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Az Business honors winners of Healthcare Leadership Awards

Az Business magazine honored winners of the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards Thursday in front of a packed house at the Arizona Grand Resort.

“The Healthcare Leadership Awards honor the women, men and institutions whose passion and innovation are saving lives, extending lives, and improving the quality of our lives,” said Cheryl Green, publisher for AZ Big Media, which publishes Az Business magazine.

Sponsors included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Arizona Central Credit Union and CodeRed-I.

Here are the winners of the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards:

Healthcare advocate/educator of the year: Catherine Ivy, Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation

Behavioral health company of the year: Southwest Behavioral Health Services

Bioscience company of the year: VisionGate

Insurance provider of the year: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Legal advocate of the year: Martin L. Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Medical company of the year: SynCardia

Medical research company of the year: Barrow Neurological Institute

Researcher of the year: Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, TGen and HonorHealth

Physician of the year: Robert J. Arceci, M.D., Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Healthcare executive of the year: Tim Bricker, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers

Medical center or hospital of the year: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center

Lifetime achievement award: Peter Fine, Banner Health

“The word visionary is thrown around often, but it’s not often that it really fits,” said Michael Gossie, editor in chief for Az Business magazine. “But that’s not the case with Peter Fine. He is a visionary. And it took a visionary to take two healthcare systems with very different histories and grow it into a healthcare company that generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue, operates 28 acute-care hospitals across seven states, and employs more than 45,000 employees in Arizona.”


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Fairview Medical Plaza, Courtesy of Cawley Architects and LGE Design Build

Fairview Medical Center breaks ground near Chandler Regional

LGE Design Build has started construction on Fairview Medical Center, a 20,250-square-foot medical office building, near the Chandler Regional Medical Center and Loop 202.

Brain & Spine Center and Desert Kidney Associates will be the first tenants to open offices in the Fairview Medical Center, 2201 W. Fairview, next summer.

“LGE Design Build is seeing increased demand for medical office buildings near regional medical centers and also transportation corridors,” said David Sellers, president of LGE Design Build. “The Fairview Medical Center is designed to provide patients with easy access to the parking lot and main entrance, and also assist doctors in providing more individualized care.”

Brain & Spine Center’s 8,000-square-foot office, more than twice the size of its current location, will include a waiting room, separate procedural area, larger clinical patient space, a large conference room and an educational area. The space is designed to help patients in wheelchairs and scooters maneuver easily. The practice specializes in care for patients with dementia, seizures, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.

“We are designing the clinic based on our patients’ needs,” said Dr. Hemant Pandey, a partner with Brain & Spine Center.

Desert Kidney Associates’ 4,100-square-foot space will include an education room for patients, patient rooms and office space. To reduce wait times, Desert Kidney Associates has numerous offices across the state including in the East Valley, Show Low, Lake Havasu City and Kingman.

“We should see patients within 24 to 48 hours. They won’t have to wait months to see a specialist,” said Dr. Maninder Chatha, a partner with Desert Kidney Associates.

LGE Design Build constructed a 10,000-square-foot building for Desert Kidney Associates in Mesa a couple of years ago.

“Fairview Medical Plaza has been designed to provide a comfortable surrounding for patients, visitors and staff,” said Paul Devers, principal with Cawley Architects in Phoenix.

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Az Business honors healthcare leaders

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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.

BIOSCIENCE COMPANY
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.

Finalists:
Barrow at PCH
Sonora Quest

COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION
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.

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

HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE
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.

Finalists:
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

HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE
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.

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

INSURANCE PROVIDER
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.

Finalists:
Health Net of Arizona
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

LEGAL ADVOCATE
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.

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

MEDICAL CENTER OR HOSPITAL
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.

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

MEDICAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR
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.

Finalists:
Medtronic
W.L. Gore and Associates

MEDICAL RESEARCH COMPANY
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.

Finalists:
Banner MD Anderson
University of Arizona Cancer Center

PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
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.

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

RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR
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.

Finalists:
David Jacofsky, CORE Institute
Glen Weiss, CTCA

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
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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Dignity names new West Valley hospital

Dignity Health announced that “St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center” will be the name of its new West Valley hospital during an official groundbreaking at the planned 35-acre medical campus near the Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue.

The $44 million Dignity Health facility is scheduled to open in early 2014 and will provide West Valley residents with a new alternative to receive high quality healthcare services. Dignity Health already operates three hospitals in the Valley including St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which is home of the Barrow Neurological Institute in central Phoenix, and Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. Dignity Health was previously known as Catholic Healthcare West.

When the new facility opens, the first phase will contain a 60,000 square-foot hospital that will include an emergency room, 24 inpatient beds, two operating rooms and diagnostic services. For the most complex medical cases, patients will benefit from the clinical integration with St. Joseph’s in central Phoenix. Established in 1895, St. Joseph’s today is nationally recognized for its specialty care and its expertise in treating the most complex medical cases.

