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HCL Awards 2012 - David Lincoln

HCL Awards 2012: Lifetime Achievement Award, David Lincoln And The Lincoln Family


Lifetime Achievement Award

David Lincoln And The Lincoln Family

HCL Awards 2012 - Joan and David LincolnDavid Lincoln and the Lincoln family are more than the namesake of the John C. Lincoln Health Network, with its two hospitals, multiple physician practices, and community services programs, which include a children’s dental clinic, a food bank and a community health clinic. The Lincoln family has nurtured an organization that grew out of a church mission to help Sunnyslope’s neediest residents in the 1930s into today’s locally owned, not-for-profit health care network.

For more than 45 years, David Lincoln has worked diligently to preserve and perpetuate the community healthcare philanthropic legacy of his parents, John C. and Helen Lincoln, and to create his own legacy that is being passed on to his adult children and grandchildren.

David Lincoln has been on the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation Board for 33 years and recently became an emeritus board member of the John C. Lincoln Health Network board, marking 45 years of service there. Now in his 80s, he continues to take his day-to-day board responsibilities seriously, reading every document and offering sound advice and wisdom on the future of the Network. He walked with the John C. Lincoln team in the October Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and he and other family members attend fund-raising events and other hospital events as well.

The Lincoln family’s unparalleled financial commitment to healthcare in the Valley continued in 2011, when they donated $4 million to renovate the lobby of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, which was built in the 1950s.

Employees of the John C. Lincoln Health Network take pride in a family that continues to take interest and care in their achievements and in the health of the community. More importantly, David Lincoln and his family continue to set the tone for the Network’s ethical practice. At a time when hospitals face intense financial pressures in caring for patients, there was no question about whether the Network would continue to respond to the broader needs of the community through its food bank and other community services.

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HCL Awards 2012 - Julie Robbins

HCL Awards 2012: Researcher, Julie Robbins


Researcher

Julie Robbins

Battelle

HCL Awards 2012 - Julie RobbinsJulie Robbins, who has been working in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years, is responsible for coordinating many Arizona research projects and educational seminars. In her position with Battelle, Robbins works as a research scientist, working closely with the Arizona Biomedical Research Consortium. Some of Robbins’ projects in 2011 included:

1. Arizona Public Cord Blood Banking Project. This project gave Arizona families the opportunity to store core blood in a public cord blood bank, which is the only one of its kind in Arizona. Participating hospitals include St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System and Phoenix Baptist Hospital.

2. Arizona Virtual Bio-specimen Repository. This monumental project will allow researchers to share bio-specimens via a proprietary online platform. The repository will allow hospitals and researchers easier and faster access to critical bio-specimen samples. This pivotal project will keep Arizona on the forefront of biomedical research innovation.

3. Robbins has also created seminars to assist healthcare professionals in keeping their medical licenses current. The most recent seminar she put together was a two-day grant writing and research skills workshop.

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Finalist

Dennis Crandall

Sonoran Spine Center

HCL Awards 2012 - Dennis CrandallIn 2000, Crandall founded the Sonoran Spine Research and education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds college scholarships for students with spinal deformities, spinal research projects, and educational seminars such as the annual Arizona Spine and Scoliosis Symposium and Fund Raiser for the National Scoliosis Association. Crandall has developed a new spinal instrumentation system that solves certain difficult spinal deformity problems which are not correctable with other technology. The challenge and gratification of alleviating pain and restoring function in patients with complex spinal disorders in what made Crandall choose his medical specialty.

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Finalist

Dr. Robert Kuske

Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists

HCL Awards 2012 - Robert KuskeKuske is the co-founder/medical director of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists as well as its chief research officer. He and his partner founded ABCs in 2008 and have grown the practice into 50+ employees, three offices and seven practicing doctors in four short years. Today, he is co-principal investigator in the largest breast cancer radiation trial in history. His trial, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, is testing head-to-head six-week whole breast radiation versus five-day partial breast irradiation. Targeted to a randomized 4,300 women, Kuske is within a year of finishing the trial, and believes the results will cause a major shift in how breast cancer patients will be treated.

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HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. David Jacofsky

HCL Awards 2012: Surgeon, Dr. David Jacofsky


Surgeon

Dr. David Jacofsky

The CORE Institute

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. David JacofskyDr. David Jacofsky takes a multi-pronged approach to orthopedic research, which gives him the opportunity to study devices and drugs from the bench top to the bedside. In a few short years, he has developed a Division of Research and Development and partnership with The Sun Health Research Institute, whose projects are studying total knee replacement devices; ways to improve hip fracture implants; improved methods of fracture treatment; and release of antibiotics from implants in an attempt to reduce the risk of post-operative infections.  With his leadership, this collaborative contribution in biomechanics, clinical research programs, and motion analysis (which uses state-of-the-art equipment to analyze human movement) has contributed enormously to the care of orthopedic conditions.

