Abrazo Health is offering free StrokeCheck events in May to raise awareness about stroke risk factors, symptoms and treatments.
Stroke is the Number 4 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 129,000 people a year. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke once every 40 seconds, according to the American Stroke Association.
Abrazo Health is teaming up with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to provide community education and health screenings including glucose checks. The schedule is:
• May 6: 7-11 a.m., West Valley Hospital, 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear.
• May 8: 8 a.m. to noon, Paradise Valley Hospital, 3929 E. Bell Road, Phoenix.
• May 12: 8 a.m. to noon, Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix.
• May 15: 8 a.m. to noon, Arrowhead Hospital, 18699 N. 67th Ave., Glendale.
• May 20: 8 a.m. to noon, Maryvale Hospital: 5102 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix.
• May 22: 8 a.m. to noon, North Peoria Emergency Center, 26900 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria.
• May 28: 8 a.m. to noon, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, 2000 W. Bethany Home Road,
StrokeCheck includes blood pressure and heart rate, body mass index, review of family history and risk factor assessment, stroke education and materials and counseling with a licensed medical professional. Participants are requested to bring a list of current medications and recent lab work to the sessions. For the glucose screening, please fast 6-8 hours prior to the test. If you have not fasted, the test cannot be performed.
For more information, go to AbrazoHealth.com/strokecheck. Registration is required. Please call 855-292-WELL (9355).
Stroke Warning Signs
Warning signs of a stroke include:
F: Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A: Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S: Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
T: Time: Get the affected person to a hospital right away to receive the most effective treatment.
Act fast and call 9-1-1- immediately at any sign of stroke.
Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has launched a redesigned website.
The new website, www.AbrazoHealth.com, has a clean, modern design and enhanced site navigation and content. Features include:
- Online emergency room check-in.
- Portal for patients to access their medical records.
- Our Stories section spotlighting Abrazo patients, staff and volunteers.
- Community Involvement section highlighting how Abrazo gives back to the communities it serves.
- Facilities directory including Abrazo hospitals, emergency centers, urgent care centers and physician practices.
- Consumer-oriented health content enabling patients and visitors to quickly find the information they need.
“Our new website design makes it easier for patients to find the closest Abrazo facility, book an ER appointment and access their health information,’’ said Michele Finney, Market Chief Executive Officer.
The Abrazo system includes six acute care hospitals: Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital. In addition, the system consists of two emergency centers: North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center; Abrazo Medical Group; Phoenix Health Plans; and School-Based Health Centers.
Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, is offering a new online scheduling for routine screening mammograms.
Women can book their annual screening mammogram appointments at Arrowhead Hospital and Phoenix Baptist Hospital by visiting AbrazoHealth.com/Mammogram from an Internet-connected computer, phone or tablet. They are the first hospitals in Arizona to use InQuicker’s online mammogram scheduling tool. InQuicker’s online self-scheduling lets patients book appointments for healthcare services and check-in for estimated treatment times at ERs.
Patients will receive an email confirmation that includes appointment date and time, directions to the provider’s facility, and other detailed instructions to help ensure prompt service upon arrival.
“Abrazo Health’s new tool is a simple and convenient way for those with busy lives and busy families to conveniently schedule their routine mammograms,’’ said Market Chief Executive Officer Michele Finney.
Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in the United States, but early detection can lead to a 98 percent survival rate, according to the National Cancer Institute.
“Routine screening exams for breast cancer are important because they find cancers before they start to cause signs such as a lump,” said Phoenix Baptist Hospital Chief Medical Officer Lynnette Watkins.
Arrowhead Hospital and Phoenix Baptist Hospital chief medical officers encourage annual mammograms for women who are 40 to 49 years old while women aged 50 to 74 may be screened every other year with regular well-woman exams.
“Breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis of a woman with this disease,” said Arrowhead Chief Medical Officer Patrick Smith.
Mammography appointment scheduling is a new addition to the self-scheduling emergency room service already available for Abrazo Health facilities. AbrazoHealth.com/ER, which provides its users with an estimated treatment time enabling them to wait from the comfort of home, is available for emergency care at Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, West Valley Hospital, North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center.
Those with life-threatening or debilitating medical conditions should dial 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency department rather than using the online self-scheduling service.
Abrazo Health’s Arrowhead, Maryvale, Paradise Valley and West Valley hospitals received top grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Safety Score, representing the hospitals’ continued commitment to delivering safe, high-quality healthcare services.
The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score is a rating system designed to give consumers information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one.
