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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Stirs Up Sweet Plans

The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation has announced its 22nd annual Beach Ball gala to benefit the Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

To be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at The Phoenician resort, this year’s theme is the Lemonade Soirée, inspired by the positive attitudes of Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) patients who every day find ways to make lemonade out of the proverbial lemons that life has handed them.

Event organizers will look to beat last year’s fundraising initiatives, which raised an incredible $1,005,000, by adding even more incredible packages for silent and live auctions, in addition to having another sell-out year.

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric program of its kind in Arizona, providing a family-centered approach to care for children diagnosed with malignancies and hematologic diseases. Nearly 300 children and teens with a new diagnosis of cancer are treated at Phoenix Children’s each year, with nearly 70 receiving treatment each day. Each child has his or her own team of physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and more, who provide care throughout the treatment and healing process.

“Our Center employs many of the nation’s top specialists in the fields of hematology and oncology, and it is through their expertise and the generosity of our donors that we are able to provide cutting-edge medicine to all of our pediatric patients,” said Dr. Robert Arceci, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group Division Chief in Hematology and Oncology. “The funds raised through the efforts of this year’s Beach Ball Committee will allow us to expand upon our already existing exceptional standard of care.”

A leader in the fields of oncology and hematology, Phoenix Children’s Hospital houses the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorder programs in the state. Specialty programs in these fields include Early Drug Development, Survivor/Long-Term Follow Up and Neuro-oncology, in addition to the Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Solid Tumor/Vascular Program and Liquid Tumor Program.

“Every year, Beach Ball gets better and better. I am personally excited for this year’s theme because it captures the true spirit of what – and more importantly – who, we raise money for,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “These kids are an inspiration day in and day out, and this year, we hope to provide some inspiration for them – to let them know how much our community cares about their treatment and survival.”

Since Beach Ball’s inception in 1993, the event has raised more than 13.5 million dollars for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This year’s event will be co-chaired by Susan Rehorn, Amy Joffe and Gerri Richards, all active members in the local community and each heavily involved in raising money for PCH.

Planning for the event is already underway, with 50 members of the community coming together to volunteer their time, service and generosity for the benefit of the Hospital. To become involved in the planning of the 2015 Beach Ball event, or to volunteer for future events, please contact Lyndsay Magre, Director of Special Events, at (602) 933-2669.

Event and donation information may be found at www.pchbeachball.com, and on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PCHBeachBall.

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PCH Publishes Quality and Safety Measures

Phoenix Children’s is one of the first children’s hospitals in the country to publish comprehensive patient quality and safety data in a way that’s easy for parents to understand and put to use when selecting a doctor or hospital for their child. The data is assembled within a new Quality and Safety section of the Hospital’s website.

“All hospitals are not the same, but it can be hard to tell which hospitals deliver the highest quality care,” said Robert L. Meyer, president and CEO at Phoenix Children’s. “Many local and national organizations rate hospitals and their staff, but only a select few make the data readily available.”

The new Quality and Safety section of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital website will feature:
• Family satisfaction scores for hospital, clinic, and emergency department visits
• Scores for hospital quality measures, including hand hygiene and numerous Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs), such as surgical site infections
• Data on specific medical specialties, such as asthma care and heart surgery outcomes
• Ratings, reviews and awards given to the Hospital from independent organizations such as U.S. News and World Report and the Leapfrog Group

Phoenix Children’s is an active member of the Children’s Hospitals Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS), a coalition of more than 80 children’s hospitals working together to eliminate serious harm across all children’s hospitals in the United States. Members submit their data monthly, share best practices and support a culture of safety within hospitals.

“At Phoenix Children’s, we are committed to providing the highest quality care – care that is safe and effective, with standards based on advances in pediatric medical research,” said Executive Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Dennis Lund. “As a part of our commitment to transparency, we publicly share these important measures of quality and safety that will hold us accountable to our patients, families and ourselves, while continuing to improve.”

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Papa Murphy’s Teams Up with Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza has launched a new campaign to benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). The 40 Papa Murphy’s locations in greater Phoenix and northern Arizona will donate $1 to PCH from every Mini Murph™ Make ‘N’ Bake Pizza Kit sold now through September 30, 2014.

The Mini Murph is a hit for children’s play dates, sleepovers and birthday parties. The pizza kit, which sells for $3, has everything kids need to be a mini pizza chef including a fresh seven-inch pizza crust, pizza sauce, 100% all-natural mozzarella cheese, and slices of real pepperoni (enough to cover traditionally or place creatively.)

