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Chandler Regional Hospital

Kitchell finishes 171KSF patient tower at Chandler Regional

Kitchell recently completed a 171,000-square-foot expansion at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, adding 96 beds and bringing the hospital’s bed count to 339, while adding and expanding comprehensive services.

The ICU at Chandler Regional Medical Center

The ICU at Chandler Regional Medical Center

“Chandler Regional is truly a community hospital with more than 50 years of history in the East Valley,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “The City of Chandler is growing at 1.7 percent per year which adds approximately 5,000 new residents annually.

This new tower and the services we’re able to provide as a result, exemplifies the city’s growth. We’re proud to be expanding to serve the health care needs of our community.”

The $125-million project began in December 2011, will add more than 200 new employees. The five-story addition includes 96 inpatient beds; an expanded emergency department with additional patient rooms, four trauma bays, two helipads and an expanded radiology department; expanded surgical services with six new operating rooms; and a new and expanded Intensive Care Unit with 32 beds.

Chandler Regional is the latest project in the growing portfolio by the design-build team of Kitchell and Orcutt | Winslow Partnership. The team is also responsible for several renovations and additions at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus in Henderson, Nev., and is also working at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.

Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler Regional first opened its doors in 1961 with 42 beds, 25 employees and 91 volunteers at what is now McQueen Rd. and Chandler Blvd. The facility moved to its current location in 1984 and by 1996 received $40 million in bonds which was used for major expansion over the next 10 years. In 2002, the hospital added a 140,000-square-foot tower that included a women’s center, outpatient diagnostic imaging, and dedicated emergency CT and MRI.  By 2011, the hospital added two new labs and an additional nine-bed holding unit to its Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The following year, Chandler Regional opened a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 12 private patient rooms featuring overnight accommodations.

The hospital began operating as a Level I Trauma Center in March 2014 after being granted provisional designation by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Official designation is expected later this fall.

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital expands East Valley services

Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Dignity Health in Arizona announced plans to open a pediatric inpatient unit inside Dignity Health’s Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in October.

Leaders of Phoenix Children’s and Dignity Health said they have agreed to launch the Phoenix Children’s licensed pediatric inpatient unit after discussions and consultations with local families, pediatricians and primary care physicians. Renovations for the new unit will begin this month.

The opening of the unit will greatly enhance East Valley pediatric inpatient care and provide families and area physicians much-needed access to the breadth and depth of services offered only at Phoenix Children’s. It adds to the presence Arizona’s largest children’s hospital already has in the region, which includes Phoenix Children’s – East Valley Center, which offers specialty, urgent care and outpatient surgery, and a Phoenix Children’s Medical Group specialty care center on the Mercy Gilbert campus.

“The East Valley needs and deserves a leading provider of pediatric inpatient care,” said Robert L. Meyer, president and CEO of Phoenix Children’s. “The opening of this unit on the campus of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is the next step in Phoenix Children’s alliance with Dignity Health and brings to the community a quality of pediatric inpatient clinical care that’s unmatched in the East Valley.”

The 22-bed unit will offer around-the-clock pediatric coverage staffed by Phoenix Children’s hospitalists for children requiring observation or inpatient care. Children with more complex conditions requiring advanced care have direct access to Phoenix Children’s main campus where a full array of dedicated subspecialists and resources are available.

“This new pediatric unit will further complement the health care services Mercy Gilbert offers the East Valley,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “The ability to have Phoenix Children’s advanced services much closer to home will allow us to provide access to a high level of care to the youngest patients in our community.”

The announcement of the East Valley pediatric unit is just the latest in a series of agreements that have brought the two organizations closer. In 2011, the organizations entered into a strategic alliance that transferred the majority of Dignity Health in Arizona’s pediatric services to Phoenix Children’s main campus.

Earlier this year, Phoenix Children’s Care Network (PCCN), the state’s only pediatric-focused clinically integrated organization, affiliated with Arizona Care Network (ACN), a clinically integrated accountable care organization led by physicians and supported by Dignity Health in Arizona and Abrazo Health. This agreement will strengthen each network’s ability to serve the health care needs of patients of all ages through improved quality and cost management. More than 2,000 physicians are represented through this affiliation, including 600 pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists from across the Phoenix metropolitan area.


