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Honoring excellence in corporate counsel

Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in today’s new economy.
Az Business magazine is recognizing the important and vital role that in-house counsel plays in the success of a business with the Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards (ACC Awards). The 30 finalists and winners were honored Thursday, January 16 during a ceremony and dinner at the Ritz Carlton Phoenix. Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order:

Melissa M. Buhrig
Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary
Western Refining
Since 2005, Buhrig has served as a founding member of the Western Refining legal department. Her responsibilities include corporate governance, compliance, and securities matters for the company. Prior to joining Western Refining, Buhrig was a shareholder in Barfield Law, a Miami, Florida-based boutique firm representing commercial insurers and business leaders in corporate and litigation matters. Before that, she was a founding member of the satellite litigation department in the Naples, Florida office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cirsi, a national law firm.

Carolann Bullock
Human resources legal attorney
Intel Corporation
Bullock joined Intel in Chandlers as an HR legal attorney in 2010 following an extremely successful career in private practice. Bullock joined Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite in 1995 and was elected a shareholder in the firm just four years later. When she departed for Intel and the new challenge of an in-house legal role, she was chair of the firm’s well-respected Labor & Employment Practice Group. While in private practice, Bullock’s practice was devoted to counseling and defending employers faced with claims of sexual harassment, disability, gender, age, race, wrongful discharge and employment-related tort and contract claims.

Lawrence Cuculic
Vice president and general counsel
Best Western International, Inc.
Cuculic manages the legal department for Best Western, the largest hotel chain in the world, in a manner that is efficient, effective, and respectful. Cuculic is also actively involved in managing strategic direction, providing guidance on corporate legal issues, board and board committee matters and managing relationships with external counsel. Since his arrival at Best Western, Cuculic has been thrust into various complex litigation, including IP and antitrust class action matters. Through his guidance, Cuculic spearheaded legal victories for Best Western that resulted in a complete mitigation of damages.

Bob Desmond
Chief intellectual property counsel
Honeywell International, Inc. – Aerospace
Desmond is the chief IP counsel for Honeywell Aerospace, a $12 billion business unit of Honeywell International Inc. which has more than 7,000 employees in Arizona. Honeywell Aerospace’s Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, summarized Desmond’s contributions to Honeywell Aerospace as follows: “Bob has developed a world-class intellectual property process within Honeywell Aerospace. He has not only refined and improved our intellectual property portfolio, but also created a sustainable process for refreshing its contents and ensuring the true business value of the IP is being properly realized. He has set the standard for Honeywell and the broader aerospace industry.”

Ruth Franklin
Corporate contracts counsel
ON Semiconductor
Franklin leads an international team of six member,s including both lawyers and contract professionals who are charged with negotiating semiconductor manufacturing sales agreements with customers throughout the world. These negotiations can span many months and typically involve describing every aspect of the manufacturing and supply processes within ON Semiconductor. Franklin is fond of saying that this is a job she is passionate about because it uses all the various areas of expertise that she has built up over her career: detailed lawyering, strategic planning and tactical negotiations.

GoDaddy in-house legal department
GoDaddy
GoDaddy’s legal team is led by General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Nima Kelly. GoDaddy’s 13-lawyer legal team counsels this rapidly-growing Internet company as it accomplishes its mission of empowering its customers to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. GoDaddy currently serves more than 12 million paying customers worldwide with 4,300 employees working in 21 states and eight countries. Under Ms. Kelly’s leadership, GoDaddy’s legal department has been re-engineered to efficiently deliver high-quality legal advice at the pace needed to keep up with its business partners. Divided into Intellectual Property, M&A/International, Litigation/Employment, Agreements and Internet Policy functions, its lawyers work as a cohesive team and are encouraged to “roll up their sleeves,” become intimately involved with their clients’ day-to-day activities and help them accomplish their business goals. Issues range from the serious (patent litigation and international expansion) to the sublime (the Super Bowl ads and talent agreements with Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg and Ke$ha for the annual blowout Holiday Parties). The team also works to develop effective and responsible Internet policy for GoDaddy and the global online community.

