 85 and close to the Phoenix-Goodyear airport.  Because delivery time is critical to the users of medical isotopes, the facility’s proximity to the airport is very fortuitous. AZ Isotopes President and COO David Barshis stated, “Goodyear offers an ideal location for our planned operations, and local government has been extremely helpful in the process expected to provide a key competitive advantage over other isotope manufacturers.”

The heart of the facility is a unique, variable-energy medical cyclotron accelerator capable of producing medical diagnostic imaging and therapeutic isotopes which are not currently available, or have limited availability, from other commercial sources in the U.S.  This facility will join other local cyclotrons supporting various related types of medical treatments in the area. Locally, the Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic has already announced plans to construct a facility to house a cyclotron designed specifically to be used for fixed-beam proton therapy at its new $130 million cancer center.  And the Phoenix-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is currently replacing its smaller cyclotron with a new unit for production of isotopes that enable detailed brain imaging.


Women of Scottsdale Luncheon Calendar

Ladies, mark your calendars for these great, monthly luncheons with the Women of Scottsdale.

April 19

Women of Scottsdale celebrates with its annual Hats Luncheon Friday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The luncheon is sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Denita James Jewelry Design will present prizes for winning hats. More information and an invitation are available at womenofscottsdale.org. Reservations are required.

May 17

Women of Scottsdale will meet Friday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. for a luncheon at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Rancho Solano Private Schools is the sponsor and Seasons 52 is the favors partner. More information and an invitation are available at womenofscottsdale.org. Reservations are required.

June 21

Women of Scottsdale will meet Friday, June 21 at 11:30 a.m. for the Annual Business Luncheon and mini-expo at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. June sponsor is The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare and Sleep America is the dessert sponsor. More information and an invitation are available at womenofscottsdale.org. Reservations are required.

Edgar Staren

CEO Series: Dr. Edgar Staren

Dr. Edgar Staren is president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America — Western Regional Medical Center.

How is being CEO of CTCA different than being CEO of a more traditional company?
I end up having a different ability to empower my stakeholders (employees). We believe in our value, which is we are hopeful, we are empowering, we are responsive, we are ethical, we a re innovative and we are compassionate, and I believe that the empowerment aspect as a CEO means that I’m allowed to encourage my stakeholders to do everything they can to take care of our patients, which are our customers

What qualities do you think an effective CEO has to have in any business?
They need to have leadership, which is manifested by a dedication to personify the mission, vision, values, and the foundation upon which the organization is based. I believe that they need to have absolute integrity. Without that, they are simply not going to be trusted or admired and respected by their stakeholders. Particularly in the healthcare industry, I believe they need to be servant leaders. They need to be out there demonstrating the type of service to the customers that they would want to be demonstrating among all the stakeholders.

What strengths make you an effective CEO at CTCA?
I’ve had a personal tragedy that I believe turned into a professional blessing in that I am a cancer survivor myself. It has allowed me to understand where our patients come from and the things that are of value to them. That has been more educational for me than any of the schooling or mentoring that I had prior to that point.

What is the biggest challenge for the employees at CTCA?
It’s hard to be a CTCA stakeholder. We try and provide mother standard of care. If Mom’s ill, that becomes emotionally tough. We become close to our patients; we care about them dearly; we feel like they are family. And to go to those lengths, to go to those extremes that you go through to be able to take care of a patient like it’s mom, can be hard. On the other side of the coin, it is so gratifying to know that you are making a difference in someone’s life. I feel very privileged to be doing important work, work that I know makes a difference and I’m paid a salary for doing so. What a privilege.

What advice would you give to someone who wants a leadership role in the healthcare industry?
Be true to your mission, vision, and values. Personify those as a leader. Recognize that much of what you do is not in the words that are spoken, but in the actions that you take. I think that reflects that whole philosophy of servant leadership and if you end up being an exemplary servant leader, then you are likely to be successful in the position.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you like to be doing?
I can’t imagine doing anything other than what I’m doing right now. I feel privileged.


CTCA hosts Blogger Summit

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) will be hosting its 2013 Blogger Summit on March 22-23 at the organization’s Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear. The event will span two days, with an agenda of events and speakers that will provide bloggers with valuable information about what’s happening on the forefront of cancer care and treatment.

