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RE/MAX Campaign Benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital

RE/MAX Affiliates in Arizona have been supporting Phoenix Children’s Hospital for over 23 years and have raised over $2 million dollars for the hospital. Now, through the Snap. Share. Support Campaign, they have once again partnered with Phoenix Children’s to help raise even more money for their patients and families.

To kick off the campaign, the RE/MAX hot air balloon pilot stopped by the Child Life Zone at Phoenix Children’s Hospital to talk to the kids about the science of hot air balloons. The pilot taught them how the hot air balloons are made, what makes them fly and how to get them back down once they are high up in the sky.

“Over the past four years, RE/MAX Affiliates in the greater Phoenix area have donated more than $247,000 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, through Children’s Miracle Network” said Mike Reagan, RE/MAX Senior Vice President. “It’s truly humbling to see the dedication our Associates have shown toward making a difference in their community and to support such a wonderful organization. We’re proud to be associated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and to support its valuable mission of helping sick and injured children.”

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SRP Donates $50,000 Toward Ronald McDonald House

Salt River Project has approved a $50,000 donation toward construction of a new Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.  The new House will be the first in the East Valley and the third in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The new 12,600 square foot Ronald McDonald House will be located in a renovated former residential facility adjacent to the hospital.  The House will include 16 bedrooms, kitchen, common area, indoor dining room, two outdoor dining areas, work spaces and an outdoor play area.

The two operating Ronald McDonald Houses are located at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. and on the campus of Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“For more than 100 years, water and power have been essential to SRP’s mission of building a strong Arizona. Equally important is our commitment to improving the communities where we work and live,” said SRP President David Rousseau.  “We are proud to support Banner’s Cardon Children’s Hospital, which provides the East Valley and Arizona with access to quality pediatric care, as well as the Ronald McDonald House Charities as it provides vital services and comfort to families in times of great stress and crisis.”

The joint fundraising effort between Ronald McDonald House Charities and Banner Health Foundation has so far raised $1.22 million toward the $2.1 million goal and is expected to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter this year.

“Salt River Project is an important partner for the Ronald McDonald House in our effort to serve the East Valley, and we are incredibly grateful for this generous contribution to help meet our fund-raising goal,” said RMHC Executive Director Nancy Roach.

In 2012, more than 1,850 families stayed at the two Ronald McDonald Houses in Phoenix, nearly 90 percent from Arizona but also from 23 states and 11 countries.  The average length of stay was 15 days.

The new House will be the first serving the East Valley.  Families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses must live outside a 30-mile radius from the nearest House.

No one is ever turned away for not being able to pay the $15 nightly fee asked of families whose children are undergoing medical care in the Valley.

The cost for housing a family for one night is $51.  In 2012, only 12% of families staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix were able to pay all or part of the fee.  Community donations and contributions help cover the difference between the daily cost and the fee the House asks for those who can afford to pay.

For information about making a donation to the Ronald McDonald House capital campaign, contact Jerry Diaz, Director of Development, (602) 798-5092 or jdiaz@rmhcphoenix.com.  For more information about Ronald McDonald Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.

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Mariano transitions from White House to children’s health

Although she doesn’t, Dr. Connie Mariano could boast about her title as the first Filipino American in history to receive the rank of Navy Rear Admiral. However, when she reflects on her past, this “first” may not seem quite as significant as another first: “the first patient.” This is how Dr. Mariano, former White House physician, referred to her most important patient: the president of the United States.

Mariano served for nine years as the White House physician under President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush.

Mariano recently published a captivating book about her experiences at the White House. The memoir, titled “The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents,” is written in such a way that you feel as if you’re sitting down with Mariano herself, listening to stories about her years caring for the most important patients of her medical career.

Since 2001, Mariano has lived and served people here in the Valley. After four years working as a consultant in the Executive Health Care Program at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Mariano established the Center for Executive Medicine, a medical concierge practice for CEOs and their families. Framed pictures of Mariano being sworn in as Rear Admiral and posing with Presidents and other world leaders adorn the walls of her medical office, furnished to resemble the West Wing of the White House.

