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Mountain Vista Medical Center expands partnerships

Starting this Wednesday, May 20, some patients in Mesa and Apache Junction will begin to receive the urgent care they need without leaving home.

Apache Junction residents Rhonda Barber and her mother, Jeannie, have both utilized the services of the Community Care Unit (CCU) for their urgent care needs on multiple occasions. Rhonda recently had the CCU at her home after she took a wrong medication and had an adverse reaction.

“They hooked me up to an IV and flushed my system out and stayed with me until they made sure I was feeling better,” Rhonda said. “That saved me a trip to the hospital. I think it’s an awesome program. If I can call them and have them come to my house and take care of me when it’s not a drastic emergency, that’s the best program out there ever.”

Thanks to a partnership between Mountain Vista Medical Center and Mesa Fire and Medical and Superstition Springs Fire and Medical emergency responders, “low-level” emergency calls can now be answered — and often resolved ­— by mobile units that treat patients on-site. The program was recently expanded and there are now three mobile units on the streets.

“By answering these calls, we help alleviate the 911 backlog and save the four-person units to deal with true emergencies like strokes, heart attacks or fires,” says hospital Chief Executive Tony Marinello “In 2013, 80 percent of the 911 calls received by Mesa Fire and Medical Department were health-related, so mobile units help ensure the right people are responding to the right calls.”

Staffed by a paramedic employed by the fire department and nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant the hospital employs, the teams can treat wounds, stabilize blood sugar, test for infections, administer shots and even write prescriptions. They can refer patients to primary care physicians or specialists. And each patient receives a follow-up call a few days later, which decreases reoccurrence rates. 

Mountain Vista’s partnership began in 2012 with one nurse practitioner and Mesa Fire and Medical Department providing a mobile unit and a paramedic captain that operated three days a week. In December, the partnership was expanded to provide 24-hour coverage seven days a week. Mountain Vista now employs 11 nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, who staff mobile units in both Mesa and the Apache Junction areas. 

“At Mountain Vista, we embrace innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for the individuals and communities we serve,” Marinello said. “That’s why expanded our partnership to provide Mesa and Apache Junction area residents with a more appropriate response to low-level 911 calls, which will help to reduce the strain on our valued emergency resources and personnel.”



Two Valley Hospitals offer free stroke checks

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month in May,  Mountain Vista Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital are partnering with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to offer free stroke-risk assessments through the health initiative, StrokeCheck.

Hospitals will provide free screenings that may include blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, pulse checks for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and body mass index (BMI) calculations. Additionally, attendees can fill out stroke-risk assessment checklists, enjoy light heart healthy refreshments, and will have the opportunity to speak with medical professionals such as a cardiologist, nutritionist and pharmacist regarding screening results.

Screening events will take place on:

  • May 11, 9 a.m. – Noon at  Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa
  • May 11, 9 a.m. – Noon at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, 1500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

In the U.S., stroke, or “brain attack,” is the fourth leading cause of death and the American Stroke Association estimates, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.  Fortunately, nearly 80 percent of strokes are preventable with proper education and awareness.


Appointments are required and are limited. To make an appointment at Mountain Vista Medical Center call 1-877-924-WELL (9355) and to make an appointment at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).

To learn more about stroke care services at Mountain Vista Medical Center or Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com or www.tempestlukeshospital.com.

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Mountain Vista earns recognition for wound care

Mountain Vista Medical Center has been recognized as a Center of Distinction for wound care by Healogics, Inc.,  the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, making it one of very few locations in Arizona to have earned this national award.

Five hundred and six centers were eligible for the Center of Distinction award, and only 172 centers across the country achieved the honor. The award distinguishes Mountain Vista Medical Center as one of the top wound care centers in the country and is given to facilities that have outstanding patient outcomes for 12 months or more.

Mountain Vista Medical Center earned the Center of Distinction recognition for having a patient satisfaction rate of 92 percent, a wound healing rate of 98 percent, and an average of 27 days for wounds to heal after treatment. 