“Everyone at Papa Murphy’s is rallying around this campaign. We want to do everything we can to help PCH.” said Ed Holmes, who owns numerous Papa Murphy’s locations around Arizona. “These children deserve every dollar we can raise, so we look forward to breaking sales records of Mini Murph this year.”

Last year’s promotion raised thousands to help Phoenix Children’s meet growing demands. Every dollar raised this year will help with patient care, research and medical education. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country and continues to strive for innovation, most recently announcing the formation of a new state-of-the-art pediatric institute for molecular medicine.

“Papa Murphy’s has been a generous supporter of Phoenix Children’s Hospital for several years,” said Steve Schnall, Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “We are so thankful for their ongoing support and are grateful for their generosity.”

To help, visit any of the 40 locations in greater Phoenix and northern Arizona. To look up an address near you, go to www.papamurphys.com.


Nazneen Aziz – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Nanzeen AzizSenior Vice President and Chief Research Officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Aziz has held executive leadership positions in healthcare, biotechnology and was on the faculty at Harvard. She received her Ph.D. from MIT.

Greatest accomplishment: “Imbuing the love of science and medicine to my daughters, who are both headed towards a career in medicine.”

Surprising fact: “I am originally from Bangladesh and came to the U.S. to study in college.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

Click here to see all of the 2014 Most Influential Women.

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital ranked in four specialties

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This is the fourth year in a row that Phoenix Children’s is the only Arizona hospital to make the highly coveted list.

The following Phoenix Children’s subspecialties were highlighted for their quality of care and reputation among pediatricians nationwide:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Eighty-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation among pediatric specialists.

“It’s very gratifying to be listed among the best children’s hospitals across the country,” said Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children’s. “I offer sincere congratulations to the entire staff and physicians at the Hospital for their role in achieving this milestone. We’re honored U.S. News & World Report has recognized our outstanding team again this year.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

“Every Best Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.

Randy McGrane, Ensemble managing director, delivers prizes to Phoenix Children’s Hospital patients during Medical BINGO last week. Ensemble donated $52,000 to the hospital.

Ensemble donation helps bring smiles to children

Phoenix Children’s Hospital recently received a donation that is bringing entertainment options and more smiles to patients of all ages. A $52,000 donation from Ensemble Real Estate Solutions, a Phoenix-based full-service healthcare real estate firm, provided an update to the Hospital’s CATV network. This upgrade allows for high definition content being delivered directly to the patient rooms, including 12 new channels being broadcast to children’s rooms in the Hospital’s new tower. It’s also enabling Child Life to broadcast live television from the Child Life Zone studio, directly into sick kids’ rooms and waiting areas.

With video games, movies, arts and crafts and air hockey, the Child Life Zone is a place where patients go to hang out and just be kids. Now, with help from Ensemble, the Child Life Zone has an even greater reach, as patients who can’t leave their rooms can still be part of the fun and excitement by watching high definition TV in their rooms. This technology helps keep patients distracted with fun activities while going through the healing process.

As of April 16, the Child Life Zone is now “live” with interactive games and concerts. On the go-live date, CCTV Medical BINGO was broadcast live for the first time from the Zone to patients in the playrooms and in their hospital rooms. If a patient in their room wins at Medical BINGO, a Child Life Specialist will bring a prize to the patient’s room. Ensemble managing director, Randy McGrane, was on hand to deliver prizes during Medical BINGO last week.

“Ensemble has been a valued business partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital for many years, while also being a generous supporter of the hospital through many philanthropic donations,” said Steve Schnall, the Hospital’s Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “We are so thankful to Ensemble for their ongoing support and are grateful for their generosity.”

The recent donation was a direct result of unused contingency funds set aside for Ensemble’s development of the Phoenix Children’s Southwest Valley Center, a specialty and urgent care center, completed last year. The $14.7 million Avondale clinic features 27 patient rooms, two treatment rooms, X-Ray, ultrasound, three infusion bays and on-site lab services.

“We’re proud of our work with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the 35,355 square feet developed on their behalf for the Phoenix Children’s Southwest Valley Center. This particular donation was rewarding because it embodied Ensemble’s philosophy of working together. The entire Southwest Center development team worked together to bring the project in under budget because they knew excess funds would go to PCH and we all love this Hospital. Today, to see the tangible impact is particularly gratifying. It’s bringing joy and smiles to patients and their families,” said McGrane. “Seeing the kids’ faces as they play Medical BINGO and watch high definition TV is a rewarding investment for sure!”

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CBRE Completes Sale of Scottsdale Road Plaza

BRE has negotiated the sale of Scottsdale Road Plaza in Scottsdale. The net leasable of 14,073 SF square-foot mixed-use building is located at 4253 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Steve Julius, Jesse Goldsmith and Traci Russell of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, SCOTTSDALE 4253 LLC of Phoenix, in the transaction. The buyer was Dallas-based RSFM 4253 LLC.