Jill Harrison
In-house counsel
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
Harrison has served as one of the corporate counsel at Gore for nearly nine years. She leads the medical device manufacturer’s product liability litigation and counseling practice globally. For much of her tenure at Gore, Harrison also led strategic counseling and litigation in the area of non-competes and trade for Gore’s Medical Products Division and provided extensive employment law counseling and litigation management for sales associates in the division. Harrison also assumed a significant leadership role in developing and implementing an innovative integration program for new legal team members to effectively facilitate their participation in the company’s global legal team.

John T. Jozwick
Senior vice president and general counsel
Rider Levett Bucknall
Rider Levett Bucknall hired Jozwick by contract in 2002 for a temporary assignment analyzing claims made by subcontractors in a major wastewater treatment plant project. As word spread with clients about his expertise in analyzing construction disputes, forensic claims, and construction defects, Jozwick was offered a full-time role. Under his direction, the company’s claims department grew from one temporary contractor to five full-time employees. Jozwick also played a major role in developing advisory services into a significantly profitable service. Today, the advisory service line offers clients risk analysis, claims analysis, dispute resolution, expert witness and dispute avoidance services.

Alan Kelly, Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network’s legal team
Senior vice president and general counsel
Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network
Kelly has been an in-house lawyer at Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network for the past nine years. By creating an efficient and modern legal department, Kelly has been able to provide advice to everyone from executives to operational employees. His continued innovation led him to improve the SLHN Risk Management Department so that it can effectively manage all of the complex risk that a $1 billion company is faced with. Kelly’s strong leadership is as highly valued as his skills as an innovator. Johnathan Wallach, one of Kelly’s employees, said, “Alan has been a true mentor who actively promotes initiative in all people who work for him.”

Margaret Koppen
Deputy general counsel
Standard Microsystems Corporation
Koppen is Standard Microsystems’ main transactional attorney. Kim Van Amburg, senior vice president and general counsel at Casino Del Sol Resort, said that during her 10 years at the company, Koppen has been able to hone a “specific expertise in negotiating terms of sale agreements with her employer’s customers,” some of which are the world’s largest semiconductor companies. Koppen has been instrumental in “increasing efficiency, production, and accountability without increasing the size of the legal department.” Her contributions to the company have helped double the company’s revenue. She teaches the University of Arizona College of Law’s first-ever contract drafting course, which she developed.

David Koval
Vice president and general counsel
Kitchell
Koval went to Kitchell in 2004 as an employee for one of the company’s subsidiaries, Kitchell Contractors. In this role, he brought credibility to the company through refining legal processes, streamlining and creating uniformity in subcontractor relationships and evaluating the company’s risk. His results earned the respect of everyone at Kitchell and he was eventually tapped by CEI Jim Swanson to oversee all legal activities for the 60-year-old company. Kitchell’s interests include real estate development, commercial construction, program and construction management and air conditioning wholesale supplies.

Erin Lewin
Senior vice president and general counsel
Avnet, Inc.
Lewin leads Avnet’s 98-member global legal department and provides advice and guidance to the company’s business leaders. “Erin has demonstrated her ability to effectively guide a global team that deals with a complex, multinational legal environment while serving as a leader who fosters collaboration and employee engagement for her team,” said Avnet CEO Rick Hamada. In 2013, Lewin’s team oversaw the legal aspects of 12 acquisitions with a combined deal value of $367 million and combined revenue value of $1.2 billion, as well as the divestiture of two subsidiaries.

Kelly LoCascio
Chief compliance office and executive vice president
Angel MedFlight
LoCascio has been with Angel MedFlight, a worldwide air ambulance company, since 2008. In 2008, LoCascio was named one of the top 50 pro bono attorneys in Arizona and stays involved in the community by volunteering for the American Cancer Society, FreshStart and HomeBase Youth Services. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Executive Women’s Golf Association. In addition to practicing law and volunteering, LoCascio was crowned Ms. Arizona Woman in 2007. This competition is part of the Arizona United States Pageants. She also ecompetes in triathlons.