This year’s theme, Innovation in Cancer Care and Personalized Medicine, will include breakout sessions covering topics such as: precision cancer medicine, natural ways to manage side effects, quality of life and a survivorship discussion with Matthew Zachary – founder and CEO of Stupid Cancer, the largest support network in the United States for young adults facing cancer.

“It has been such a pleasure to partner with CTCA to support young adults affected by cancer,” says Zachary. “The blogger summit is yet another example of how we empower those affected to get busy living every day.”

At the age of 21, Zachary—then a concert pianist and composer—was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer as a college Senior. Throughout the course of his treatment, Zachary found there weren’t any resources focused on cancer patients/survivors his age as they were all skewed too young or too old for his age group.

In 2007, Matthew founded Stupid Cancer, a nonprofit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services. Today, Stupid Cancer not only provides support to young adults facing cancer, but also acts as an expert resource to its vast global following.

Since 1988, CTCA has been helping patients win the fight against cancer using advanced technology with a highly personalized approach. The 2013 CTCA Blogger Summit will present influential cancer and health-related bloggers with information and resources to share with their readers, and allow them to keep their blogs on the cutting-edge of cancer related topics. If you are a blogger interested in attending the summit please email: Laura.Malamud@ctca-hope.com.

Stupid Cancer (formerly the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation) is a non-profit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services. We are the nation’s largest support community for this underserved population and serve as a bullhorn for the young adult cancer movement. Our charter is to ensure that no one goes unaware of the age-appropriate support resources they are entitled to so they can get busy living. For more information, visit http://stupidcancer.org.


CTCA Creates Organic Farm To Help Serve Patients

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center (WRMC) and McClendon’s Select are partnering up to create the first and largest hospital organic farm in the United States that will provide patients, caregivers, employees and community members in the greater Phoenix area with organic produce grown right in their own backyard.

CTCA is proud to partner with Arizona’s own McClendon’s Select, one of the country’s top organic farm companies, providing a whole new level to its integrative care model. McClendon’s Select has been supplying CTCA with organic produce from their family owned farms since 2009 and now will be managing the 25-acre farm located on WRMC property between Fillmore and the I-10 in Goodyear. Construction started last Friday on what will be an expected six-week process. The first planting will occur in early November and the first harvest is scheduled for December 15, 2012.

CTCA is the first cancer hospital in the country to provide its patients with organic produce grown directly on its own land. Patients will have access to fresh produce that has been picked at its peak nutritional value and can feel good knowing exactly where their food is coming from – in fact, they’ll be able to see it from the main hospital, or when driving in, and can even get involved with the patient and community gardens. “At CTCA one of our goals is to get test results to patients in minutes to hours rather than days or weeks, so it makes sense then that we would do the same thing for the food they eat – it’s fresh, homegrown and delivered from the farm to their fork all in the same day,” says Sharon Day, Director of Nutrition. “We are happy to provide high quality food and nutrition to our patients, caregivers, and employees, taking our quality of care to a whole new level.”

In addition to bringing in fresh, organic produce to CTCA’s culinary department directed by Executive Chef Frank Caputo, the hospital plans to host farmer’s markets, cooking demonstrations and both patient and community gardens open to the public. Any surplus produce will be managed by McClendon’s Select and sold at various farmer’s markets throughout the greater Phoenix area.

“It’s an honor to partner with CTCA in this capacity and my team and I at McClendon’s are excited to see how this will transform culinary services in health care across the country. We think this is a huge step for our industry and the value organic farms can bring to facilities like CTCA,” says Bob McClendon, owner and farmer at McClendon’s Select.

“We’ve always provided our patients with the highest quality of certified organic produce and meats since we opened in 2008. We will now be able to grow our own food onsite and deliver delicious, highly nutritional meals to our patients and employees on the same day we’ve gone out and picked it from the vine or pulled it out of the ground. It’s just incredible,” says Executive Chef Frank Caputo. “Our culinary team is excited to be able to offer this service to our patients and employees.”

CTCA offers a comprehensive and integrative approach to fighting cancer—all under one roof. Its integrative cancer treatment expands the boundaries of conventional care by bringing together traditional tools for fighting cancer, such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy, with supportive therapies, including nutritional support, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, oncology rehabilitation, pain management, and spiritual support. Being able to offer patients home-grown, organic produce that is fresh from the “backyard” is just another way CTCA continues to provide patients with the very best options while fighting cancer.


