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Paradise Valley Hospital celebrates 30th anniversary

Abrazo Health’s Paradise Valley Hospital will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a free Autumn Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the hospital, 3929 E. Bell Road.

Free food, blood pressure checks, bicycle safety, posture checks, shoe assessment for wound care are among the highlights.  A walk-in inflatable heart exhibit will educate visitors on common heart diseases.  Emergency vehicles including Phoenix fire trucks and a Native Air helicopter will be on display. Paradise Valley High School, which is located across the street, will provide a  DJ.  Historical photos and video interviews with hospital staff also will be featured.

Paradise Valley Hospital Food Service Manager Juan Carranza will conduct healthy meals demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Paradise Valley Hospital’s cafeteria created Meals to Go, a program offering pre-packaged, healthy take-out meals that are nutritionally aligned with diabetic and/or cardiac dietary needs. Meals can be ordered 24 hours ahead and picked up at Paradise Valley and the five other Abrazo hospitals in the Phoenix area.

During three decades as a registered nurse at Paradise Valley Hospital, Andi Chronister has observed many changes in and around Paradise Valley Hospital.

The hospital has had different names and owners over the years. Medical advances such as robotic surgery and electronic medical records have transformed how patient care is delivered.  Neighborhoods and businesses filled the vacant land that once surrounded the hospital. The nearby 51 Freeway brought more traffic to the area.

But the constant at Paradise Valley Hospital has been the close-knit feeling among staff and patients.

“Patients come into the room and they look familiar to me. After we get talking, I find out that the patient’s parents were cared for here and they remember me. I’ve taken care of physicians’ families here. When I go shopping, people stop me in the store and say I remember you,’’  said
Chronister, a case manager who watched the hospital being built from her backyard and still lives close by.

Jaime Wasden, clinicial services manager for the Emergency Department, said services have improved over the years. In particular, the InQuicker program has enabled patients to wait for their emergency room visit at home and come in for a scheduled time.

One of Wasden’s favorite programs at Paradise Valley Hospital is the partnership with Paradise Valley High School. Students come observe what it’s like to be in the health-care field and nurses go to the high school health classes to show pig hearts. A new junior volunteer program for teens is underway.

“If anyone wants to work here, I want you to know that we are fantastic. We say welcome to the family,’’ she added.

Sandra Sears, who has been a registered nurse at Paradise Valley Hospital, remembers fondly when she set up the surgical instrument trays in the operating rooms on the day the hospital opened on Aug. 28, 1983.

“We have a great medical staff and nursing staff devoted to great patient care. I am very proud to be a part of the team at Paradise Valley  Hospital,’’ she added.

Paradise Valley is a 136-bed acute care, community-based hospital and is an affiliate of Abrazo Health, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

Some of its special programs include an accredited chest pain center, wound care and hyperbaric (high pressure) medicine, outpatient rehabilitation services, high-tech navigation system for orthopedic procedures, da Vinci robotic surgery and surgical weight loss.

“Our top goal is to ensure that our patients have the best experience possible. We hold customer satisfaction in the highest regard,’’ said David Tupponce, Paradise Valley Hospital CEO.

Paradise Valley Hospital’s Chief of Staff Shawn Blick, a urologist, said he enjoys the camaraderie of a small hospital.

“When a patient gets admitted to the floor, I know their care will be excellent,’’ he said.

Courtesy of ADM Group and McCarthy Building Companies.

Renovations to begin at Paradise Valley High School

McCarthy Building Companies was recently awarded a $12.2 million contract for a major renovation project at Paradise Valley High School, located at 3950 E. Bell Road in Phoenix.

The project includes phased demolition of three buildings and the installation of four classroom pods to house the studentsduring construction. Two new multi-story classroom buildings will be constructed representing 60,000 square feet of space. One building will house the Science Department and classrooms while the other will focus on Career Technical Education programs, including culinary arts, fashion merchandising and early childhood education.

The renovation also includes replacing the roof on Trojan Hall and the administrative building, replacing the chillers in the small gym, and replacing the boilers in both the cafeteria and small gym. Construction on these smaller aspects of the project began in June 2013. The demolition and new construction phases will begin in June 2014 and are slated for completion in August 2015.

“The Paradise Valley High School District discussed improvements with the school community and will judiciously use available funds on construction improvements that will provide the greatest impact for students and staff,” said Steve Poulin, project director with McCarthy Building Companies. “The buildings that we are replacing were constructed in the 1960s. The new buildings will provide modern amenities for students and will allow the school’s Career Technical Education programs to flourish.”

In November 2012, voters in the Paradise Valley school district approved a $203 million capital bond to renovate and maintain schools, comply with safety regulations, improve school grounds and buy furniture, equipment, technology and buses. The renovations at Paradise Valley High School are being funded through this bond.

”We are grateful to district voters for supporting the bond issues that make these renovations possible,” said Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee. “PV High School houses a number of first-rate academic programs and modernizing these facilities is critical to their success.”

In early 2013, McCarthy completed a $5 million, 24,000-square-foot renovation to the PVHS Performing Arts Center. The inside of the auditorium was completely gutted to modernize the space, complete with ADA access modifications, new seating, new theatrical lighting, sound upgrades and a more open entry. New rigging systems and curtains were also installed due to the increased height from stage to structure, which enhances stage presence by providing a larger opening.

ADM Group is the architect for the new Science and Career Technical Education building additions. Major subcontractors include PuebloMechanical, Jen Electric, Irontree Plumbing, A.V. Schwan & Associates and Schuff Steel.

CREST - AZRE Magazine November/December 2009

Education: Center for Research in Engineering, Science & Technology – CREST

Center for Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST)

CREST - AZRE Magazine November/December 2009Owner: Paradise Valley Unified School District
Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect: DLR Group
Size: 16,500 SF
Location: 3950 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix

The $3.8M project consists of a small specialty high school addition to the Paradise Valley High School campus. Estimated to finish in January 2010, the CREST facility will house a technology lab, biolab, restrooms, offices and support rooms.