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The CORE Institute opening specialty hospital

The CORE Institute, an integrated orthopedic and neurology practice with locations in Arizona and Michigan, announced that they have partnered with Surgical Care Affiliates (“SCA”, NASDAQ: SCAI), a prominent surgical solutions and specialty surgical services provider, and six local independent physicians1 to open The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital will be staffed with the Valley’s top orthopedic surgeons specializing in hip and knee replacement, spine, pain management, podiatry and other orthopedic surgical specialties. The CORE Institute’s partnership with SCA will create a national model of specialty centers for the future by tapping core strengths and competencies of both companies to enhance the quality of patient care, improve accountable care models, and reduce costs to consumers.

Through its hospital alignment strategies, The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital (formerly Specialty Hospital of Phoenix), will offer evidence-based approaches to medical care and integrated orthopedic service lines to improve the experience for patients in the local community. As consumers, employers and third party payers look for higher value options in the delivery of surgical services, The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital will offer a unique setting for patients to receive high-end, specialty specific, quality care – validated through The CORE Institute’s well-proven improved surgical outcomes. The CORE Institute’s partnership with SCA will include future local and national expansion.

“The CORE Institute is pleased to join forces with SCA to continue to transform the delivery of healthcare”, said Chairman and CEO David J. Jacofsky, MD. “Both organizations have outcomes with data that speaks for itself and through this strategic partnership, we are able to expand our standardized care approach, proprietary quality and IT platforms, and replicate these proven outcomes nationally.” The CORE Institute will deploy proven pathways and protocols, create efficiencies in an inpatient setting, and provide optimal patient outcomes all while focusing on a specialty patient-centered approach.

“The CORE Institute has built a national reputation for performing routine and complex orthopedic surgeries, while providing excellent patient care and clinical outcomes,” said Goran Dragolovic, Senior Vice President of Operations at SCA. “With their experience and expertise in co-management with Banner Health and St. John Providence Health Systems, The CORE Institute is the ideal partner to support SCA in furthering our mission to improve healthcare and achieve our shared goal of establishing a system of accountable care, where quality outcomes drive reimbursement.”

Eric Tomlon will serve as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. Currently, Eric serves as Chief Operating Officer of The CORE Institute’s National Hospital and Service Line Management Division. He brings 20 years of experience in health administration, including twelve years of hospital administration in for-profit, not-for-profit, Catholic, university, pediatric, independent and large health systems. “The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital will be a place where patients, physicians and employees can expect the very best in top tier, orthopedic services,” commented Mr. Tomlon. “The community will benefit tremendously from this partnership between The CORE Institute, SCA and local physicians, and the incredible patient care our physicians and employees will proudly deliver.”

The hospital is currently open operating under its new governance and ownership. One of the first objectives for hospital to achieve in 2015 will be a new master facility plan and upgrade. 

For more information on how to schedule surgery or to learn more about the physicians that work at The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital, please call 602.795.6020.

Allison Vasconcellos

Excellence Headquarters promotes Vasconcellos

Excellence Headquarters, the management company for The CORE Institute, announced the promotion of Allison Vasconcellos to Vice President of Marketing, Branding and Communications.

“Allison’s talent and leadership contributions to The CORE Institute are best exemplified by the fact that she’s earned multiple promotions since 2007, culminating in her new title as Vice President,” said Dr. David J. Jacofsky, Chairman and CEO of Excellence Headquarters. “Allison is accomplished in developing and executing strategies that increase market share and ROI with a strong ability to deliver effective presentations, conveying complex material and information with clarity and enthusiasm.”

“I am very proud to be part of an organization that continues to transform the delivery of healthcare across the country. In nine years, The CORE Institute has grown from only three physicians to over 150 providers and nearly 700 employees in multiple locations across Arizona and Michigan,” said Allison Vasconcellos, Vice President of Marketing Branding and Communications for The CORE Institute. “It’s exciting to work for a company that encourages and assists employees with career growth and rewarding hard work and commitment to achieving results. Ongoing commitment to staff development is one of the many reasons The CORE Institute has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by Phoenix Business Journal three years and running.”

