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

The CORE Institute celebrates 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. David J. Jacofsky, along with Dr. John A. Brown and Dr. Mark D. Campbell, believed they could provide best-in-class orthopedic care to Phoenix area residents. Ten years later, it is clear that they have been able to bring that dream to fruition with 150 care providers, 700 employees and almost half a million patients in the practice.

In January, 2005, The CORE Institute was born and over the next ten years the practice grew from one small office in Sun City West, Arizona into a nationally recognized, innovation-leading, orthopedic and neurological practice with 700 employees spanning two states and 26 facilities.

“Our phenomenal growth has been built on a platform of evidence-based medicine and meticulous outcomes tracking managed by our proprietary IT platform,” said Chairman and CEO David Jacofsky, MD. “It’s very rewarding to see our innovative approach to patient care being embraced by hundreds of thousands of patients, from all 50 states and multiple countries. The one thing that has remained the same is our commitment to a proven, evidence-based, outcomes driven, standardized patient care approach. I am proud of what we have accomplished. We’re truly honored that patients and the medical community have entrusted us to care for them at The CORE Institute over the last 10 years.”

The CORE Institute has expanded from its early years to offer care in Orthopedics, Spine, Pain Management, Neurology, Rheumatology, Plastic Surgery and Physical Therapy.  In addition to its innovative evidence-based medicine IT platform, the organization continues to be a leader in payor-reform initiatives and hospital alignment strategies.

Unique within the industry, The CORE Institute has agreements to co-manage the orthopedic departments at several major hospitals, including at five Banner Health facilities in Arizona, Green Valley Hospital South of Tucson, and St. John Providence Hospitals in Southfield and Novi Michigan. In 2013, The CORE Institute teamed up with the Cleveland Clinic, OrthoCarolina and The Rothman Institute to form the first-of-its-kind clinically integrated Orthopedic PHO (Physician Hospital Organization), operating as the National Orthopaedic & Spine Alliance LLC (NOSA).

The CORE Institute was recognized as the #1 Orthopedic Group by Ranking Arizona three years in a row, one of the Best Places to Work by Phoenix Business Journal four years in a row, and was the 2014 recipient of the IMPACT Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, numerous physicians have also been recognized by Phoenix Magazine Top Docs issue, Hour Detroit’s Top Docs issue, and several other publications.

Of today’s 700 employees, many are celebrating their 10th year of employment at The CORE Institute. It is no surprise to see the continued expansion and growth of The CORE Institute because of their committed and dedicated team.

The CORE Institute is already looking towards the next ten years, with clinics planned to open in other states, as well as overseas, in the near future.

“We’re early in our journey as a company and I’m very excited about our future as we expand our efforts to give patients best-in-class care,” concluded Dr. Jacofsky.