2012 MAC Leadership Excellence: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Brightest Stars

Four companies take the spotlight among Most Admired Companies in Arizona

On Sept. 5, AZ Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ honored 40 of the most innovative and exceptional companies in Arizona at the third annual Most Admired Companies Awards at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix.

In addition to being honored with MAC Awards, four companies were singled out as spotlight winners in the categories of  leadership excellencesocial responsibilitycustomer opinion and workplace culture.

Leadership Excellence: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center employs a new model of cancer care that is the foundation of CTCA. A whole-person treatment approach is combined with a nurturing and compassionate environment which is now known as the CTCA Mother Standard of care. This standard permeates every aspect of hospital operations at CTCA as all employees — from housekeeping staff to doctors to administrators — are empowered to put the focus of their work on providing the best possible care to patients. Leadership at CTCA demonstrates high-level transparency to both employees and patients by communicating all aspects of hospital operations. Both successes and opportunities are communicated and patients and employees are empowered to share ideas for improvement. Employees are encouraged to identify ways to reduce waste and improve operations and present suggestions for improvement based on a personal understanding of what the job entails. Once a need has been identified, employees are given paid time to participate in developing and implementing solutions.

Video by Cory Bergquist

CTCACancer Treatment Centers of America
Arizona base: Goodyear
Arizona leadership: Dr. Edgar Staren, president and CEO
Years in Arizona: 4
Employees in Arizona: 447
Fast fact: CTCA is the first 100 percent digital cancer hospital in the nation. Patient records are maintained in an Electronic Health Records System.
Web: ctca-hope.com

2012 Most Admired Companies Award Winners & Photos

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2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards Winners & Photos

David Lincoln and the Lincoln family earned Arizona Business Magazine’s first Lifetime Achievement Award to highlight the 5th annual, 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards Thursday, March 8 at the Arizona Biltmore.

“Even though this is a lifetime award, I hope that I have a lot more life to live,” David Lincoln joked.

Thirteen other awards were presents to honorees, who heard keynote addresses from Dr. Michael Birt, director of the Center for Sustainable Health and interim co-director at ASU’s Biodesign Institute; and Elizabeth Reich, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona.

Congratulations to the 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists and winners!

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2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards Winners:

Community Outreach: Ruth Rimmer, Director of Psycho/Social Research, Arizona Burn Center, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems

Institution or Educational Program: Arizona Institute for Breast Health

Insurance Provider or Executive: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Volunteer of the Year: Jean Reynolds, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Dentist of the Year: Tony S. Hashemian, DDS, A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Nurse or Nursing Advocate: Dr. Anne McNamara, Grand Canyon University

Manager of the Year: Brain Shelley, Banner Del E. Webb

Hospital Executive of the Year: Rhonda Anderson, Cardon Children’s Medical Center

Hospital Administrator of the Year: Dr. Edgar Staren, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Researcher of the Year: Julie Robbins, Battelle

Healthcare Leadership Physician of the Year: Dr. Stephen Pophal, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Surgeon of the Year: Dr. David Jacofsky, The CORE Institute

Medical Center or Hospital: Thunderbird Medical Center

Lifetime Achievement Award: David Lincoln and the Lincoln Family

Photos of the 2012 Healthcare Leadership Awards reception and ceremony:

Photos: Cory Bergquist

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Presenting Sponsors:

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National Bank of Az Health Care Trust of America, Inc.

Event Sponsor:

Arizona Biltmore Resort

Dessert Sponsor:

Scan Health Plan Arizona

HCL Awards 2012 - Brian Shelley

HCL Awards 2012: Manager, Brian Shelley


Brian Shelley

Banner Del E. Webb

HCL Awards 2012 - Brian ShelleyAs respiratory manager, Brian Shelley is responsible for a staff of 44 and the day-to-day operations of the cardiopulmonary department. Shelley developed and wrote a computer program that tells the staff how many therapists will be needed and how many treatments each therapist will provide.

Shelley was also responsible for bringing the first neonatal mechanical ventilator into Del E. Webb’s nursery. The device has been used three times and has allowed the baby to stay with the mother in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) without having to be transported out.

Shelley also created a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC or PIC line) and central line insertion team. This team is responsible for all invasive lines inserted from IVs to central lines. The team maintains all lines, documents and discharges all lines. Sepsis and central line initiatives are graded among Banner facilities, and Shelley’s team has been recognized as Best in Banner.