“Receiving this honor is a tremendous deal to our team because it recognizes the continued dedication we have to our patients, as they are our first priority,” said Eric Schlesinger, M.D., General Surgery Wound Care Medical Director at Mountain Vista Medical Center. “Our goal is to consistently provide the very best care possible, and although it’s extremely gratifying to receive a national recognition like this, it cannot compare to the feeling we have when our patients are healed after receiving the right type of specialized treatment.”

Nationally, approximately 7 million people suffer from chronic, open wounds, usually involving the lower extremities. This serious condition can cause significant impairment in the quality of life and may lead to limb amputation if left untreated. Non-healing wounds frequently occur in the elderly and in people with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and chronic vein disorders such as varicose veins and venous thrombosis and prolonged immobility.

As a member of the Healogics Network of more than 635 Centers, Mountain Vista Medical Center provides access to benchmarking data from its experience in treating more than 2 million chronic wounds. The hospital offers highly-specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

The trained specialists at Mountain Vista Medical Center follow a multidisciplinary approach to wound healing. After an initial evaluation, each patient receives a comprehensive, individualized plan designed to help heal complicated wounds. The team works to address the underlying cause of the problem, control infection and improve the overall health of its patients.

“At Mountain Vista Medical Center, we are committed to providing the highest-quality care possible,” said Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista Medical Center. “This award reinforces what we strive to achieve every day: great patient outcomes.”

For more information about wound healing at Mountain Vista Medical Center, call (480) 358-6090 or visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com/services/wound_care/.


Golich named Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital administrator

IASIS Healthcare recently promoted Jacob Golich to Administrator of Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, a leading community hospital that provides comprehensive health care services including emergency care, orthopedics, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services, pain management and wound care in a caring atmosphere.

In his new role, Golich oversees the day-to-day operations of the 87-bed community hospital along with its employees. He is responsible for all internal and external relations for the state-of-the-art hospital, including physician and staff engagement, strategic planning and partnerships, and community involvement. He’ll also manage the future remodel and expansion plans for the hospital, which has been serving the East Valley for more than 60 years.

Golich previously served as Chief Operating Officer for IASIS Healthcare’s Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, where he was responsible for the growth and expansion of the hospital’s new programs, including trauma, geropsychology and orthopedics.

Golich received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from Illinois State University, and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Golich is a Mesa resident. He volunteers for United Way and has recently served as a board member for Oakwood Creative Care.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona honors hospitals

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has named both Mountain Vista Medical Center and St. Luke’s Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the area of Knee and Hip Replacement.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – and has recently been expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics as well as program specific metrics. Mountain Vista and St. Luke’s are proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria that have been set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

“Our hospitals are honored to be recognized for their enduring commitment to deliver quality specialty orthopaedic care in a cost-efficient way,” said Bob Wallen, regional vice president, Managed Care, for IASIS Healthcare, the parent company of Mountain Vista and St. Luke’s. “This designation will help guide patients to choose the very best care available.”

Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to make better informed health care decisions, and these results will enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.

Mountain Vista Medical Center Receives Honors

Mountain Vista Medical Center Receives Honors

Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. was given the prestigious honor of ranking in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation, according to a ranking system developed by HealthGrades.

A resource for individuals to rank their local hospitals online, HealthGrades has become a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The HealthGrades website is used by millions to research, review, select and connect with local physicians or hospitals in their area. The website also provides comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety and health conditions for users to make informed decisions.

As no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, HealthGrades asses the nation’s 5,000 non-federal hospitals on a long list of procedures and diagnoses.

Mountain Vista Medical Center was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. This award places the hospital in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance and outperforming all other hospitals across all of the 17 mortality cohorts and six of the nine complication cohorts studied from 2008 though 2010.

“We are extremely delighted and proud to receive this distinguished recognition by HealthGrades,” said Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista Medical Center. “These awards are based solely on the clinical outcomes from patients in our community who have received care at Mountain Vista. This means out unwavering commitment to providing high quality health care with advanced technology and exceptional customer service, has set us apart from other local hospitals, and placed us among the top hospitals in the nation,” added Marinello.