While Mariano has spent her life in innovative service to others, she’s not finished yet. Recently, Mariano was nominated and chosen to sit on the board of directors for Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Ever since Mariano’s younger sister came close to death at the age of 3 after accidentally ingesting poisonous liquid, Mariano, who played a vital role in saving her sister’s life, has recognized the importance of quality pediatric care.

Now, a mother of two and a stepmother of two, Mariano continues to see the need for excellent pediatric medicine and as a physician who cares for adults, oftent sees the dangerous effects of unhealthy choices that could have been prevented in childhood.

“As a parent, I can definitely see the importance of (pediatric care),” said Mariano. “But also as a physician who believes in preventative medicine, I think if you can give good care in the pediatrics world, get (children) started with good prevention of disease and good health habits, as well as educate the parents, you’ll have a healthier population.”

When discussing what excited her about the board position with PCH, Mariano said, “The most significant thing was to be part of a great team of people who are really going to make a difference in childcare here in the Valley.”

Mariano looks forward to acting as a liaison between Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the federal government and using the connections she has in Washington to contribute to the growing institution.

“There’s a reason I’m in this position in my life,” Mariano said. “The best thing to do about it is to touch lives.”

With every life she encounters, Mariano asks, “How can I help that life be better?” As a board member for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mariano will be able to contribute to the betterment of thousands of young lives.

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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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Ryan Rapp & Underwood Donate Day’s Pay to PCH

Ryan Rapp & Underwood employees are celebrating Labor Day with a donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Calling it a “Holiday for the Kids,” the firm is closing at noon on Friday, August 30th, and paying employees their regular pay for the remaining 4 hours of the day.  Employees have the opportunity to donate this pay to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the attorneys will match each donation.  Every employee and attorney will have a chance to be personally involved in raising funds for this worthy cause, and the donations will assist families who cannot afford to pay for treatment and help fund research.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, encourage full firm participation and offer our hardworking employees some additional time off,” says partner, John Ryan.

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Ryan Rapp & Underwood Donate Day's Pay to PCH

Ryan Rapp & Underwood employees are celebrating Labor Day with a donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Calling it a “Holiday for the Kids,” the firm is closing at noon on Friday, August 30th, and paying employees their regular pay for the remaining 4 hours of the day.  Employees have the opportunity to donate this pay to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and the attorneys will match each donation.  Every employee and attorney will have a chance to be personally involved in raising funds for this worthy cause, and the donations will assist families who cannot afford to pay for treatment and help fund research.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to raise funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, encourage full firm participation and offer our hardworking employees some additional time off,” says partner, John Ryan.

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AZ Restaurant Week Partners with Phoenix Children’s

Eat. Drink. Give.

This fall’s Arizona Restaurant Week gets a little sweeter as diners will have the chance to celebrate and honor Phoenix Children’s Hospital throughout their 30th birthday month! During Fall Arizona Restaurant Week hungry Arizonans can text a donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital at the end of each meal during this popular week celebrating Arizona’s rich food scene September 21-29. Diners can text “PCH30″ To 50555 and specify their donation amount or visit HappyBirthdayPCH.com for more information. Donations are being accepted via text or website immediately.

“Phoenix Children’s Hospital is thrilled to be celebrating our 30th birthday with Arizona Restaurant Association and being a part of Restaurant Week,” said Steve Schnall, the hospital’s senior vice president and chief development officer. “We’re honored to have gifted so many birthdays to our patients over the years – many of which I’m sure have been celebrated at the very eateries that will be participating.”

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week will offer diners a choice of over 200 restaurants to sample and taste during the 10 day event. Currently, over 30 restaurants have uploaded menus to www.arizonarestaurantweek.com, timed perfectly to announce the partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital in celebration of 30 years saving children’s lives.

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AZ Restaurant Week Partners with Phoenix Children's

Eat. Drink. Give.

This fall’s Arizona Restaurant Week gets a little sweeter as diners will have the chance to celebrate and honor Phoenix Children’s Hospital throughout their 30th birthday month! During Fall Arizona Restaurant Week hungry Arizonans can text a donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital at the end of each meal during this popular week celebrating Arizona’s rich food scene September 21-29. Diners can text “PCH30″ To 50555 and specify their donation amount or visit HappyBirthdayPCH.com for more information. Donations are being accepted via text or website immediately.