Most impressively, in a time when most hospitals are cutting back, Shelley created 17 new jobs in his department while exceeding budget goals and productivity expectations. He also raised more than $83,000 for the hospital’s Better Together campaign.



Mark Kharoufeh

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

HCL Awards 2012 - Mark KharoufehAs director of inpatient services, Kharoufeh is a nursing professional who puts the patient at the center of every decision. In his leadership role at CTCA, Kharoufeh has effectively overseen many strategic initiatives to streamline the delivery of care while maintaining the highest safety and customer service standards. During his tenure, the staff has tripled in size in all three of his units. Kharoufeh responded by analyzing the needs of both his staff and his patients, resulting in the development of a house supervisor role, a cross-training program, nurse education program and an in-depth orientation process that includes an unprecedented six months of preceptorship.



Karen Richards

SCAN Health Plan Arizona

HCL Awards 2012 - Karen RichardsRichards manages SCAN Health Plan Arizona’s Senior Connections Resource Center in Phoenix, as well as its community outreach programs, many of which she helped develop to target seniors, caregivers and anyone else who interacts with seniors. She manages to accomplish much with just three staff members. Richards maintains an ongoing schedule of classes, workshops and presentations throughout the community, most of which are free. She helped launch SCAN Health Plan Arizona’s “Classroom in the Community” initiative, which delivers more than a dozen free, hour-long workshops at locations throughout the county.


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HCL Awards 2012 - Jean Reynolds

HCL Awards 2012: Volunteer, Jean Reynolds


Jean Reynolds

Cancer Treatment Centers of America H.O.P.E. Team Pet Therapy

HCL Awards 2012 - Jean ReynoldsWet nose. Hairy body. Drooling. Panting. Not exactly words you would typically use to describe an ideal hospital volunteer. But when Nelli, a 6-year-old Australian Shepherd wakes up in the morning, she knows she has important work to do as part of CTCA’s pet therapy program. Jean Reynolds created the program in 2008 and now has eight teams – all certified through the Delta Society for animal assisted therapy – volunteering at the hospital.

Reynolds developed the program out of her sincere desire to give back to the community with the help of her therapy dog, Nelli. She relentlessly labored to expand the program, has spent countless hours recruiting and training other pet therapy team, all while managing the nonprofit organization and continuing hospital visits with Nelli.
According to CTCA volunteer coordinator Jennifer Kehren, the H.O.P.E. Team Pet Therapy program has a profound impact on cancer patients and their loved ones. As she explains it, their faces light up when the dogs come to visit. A patient can be having a mad day, but suddenly they are laughing and smiling when their furry friends comes to play.



Ronald J. Sell, M.D.

Hope Community Health Center

HCL Awards 2012 - Ronald SellSell has been the medical director for HCHC since April 1, 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the medical care for approximately 1,000 patients seen at a community medical clinic that serves uninsured patients. Sell personally sees about 30 patients each week, while directing the activities of approximately 20 other volunteers, including two other volunteer physicians. Sell has worked tirelessly as a volunteer in the community, providing medical care for indigent, undocumented and unemployed people who could not otherwise afford even basic health care. He has recruited other physicians and ancillary service providers to provide free or low-cost medical services.



Phyllis Gormley

La Paz Regional Hospital

HCL Awards 2012 - Phyllis GormleyGormley, 92, has held many positions with the hospital’s auxiliary – president, fund raising and development, scholarships and more. She has worked in the gift shop and helped in administration. In 2005, at the age of 85, Gormley headlined the hospital’s “Hey, Seniors – Get Pumped” newsletter about physical fitness and aging. Gormey was – and still is – a model of physical fitness. She continued to waterski until age 87, using a wetsuit so she could continue into the winter months. She credits walking and sports – along with her volunteer activities – with keeping her mentally and physically fit.


HCL Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

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HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. Anne McNamara

HCL Awards 2012: Nursing Advocate, Dr. Anne McNamara

Nursing Advocate

Dr. Anne McNamara

Grand Canyon University

HCL Awards 2012 - Anne McNamaraDr. Anne McNamara is dean and professor in the College of Nursing at Grand Canyon University. She is the department head for 57 faculty and staff members and is responsible for oversight of six Arizona sites, as well as GCU’s nursing program in New Mexico. There are more than 700 traditional pre-licensure BSN students, 2,700 RN-BSN students, and 1,330 MSN students currently enrolled in GCU’s nursing programs.