In addition, surgeons and researchers at The CORE Institute are working with both large and very small companies to help them create and improve products for patient care.  The CORE Institute has developed and patented products of its own to either license or sell to industry. This demonstrates Jacofsky’s continuous effort to work with local, regional and international partnerships within private orthopedic companies as well as research institutions. His focus brings greater economic development opportunities to Arizona.

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Finalist

John J. Nigro, MD

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

HCL Awards 2012 - John J. Nigro, MDNigro exemplifies the values of leadership and knowledge in a population of children who live with congenital heart defects. He is the division chief of cardiothoracic surgery and program director of transplant at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Nigro has been active in the healthcare field for more than 20 years and served as the director of the Congenital Heart Center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center for seven years. He devotes his time to the American Heart Association, Heart Center board and assisted in the initiation of the Heart Lung Transplant program for St. Joseph’s in 2010.

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Finalist

Dr. Marc Matthews

Maricopa Integrated Health System

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. Marc MatthewsIn the story of Arizona’s Burn Center, Matthews is a name to remember. In addition to working 18 years in surgery with Maricopa Medical Center and Arizona’s largest burn center, Matthews is a lieutenant colonel with the 161st Air Refueling Medical Group, US Air Force. He served as a trauma surgeon at the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan for three months, where his war zone experiences included operating on children and soldiers alike. Matthews is a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as well as a speaker for Drug Free AZ.

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HCL Awards 2012 - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

HCL Awards 2012: Insurance Provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona


Insurance Provider

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

HCL Awards 2012 - Blue Cross Blue ShieldBlue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, which consists of 39 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, covering nearly one-third of all Americans. The not-for-profit company provides health insurance products, services or networks to more than 1 million individuals in Arizona.

BCBSAZ is continuously looking for ways to the improve quality of life for all Arizonans, while controlling rising healthcare costs. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance by automating processes, streamlining business operations and implementing continuous operational improvement activities. In partnership with physicians, BCBSAZ also helps customers manage complex conditions and provides ongoing education that enables them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

BCBSAZ contributed more than $1 million in the Valley of the Sun United Way’s 2010/2011 campaign. BCBSAZ’s cornerstone community program is Walk On!, which is the first step in helping to reduce the incidence of obesity among children in the state of Arizona. Walk On! is a grassroots program that challenges fifth-graders to be physically active every day during a given period of time. Walk On! also has become a model program for Blue plans nationwide.

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Finalist

Bret Morris

Health Net of Arizona, Inc.

HCL Awards 2012 - Bret MorrisMorris is focused on providing health care solutions to the people of Arizona ‚Äî offering products that consumers can afford. The company has grown by 45 percent in his first year as president. Health Net ExcelCare – the state’s first tailored HMO product that provides an affordable health care option for employers and employees – was launched during Morris’ first year. Morris also champions charities. Health Net of Arizona, Inc. donated $10,000 to the Tucson Tragedy Fund and Health Net of Arizona associates support numerous non-profit organizations with their time, talent and financial giving.

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Finalist

Helene Gingiss

Solutions 4 Seniors

HCL Awards 2012 - Helene GingissGingiss, president of Solutions 4 Seniors, has helped thousands of seniors locate the appropriate insurance and has lifted the bar on being a medical insurance advisor. Gingiss has developed a consulting approach to Medicare education and has helped SCAN Health Plan become the fastest-growing HMO in Arizona. In her five years as a medical advisor, Gingiss has proven that she is committed to helping seniors secure the most cost-effective medical insurance possible with integrity, impeccable customer service, and professionalism.


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HCL Awards 2012 - Ruth Rimmer, PhD

HCL Awards 2012: Community Outreach, Ruth Rimmer, PhD


Community Outreach

Ruth Rimmer, PhD

Maricopa Integrated Health System

HCL Awards 2012 - Ruth RimmerRuth Rimmer, director of psychosocial and prevention research for the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center, has developed evidence-based prevention programs designed to improve delivery of scald, burn prevention, and fire safety education to children and families in Arizona. She has made a major contribution to the literature available regarding psychosocial problems that are related to burn injuries. She has written five fire prevention books and provided more than 80,000 books and fire safety flash cards in both English and Spanish to children and their families, reaching from Flagstaff to Nogales.