Michael Mason
Senior counsel, labor and employment
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Mason is a strategic partner helping his internal clients solve legal problems in a changing industry. Mason transitioned two years ago as a shareholder at a large national firm, Greenberg Traurig, to a role with Pinnacle West. Mason often works to build consensus with various teams to reduce the threat of litigation. He challenges external counsel to be creative but cognizant of the costs of litigation. Mason served as the young lawyer representative to the State Bar Board of Governors for several years and currently sits on the Executive Council for the Labor and Employment Section for the Arizona State Bar.

L. Richards McMillan
Senior vice president and general counsel
Freeport McMoRan
McMillan has been senior vice president and general counsel of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. since October 31, 2007. McMillan served as senior corporate and securities law attorney of FCX since 1995. The Tulane University Law School graduate joined FCX after a 30-year career with the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, L.L.P., where he served as partner. McMillan served as head of Jones Walker’s corporate and securities section and also served as a member and chairman of the Jones Walker’s Executive Committee.

David Mulvihill
Vice president and general counsel
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
Mulvihill is general counsel of the Make-A-Wish, a national nonprofit organization with 74 chapters that grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A substantial portion of Mulvihill’s time is spent protecting the Make-A-Wish name and trademarks from infringement by sound-alike organizations and others. In connection with these efforts, he has worked closely with various state charity officials, as well as with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Mulvihill was a partner in a firm in Pittsburgh, where his practice focused on commercial litigation.

Carmen L. Neuberger
Senior vice president and general counsel
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
A hospital that is a part of the ever evolving health care environment “requires a knowledgeable talented and dedicated general counsel,” said Debra Stevens, director of marketing and communications for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Neurberger not only possesses the knowledge and talent Stevens speaks of, but she essentially developed the hospital’s entire legal department. During this process, Neurberger was able to create a program which allows the hospital to manage and control its own risk. She is also credited with developing and implementing a code of ethics, and improving the relationship between the legal and human resources departments.

Daniel Oseran
Privacy counsel
eBay
Oseran has worked in the information technology and legal fields for more than a decade, ensuring legal compliance, designing network infrastrcuture and managing large project teams. He also enforced information technology laws on behalf of the 5th largest District Attorney’s office in the country, and prosecuted the first state level case of Internet anti-piracy in the United States. Oseran advises business units on developing privacy-protective products, campaigns, websites and other programs. He also manage internal tools to report compliance and communicate policies. Before moving to eBay, Oseran led Paypal’s innovation and continuous improvement of the IT control framework, including the integration of multiple compliance requirements.

John M. Pons
Executive vice president and general counsel
Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Pons has been instrumental in guiding the legal department at Cole in supporting the company’s overall mission in the acquisition, management and disposition of real property. The company has seen tremendous growth, listed on the NYSE and has lined itself up for a merger/acquisition that is poised to make it one of the 15 largest REITs in the United States. Pons’ demeanor and guidance has helped make Cole’s legal department high-functioning, highly collaborative and highly-engaged. Before attending law school, Pons was a captain in the United States Air Force where he served from 1988 until 1992.

Deanna Pickering
General counsel
Lumension Security, Inc.
As the sole in-house lawyer, Pickering manages legal issues across the globe and is often called upon to do the day-to-day legal work, such as customer contract review, that helps the organization save money on outside lawyers. But as the general counsel for a software company with operations in North America and Europe and a sales force throughout the world, Pickering has to help the organization move forward with strategic initiative and work with other executives to manage risk, solve legal issues, and support and direct outside lawyers in a competitive and rapidly changing business environment.