Under McNamara’s leadership, GCU’s College of Nursing graduates have been actively recruited by Arizona’s leading healthcare providers. Hospitals and physicians’ offices value the direct and immediate applicability of GCU’s College of Nursing’s core curriculum. McNamara encourages students to examine what they’ve learned, determine its relevance, and see how the knowledge can be incorporated into their role as a nurse. As a result of her efforts, GCU recently opened a state-of-the-art simulation lab that provides students with hands-on experience, which is highly valued by employers and has proven to decrease the occurrence of medical errors.

Outside of her role as an educator, McNamara and her students, faculty and staff contribute hundreds of volunteer hours to the community each year through GCU’s Canyon Cares Initiative.



Vicki Doctor

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

HCL Awards 2012 - Vicki DoctorBeginning a career in oncology 15 years ago, Doctor now serves as the Survivorship Support Care Manager for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Her responsibilities include informing patients of potential treatments and creating wellness plans that are tailored to patients’ specific needs. Doctor’s experience and dedication to oncology led to her selection as the CTCA’s first clinic manager, and in 2011 she became the care manager. Doctor also participates in several cancer awareness groups and events, such as American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Gateway for Cancer Research, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.



Beth Rumac

St. Joseph’s and Phoenix Children’s Hospital

HCL Awards 2012 - Beth RumackRumack works as CHIEF (Congenital Heart Infant Evaluation and Follow-up) program administrator as a pediatric cardiologist nurse practitioner. She contributes to a 24-hour help hotline, at times being the only nurse available. While devoting long hours to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Rumack developed a combined assistance program for children with congenital heart defects (CHD). This idea will bring together CHD networks to aid families of children with heart defects. In addition to daily labors at the hospital, Rumack spends her time working with several non-profit organizations designed to research, raise funds for research, and assist children with CHDs.

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HCL Awards 2012 - Rhonda Anderson

HCL Awards 2012: Hospital Executive, Rhonda Anderson

Hospital Executive

Rhonda Anderson

Cardon Children’s Medical Center

HCL Awards 2012 - Rhonda AndersonAs CEO of Banner Health’s Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Rhonda Anderson is the epitome of a “hands-on” CEO. She makes it a priority every day to visit patients and their families to ensure that their stay at Cardon is as positive an experience as it can be. Anderson was instrumental in the planning, development and construction of the $350 million facility that opened in 2009 on the Banner Desert Regional Medical Center campus in Mesa. Before the facility was built, there was not enough adequate pediatric care in the East Valley for the number of children needing attention. Families had to travel to Phoenix or out of state to get the best care possible. Under Anderson’s leadership, Cardon was built “Through the Eyes of a Child,” which is the medical center’s foundational covenant that ensures the specific needs of the children are at the center of every decision, action and discussion that takes place within the hospital’s walls. Anderson, who is a registered nurse, has been instrumental in recruiting, attracting and convincing some of the nation’s top pediatric specialists to relocate and join the staff at Cardon.



Susan Zook

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

HCL Awards 2012 - Susan ZookWith her extensive background in oncology, CTCA selected Zook to serve on the eight-person Senior Management Team during the development and construction of the Arizona hospital.  Overseeing construction of the facility from a clinical perspective, Zook developed a plan to procure a comprehensive array of the most advanced diagnostic tools and radiation oncology treatments previously unavailable to oncology patients in Arizona. Under Zook’s guidance, CTCA was the first hospital in Arizona to purchase Varian’s Trilogy technology; she led the charge for the hospital’s procurement of Calypso; and spearheaded the hospital’s development of the only BSD 5000 Superficial Hyperthermia program in Arizona.



Chuck Ribbe

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

HCL Awards 2012 - Chuck RibbeA dramatic example of Ribbe’s leadership in maximizing efficiencies is CTCA’s Lean Six Sigma program, which he oversees in his role as CFO. Under his leadership, the program eliminated more than 9,800 hours of patient wait time in 2011 alone. An additional 12,000 hours of non-value added employee time were also eliminated. To date, more than 65 percent of the hospital’s employees have been A3 certified, completing a variety of projects that have greatly improved efficiencies across every department of the hospital. Ribbe is ever vigilant about encouraging employees to uncover tremendous opportunities to increase time savings and decrease cost.