Built in 1961, Scottsdale Road Plaza is conveniently located in Old Town Scottsdale within walking distance to restaurants, Fashion Square Mall and numerous galleries and other entertainment destinations. The prominent commercial building was 51% leased at time of sale. A US Bank branch is housed on the first floor and the 7,237 square-foot second floor is currently fully vacant and available for leasing.


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Cassidy Turley Completes Sale for Desert Creek at Las Sendas

Cassidy Turley completed the sale of Phase I (±15-acres) of a 23-acre site within the Las Sendas master-planned community to Ryland Homes. Total consideration for the full 23-acre site is $5,000,000. Sale price for the Phase 1 property was $3,325,000 ($219,864 per acre). Desert Creek at Las Sendas is located in Mesa near the Loop 202 and McDowell Roads. Brent Moser, Mike Sutton and Brooks Griffith with Cassidy Turley’s Land Group represented the seller, Talon Properties (Chris Arnold) during the transaction.

Ryland plans to build Desert Creek at Las Sendas in two phases. Phase 1, the 15-acres purchased, is planned for 102 detached lots. Ryland will close on Phase 2, 7-acres, in early 2014 with plans for an additional 43 lots. Desert Creek at Las Sendas will feature homes that range from 1,600 to 2,400 square feet with average sale price of $275,000.

The seller, Talon Properties, has been involved with Las Sendas since the late 1990’s and has worked extensively with the City of Mesa on development plans for the community including residential, commercial and hotel facilities. Development plans for the property include a new IASIS Medical Center which will open in late 2014. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., IASIS Healthcare is a leading provider of high quality, affordable healthcare services in urban and suburban markets in Arizona and Utah.

Cassidy Turley is marketing an additional ±19-acres for Talon Properties at Las Sendas. The property includes ±10-acres zoned C-2 and ±9-acres zoned PEP, City of Mesa.

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PetSmart CEO joins Phoenix Children’s Hospital Board

David Lenhardt, President and CEO of Pet Smart has joined the Board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Lenhardt was appointed President and Chief Operating officer of PetSmart in January 2012.

He joined the company in October 2000 as Senior Vice President of Services, Strategic Planning and Business Development and was named Senior Vice President of Store Operations and Services in February 2007. In February 2009 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Store Operations and Human Resources. Lenhardt  became executive vice president of Store Operations, Human Resources and Information Systems in January 2011.

From 1996 to 2000, Lenhardt was with Bain & Company, Inc where he led consulting teams for retail, technology and e-commerce clients. Prior to that, he worked in the corporate finance and Latin American groups of Merrill Lynch &  Co., Inc.’s investment banking division.

Lenhardt graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1991. He earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth in 1996.

“Phoenix Children’s is extremely fortunate to have a person of David’s caliber serving on our Board”, said Bob Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “We welcome his talent, creativity and years of dedicated experience to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”

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Clean Air Cab Brings New Charity to Arizona Streets

Many Phoenix-area consumers can now go green as well as give to charity simply by calling a cab.

Clean Air Cab, based in Mesa, has partnered with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to donate $1 of every fare from their charity cab. This vehicle is uniquely wrapped in a Phoenix Children’s theme for the charity.

Clean Air Cab provides eco-friendly transportation. With Arizona’s first carbon-neutral taxicab, Clean Air Cab is cutting down on emissions and giving consumers more miles per gallon. For those looking for a way to be green and charitable, Clean Air Cab is a great way to do so.

The PCH Foundation is the second charity cab that Clean Air Cab has brought to the streets of Arizona.Phoenix Children's Hospital Cab, Clean Air Cab, LLC

“We believe in giving back to the community by creating unique partnerships with Susan G. Komen and, most recently, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Steve Lopez, founder of Clean Air Cab. “It’s a great way to help local and national organizations in a clean, eco-friendly way.”

The PCH car isn’t just a temporary charity either. Just like their Susan G. Komen cabs, Clean Air Cab is offering them indefinitely to anyone in need of a ride. Their service extends to Flagstaff and Yuma as well, so more than just the Phoenix area can help.

If you want to contribute to the charity, there are a few things to keep in mind.Clean Air Cab, LLC

“You have to request the cab in order for your ride to benefit the hospital,” Lopez said. “If you would like to pay a donation towards that charity, Clean Air Cab is going to have a charity page on our website in the next couple of months that will collect donations even if you are not riding in one of our charity vehicles.”

For more information, visit www.cleanaircab.com or www.phoenixchildrens.com.