“St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center was selected as the name of the medical campus because it builds on more than a century of healthcare in the Valley and people recognize St. Joseph’s as a beacon of quality care,” says Linda Hunt, Dignity Health Arizona President and CEO. “We intend to deliver that same excellence to the residents of the West Valley.”

The hospital will initially employ 200 staff and will have the capacity to expand to 200 inpatient beds as demand grows. The 35-acre medical campus will house community physicians and outpatient partners, giving patients one location for their healthcare needs.

“St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center will be a vibrant medical campus right in the heart of the West Valley,” says Gregg Davis, President of St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. “The campus is designed to be a model for the nation’s changing healthcare environment and will change as medicine and the community evolve.”

The campus will serve as a collaborative venture in partnership with physicians in the West Valley to enhance and better manage the delivery of healthcare to patients in the area.

“This is a great project for the City of Glendale as the Loop 101 corridor near Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District is one of the city’s key economic focus areas,” says Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “The new hospital will not only expand development west of the freeway, it will also attract other healthcare-related businesses and jobs to the area.”

While this is the first Dignity Health hospital in the West Valley, the organization began to lay the business foundation of its launch several years ago. Today, Dignity Health operates a family practice clinic and an orthopedic clinic in Peoria, imaging centers throughout the area, an outpatient surgery center and a partnership with the Minute Clinics located in the CVS pharmacies in Glendale and Goodyear.

2010 Health Card Leadership Awards honors the Valley's professional's in the health industry

2010 HCLA – Physician

Honoree: Brian Tiffany, MD, Ph.D., FACEP

Partner
Premier Emergency Medical Specialists

Brian Tiffany Partner Premier Emergency Medical Specialists, 2010 Health Care Leadership AwardsWith more than 20 years in the health care industry as a student, physician, researcher and educator, Dr. Brian Tiffany considers the emergency department a special place.

Tiffany is a partner at Premier Emergency Medical Specialists, which provides emergency medicine specialists for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. He also serves as vice president of medical staff for both hospitals. Tiffany began working in the emergency field in 1990, and has continued to grow his practice and expertise in that area. He joined Chandler Regional in 2003 as an attending physician in its emergency department, and has had a major impact on the way the department is run.

Accomplishments there include revamping existing processes, putting new processes in place, revitalizing the work force, and ensuring quality care and safety for patients, all the while reducing wait times and improving the patient experience. He has recorded similar improvements with the team at Mercy Gilbert. People who work with Tiffany know him as a driven, intelligent and dedicated person who accomplishes everything he sets out to do — and more. His experience and vast knowledge of his primary field, along with his depth of vision as a researcher, come into play as he quietly attends to his patients and confers with his colleagues.

Tiffany works to improve the emergency medicine experience for patients and their loved ones, implementing new processes that improve the quality of care, decrease time spent in the waiting room and eradicate redundancies.

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Finalist: John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP

Founder and CEO
NextCare Urgent Care

John Shufeldt is the founderand CEO of NextCare Urgent Care, 2010 Health Care Leadership AwardsDr. John Shufeldt certainly qualifies as a jack-of-all-trades. He is founder, CEO and chief medical director of NextCare Urgent Care, is a managing partner of a law firm that bears his name, is an instructor of business law at Arizona State University, and is a certified airline transport pilot.

And he’s also a practicing emergency physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Founded in 1993, NextCare has grown in to a health care operation with more than 1,000 employees. Shufeldt promotes the benefits of urgent care as a convenient and affordable solution to the overcrowding of emergency rooms in Arizona. Shufeldt’s core values at NextCare — caring, excellence, integrity, and results — have made it possible for Arizona residents to receive quality, affordable health care.

NextCare is contracted with every major insurance plan. Shufeldt oversees NextCare’s six acting medical directors in Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and Virginia. He holds active medical licenses in six states.

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Finalist: Julianne Thompson, MD

Medical Director
Desert Mission Community Health Center

Julianne Thompson, Medical Director at Desert Mission Community, 2010 Health Care Leadership Awards
They call her Dr. T. That’s how patients refer to Dr. Julianne Thompson, medical director of Desert Mission Community Health Center in Sunnyslope, which serves families in need.

Thompson supervises two medical assistants and a mid-level provider, works closely with directors and support staff of other Desert Mission programs, and sees patients ranging in age from newborn to elderly. Many of her patients speak only Spanish, but that’s not a problem as Dr. T speaks the language fluently.

Thompson spends much of her time treating acute medical problems such as ear infections and upset stomachs, but she also helps patients manage chronic conditions.

Much of Dr. T’s challenge as a primary care physician working in an underserved community is finding much-needed resources for her patients, including medications, tests and special formula for infants. The immunization rate among her patients is 97 percent, compared to a state benchmark of 82 percent for two-year-olds.

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