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.
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.
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.
Obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges we face today. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, more than 64 percent of adults in Arizona are overweight, with 24 percent suffering from obesity. In Maricopa County alone, about 200,000 individuals suffer from Severe Obesity.
Last month, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its decision to formally recognize obesity as a medical disease. In doing so, the AMA joins numerous other medical organizations and government agencies which have either officially recognized obesity as a disease or asserted such through their leadership representatives.
In mid-August, Abrazo Health will open its comprehensive bariatric surgery center at Paradise Valley Hospital in collaboration with Dr. Kurt W. Sprunger of the Phoenix Bariatric Center. Dr. Sprunger and his team are dedicated to the proper treatment of those suffering with obesity who have for too long endured criticism and discrimination and felt frustration and shame after the failure of inappropriate and ineffective treatments.
Dr. Sprunger sees the decision by the AMA as a significant milestone in helping to remove societal misconceptions about obesity and improve access to proper medical care for the millions of Americans struggling with this disease, including the 24 million Americans suffering from Severe Obesity and its serious related conditions, for whom bariatric surgery has proved to be the most effective and lasting treatment.
The services offered by Paradise Valley Hospital and Phoenix Bariatric Center will help Arizonans suffering from obesity to reverse the effects of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, infertility and a host of other medical conditions associated with obesity and reduce their risk of certain cancers and heart disease.
Honoree: Molly Stockley, Director of Marketing, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
After working in broadcast journalism and media for 18 years, Molly Stockley decided to change careers and accepted the position of director of marketing at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). Stockley’s motivation to enter the health care industry was sparked after a close friend passed away from an aggressive form of cancer. This friend had struggled through the treatment process, and Stockley believed switching careers would be an opportunity to make a difference and honor the memory of her dear friend.
Since her career change, Stockley has made a large impact in raising cancer awareness. In October 2008, she co-founded the Kristi Cares Melanoma Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate Arizonans about the dangers of skin cancer. As a member of Leadership West’s Class XVI, Stockley worked with her team to develop the Learn Don’t Burn project, which outfits facilities with sunscreen dispensers and information about sun safety. The project has since taken off and has been introduced in 20 Valley locations. Leadership West President Landis Elliot called the project “the most impactful Leadership West project in history.” Stockley went on to win Leadership West’s 2010 Project of the Year.
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Finalist: MIHS Center Against Family Violence, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Since 2001, the Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Center Against Family Violence has provided the only hospital-based domestic violence program in Arizona. It also is among the few in the country to offer orders of protection on-site to qualifying patients. The center’s mission is to provide an outlet for victims of domestic violence and to potentially stop the cycle of abuse they face.
The center provides safety planning to its patients, helps to make arrangements for secure shelter, invites patients to attend a weekly support group and offers safety education. In addition, the center also makes a difference indirectly by offering training to medical students and residents.
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Finalist: Jean Revard, Director, Food/Environmental Services, Paradise Valley Hospital
Jean Revard has an insatiable appetite for service. As director of food and environmental services at Paradise Valley Hospital, Revard is responsible for overseeing a staff of 37 in the various operations of food preparation at the hospital and managing the team that maintains all patient rooms and hospital areas.
With 25 years of experience, Revard has eclipsed the requirements of her position by engaging in multiple programs at the hospital. Working with the hospital’s Health for Life Initiative, Revard teamed up with cardiac rehab personnel, nurses, dietitians, and the hospital’s chef and kitchen manager to arrange a number of cooking demonstrations for people with diabetes and heart-related medical conditions.
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Honoree: John Post, M.D., Medical Director, McDowell Healthcare, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Nicknamed “Papa Post” by some of his patients, Dr. John Post has built a reputation over the past 30 years as a compassionate physician with genuine concern for his patients. As medical director for the McDowell Healthcare Center at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), Post oversees a staff of more than 30 people, including three MDs, three nurse practitioners, two psychiatrists, three registered nurses, medical assistants and administrative support staff. In his research, Post has conducted expansive clinical trials, as well as contributed medical articles and abstracts.
However, the majority of his medical career has been dedicated to providing care for those who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. He has focused on the disease since it first spread to epidemic proportions and there was little hope for survival for those infected with the virus. He is known for the compassionate care he provides to the Valley’s HIV/AIDS population. Post also provides pediatric consults to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
He earned his medical degree from the Wisconsin School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at MIHS. He has been employed at MIHS since the completion of his residency.
Finalist: Bentley Bobrow, M.D., Emergency Physician/Researcher, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Dr. Bentley Bobrow works as an emergency medicine physician at Maricopa Medical Center, is the director of the Medical Center’s Resuscitation Science Center, and serves as an attending physician who mentors ED residents. He also treats patients every day.
Throughout his career, Bobrow has devoted much of his time and energy to reducing the number of deaths due to cardiac arrest in Arizona. He has been a catalyst for exploring cutting-edge tools for fighting heart disease. As a result of these advances in technology and resources, Arizona has seen its death rate due to cardiac arrest plunge in the last six years and the survival rate for out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest in Arizona has tripled.
Finalist: Andrew Garff, M.D., Medical Director, Emergency Department, Paradise Valley Hospital
Although he was only appointed medical director of Paradise Valley Hospital’s emergency department in April 2010, Dr. Andrew Garff has made huge strides in improving the hospital’s processes and flow of patient care.
Garff’s guidance has contributed to significant and consistent increases in patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. Patient wait times have decreased by approximately one hour.
Garff also provides tenderhearted care to his patients and a quality level of professionalism, humility and warmth in all patient encounters. When given the duty of delivering unhappy news, Garff can be found sitting at the bedside with the family, compassionately holding a hand to offer support.