Humana, Dignity Health Sign Agreement

Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, has reached an agreement that provides its members access to Dignity Health facilities in Arizona.

The new network agreement, which takes effect May 1, 2014, includes Humana’s Medicare Advantage (including PPO, HMO and Private Fee for Service plans), employer groups and individual plan members.

“This agreement provides our Arizona members with access to Dignity Health’s network of respected facilities and health care providers,” said Victoria Coley, Arizona and Nevada Market Vice President for Humana’s Employer Group segment. “Through this partnership, we’ve been able to substantially increase health care options for our members who live in the East Valley and, soon, the West Valley.”

“Humana has a strong Medicare Advantage presence in Arizona. Expanding our network to include Dignity Health will offer our members a strong provider network and is key to our continued growth in the market,” said Brendan Baker, Arizona Market President for Humana’s Senior Products.

Humana members will have in-network access to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, including Barrow’s Neurological Institute; Chandler Regional Medical Center; Mercy Gilbert Medical Center; and the soon-to-open St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. Members will also have access to Dignity Health’s network of nearly 200 physicians and its care centers in Arizona, including two specialty hospitals, six surgery centers, four urgent care centers and 30 imaging centers.

“We have always been dedicated to high-quality patient care and to making the entire health system work better for patients and their families,” said Carolyn Pace, Vice President of Managed Care at Dignity Health in Arizona. “We are pleased to be able to respond to the health care needs of Humana members at our numerous care centers.”


Valley medical centers seek trauma designation

Two medical centers in Maricopa County plan to seek trauma designations from the Arizona Department of Health Services’ emergency medical bureau.

Chandler Regional Medical Center plans to open a Level I trauma center. Its sister hospital, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, is planning for a Level III facility.

For Chandler Regional, a Level I designation would mean it could treat the most life-threatening injuries. Medical and surgical specialists would be on hand around the clock.

Currently, there are six Level I trauma centers in Phoenix and one in Scottsdale.

Elected leaders and representatives from the medical community have been advocating for a Level I trauma center in the southeast part of the Valley.

Medical center officials cited a 2012 state report that showed only 42 percent of critically injured patients in Maricopa County arrived at a Level I center within an hour of being injured.

Most Admired Companies - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010

2010 Most Admired Companies Award Winners

Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ are honored to unveil the winners of our inaugural Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards.

With 43 winners, we think you’ll agree the awards selection committee has done an outstanding job in determining some of the most admired companies in our state.  Our primary goal in developing this program was to find those organizations that excel in four key areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, social responsibility and customer opinion.  This list features the most prestigious companies in our state, providing us the opportunity to learn from the best.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Headquarters: Minneapolis
Year Est.: 1991
No. of Employees in AZ: 69
Recent Award: AIA Kemper Goodwin Award – 2009
WEB: www.a-p.com

AlliedBarton Security Services
Headquarters: Conshohocken, Penn.
Year Est.: 1957
No. of Employees in AZ: 1,047
Recent Award: Brandon Hall Research Award for Best Integration of Learning and Talent Management – 2009
WEB: www.alliedbarton.com

American Express
Headquarters: New York
Year Est.: 1850
No. of Employees in AZ: 7,219
Recent Award: Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Companies – 2010
WEB: www.americanexpress.com

Arizona Charter Academy
Headquarters: Surprise
Year Est.: 2001
No. of Employees in AZ: 61
Recent Award: Elks Lodge Community Partner of the Year – 2010
WEB: www.azcharteracademy.com

Banner Health
Headquarters: Phoenix
Year Est.: 1999
No. of Employees in AZ: 27,528
Recent Award: Gallup Great Workplace Award – 2009
WEB: www.bannerhealth.com

BeachFleischman PC
Headquarters: Tucson
Year Est.: 1991
No. of Employees in AZ: 104
Recent Award: Accounting Today’s Best Accounting Firms to Work For – 2009
WEB: www.beachfleischman.com

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Arizona Business Magazine hosts their "2010 Health Care Leadership Awards" to honor those in the Health Industry

2010 HCLA – Hospital Executive

Honoree: Peter Fine, CEO, Banner Health

Peter Fine, CEO Banner Health.2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

Peter Fine, CEO Banner HealthPeter Fine, president and CEO of Phoenix-based Banner Health for more than nine years, leads the nonprofit organization with 22 facilities in seven states and more than 35,000 employees.