“Phoenix Children’s Hospital is thrilled to be celebrating our 30th birthday with Arizona Restaurant Association and being a part of Restaurant Week,” said Steve Schnall, the hospital’s senior vice president and chief development officer. “We’re honored to have gifted so many birthdays to our patients over the years – many of which I’m sure have been celebrated at the very eateries that will be participating.”

Fall Arizona Restaurant Week will offer diners a choice of over 200 restaurants to sample and taste during the 10 day event. Currently, over 30 restaurants have uploaded menus to www.arizonarestaurantweek.com, timed perfectly to announce the partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital in celebration of 30 years saving children’s lives.

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Phoenix Children’s get $1M Grant to Fund Cancer Research

Phoenix Children’s Hospital was selected to receive a $1 million, two-year grant to study new treatments for childhood cancer by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.

This grant is part of the Pathway Directed Treatment for Refractory AML Consortium, a group of institutions across the country committed to finding ways to better treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML). If AML does not respond to chemotherapy after relapse, chances for survival are low, leading to poorer survival rates than other forms of childhood cancer.

The team, led by Dr. Robert Arceci, medical director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s, has identified important changes in AML that can be exploited to develop more effective and less toxic treatments using new types of drugs. The consortium focuses on the pathways that are needed for leukemia survival and developing pathway-directed clinical trials to improve outcomes for this group of patients with no other treatment options.

“Our hope is to change the manner in which treatments are used and tested so that they target the complex changes that are responsible for driving the leukemia,” Dr. Arceci explains. “We will apply a computer-based learning approach to improve our understanding of why some forms of leukemia respond to treatments and others do not, thus leading to a continuous improvement of our ability to more effectively treat patients.”

Dr. Arceci also serves as co-director of the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a collaboration with Translational Genomics Institute and University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix dedicated to unlocking genetic codes and developing drug therapies in real time to improve the outcome for thousands of young patients diagnosed with cancer.

“These grants are one step toward filling the critical gap that exists between the research dollars spent per child with cancer and those spent per adult,” says Kathleen Ruddy, chief executive officer of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which has committed a total of $22 million to cancer research this summer alone. “When one considers the total landscape of available funding from government, industry and philanthropy, it is apparent children are being left behind. Great progress has been made in treatments for many types of cancers that plague adults, but the same level of progress has been made in only a few forms of cancer in children. That needs to change.”

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PCH gets $5K CVS Community Grant

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has received a $5,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant. The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to helping people on the path to better health by creating greater access to health care and health education for at-risk and underserved populations.

The support from CVS Caremark will help Phoenix Children’s Hospital provide nutrition education to at-risk children and families that will help fight obesity and encourage healthier eating and lifestyles. Through nutrition education, the Hospital works to prevent children from becoming patients and suffering from the results of unhealthy lifestyles and the health-related consequences of obesity.

The Cardiometabolic Risk Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Program at Phoenix Children’s is Arizona’s only multidisciplinary program committed to preventing and medically managing premature, obesity-related health problems in children. Through the CARE Clinic, children and adolescents receive comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and medical management for premature cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, or other obesity-related medical conditions. To improve patient outcomes, CARE conducts research and projects to advance prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment of obesity-related disease among children.

“The incidence in obesity has tripled since 1980. Unfortunately, Arizona has experienced the largest state-wide increase within the last ten years at 45 percent,” said Dr. Donald McClellan, Division Chief of Endocrinology at Phoenix Children’s. “Obese children are more likely to grow up to be obese adults, which can lead to lifelong health problems. The CVS Caremark grant will greatly impact our ability to reach these families and make a tremendous difference in their health and lives.”

The program also provides medical management and follow up services that are used to evaluate the program’s success, including Body Mass Index measurements, blood pressure, and other risk factors for chronic disease.

Phoenix Children’s was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2013 application process.  Grants were awarded to organizations that support CVS Caremark’s commitment to enhance the health and well-being for at-risk and underserved populations by offering quality health and rehabilitation services and health education. The goal of the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program is to provide relief for both adults and children who lack medical insurance and help ensure they receive the proper medical care they need.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health and supporting organizations that reduce barriers and increase access to quality health care services to at-risk and underserved populations,” said Hanley Wheeler, senior vice president, WEST operations. “We are proud to support the work that Phoenix Children’s Hospital does in the community and we look forward to working with them in fulfilling their program’s mission.”