Daniel J. Quigley
General counsel
Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise
Quigley began his representation of the Tohono O’odham Nation with respect to its gaming operations in 1995. However, it was in 2003 that the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise created its own in-house legal department and hired Quigley as its first general counsel. Quigley has faithfully represented the Nation’s gaming interests through a time when it has experienced exponential growth. Among his more noteworthy triumphs are the successful campaign for the 2002 Indian Gaming Initiative (passed by Arizona voters in 2002) and subsequent Gaming Compact negotiations with the State of Arizona.

Darrell Sherman
Vice president, general counsel, secretary
Taylor Morrison
Sherman joined Taylor Morrison as vice president and general counsel in June 2009 and helped the home builder launch a successful IPO in 2013. He is responsible for the company’s legal affairs including transactions, governance, litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Sherman was general counsel at Centex for four years in the Southwest and Mountain States Regions and associate general counsel at Del Webb/Pulte for five years. Prior to joining the homebuilding industry, he was a finance and real estate attorney at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in its Phoenix office.

James Silhasek
Executive vice president and general counsel
Discount Tire
Silhasek manages the legal and real estate departments and is specifically involved in all real estate acquisitions, matters of taxation and complex business litigation. Silhasek began his association with Discount Tire in 1980, while in private practice, and joined the company in 1988. During his association with Discount Tire, it has grown to become the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer with more than 870 locations in 28 states. Silhasek received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University Law School and a Master’s of Law in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.
Legal department
The natural and organic grocery chain hired its first in-house counsel, Brandon Lombardi, in January 2012 and he set about assembling an in-house legal department that could provide the needed legal services with the quality, acumen, and responsiveness that he and his fast-paced client demanded. Sprouts’ recent success, including the IPO which was shepherded from commencement to completion by Lombardi and his team, serves as a model for how to aggressively yet responsibly build a business. That success could not have been achieved without Sprouts’ legal department. That this 10-person team did not exist two years ago makes their accomplishments even more impressive.

Karen Stein, IO’s legal department
General counsel
IO
Stein oversees all legal and risk management functions of the company. She holds a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Emory University, an MBA from Loyola University with a concentration in finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has practiced law since 1994, focusing on business transactions, licensing, and intellectual property. Before joining IO, Stein practiced at the Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta and served as the Assistant general counsel for the PGA Tour for 10 years.

Matthew Stockslage
Vice president and associate general counsel
Dignity Health
Stockslage is the senior legal leader for Dignity Health’s Arizona and Nevada service areas, which includes six hospitals — including the world-renowned Barrow Neurological Institute — and more than 40 affiliated outpatient sites. As one of three regional legal leaders reporting to Dignity’s general counsel, Stockslage supervises a staff of 11 and is the lead attorney for joint venture transactions and relationships across the Dignity system. He has helped implement a restructuring of the Dignity legal department, its work flows, reporting relationships and client accountabilities to facilitate Dignity’s implementation of healthcare reforms and to accommodate its growth strategy to become a national healthcare provider.

Randall S. Theisen
Executive vice president, general counsel, assistant secretary
Western Alliance Bancorporation
Theisen has served as general counsel of Western Alliance Bancorporation and its three bank affiliates includes Alliance Bank of Arizona, BankWest of Nevada and Torrey Pines Bank since February 2006. Theisen joined WAL from Squire Sanders & Dempsey and has more than 20 years of legal experience representing financial institutions in banking, corporate and financial services law. He was named a “Leading Lawyer 2006” and “Best of the Bar 2005.” He serves on the Business Law Committee and Consumer Financial Services Committee for the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Arizona Bankers Association.

Michael Walker
Senior associate counsel, labor and employment/litigation
Insight Enterprises, Inc
Walker is the sole litigator and labor and employment lawyer for Insight in the United States and Canada. Insight is a Fortune 500 company that provides hardware, software and related services to business and government agencies. Walker is “stunningly successful” at preventing, resolving, and promptly defending claims that go through litigation in labor and employment, commercial matters and in actions brought by government agencies according to Mark Rogers, association general counsel for Insight. Walker has also been able to reduce spending on several categories of work. “Above all, (he) is a practical problem solver and has excellent business judgment,” Rogers said.