Banner is the largest private employer in Arizona and admits more than 234,000 patients annually. In 2009, Fine oversaw, managed and implemented more than $1 billion in capital investment, including the $109 million M.D. Anderson Banner Cancer Center on the campus of Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, opening in 2011; and the $356 million Cardon Children’s Medical Center at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.

Ironically, while Fine was in discussions with Houston-based M.D. Anderson in 2008, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. While undergoing treatment, Fine maintained his management and leadership at Banner Health. Today, is he cancer free, and shares his experience with others as an inspirational model of leadership, courage and dedication to excellent patient care. Fine was hired as CEO of Banner Health in November 2000.

Today, Banner provides more than $65 million in charity care annually and is nationally recognized for its patient safety efforts. Under Fine’s leadership, Banner has weathered the current economic recession, generating nearly $5 billion in annual revenue. At Banner, Fine oversees a system-wide initiative called Care Transformation that unites clinical care with leading-edge clinical computer systems to provide better, safer care to patients.

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Finalist: Laurie Eberst, President and CEO, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

Laurie Eberst is the Presidet and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Laurie Eberst isn’t your typical hospital executive. An RN with an MBA, Eberst has been president and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center since 2004, and with the exception of a seven-year time period, she has been with Catholic Healthcare West, which operates Mercy Gilbert, since 1979.

Laurie Eberst is the Presidet and CEO of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.  She visits with patients on a daily basis, recognizing that these encounters are the most important meetings she has on any given day. The conversations resulting from these meetings enable Eberst to ensure that each patient is receiving the best possible medical treatment. That’s not all.

One of Eberst’s favorite events is the quarterly Tea with Laurie. Every employee who is mentioned in a letter from a patient or family is invited to have tea with Eberst at this recognition event. She also holds town hall meetings and monthly birthday celebrations for employees. Eberst was drawn to health care because she has the true, nurturing nature of a caregiver.

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David Veillette, CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)

David Veillete is the CEO and President of Cancer Treatment Centers for America (CTCA)Most mornings, you won’t find David Veillette, president and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center, sitting at his desk. More likely he’s at the inpatient unit, chemotherapy infusion area or outpatient clinic visiting with patients and their caregivers to learn about their experience at CTCA and how his staff can improve upon it.

David Veillete is the CEO and President of Cancer Treatment Centers for America (CTCA). With more than 35 years of experience in the health care field in clinical and leadership roles, Veillette has held national registries in cardiovascular, perfusion, radiology and pulmonary technologies. Under his guidance and leadership, the hospital has flourished, providing cancer patients in the Western United States with a new and unique option in cancer care.

When other hospitals say, “There is nothing more we can do,” Veillette says they mean there is nothing more they can do. He believes there is always more that can be done, and champions that philosophy at CTCA.

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2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

2010 HCLA – Researcher

Honoree: Nabil Dib, Medical Director

Nabil Dib, MD, M.SC., FACC
Director, Cardiovascular Research
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center

A highly respected interventional cardiologist, Dr. Nabil Dib, director of cardiovascular research for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical centers, serves as principal investigator for a variety of cardiovascular clinical trials, including cardiac regeneration involving cell and gene transplant, new pharmaceuticals and genomics.

Nabil Dib, MD, M.SC., FACC Director, Cardiovascular Research Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

With a support team of 10, Dib treats patients with advanced cardiac disease and provides expert consultation to referring physicians from all specialties. His clinical services include assessment and diagnosis of cardiac diseases, angina, heart failure, arrhythmias, and vascular disorders, as well as pre-operative cardiac surgical evaluations.