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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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PCH staff packs 25 into Toyota Sienna

Valley Toyota Dealers donated a second employee transport van to Phoenix Children’s – giving the Hospital the ability to shuttle staff to and from various satellite locations around metropolitan Phoenix.

To celebrate, the hospital hosted a Load-a-Toyota event outside the main patient tower to see how many doctors, nurses, and other staff members could be stuffed inside the vehicle. Patients were hand to guess how many they believe will fit inside – with the one coming closest winning a prize.

The staff was able to stuff 25 employees into the Toyota Sienna that was given to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to use as a transport van, courtesy of Valley Toyota Dealers. This van will give the hospital the means to shuttle staff to and from satellite locations across metropolitan Phoenix. None of the patients guessed the exact number of people, but two of the patients guessed 20, so they each won a prize for being closest to the exact number.

Valley Toyota Dealers have been valuable partners of Phoenix Children’s since 2004, contributing more than $700,000 in support of the Hospital’s water safety and drowning impact awareness program. In addition, the donations of both Toyota Sienna vans totaled more than $40,000 each.

“We are honored to support this Hospital that touches so many lives, including those of our own employees,” said John O’Malley, Board President of the Valley Toyota Dealers. “The importance of what they do not just inside the hospital walls, but outside of them too – reaching out to the community with programs like Water Watchers – is critical and something we’re proud to have been a part of for nearly a decade now.”

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Phoenix Children's Hospital Ranked in Five Specialties

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, the only Arizona hospital to make the highly coveted list.

Best Children’s Hospitals recognizes the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Across the country, 87 hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.

The following Phoenix Children’s subspecialties made the highly coveted list:
* Cardiology and Heart Surgery
* Neonatology
* Nephrology
* Neurology and Neurosurgery
* Urology

“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 delighted 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 offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Each hospital’s reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of each hospital’s score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“Phoenix Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Phoenix Children’s brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

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 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ranked in Five Specialties

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, the only Arizona hospital to make the highly coveted list.

Best Children’s Hospitals recognizes the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Across the country, 87 hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.

The following Phoenix Children’s subspecialties made the highly coveted list:
* Cardiology and Heart Surgery
* Neonatology
* Nephrology
* Neurology and Neurosurgery
* Urology

“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 delighted 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 offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Each hospital’s reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of each hospital’s score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“Phoenix Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Phoenix Children’s brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

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 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.

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Larry H. Miller Dealerships Announce Acquisitions

Larry H. Miller Dealerships Announces

Avondale Store Acquisitions

Three additions further solidify group’s commitment

to Valley community.

PHOENIX (April 1, 2013)- Larry H. Miller Dealerships has announced the acquisition of three Avondale stores: Avondale Chrysler, Jeep; Avondale Dodge, Ram; and Avondale Fiat, bringing the group’s commitment to providing increased options to customers in the Greater Phoenix Area to nine locations. The acquisition is by far the largest in the company’s history, further affirming the group’s dedication to the Arizona market and its communities.

“Larry H. Miller Dealerships has been an active member of this community for more than 30 years,” said Dean Fitzpatrick, president. “In addition to providing our guests with options to suit various price points and style, we are also committed to giving back to the community by assisting local nonprofit organizations. The addition of these dealership locations will expand our footprint in the Avondale area and allow us to provide even more support.”

The dealerships were purchased from two partners; John Grant and Doug Moreland.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships opened its first Valley location, Larry H. Miller Toyota Peoria, in 1980. The automotive group added a Dodge dealership to the site in 1995 and Hyundai in 2000. Larry H. Miller Volkswagen was opened in 2004 in Avondale, and its Nissan dealership was opened in Scottsdale in 2006, and then moved to Mesa in 2008. As well, the group opened a brand new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership in Surprise in late 2012.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships will retain the existing employees of the three newly-acquired dealerships bringing the total number of Arizona-based personnel to more than 1,000. These employees are located throughout the state with nine stores in the Valley and an additional four that were also acquired from Moreland and Grant in Tucson.