Stuart Zigun
Assistant general counsel
Emerson Network Power
Colleagues say Zigun in the kind of attorney every business wishes it had. Zigun has an exceptional depth of understanding of his clients’ business and products and is intimately familiar with the company’s strategy and direction. In more than 30 years as an in-house counsel, Zigun has never had an agreement he worked on be litigated. This is a testament to his ability to successfully resolve disputes. Zigun, who earned an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Cornell and his law degree from Boston University, has represented large public companies that include Raytheon, Motorola and Emerson.

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180 Phoenix Children’s Hospital Physicians honored

180 physicians from Phoenix Children’s Hospital appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2014, officials from Phoenix Children’s Hospital announced. Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

Best Doctors has earned a sterling, worldwide reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input. The List is a product of validated peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession.

In bringing together the best medical minds in the world, Best Doctors works with expert physicians from its Best Doctors in America® List to help its 30 million members worldwide get the right diagnosis and right treatment.

The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 45,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in over 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.

The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America® database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment. Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s group of experts listed in the database includes world-class specialists in Oncology, Neurology, Orthopedics, and Neonatology.

Phoenix Children's opens pediatric rehabilitation center

Phoenix Children’s Hospital announces the opening of the new Frances H. McClelland Pediatric Rehabilitation Center. The 15,451 square foot  Inpatient and Pediatric Outpatient Center opened in mid-January. All Pediatric Rehabilitation outpatient appointments will be held in the new Center located in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital East Building.

The Center is the only pediatric rehabilitation program in Arizona just for children. For more than 15 years, the Hospital’s expert team of pediatric trained physicians, nurses, and therapists has provided comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to allow children to achieve their optimal level of independence. This team, along with the family, develops a treatment plan and goals for each patient based on the child’s specific injury, illness, or disability.

The new Center is under the leadership of Dr. Ewa Brandys, who is board certified in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine as well as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Brandys says, “The best part of my job is to see children empowered with independence and able to move, communicate and take care of themselves even after the most devastating illness. Technology and a helping hand can do wonders to improve quality of life.”

The Phoenix Children’s rehabilitation program has always been dedicated to offering comprehensive, multidisciplinary care that helps children achieve their optimal level of independence. Now, there is dedicated space and high tech improvements to match the expertise of the staff.

The new center has many improved features including:

  • A large open patient gym with rubberized flooring
  • Private treatment rooms
  • Wii system
  • RT600 and RT300 integrated therapy systems
  • Sensory integration swing
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Kitchen space for intensive feeding program
  • Dedicated sensory therapy room
  • Certified hand specialist
  • Dedicated Child Life and social work team members
  • Community re-entry program

When inpatient care is needed, the Center also has a dedicated inpatient therapy gym and 12 private inpatient rooms, complete with large bathrooms, roll-in showers, and sleeper sofas for parents.

Formerly, outpatient rehab was located in the Ambulatory Building and inpatient rehab took place in the East Building Rehab Center or at the bedside. The program as a whole encompasses multiple programs and clinics including: inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation physical therapy, feeding therapy, speech and language therapy, sports medicine therapy, occupational therapy, and audiology

In each program, the care team identifies problems in infants, children, and adolescents and works with patients and their families to develop an individualized plan to maximize recovery and build/rebuild their abilities following medical treatment for: Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, neuromuscular injury, NICU follow–up, broken bones, amputation, burns, developmental delays, feeding issues, respirator/cardiac arrest and brain tumors.

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Thomas Joins Phoenix Children’s Hospital as VP

Mark Thomas has joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital as Vice President of Employee Relations. In this position, Thomas is responsible for all aspects of employee relations and leadership development, with a focus on enhancing employee relations, culture and communications.