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HCL Awards 2012: Medical Center Or Hospital, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

Medical Center Or Hospital

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center

HCL Awards 2012 - Banner ThunderbirdWhen 2-year-old Caleb Teodorescu was found unconscious at the bottom of a pool, there were fears he would die or suffer permanent brain damage. Thanks to doctors at Banner Thunderbird’s Pediatric Emergency Department, Caleb is alive and showing no signs of disability. Without Thunderbird, Caleb would have lost valuable minutes being transported to a central Phoenix hospital.

Nonprofit Banner Thunderbird’s $290 million expansion project, completed in 2011, represents one of the largest hospital expansion projects ever completed in Arizona. The project has directly led to the creation of several hundred jobs at the expanded facility. More importantly, West Valley residents now have access to a level of care never before available in the region, particularly heart care, medical imaging services, surgical care and pediatric care. The hospital now provides services and has equipment previously only available at hospitals in other parts of the Valley, such as critical care for children who have experienced a near drowning. Having West Valley hospital of this caliber makes the area more attractive to retirees, families with children and potential employers, contributing to a more robust economy. Today, Banner Thunderbird is the largest private employer in Glendale and one of largest in the West Valley.



Cancer Treatment Centers of America

HCL Awards 2012 - Cancer Treatment CenterCancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) embraces the concept of developing individual treatment plans for each patient. The Patient Empowerment Medicine model works to boosts patients’ immune systems, reduce pain and improve quality of life through new drug therapies. CTCA initially began more than 30 years ago but opened in Goodyear in 2008 and has since doubled their patient volume. CTCA not only focuses on patient services, but assists in community projects and non-profit organizations as well. The medical center also sponsors the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena Awards that honor women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishments.



Chandler Regional Medical Center

HCL Awards 2012 - Chandler Regional Medical CenterFor more than 50 years, Chandler Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has served as the largest hospital provider in the East Valley area. CRMC was also the area’s first hospital with advanced cardiovascular services with the opening of the Heart and Vascular Center and first in the West to install a broadband MRI. They were voted “Best Place to Work” among Phoenix metro employers and tiered number one for medium-sized hospitals by Ranking Arizona. CRMC annually co-hosts the Spina Bifida Bike Rally providing free bikes to children with the disease and a Back to School Immunization clinic administering free shots to minors in Chandler.


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HCL Awards 2012 - Edgar Staren

HCL Awards 2012: Hospital Administrator, Dr. Edgar Staren

Hospital Administrator

Dr. Edgar Staren

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Dr. Edgar StarenAs a CEO, surgeon and cancer survivor, Staren is the “triple threat” that cancer fears and patients look to for assistance. As a seven-year cancer survivor and renowned surgical oncologist, Staren not only brings an expert eye to all of his employee and patient responsibilities, he brings a spirit of empathy, compassion and hope that touches everybody he interacts with at CTCA. Staren is often found in employee huddles around the hospital, providing expert insight to CTCA employees and listening to their needs, or discussing the necessity of new technology or a procedure to ensure CTCA physicians offer the highest level of care to patients. However, the role Staren values most – cancer survivor – provides rare insight into CTCA patients’ day-to-day needs. It’s not uncommon to find him discussing the day’s events with patients during his rounds, offering advice when asked or just a sympathetic ear when needed. Staren is more than a CEO. He leads with an expert and empathetic hand and lives CTCA’s mission, vision and values every day in every task to ensure CTCA provides the life-saving care that its patients cannot find anywhere else.



Pam Nenaber

Banner Health

Pam NenaberBesides leading one of the top performing hospitals in the Banner Health system, Nenaber served a critical leadership role during the planning, building and ultimate opening of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, which opened in September 2011. Her leadership also fostered the successful integration of a team of more than 300 highly-specialized employees who now serve the community and its cancer care needs. In addition, Nenaber regularly mentors hospital leaders. Her most recent mentorship success was with a department director who was promoted to associate administrator at a sister Banner Health hospital.


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HCLA 2011- Hospital Executive

Honoree: David Veillette, President and CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

David Veillette - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011David Veillette, president and CEO of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, is a leader and innovator in medical technology — and his accomplishments are evident across the country.

In 2002, he built the first all-digital heart hospital in the nation at Indiana Heart Hospital. Then, in 2008, Veillette established the first all-digital cancer hospital in the nation, Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The digital aspect of the hospital allows for improved efficiencies. It provides access to real-time patient data, improves communication across departments, creates development of treatment plans more quickly, reduces medication errors and cuts the turnaround time for lab results.