“An important part of the purchase value of these dealerships is the employees,” stated Fitzpatrick. “We are impressed with the corporate culture at these stores and the high-caliber, experienced people who work there. We feel that they will be a great fit for our organization.”

John Grant added, “It is always a difficult decision to make when selling our dealerships to a new group.  It is important to both me and Doug that we select a company that values its customers and employees. Our decision was made easier knowing how Larry H. Miller Dealerships conducts business and the benefits they offer their workers.”

Outside of the latest acquisition, Larry H. Miller Dealerships currently operates six stores in the Phoenix market; three of which are part of a $30 million West Valley reconstruction project. The Larry H. Miller Toyota, Hyundai and Dodge Ram stores on Bell Road in Peoria are anticipated for completion in summer 2013.

Larry H. Miller Dealerships has a strong legacy of giving back to communities where they do business. Through its charitable foundation, Larry H. Miller Charities, approximately $500,000 has been donated to nearly 150 qualified nonprofit organizations throughout the greater Phoenix area. Beneficiaries include the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, The Maricopa Pediatric Foundation, Special Olympics Arizona, the Peoria School District Foundation and Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona.

With these new acquisitions, Larry H. Miller Dealerships will remain 10th on the Automotive News list of top 125 dealership groups in the country, now operating 19 different automotive brands at 55 locations in seven Western states.  The company is privately owned by the Larry H. and Gail Miller family.

For more information about Larry H. Miller dealerships, visit www.lhmauto.com.

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Celebrity Fight Night Brings Stars to the Valley for a Night of Giving Back

Celebrity Fight Night brought high-profile names to the Valley on Saturday in support of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) and Movement Disorder Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute.

Held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, stars and guests rallied around raising money for life-changing causes with Muhammad Ali as the guest of honor.

Red carpet names for the 2013 event included Reba McEntire, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Mario Lopez and Evander Holyfield, among others, with Jennifer Lopez as this year’s featured performer.

Before the night began, stars posed on the red carpet, mingled and signed some of the event’s auction items. Guests were able to bid on a dinner with Reba McEntire at her home in Beverly Hills, VIP concert tickets for Paul McCartney, dinner in Italy with Andrea Bocelli and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Celebrity Fight Night has raised over $80 million in its last 18 years. In addition to MAPC, other benefiting organizations for the 2013 event included: Andrea Bocelli Foundation, Barrow Neurological Foundation, David Foster Foundation, First Things First Foundation, Jenesse Center, Muhammad Ali Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theatre, Salvation Army, Solid Rock Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Texoma Health Foundation.

**POST-EVENT UPDATE**

The 2013 Celebrity Fight Night raised a total of $7.2 million, bringing the 19-year total to $87 million. The night’s highlights included performances by Steve Martin, Billy Ray Cyrus, Haley Reinhart, Rita Wilson, Tate Stevens, Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez, with Reba McEntire as emcee. The auctioned dinner with Reba McEntire and special guests Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and David Foster went to two bidders paying a total of $800,000.

Photos by Lillian Reid

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PCH opening Down Syndrome Clinic

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will announce the opening of Arizona’s first and only Down Syndrome Clinic at a press conference that will be held at the hospital between noon and 1 pm on Thursday, March 21. Patients, families and physicians will be available for interviews. A light lunch will be served.

Last year, 160 babies were born in Arizona with Down syndrome and more than 900 children with Down syndrome have been treated at Phoenix Children’s Hospital during one 5-year period. The new clinic will provide services in a clinic present on site three times a month, half day clinics. Specialties include: Developmental pediatrics, Genetics, PT, OT, Speech and a clinical coordinator.

Because of the complexity of the syndrome, other specialties could also be involved in the child’s care.  Some of the virtual team members will include: Cardiology, Hem/Onc, GI/Nutrition, Dental, Psychology, Ophthalmology, ENT, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Sleep Lab, Pulmonology, Immunology/Allergy, Neurology, Endocrinology and Psychiatry.