Thomas joins Phoenix Children’s Hospital from Reading Health System in Pennsylvania, where he was the Vice President of Human Resources for a $900 million integrated healthcare system. Prior to this, Thomas served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He has also held senior leadership positions with Regional West Health Services, Alegent Health, Franciscan Health System and Tulsa Regional Medical Center.

Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Rockhurst University and earned a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa. His areas of expertise include employee relations, talent management, change execution, leadership and workforce planning.

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TGen-Barrow-PCH study brain injuries

In an effort to lower medical costs, identify patients at risk for injury, and speed patient recovery, scientists will attempt to identify a molecular signal that indicates severity of brain-injury during a $4 million, five-year federal grant to Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

The molecular profile — comprised of RNA, the body’s relay messenger between DNA and protein — could help identify which patients are most at risk for vasospasm after hemorrhagic stroke.  Hemorrhagic stroke can occur as:

•    Subarachnoid hemorrhage, or the bleeding into the area between the brain and a thin membrane that covers it.
•    Ruptured brain aneurysm, which is an abnormal bulge or ballooning in the wall of an artery within the brain.

By identifying this RNA molecular marker, a new standard of individualized care could be established, enabling medical teams to respond more rapidly to quickly changing health conditions, and allowing earlier intervention to prevent a secondary injury from occurring.

“We hope this study will lead to less injury, less testing and cost, and shorter stays in the hospital,” said Dr. Yashar Kalani, M.D. and Ph.D., a resident physician in Neurological Surgery and assistant professor at the Barrow Neurological Institute and one of the study’s principal investigators. Additional investigators at Barrow include Drs. Robert Spetzler, Peter Nakaji, Felipe Albuquerque and Cameron McDougall.

Vasospasms are characterized by bleeding in the brain that causes irritation and nearby blood vessels to spasm and narrow. This decreases blood flow to the brain, which can result in damage or even death to parts of the brain.

Only about half of patients with brain-aneurysm ruptures survive, and those who do survive often are severely disabled for life. In the 10 days following such ruptures, blood vessels can narrow, leading to loss of oxygen, strokes and brain damage.

“If we knew what is happening during this period, we might be able to intervene and prevent the secondary injury,” Dr. Kalani said.

Barrow will provide patient care and collect blood and spinal fluid samples that will be analyzed by TGen. A recent TGen study showed spinal fluid could be sequenced for RNA biomarkers. Samples will be checked daily to compare and identify changes.

Another part of the study will be conducted at Barrow’s partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where researchers will investigate the effects of intraventricular hemorrhage — another form of bleeding in the brain — in newborn babies. Intraventricular hemorrhage in newborns occurs secondary to diminished blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain. Intraventricular hemorrhage is associated with the development of hydrocephalus and damage to the brain that can result in cerebral palsy or other types of motor and cognitive delays.

“This study will get us one step closer to learning what is unique in pediatric stroke so we can provide the best quality care and improve the long term outcomes for these children,” said Dr. P. David Adelson, one of the principal investigators of the study at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“In addition, as this study progresses, we want to know how to identify children at risk, and how they differ from adults with similar conditions, this will not only help us to be more accurate at providing current treatments but to develop new ones.” said Dr. Jorge Arango, an investigator affiliated with Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

In the study of both adults and children, TGen researchers will use state-of-the-art sequencing — to analyze RNA transcripts, searching for biomarkers that could identify at-risk patients.

RNAs are cell molecules made from DNA that help create proteins.

“There has been an explosion over the last several years in our understanding of the functional and regulatory mechanisms modulated by RNA” said Dr. Kendall Van Keuren-Jensen, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in TGen’s Neurogenomics Division and also a principal investigator in the study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“We are very excited about the potential for extracellular RNAs to provide us with accessible information about the mechanism of disease, and in doing so, provide us with pre-symptomatic markers of disease,” said Dr. Matt Huentelman, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in TGen’s Neurogenomics Division and also a principal investigator on the project. “In the best-case scenario, these markers can be coupled with an improved clinical management of the disease, too. In a nutshell, that is what we are exploring under this new grant award.”