When Rimmer’s research revealed that 65 percent of the children admitted to the burn center were Hispanic, she conducted early morning, evening and weekend focus groups in Hispanic neighborhoods to gain a better understanding of the problem. She then incorporated her findings into prevention strategies.

Rimmer also volunteered to develop a comprehensive classroom burn prevention and fire safety course that meets Arizona standards. The curriculum – a 70-page program that Rimmer distributes to teachers on a CD during training – allows teachers to instruct students about life-saving injury prevention, while still meeting their classroom goals.

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Finalist

Blue Cross Blue Shield

HCL Awards 2012 - Blue Cross Blue ShieldEvery year, BCBSAZ supports many charities and organizations through contributions – BCBSAZ contributed more than $1 million to the Valley of the Sun United Way in 2011 – talents and resources of the company’s employees. Corporate giving is focused in the areas of arts and cultural programs; economic development and civic initiatives; youth and education; and health, wellness and human services initiatives. The Green Schoolhouse Series is a perfect example of how BCBSAZ gives back. As a sponsor of the green gardens and wellness classrooms, BCBSAZ hopes to positively impact students by replicating this program at more and more schools throughout Arizona.

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Finalist

Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH)

HCL Awards 2012 - Arizona Institute for Breast Health“What’s your insurance?” Not the first words you want to hear when you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. And AIBH, the only organization of its kind in the nation, is doing something about it. AIBH has a 20-member volunteer team of physicians and medical professionals whose specialties include breast radiology, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery, and breast pathology. This team evaluates the best medical and surgical options for the preservation of a woman’s life, body and emotional well-being, and continued quality of her life. And they offer a second opinion – free of charge.

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HCL Awards 2012 - Brian Shelley

HCL Awards 2012: Manager, Brian Shelley


Manager

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.

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Finalist

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.

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Finalist

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


Volunteer

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.

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Finalist

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.

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Finalist

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.

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HCL Awards 2012 - Arizona Institute for Breast Health

HCL Awards 2012: Institution Or Educational Program, Arizona Institute For Breast Health


Institution Or Educational Program

Arizona Institute For Breast Health

Arizona Institute for Breast Health was formed in 1998 by local breast cancer experts Drs. Coral Quiet and Belinda Barclay-White. Their focus was to offer women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion, completely free of charge. There is no other non-profit organization in the country doing this. AIBH has created an unparalleled synergy between medical professionals, patients and their families to provide information, education, resources, hope and peace of mind.

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is overwhelming, and the realization is difficult to comprehend. But knowledge is power. AIBH seeks to inform and educate so that patients are empowered in their battle against breast cancer. To date, AIBH has worked with thousands of women and their families – and not only to provide second opinions. In fact, they also provide free support, resources, fitness and nutrition advice and more.
More specifically, when Dr. Quiet came to Arizona, 80 percent of women with breast cancer were treated with mastectomy. Now that women have the knowledge to know their options, that number is only 40 percent. Breast conservation has skyrocketed since the organization began educating the community and women diagnosed about all of their options.

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Finalist

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

HCL Awards 2012 - United Cerebral PalsySince 1952, UCP has served and educated individuals and families faced with various disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism. Based in Arizona, UCP team members make efforts to directly reach out – despite a family’s location – with the purpose of addressing each person’s needs. UCP offers an innovative early learning center intended to blend children with and without disabilities in order for them to teach and learn from each other in an educational setting. In 2011, UCP united with the Ballet Academy of Arizona to produce a unique ballet performance predominantly cast with children with disabilities.

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Finalist

Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Injury Prevention Center’s Educational Mobile App

HCL Awards 2012 - Phoenix Children's HospitalIn 2010, 71 percent of child deaths caused by car crashes involved a child that was improperly or not restrained. Phoenix Children’s Hospital generated another innovative step to merge the importance of healthcare with the convenience of technology. The “Car Seat Helper” application for mobile phones provides recipients with assistance in selecting the safest car seat for a child. The app was launched in October 2011 to improve child passenger safety and was named “app of the month” by ANSCA Mobile. With recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Car Seat Helper” can help reduce the number of child deaths and injuries in Arizona.

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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.

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Finalist

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.