“The goal of the clinic is to provide multi-disciplinary evaluations and interventions for children with Down Syndrome from birth to 18 years within one center, so families spend less time pursuing services through multiple agencies and professionals; we want to become a one-stop-shop for families in Arizona,” said Dr. Robin Blitz, MD, FAAP, Director, Developmental Pediatrics, Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

 

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Local Restaurant Gives Back to PCH

America’s Taco Shop is dedicating a day to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with their 2nd annual Carne for a Cause event. On March 23, 20 percent of all proceeds from each purchase at all six Valley locations will be donated to this special initiative.

“Carne for a Cause is a rewarding fundraising effort we have decided to make into an annual event,” says Terry Bortin, co-founder of America’s Taco Shop with his wife America Corrales-Bortin. “Phoenix Children’s Hospital provides needed care to so many children in our community. It is our honor to give back to the programs and individuals who make it all happen.”

Carne for a Cause started last year after Bortin’s two daughters wanted to give back to the children in the hospital after passing the colorful building every day. “Something struck a chord with them and they approached me about doing something to help,” says Bortin.

Carne for a Cause will take place at all six Valley locations:

2041 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85006

4447 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

735 E. University Drive
Tempe, Arizona 85281

7001 East First Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

9261 E. Via de Ventura #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

5000 Arizona Mills Circle
Tempe, AZ 85282

Started in 2008 by the Bortins, America’s Taco Shop specializes in authentic carne asada and al pastor, which is used in their tacos, burritos, tortas and more. America’s Taco Shop has been dubbed “the home of the greatest carne asada” through many accolades in the Phoenix market including 20 Favorite Places for Tacos, 2011 Five Favorite Mexican Restaurants, Best Phoenix Mexican Food, Top 10 Mexican Restaurants, Best Sandwiches, Best New Restaurants, 2009 Best BBQ, Best Carne Asada, and more.

Visit www.americastacoshop.com for more information and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americastacoshop. For franchising opportunities, call 855-55-CARNE (855-552-2763).

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NATIONAL ACTS SCHEDULED FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL BENEFITING LOCAL CHARITIES

The 10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) is scheduled to take place at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, March 22 – March 24. The 14-band, main stage lineup includes The Roots, The Shins, Umphrey’s McGee and Duo de Twang, among others.

McDowell Mountain Music Festival

Umphrey McGee/Photo by Chad Smith

MMMF is Arizona’s only non-profit music festival, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to local, family-based charities. This year, the festival has chosen to support UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy Charity.

Although MMMF has traditionally been held in Scottsdale, this year it will move to downtown Phoenix. “ We’re looking forward to creating a relationship with the City of Phoenix and all that it has to offer, especially downtown,” said John Largay, the festival’s founder.

The three-day event will feature an Artist’s Marketplace, Kids Zone, Drum Circle and several performances from local bands on the Local Stage.

General admission and VIP tickets for this year’s event are available online at MMMF.com.

MMMF

National Acts Scheduled for the 10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival Benefiting Local Charities

The 10th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF) is scheduled to take place at the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, March 22 – March 24. The 14-band, main stage lineup includes The Roots, The Shins, Umphrey’s McGee and Duo de Twang, among others.

MMMF Logo2MMMF is Arizona’s only non-profit music festival, donating 100 percent of the proceeds to local, family-based charities. This year, the festival has chosen to support UMOM New Day Centers, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Ear Candy Charity.

Although MMMF has traditionally been held in Scottsdale, this year it will move to downtown Phoenix. “ We’re looking forward to creating a relationship with the City of Phoenix and all that it has to offer, especially downtown,” said John Largay, the festival’s founder.

The three-day event will feature an Artist’s Marketplace, Kids Zone, Drum Circle and several performances from local bands on the Local Stage.

General admission and VIP tickets for this year’s event are available online at MMMF.com.

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Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Celebrates 10 Years, Hosts Upscale Birthday Party Charity Event

Best known best for its award-winning, coal-fired oven-baked pizza, calzones, fresh salads and delicious deserts, Arizona-based Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is celebrating 10 years of flourishing business in the Valley. Despite the recession, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has experienced a continuing double-digit growth with no sign of stopping.