Living by the motto, “It’s only and always about the patient,” Veillette prefers to roam the halls of his hospital instead of sitting behind a desk. This way he can meet with hospital visitors and assess the experiences of his facility firsthand. Veillette also has an emotional investment in his patients, often holding a patient’s hand as he or she receives chemotherapy or drinking a cup of joe with a family member as they anxiously wait for their loved one to complete surgery.

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Finalist: Jo Adkins, CEO, West Valley Hospital

Jo Adkins - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Overseeing a staff of nearly 600, Jo Adkins serves as CEO of West Valley Hospital in Goodyear. She has an ingrained commitment to excellence that allows her to transform mediocre hospitals into extraordinary facilities.

West Valley Hospital is an affiliate of Abrazo Health Care. Since Adkins’ arrival in 2008, the hospital is now a certified cardiac arrest center, a designated chest pain center, and a stroke center of excellence. Identified for its newfound commitment to excellence, West Valley Hospital also was recognized for Patient Safety and Pulmonary Care by HealthGrades. These changes are not a coincidence, but a product of Adkins’ determination, leadership and unwavering vision.

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Finalist: Ruth W. Brinkley, RN, MSN, FACHE, President and CEO, Carondelet Health Network

Ruth Brinkley President and CEO of Carondelet Health NetworkThroughout her 30-year career in the health care industry, Ruth W. Brinkley has used her insight, wisdom, creativity and leadership to positively impact the organizations for which she works. She has anticipated and met the rapidly changing needs of the health care industry.

Brinkley joined Carondelet Health Network (CHN) in Tucson as president and CEO in 2008. She has developed four Centers of Excellence and led the investment in and development of Carondelet Neurological Institute.

She has also strengthened the financial performance of CHN from a $14 million operating loss to a projected $10 million profit in her first 18 months.

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2011 HCLA – Community Outreach

Honoree: Molly Stockley, Director of Marketing, Cancer Treatment Centers of AmericaMolly Stockley - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

After working in broadcast journalism and media for 18 years, Molly Stockley decided to change careers and accepted the position of director of marketing at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). Stockley’s motivation to enter the health care industry was sparked after a close friend passed away from an aggressive form of cancer. This friend had struggled through the treatment process, and Stockley believed switching careers would be an opportunity to make a difference and honor the memory of her dear friend.

Since her career change, Stockley has made a large impact in raising cancer awareness. In October 2008, she co-founded the Kristi Cares Melanoma Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate Arizonans about the dangers of skin cancer. As a member of Leadership West’s Class XVI, Stockley worked with her team to develop the Learn Don’t Burn project, which outfits facilities with sunscreen dispensers and information about sun safety. The project has since taken off and has been introduced in 20 Valley locations. Leadership West President Landis Elliot called the project “the most impactful Leadership West project in history.” Stockley went on to win Leadership West’s 2010 Project of the Year.

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Finalist: MIHS Center Against Family Violence, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Center For Healthcare Against Family Violence - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Since 2001, the Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Center Against Family Violence has provided the only hospital-based domestic violence program in Arizona. It also is among the few in the country to offer orders of protection on-site to qualifying patients. The center’s mission is to provide an outlet for victims of domestic violence and to potentially stop the cycle of abuse they face.

The center provides safety planning to its patients, helps to make arrangements for secure shelter, invites patients to attend a weekly support group and offers safety education. In addition, the center also makes a difference indirectly by offering training to medical students and residents.

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Finalist: Jean Revard, Director, Food/Environmental Services, Paradise Valley Hospital

Jean Revard - AZ Business Magazin Mar/Apr 2011

Jean Revard has an insatiable appetite for service. As director of food and environmental services at Paradise Valley Hospital, Revard is responsible for overseeing a staff of 37 in the various operations of food preparation at the hospital and managing the team that maintains all patient rooms and hospital areas.

With 25 years of experience, Revard has eclipsed the requirements of her position by engaging in multiple programs at the hospital. Working with the hospital’s Health for Life Initiative, Revard teamed up with cardiac rehab personnel, nurses, dietitians, and the hospital’s chef and kitchen manager to arrange a number of cooking demonstrations for people with diabetes and heart-related medical conditions.

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