The hospital itself is a 178-bed, full service hospital that features private rooms and advanced medical technology. Providing care services for East Valley residences, the hospital is a Level IV Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center and Cardiac Receiving Center.

In addition for earning the award of Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, Mountain Vista Medical Center has consistently been recognized for its commitment to deliver quality healthcare.

“The hospital can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Kristin Reed, MPH, HealthGrades vice president of hospital rankings and author of the study. “The residents of Mesa and the surrounding community are fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

For information on HealthGrades and how Mountain Vista Medical Center was ranked, visit healthgrades.com.

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CEO Series: Anthony Marinello

Anthony Marinello
CEO, Mountain Vista Medical Center/IASIS Healthcare

What will be the impact of Arizona’s budget cuts on hospitals in particular and the health care industry in general?

All hospitals are going to feel the impact. There are several areas: education, economy, jobs, general medical education; and it’s just going to take a big effect on us. It’s really going to change the way we do things. But we are still going to be here to take care of our patients and give them high quality of care. The cuts this year, that just occurred in March, are going to cost several millions of dollars, which will drastically impact patient care and patient’s ability to come there. But, like we say, we’ll be open and still take care of our patients.

What will be the effect of the recently signed federal health care reform?

I think everybody agrees that we need health care reform. There’s no doubt about it. The key with this will be to continue to build and strengthen relationships with our physicians, who ultimately have the relationships with the patients. It’s so new right now, that I think everybody is trying to grab it and grasp onto what the effects are going to be. You have physicians that are nervous; you have hospitals trying to figure out what (it will mean to them). It’s going to be interesting. The key part we all really agree on is the electronic medical records, which is good for the transparency and being able to avoid duplications of testing and things like that. We are currently, at Mountain Vista, way ahead of the curve on our electronic medical records, and physicians like that. It’s a very good tool to be able to see the records from the hospital or even your office, because it’s Internet based. So it’s been very, very good for us.

We’ve heard much about the nursing shortage in Arizona. Has there been any improvement in that situation?

There will always be a need for nursing. Per se, we haven’t really seen much of a shortage here. We’ve been able to attract a lot of the new graduates coming out. IASIS as a company, since 2005, has been engaged with schools and several universities. We’ve seen about 350 students coming through, which we work with them and eventually employ them, so we have been very, very fortunate in that part. We always have people looking to become a nurse. You have certified nursing assistants that want to go to the next level, so that ability is there where we provide assistance for them.

What are the areas where Arizona’s health care industry is really excelling?

In the short time I’ve been in Arizona, where I’ve seen (the health care industry is excelling in) is education. (Arizona State University) has a health school, (University of Arizona), (NAU), A.T. Still (University), Midwestern University. And actually our facility is partnered up with Midwestern University for the medical student program for physicians, and we’re looking at what the future can be to keep education and future physicians in this area. So we are really proud to be partners with them and just continuing to grow. We just engaged in this last July, so it’s very new to us.

In these changing times, what does a C-level executive need to succeed in the health care industry?

You have to build strong relationships. You have to be a good communicator. You have to be honest. You have to be up front. If something can’t be done, you’ve got to tell it. You can’t just leave things alone. You have to be visible, high visibility. You have to be able to talk to all staff, from your environmental services person to the president of your company to every physician. It’s just very, very important to think outside the box, to listen to what people have to say, because there are a lot of people with good ideas out there. That’s something I’ve prided myself on and the team I work with and our C-level here that our doors are open, we’re always there, we want to hear, we want to listen. The relationship building has been a strength for us here.

Vital Stats: Anthony Marinello

  • Named CEO of Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa in 2008
  • Served as CEO of IASIS’ North Vista Hospital in North Las Vegas from 2005 to 2008
  • Served as hospital administrator for Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas
  • Began career in 1979 as a hospital laboratory manager
  • Received MBA from the University of Phoenix
  • Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives
  • www.mvmedicalcenter.com