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Banner Thunderbird celebrates 30th anniversary

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a free community health fair/anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 9 on the hospital’s campus, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale.

Banner Thunderbird opened in 1983 as a 150-bed-hospital with a single patient tower, eleven Emergency Room beds and six operating rooms. Today, Banner Thunderbird has four patient towers, 561 beds, an acre-size emergency room with 85 beds and 21 operating rooms.

To celebrate three decades of caring for the community, the public is invited to enjoy free food, entertainment and health screenings at a free community health fair/anniversary celebration at the hospital.

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, AZ, specializes in heart care, surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, emergency care, behavioral health, cancer care and pediatrics including the West Valley’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric Emergency department and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. The hospital is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 24 hospitals in seven states. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com/Thunderbird.

Judy Rich

Judy Rich – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Judy Rich – President and CEO, TMC Healthcare

Rich has held roles in healthcare that range from staff nurse to CEO. Rich joined TMC HealthCare nearly 10 years ago and was COO for Tucson Medical Center until 2006 before she was named president and CEO of the 650-bed nonprofit hospital in 2007.

Surprising fact: “I often come to TMC on the weekends when my daughter is volunteering with Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids, introducing the ranch’s rabbits, chicks and other small animals to TMC’s pediatric patients.”

Biggest challenge: “As CEO, it’s important to zoom in to understand the seemingly minute details of operations, as well as zoom out to see the organization from the 10,000-foot level. Balancing between the two is challenging and takes discipline.”

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2010 Heath Care Leadership Awards

2010 HCLA – Institution or Education

Honoree: Medical Center Maricopa, Integrated Health System, Residency Training Programs Maricopa

Medical Center Maricopa
Integrated Health System
Residency Training Programs

With physician shortages confronting Arizona and other states, Maricopa Medical Center/Maricopa Integrated Health System, the Valley’s leading teaching facility for physicians, is a key player in addressing those shortages.

Maircopa Medical Center, Integrated Health System Residency Training Programs, 2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Grossman, director of academic affairs, the center trains up to 300 physician residents annually. In fact, many hundreds of physicians trained under Grossman’s direction are practicing throughout the United States. With more than 37 years of teaching medical education, Grossman uses that experience to oversee the center’s nine physician residency programs in emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, podiatric medicine & surgery, psychiatry, child psychiatry, radiology and surgery.

Through his guidance, Maricopa Medical Center is ensuring that Arizona will have exceptionally well-trained physicians today and into the future. Grossman has dedicated much of his medical career to training physicians, with a goal of enhancing culturally sensitive patient care, as well as helping new physicians create a patient/physician partnership. In his role as a physician-teacher, Grossman collaborates with several other hospitals across the Valley to assist in evaluating their re-accreditation processes for their resident training programs. In addition, he is a co-investigator of the Arizona Physician Workforce study looking at physician shortages throughout Arizona.

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Finalist:  Cigna Medical Group Chronic Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

Cigna Medical Group Chronic Health Improvement Program (CHIP)

A 14-week curriculum at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) is helping bridge the gap between school and bedside nursing for new graduate registered nurses.

Cigna Medical Group Chronic Health Improvement Program (CHIP), 2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

Cigna Medical Group’s Chronic Health Improvement Program (CHIP) is designed to care for patients with several chronic conditions. Often, patients with multiple chronic conditions are forced to manage through a confusing medical system that includes several specialists, limited time with medical providers, a variety of medications, and complex treatment plans that overlap or are at odds with each other.

The CHIP team offers a holistic approach to the complex problems faced by patients with chronic health conditions. CHIP, which is overseen by Dr. Robert Flores, director of population health management, manages care across more than 200 physicians, specialists, nurses and medical professionals at Cigna Medical Group. It is believed to be the only program of its kind in the state that is wholly owned and operated, and directly links all care coordinators and medical providers through an electronic health record system with 24/7 access to data.

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Graduate Advancement Program in Pediatrics (GAPP)

A 14-week curriculum at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) is helping bridge the gap between school and bedside nursing for new graduate registered nurses. The Graduate Advancement Program in Pediatrics (GAPP), involves classes on pediatric nursing topics, a mentor program and a component in which new graduate registered nurses are paired with experienced PCH nurses for 396 hours of guided clinical experience. Phoenix Children’s Hospital Graduate Advancement Program in Pediatrics (GAPP), 2010 Health Care Leadership Awards

“GAPP encourages new graduate nurses to form bonds with colleagues from around the hospital, share experiences, and support one another,” says Deborah Wesley, PCH’s chief nursing executive and vice president of clinical services. “Our goal at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is to provide consistency and support as nurses make a transition into the role of a pediatric staff nurse.

For nursing graduates, we provide four distinct career tracks: emergency department, general pediatrics, newborn intensive care unit and the pediatric intensive care unit.”

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