In addition, Dib performs more than 330 non-surgical procedures annually, such as cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, coronary artery stenting, intravascular ultrasound, percutaneous left ventricular assist devices, and peripheral vascular interventions.

A tireless scientist, Dib is committed to improving the lives of people suffering from heart disease by developing innovative treatment methods. One of his current areas of focus involves cardiac adult stem cell transplantation to determine if heart tissue damaged by a heart attack can, in fact, be regenerated. His research is also exploring the regeneration of blood vessels through gene therapy. To date, he has completed two leading-edge research projects in translational adult stem cell research, which led to FDA clearance for both projects to begin Phase I clinical trials.

Dib is the founding member and president of the International Society for Cardiovascular Translational Research, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to bring innovations tested and proven through research into mainstream medical practice for the benefit of patients.

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Finalist: Mitchell Shub, MD

Mitchell Shub, MD
Medical Director/Research
Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Dr. Mitchell Shub, medical director of research at Phoenix Children’s Medical Group, has been in a leadership position at the hospital for 25 years. While he still sees patients on a daily basis, most of his time is spent overseeing research operations on campus. Mitchell Shub, Medical Director at Phoenix Children's Hospital, 2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

Additionally, he is co-chair of the Institutional Review Board, and chair of the Scientific Review Committee that reviews all investigator-initiated research studies and fosters collaborations with the University of Arizona Medical School, Arizona State University, T-Gen and Mayo Clinic.

Shub is involved in three research projects of his own and is developing two others, funded by grants from the National Institute of Health, UA and pharmaceutical companies.

In the health care industry for 28 years, Shub serves as professor of clinical pediatrics/associate head of the department of pediatrics at the UA. In this capacity, he oversees all pediatric training for medical students, and with the dean makes decisions on appointments, academic promotions and academic program development.

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David Winston, MD, FACP, AGAF
Director, Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Cigna Medical Group

Dr. David Winston has a long-standing commitment to medical research, and throughout his 35 years in medicine he has worked to develop a deeper understanding of the treatment and prevention of colon cancer and Hepatitis C.
Winston has been director of gastroenterology and hepatology at Cigna Medial Group in Sun City for nearly 20 years, and is a clinical investigator for the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

David Winston, MD, FACP, AGAF Director, Gastroenterology & Hepatology Cigna Medical Group, 2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

He has participated in 33 research studies, 18 of which he served as principal investigator. He has published 33 papers and lectured in 25 cities and five countries around the world about new advancements in GI treatment and research.

As a practicing physician, Winston treats patients daily for a wide variety of gastro and digestive needs, such as stomach pain, frequent indigestion, and chronic GI problems, and encourages patients to participate in clinical trials so science can progress in the areas of early cancer detection.

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2010 Health Care Leadership Awards recognizes the Valley's professionals in the health indsutry

2010 HCLA – Nurse or Nursing Advocate

Honoree: Kim Wilson, RN, BS, MS

Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO
Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, 2010 Health Care Leadership AwardsEven before the doors opened at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in 2006, Kim Wilson was shaping the hospital’s work environment, quality of patient care, clinical excellence and innovations.

As chief nursing officer, she has worked closely with other members of the hospital’s leadership team to establish an environment of “Pause, Reflect, Heal.” The Pause, Reflect, Heal concept is simple. For patients, it is a blend of clinical excellence with extraordinary compassion, crafted to heal both body and soul.

For the hospital’s leaders, it is a commitment to caring for the caregivers — a blend of tough-minded, yet tenderhearted leadership, balancing accountability with endearing relationships with staff.

At Mercy Gilbert, Wilson’s responsibilities range from planning and managing to maintaining direct and regular contact with the hospital’s patients. She plays an integral role in establishing a vision for and providing leadership in the delivery of excellent patient care, including plans for high patient and physician satisfaction, employee and patient safety, clinical education, and incorporating innovative technologies. In tune with innovation, she brings new technologies to the bedside. Along with ensuring that each patient receives quality care, Wilson wants patients to feel safe and to be able to heal body, mind and spirit. She does this through regular daily contact with patients and effective communication with the nursing staff.