“Every day, our teams of hospital colleagues are focused on improving outcomes and enhancing the safety of the care we deliver,” said Michele Finney, Market CEO for Abrazo Health. “We are proud to receive ‘A’ grades in safety from The Leapfrog Group, as we believe it reflects the hard work of our teams to position our hospitals as leading, trusted providers of care for the patients we are privileged to serve.”
As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health is committed to providing medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes six acute care hospitals: Arizona Heart Hospital, Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; with a combined 1,059 licensed beds, North Peoria Emergency Center and West Valley Emergency Center.
Grape, strawberry kiwi, cherry pomegranate, pineapple coconut and mixed berry. What do all these flavors have in common? They are just a few of the many flavor enhancers that can be added to water.
Based on the sheer number of flavored waters for sale, plain water is no longer good enough for some people. When it comes to health, the trend is to find water alternatives that appear to come with various miracle benefits.
Lemon water is one of the trends that has gained popularity over the years. Different from most artificial flavor enhancers, lemon water is simply a lemon squeezed into water.
Bloggers rave about it and health sites list the benefits of drinking it. Many stories on lemon water claim it aids in digestion, helps you loose weight, gives you an energy boost and so on.
Yet the evidence to support all the benefits of drinking lemon water is mostly absent. Does drinking lemon water actually do all of those things? Which is better, lemon water or regular water?
Luckily, Abrazo Health’s Maryvale Hospital dietician Cara Osgood answers some of the big questions about lemon water and it’s supposed benefits in an email interview.
“First, let’s be clear, changing from fresh water to lemon water is not the same as changing to lemonade or a lemon / sugar-sweetened beverage. Lemon water is water that lemon has been steeped in, rind and all,” Osgood said.
“There are dozens of claims regarding lemon water and its purported benefits to one’s health. Unfortunately, there is insufficient evidence to support any of these claims in current medical literature,” Osgood said.
According to Osgood, here are the real truths of what lemon water does for your health:
CLAIM: Lemon water aids in digestion.
Lemon juice is an acid. While acid aids in food break down, too much acid can be harmful to those of us with heartburn or gastric ulcer, worsening our gastrointestinal symptoms.
CLAIM: Lemon water acts as a natural detoxifier.
True, sort of. Lemons and other citrus peels contain enzymes that aids in ridding the body of toxins, but the amount needed would likely require a supplement, since too much lemon water would need to be consumed to get enough of the enzyme, called D-limonene, into the body.
CLAIM: Lemon aids in mineral absorption.
True. Lemon, along with other citrus fruits and fruits and vegetable high in Vitamin C (think spinach, kale, peppers, strawberries), aids in the absorption of iron from foods, as well as other minerals.
If you find yourself wanting to test lemon water out, generally it’s recommended that if you’re under 150 pounds to squeeze half a lemon in filtered water. If you weigh more than 150 pounds, squeeze a full lemon in filtered water.
“Why drink lemon water? If you don’t drink water now because of the taste, but you’ll drink it with lemon in it, I support it 100 percent. But, if you have existing medical conditions, check first with your doctor. Don’t dump sugar in your lemon water, and be sure to add the sliced lemon to the water while it is lukewarm, keeping the skin on!” Osgood said.
In the end, just know that what you read on the Internet or hear from a friend about lemon water isn’t always the full truth. The best source is always you physician.
Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has announced today that Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital have been named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.
The three Abrazo Health hospitals are recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. New this year is a category for immunization for pneumonia and influenza.
Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital are among 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. This is the second year in a row that Maryvale Hospital is being recognized as a Top Performer.
Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission.”
“We understand that what matters most to patients at Abrazo Health is safe, effective care. That’s why our organization has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital are proud to receive the distinction of being a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Ken Howell, President of Abrazo Health.
Abrazo Health has announced a new education series aimed at helping Arizonans navigate through the complex topic of healthcare reform and insurance reform programs. Abrazo Health will hold a series of free community events in November to answer questions about health care reform, Medicaid Expansion, and the new Health Insurance Marketplace and the potential benefits to individuals and their families. The education sessions will be offered in both English and Spanish.
Crystal Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer of Maryvale Hospital, an Abrazo Health hospital, says, “Because this community will be greatly affected by these changes, we are intent on helping individuals and their families understand this complex topic and their options.” Hamilton adds, “The complexity of the Affordable Care Act, insurance reforms and all that comes with it can be a slippery slope so Abrazo wants to make sure our community members are well-informed in order to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.”
The sessions are scheduled for the following dates at Maryvale Community Center at 4420 N. 51st Ave. in Phoenix:
· Wednesday, November 6 at 11am – 2pm
· Thursday, November 7 at 6pm – 9pm
Residents can register online at AbrazoHealth.com/ReformEvent or by calling 1-855-292-9355.