Vasconcellos joined The CORE Institute in 2007. She brings her extensive marketing experience that includes marketing and advertising strategy with significant experience in patient acquisition, market share growth, web and online advertising development tactics and launching of coordinated initiatives with the use of outdoor, direct mail, print, web, TV and radio, as well as corporate affiliate marketing and promotional partnerships.

In 2013, Vasconcellos was named a Finalist for Marketer of the Year by the Phoenix Business Journal and Business Marketing Association of Phoenix in the Large Size Business category for marketing excellence. She has earned some of the highest awards available within The CORE Institute, including the Chairman’s and Firefly Awards.

An Arizona native, Vasconcellos received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and MBA from Grand Canyon University. She is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD).

David J. Jacofsky, MD, chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute.

Partnership unites Largest Neurological, Orthopedic Practices

Arizona’s largest and No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, announced it has signed a partnership agreement with providers at the Arizona Neurological Institute, the largest comprehensive neurological practice in Arizona. The agreement combines the largest orthopedic and neuroscience practices in Arizona effective October 1, 2014.

Details of the new partnership are still being finalized, but Arizona Neurological Institute physicians and staff will be formally employed by The CORE Institute. The Arizona Neurological Institute currently has nine Phoenix area locations spread out between Sun City and Scottsdale, however it has not yet been decided if any of the locations may be merged with the 12 facilities The CORE Institute also has across the Valley.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the talented team at the Arizona Neurological Institute to expand and enhance the specialties that we can offer to our patients,” said David J. Jacofsky, MD, Chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute. “The CORE Institute is very proud to have grown into the largest orthopedic practice in Arizona and this partnership allows us to also become the largest comprehensive neuroscience practice providing accessible outpatient and inpatient neurological, physical and rehabilitative medicine services.”

“We view partnering with The CORE Institute as an important opportunity for our patients, our physicians and our staff creating an excellent fit combining their orthopedic expertise with our neuroscience expertise,” said Atul Syal, MD, President of Arizona Neurological Institute. “The CORE Institute has earned an excellent reputation nationally as an innovative industry leader maximizing best practices to benefit its patients and we look forward to furthering that mission as the organization continues to grow in Arizona and nationally. We are excited about using The CORE Institute platform and infrastructure to continuously improve our quality and grow our services. Musculoskeletal care, rehabilitation and the neurosciences are deeply intertwined and many conditions require the integrated approach of both specialties, making this a natural partnership.”

With the new partnership, The CORE Institute will now offer comprehensive orthopedic care, podiatric medicine, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, comprehensive spine care, rheumatology, neurology, neuropsychology, physical therapy, and infusion therapy.

Peter Slate Headshot

CORE’s Management Company hires Slate

Excellence Headquarters™, Management Company for The CORE Institute®, announced that Peter J. Slate, a seasoned healthcare professional with extensive experience in all aspects operations, finance and business development, has accepted the position of Chief Business Development Officer.

“Peter will play an important role as we continue to pursue the national expansion of our best-in-class care and services,” said Dr. David J. Jacofsky, Chairman and CEO of Excellence Headquarters. “We are thrilled to add his experience and business development expertise to our leadership team.”

“The CORE Institute’s impressive growth from three physicians to more than 500 employees and multiple locations across Arizona and Michigan during its first nine years is only matched by the national reputation it has earned as healthcare innovator,” said Slate. “I’m very excited to join the talented team at Excellence Headquarters and The CORE Institute as the organization continues its national expansion.”

Prior to joining Excellence Headquarters, Mr. Slate was the U.S. Managing Director of ElMindA, Ltd., a neuro-technology company based in Tel Aviv, Israel that developed a novel technology for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders. Prior to ElMindA, Mr. Slate was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bonovo Orthopedics, Inc., a leading international provider of orthopedic products with offices in the U.S., Europe and throughout China.

Mr. Slate also founded and served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DragonTech International, a leading designer and manufacturer of protective work wear to Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), a company dedicated to creating medical device and technology-based start-ups from innovations developed at Arizona State University and related research institutes. He practiced as a corporate attorney with the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities and private equity transactions. Mr. Slate has also held senior positions with Baxter International Inc. and Primecare International, Inc., a physician practice management company. He serves on a number of corporate and non-profit Boards, including Bonovo Orthopedics, Inc. and BioAccel, an Arizona-based bioscience company accelerator.