Grimaldi’s has experienced a 33 percent increase in 2011 and 21 percent increase in 2012.  Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has seven locations throughout Arizona and 22 more throughout the U.S. With no sign of slowing down, it’s continuing its growing trend into 2013 with the opening of six new locations in Colorado, California, Missouri, Texas and Florida. To accommodate its new locations, Grimaldi’s is planning to hire 500 more people, bringing the total employee count to more than 2,500. In a time when jobs are crucial to the economy, the pizzeria is not only maintaining a steady growth of its own business, but also attributing to the economy with jobs to the workforce.

Grimaldi’s goal to provide the finest meals, customer service and warm atmosphere has attributed to its growth.

“In challenging times, customers are looking for quality and consistency and that is what Grimaldi’s Pizzeria continues to provide; our philosophy has always been to serve the finest ingredients and maintain great customer service,” said Joe Ciolli, president and CEO of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. “This has paid off tremendously, and whether Grimaldi’s is located in Arizona, California or Texas, customers are guaranteed a delicious meal and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.”

The pizzeria is not only an Arizona favorite, with seven locations (two in Chandler, one in Gilbert, three in Scottsdale and one in Peoria and Tucson), but it also consistently wins Zagat’s best pizza year after year.

In celebration of “10 years in the Valley,” on February 24, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria will celebrate with an upscale birthday party event benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) at its Old Town Scottsdale location. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will go to PCH. At the event, guests will enjoy a meal of their choice for $50, and local celebrities will be serving guests, a World Champion dough-thrower will be present as well as a Frank Sinatra impersonator — in addition to other exciting birthday surprises.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will also declare February 24 as “Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Day.”

To purchase tickets or for more information about Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, please visit grimaldispizzeria.com or call (480) 994-1100.    

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
“Celebration of 10 Years in the Valley” Birthday Party

When: Sunday, February 24, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Old Town Scottsdale
4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: (480) 994-1100
Online: grimaldispizzeria.com

 

Nursing Shortage Still Plagues Arizona’s Health Care Industry

Web can be a blessing and a curse for health advice

Admit it. You’ve had an ache or pain or a sniffle or stiffness and Googled your symptoms to figure out what was wrong. We’ve all done it.

While WebMD may be the quickest way to find and answer, it may not be the healthiest.
“The danger is that many different diseases have similar symptoms and it is difficult for a person without medical training to distinguish between possible causes,” says Dr. Jim Dearing, chief medical officer for John C. Lincoln’s Physician Network. “This becomes more dangerous if the patient decides to self-medicate instead of consulting a physician, because they could easily be treating the wrong thing – and their treatment may make the real cause of their symptoms worse.”

According to a 2011 Pew study, 80 percent of Internet users look for health information online, making medical inquiries the third most popular use of the Web, trailing only email and search engine use. And a recent survey of 1,000 people found that almost one-quarter of 1,000 people surveyed have misdiagnosed and treated themselves wrongly thanks to the information they found online.

“With the abundance of information available on the Internet, sorting fact from fiction can be difficult,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Dirlam, medical director of Samaritan Academic Faculty Practices at Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. “Information on the web may be inaccurate, incomplete, outdated or biased by commercial interests. Misinformation or applying accurate information inappropriately may result in needless worry or false reassurance, causing delay of treatment.”

Some of that needless worry has created a condition called “cyberchondria,” which is fear and preoccupation with medical concerns caused by health research online.

Virginia Kwan, a psychologist at Arizona State University, examined how symptoms presented online can influence people’s reactions to possible medical conditions
“The way gamblers say they have a ‘hot hand,’ cyberchondriacs believe they have ‘hot symptoms,’” Kwan says. “If they hit the first two in a list, they believe they must have the third one as well.”

While issues of misdiagnosis and cyberchondria can result from overzealous online medical research, doctors agree that there is a constructive place for Internet research in healthcare.

“The Internet provides a wealth of information for parents interested in their child’s medical care,” says Dr. Robb Muhm Jr. of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “The amount of information can be overwhelming at times. The biggest danger for parents is choosing the incorrect information from among all the available information on the Internet.  This is an area where the pediatrician can be very helpful. We can help the parents make the right decision for their child based on experience, research, and the most current information.”
Dr. Sanford Silverman of Scottsdale’s Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders and Center for Peak Performance points out that the Internet can be a useful tool to create a common ground to start a diagnostic and treatment discussion with a medical professional.