Timeline of milestones:
2005: Opened The CORE Institute in Sun City West, Arizona
2006: Expanded locations to service patients in Sun City on the Banner Boswell Medical Center campus and Phoenix on the John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital campus
2006: Welcomed 7 new providers to the Arizona Market
2006: Expanded subspecialties to include comprehensive spine care
2007: Welcomed 6 new providers to the Arizona Market
2007: Launched CORE Ink publication
2007: Relocated Peoria and North Phoenix clinics due to increased patient demand
2007: Expanded subspecialties to include hand and upper extremity care
2008: Launched non-profit foundation, the MORE Foundation
2008: Welcome 3 new providers to the Arizona Market
2008: Expanded locations to service patients in Gilbert, Arizona on the Mercy Gilbert Medical Center Campus
2009: Featured new treatment options for Rotator Cuff Injuries, Reverse Shoulder Replacement
2010: Welcomed 12 new providers to the Arizona Market
2010: Recognized Drs. John Kearney, Mark Campbell, David J. Jacofsky, and Steven L. Myerthall as PHOENIX Magazine’s Top Doctors in Arizona
2011: Launched first co-management agreement with Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Arizona
2011: Welcomed 8 new providers to the Arizona Market
2011: Recognized Drs. Ali Araghi and Eric Feldman as PHOENIX Magazine’s Top Doctors in Arizona
2012: Opened first Spine Center in Sun City, Arizona
2012: Recognized Dr. David J. Jacofsky as one of the “Top 26 Knee Surgeons” by Orthopedics This Week
2012: Recognized Dr. David J. Jacofsky as the “Surgeon of the Year” by Arizona Business Magazine: Healthcare Leadership Awards
2012: Welcomed 21 new providers to the Arizona Market
2012: Expanded co-management relationship with Banner Health to provide world-class orthopedic care at Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
2013: Expanded locations to service patients in Mesa, Arizona on the Banner Desert Medical Campus
2013: Welcomed World-Renowned Spine Surgeon from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Mark Dekutoski
2013: Expanded into Michigan, first clinic expansion outside of Arizona
2013: Launched CORE Cycling Team to include a 50-member cyclist team
2013: The CORE Institute, is joined by Cleveland Clinic, OrthoCarolina and Rothman Institute to form the first-of-its-kind clinically integrated Orthopedic PHO (Physician Hospital Organization), operating as the National Orthopaedic & Spine Alliance LLC (NOSA).
2013: Built  prosthetic tail for alligator, Mr. Stubbs
2013: Welcomed Dr. Victor Nwosu to the Michigan Market
2013: Welcomed 24 new providers to the Arizona Market team
2013: Received #1 Orthopedic Group Recognition by Ranking Arizona
2013: Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by Phoenix Business Journal
2013: Recognized Dr. David J. Jacofsky as one of the “Most Admired Leaders” by Phoenix Business Journal
2013: Recognized Dr. Mark Dekutoski as one of the “Top 28 Spine Surgeons in America” by Orthopedics This Week
2013: Expanded co-management relationship with Banner Health to provide world-class orthopedic care at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
2014: Opened 70,000 sq. ft. Headquarters facility and Clinic opens in Phoenix, Arizona
2014: Expanded specialties to include Neurology, Plastic Surgery and Rheumatology
2014: Signed Orthopedic Co-Management Agreement at Green Valley Hospital in South of Tucson
2014: Welcomed Gina Ore as CEO of the MORE Foundation
2014: Welcomed 4 new providers to the Michigan Market team
2014: Welcomed 40 new providers to the Arizona Market team
2014: Reached 500th employee
2014: Completed first two-level disc replacement surgery in Arizona by Dr. Ali Araghi
2014: Received #1 Orthopedic Group Recognition by Ranking Arizona for second year in a row
2014: Recognized Drs. John Kearney, Jr. and E. Michael Lucero as PHOENIX Magazine’s Top Doctors in Arizona
2014: Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by Phoenix Business Journal
2014: Recognized for the IMPACT Awards for Entrepreneurial Excellence by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
2015: Expanded Michigan Market to Grand Blanc, Michigan

For more information, visit www.thecoreinstitute.com or call 1.866.974.2673 to schedule an appointment

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St. Luke’s Medical Center has new CEO

IASIS Healthcare recently appointed Chris Hill as CEO of St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital.

In his role, Hill is responsible for the management and daily operations of both facilities to ensure patients receive high-quality and cost-effective care. Aside from assuming key leadership in developing and implementing goals and strategies for both hospitals, he will also complete rounds with staff and physicians working on the front lines to ensure patients’ needs are being fulfilled and their hospital stay is fully-enhanced.

St. Luke’s Medical Center has been serving metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years as a 200-bed tertiary care hospital offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopaedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation and pain management.

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is a leading community 87-bed hospital that provides comprehensive health care services including emergency care, orthopaedics, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services, pain management and wound care in a caring atmosphere. Hill will also spearhead the future remodel and expansion plans for Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, which has been serving the East Valley for more than 60 years.

Hill also previously served as Chief Operating Officer of both St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital.

Hill received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, along with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University in Texas.

Hill is a Gilbert resident. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Veteran’s Chapter member of the ASU Alumni Association. Hill is also retired from the United States Army, with a Lieutenant Colonel ranking.

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

Partnership unites Largest Neurological, Orthopedic Practices

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

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

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

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

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