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Finalist

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 - Dr. Stephen Pophal

HCL Awards 2012: Physician, Dr. Stephen Pophal

 


Physician

Dr. Stephen Pophal

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. Stephen PophalDr. Stephen Pophal is a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in the care of children with complex congenital heart defects. His medical vision has built programs that provide a continuum of care through advanced comprehensive heart programs that are dedicated to meeting the individual needs of children and their families. In addition, Pophal’s leadership as division chief of pediatric cardiology for Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center inspires and guides his team of 30 to go above and beyond to provide comprehensive family-centered cardiac care.

Pophal directly oversaw the medical care of the valley’s first infant heart transplant, a patient he continues to care for today. He has been instrumental in developing and implementing the only neonatal/pediatric heart failure/transplantation treatment program in Arizona. Approximately 10-15 Arizona children require heart transplants each year. Before Pophal helped create the local program, families had to relocate to obtain life-saving medical services. The transplantation program allows these families to remain in Arizona with their existing support network while experiencing an emotionally and stressful situation. This effort has improved local access to care, saved lives, kept families together, helped control healthcare costs, and helped keep Arizona healthcare dollars in Arizona.

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Finalist

Dr. Alan Pitt

Southwest Neuroimaging

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. Alan PittA neuroradiologist for 11 years, Pitt is committed in his search for ways to enable the continuum of care with sustainable business models. Pitt’s duties include imaging interpretation and serving as co-director of the Interventional Spine Service. He is currently involved in building S2dents and participates in other non-profits such as Phoenix Country Day School and Homeward Bound. Dr. Pitt’s credentials and service earned him teacher of the year in Neuroradiology in 2008, as well as the GreenLight Award for Innovation that researches a solution involving social networking for patient satisfaction and follow-up.

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Finalist

Dr. Gino Tutera

SottoPelle, Inc.

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. Gino TuteraTutera is an OB/GYN who specialized in PMS, menopause and other hormonal imbalance health issues. He is now the Medical Director of SottoPelle, Inc. as of 2000. With more than 30 years of experience in the medical profession, Tutera is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (HRT). He opened an out-of-state PMS clinic in 1982 and introduced this therapy clinic to Arizona a few years ago. Additional accomplishments include his extensive research and documentation of breast cancer and a book, which he authored, discussing various issues that coincide with aging.


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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.

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Finalist

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.

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Finalist

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.

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Finalist

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.

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Finalist

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 - Tony S. Hashemian, DDS

HCL Awards 2012: Dentist, Tony S. Hashemian, DDS


Dentist

Tony S. Hashemian, DDS

A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry &  Oral Health

HCL Awards 2012 - Tony HashemianTony S. Hashemian is currently the assistant dean for Global Oral Health and was the chair of admission committee at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health for three years. In addition to being a practicing dentist, Hashemian has always been involved in improving the quality of dental care and helping make dental care affordable for everyone. In his efforts to help make dental care available to everyone, Hashemian founded Appleton Dental Plan, an Arizona discount dental plan, in 2003. In 2004, he also established the first scholarship given to the Arizona School of Dentistry &  Oral Health students. The Dr. Tony Hashemian Award of Excellence is given to the ASDOH students who obtain the highest score on part one and also on part two of the national examination.
“It is my hope and intention in establishing and providing the awards to build enthusiasm and encourage ASDOH students to excel on the dental board examinations,” Hashemian has said.

Hashemian received a philanthropy award from A.T. Still University in 2007 in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of the university and the community.

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Finalist

Dr. Michael Thompson

Kierland Dental

HCL Awards 2012 - Michael ThompsonThompson has practiced dentistry for 30 years – 25 of those years at his own cosmetic and family dentistry practice in the North Phoenix and Scottsdale area – and has become one of the most respected dentists in Arizona. He is the only dentist in Arizona history to have been honored with two Dental Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Awards, which he earned in 2008 and 2010. Community service has always been a big part of his career. He is a volunteer with Lincoln Children’s Dental Clinic, CASS dental clinic for the Homeless, Christina’s Smile and Give Kids-A-Smile programs.

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Finalist

Dr. Stephen Harkins

Stephen J. Harkins DDS & Associates

HCL Awards 2012 - Stephen HarkinsHarkins has been a pioneer in the field of chronic pain management related to jaw dysfunction (TMJ), chronic facial pain, headache/migraine management, bruxism management (tooth grinding, jaw clenching), and nerve pain in the jaw/head/neck unrelated to infection or dental pain. Harkins had the first limited orofacial pain practice in Arizona , which he started in 1980 in Tucson. Harkins has been very active in the treatment of insomnia, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and pain modulated sleep disturbance. Harkins is also involved with treating indigent patients and and improving the lives of those who cannot afford conventional pain management.


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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.

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Finalist

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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HCL Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

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