“The more informed the patient is, the easier it is to communicate with them,” he says. “In this respect, prospective patients can learn from pertinent Internet sites and then share their thoughts and findings with the doctor. I have worked with many patients who were diagnosed with anxiety and or depression. By using the Internet to research this diagnosis, they found links to Attention Deficit Disorder, which they then believed was a more accurate diagnosis.  They scheduled an appointment to investigate if they have this disorder.  In the majority of my cases, they were accurate and ADD was a contributing or major part of their difficulties.  The Internet helped steer them to appropriate authorities.”

ADVICE FROM EXPERTS

Valley doctors offer insight for those people who have a medical issue or question and are considering turning to the Internet for answers:

Dr. Mary Ellen Dirlam, Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center: Patients searching the internet need to verify the identity and credentials of the online source. Reputable sources include their healthcare provider as well as the Medical Library Association internet site. This website offers an excellent article, “A user’s guide to finding and evaluating health information on the web” as well as a list of good sources for information.

Dr. Robb Muhm Jr., Phoenix Children’s Hospital: We should all be critical media consumers. We always need to be mindful of where the information is coming from.  The American Academy of Pediatrics website (aap.org) is a good starting point. The AAP has another parent-specific website dedicated to providing accurate, current information on a wide variety of topics: healthychildren.org.  When I have a question, I start with these two websites.

Dr. Penny Krich, EVDI Medical Imaging: A patient should be wary of anecdotal medical information often found on the Internet. Each patient’s medical history is different. It should be taken into account that a similar symptom for one person may have very different implications for someone else with a different underlying medical problem.

Jelden Arcilla, chief nursing officer, St. Luke’s Medical Center:  The best sites to visit and reference for individual and basic education on health and medical conditions are non-profit, government and academic web sites.  These are sites are generally unbiased with no individual disclosure or conflicts and have the most updated, evidence-based research to support its information and recommendations.  They also are reputable web sites to provide you referrals to nearest health care provider who can further address your concerns.

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital, TGen create Molecular Medicine Institute

Phoenix Children’s Hospital announced the creation of the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine Tuesday, in a joint venture with The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and The University of Arizona’s College of Medicine.

The three organizations are joining forces with the hopes of unlocking genetic codes in child, adolescent and young adult cancer patients and develop drug therapies in real time to improve the outcome and treatment in these young demographics.

“Our goal is to bring genomics to the forefront of pediatrics,” said Robert L. Meyer, Phoenix Children’s president and CEO. “Research and development of novel treatments for pediatric diseases has fallen short over past decades.”

The reason why the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine is focusing on young patients is because there have been hardly any new therapies introduced to this population in the past two decades. The new institute hopes that clinical studies on children will lead to a better understanding of specific differences between children and adults, which will hopefully lead to the development of safer, more effective and more age-appropriate drug treatments that can be provided in a faster amount of time.

“A challenge with existing molecular medicine programs is the amount of time it takes to develop a new drug or treatment,” Meyer said. “Our collaboration with TGen and University of Arizona opens the doors to making a portfolio of drugs and compounds available immediately.”

The institute will also focus their clinical studies based on underlying genetic and molecular functions of different pediatric cancers, rather than specifically on tumor type. Furthermore, physicians will then create various treatment plans specifically for each patient treated based on the drug therapy that will attack and correct the malfunctioning genes.

With the start of the new institute, a special team of physician scientists will be brought on board to help start out the genomic profiling: Dr. Timothy Triche, a pediatric pathologist and former director of the Center for Personalized Medicine at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles; Dr. Robert Arceci, a pediatric oncologist from Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff, a medical oncologist at TGen.

“We are trying to figure out a way to have children get appropriate drugs,” said Dr. Robert Arceci. “We all want to know what causes diseases and how we can treat them and I think it takes a special team of people to do this and it takes a lot of unselfish commitment.”

A founding member from whom the institute gets its name, Ronald A. Matricaria, a member of the board of directors for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, is excited and hopeful for what the new institute is capable of doing in the world of pediatric care.

“Based on my knowledge of the institute and many years of working in the medical field, I’m confident that we can chart a new course for addressing the unique needs of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” Matricaria said. “We could have a huge impact on children’s live and what could be better than that.