Prior to joining Mercy Gilbert, Wilson spent 25 years in Bakersfield, Calif., where she served in several nursing leadership roles.

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Finalist: Linda Lindquist, RN

Director of Critical Care
Phoenix Baptist Hospital
Linda Lindquist, Director of Critical Care Phoenix Baptist Hospital, 201 Health Care Leadership Awards
In just two short years, Linda Lindquist’s impact on leadership and patient care is evident at Phoenix Baptist Hospital. A nurse for 40 years, including 30 in the Valley, Lindquist manages the critical care areas of the hospital.

Following the example she sets, Lindquist’s staff takes care of the sickest patients with kindness, compassion and technical excellence. In fact, Lindquist’s patients consistently have among the highest patient satisfaction levels at Phoenix Baptist. The reason? She personally visits all of the patients in her areas, which no doubt has an impact on their care and recovery. Lindquist is easygoing, with an approachable manner that makes working with her a pleasant experience. She serves as a mentor for her nursing partners, and as a resource for non-nursing leaders at the hospital.

Since joining Phoenix Baptist in May 2008, Lindquist has been given additional responsibilities, and is serving as interim director of the medical/surgical unit.

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Finalist: Peg Smith, RN, MBA

Chief Nursing Officer
Chandler Regional Medical Center
Peg Smith, Chief Nursing Officer Chandler Regional Medical Center, 201 Health Care Leadership Awards

Peg Smith, chief nursing officer for Chandler Regional Medical Center, has a true passion for patient care. One way she shares this passion is through a program she developed called the Medicine of Compassion/Day of Reflection. That’s when new and existing employees learn about how Smith expects care to be delivered, focusing on patient needs, compassion, communication, and healing of the mind, body and spirit.

Each day, Smith makes sure she anticipates her patients’ needs by including patients in making decisions about their care, communicating effectively with other members of the care team and, when patients go home, overseeing the team that calls them the next day to make sure the former patients are doing well. Smith joined the Chandler hospital in 1993 as the evening charge nurse in the operating room.

Since then, she has taken on increased responsibilities, being promoted regularly until she was named to her current position in 2001.

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AHA Profile: Nabil Dib

Nabil Dib, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.C.
Director of Cardiovascular Research
Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers

As with most of life’s troubles, the problem starts small. A tiny bit of fatty material settles in on the walls of a major artery. Over several years, more and more of this plaque collects, until there is little to no room left for blood to flow freely. Without the blood and the life-giving oxygen it brings, the heart seizes — and the muscle begins to die.

This scenario is the leading cause of death for both women and men. Approximately 1.2 million heart attacks occur in the U.S. every year, and more than 12 million people in the nation are suffering from some form of heart disease.

Efforts to reduce the occurrence of heart attacks through prevention are vital and remain our first priority. Clinical trials are currently underway at two Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) hospitals to determine whether adult stem cells can effectively improve cardiac health.

Using highly accurate 3D images of the heart, Dr. Nabil Dib and his team of interventional cardiologists at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers are delivering adult stem cells directly into damaged heart tissue via a catheter. The goal of their series of clinical trial, is to determine if the adult stem cells will develop into new blood vessels that will prevent further damage to the heart.

Other treatments being conducted at the hospitals’ Cardiovascular Research Center are testing whether adult stem cells can re-convert scar tissue into live muscle, and whether specific genetic indicators can detect the early stages of heart disease.

“We’re researching whether these new treatments might help those who have exhausted all other options,” Dib says. “The aim of studies such as this is to see if adult stem cells will assist with cardiac regeneration and help repair damaged heart tissue. Cardiac regeneration is about trying to see if you can repair damaged heart tissue and hopefully provide people with a better quality of life.”

By integrating compassionate care with state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge clinical research, CHW is providing innovative treatments to those in need, and advancing the science of care worldwide.


Arizona Business Magazine

January 2010