This type of study is now possible because of continuing improvements in optics and computer speed that enables TGen’s cutting-edge technology to sequence at ever-faster rates and at ever-lower costs. While it took 13 years and $2.7 billion to spell out the first human genome, such sequencing can now be done in a matter of days and for less than $5,000.

Additional partners in the study include: University of California, San Francisco; and Stanford University.

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PCH Helps Families Understand ACA

Families considering their health care coverage options have a new resource from the experts in pediatric care.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has created a webinar to help parents understand how the Affordable Care Act impacts their health care coverage and what to look for in both private insurance as well as the new marketplace exchanges.

Whether families are already familiar with health care reform or they need an introduction to the basics, Phoenix Children’s Hospital wants to help Arizonans better understand this complex law and what it means to them and their child¹s health care coverage, especially if their family is a frequent user of pediatric specialty care.

“With the changing environment in health care, resulting from the implementation of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, we want to provide our patient families with information on those changes and guidance on making health insurance purchases in the future,” said Laura Handy-Oldham, MHA, Director of Patient Access for Phoenix Children’s and presenter of this webinar. She shares a wealth of information for patient families, helping them to make an educated decision to provide them with the best health care option for their family.

The webinar is free and available online at www.phoenixchildrens.org and click on the Health Care Reform box.

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All Systems Go: The Benefits of Integrated Building Systems

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Phoenix Children’s Hospital is among the buildings adopting automated integration of mechanical systems, including the above-pictured water pipes.

If the main air handling unit at Phoenix Children’s Hospital suddenly fails, another equally powerful chiller kicks in within seconds.
Simultaneously, the medical complex’s high-tech control system sends an alarm to the 24-hour-monitored security panel and an alert to a facility technician’s hand-held device — essentially a text messaged work order to fix the downed system ASAP.
While a hospital has unique issues — among them, immobile patients and pricey medical equipment with critical temperature limits — linking building maintenance operations to each other and to the human beings who can fix them is an escalating trend within all commercial real estate sectors.
Chris Hernandez, president of Phoenix-based Hernandez Cos., which has been providing general contracting and maintenance services for office and industrial properties for 37 years, said 75 percent of his customers have some level of automation that integrates the mechanical systems.
“We see it with HVAC, electrical systems, plumbing,” he said. “Everything we do has a technology component. It’s a natural progression.”
Far from a burden to those who have to install, repair and/or maintain those mechanical systems, the real-time problem detection, auto shutdown of expensive equipment if the temperature exceeds safe operating ranges, and  immediate notification to a building engineer, are a boon to all parties involved, Hernandez said.
Even if it means getting a late-night gig.
“If you have an (HVAC) problem at 7 p.m., you can get somebody working on it and have it fixed by 8 a.m. when people get to work,” he said. “A building is a living, breathing place. It’s telling us when it needs attention.”
Property managers are on board, too.
At Gaedeke Group’s 2800 Tower, “You can turn up the heat from your smartphone while you are sitting at a concert,” said Laura Crosby, property manager for the 21-story Class-A office building in downtown Phoenix.
That’s a tenant perk, she said, but if the heat spikes because of a problem with the core cooling system, chief engineer Rod Harmon’s cell phone gets buzzed.
Harmon can check, via Wi-Fi, any of the building’s 400 heat pumps, diagnose the problem, press a virtual reset button and/or turn a faulty unit on or off.
“It’s the direction everything is headed,” he said.
All PCH’s critical building operations are integrated through technology that provides multiple levels of redundancy and ensures patient and employee safety and satisfaction aren’t compromised, said Farid Melki, facility management director.
If there is a fire detected anywhere on the 34-acre campus, for example, the system alerts the fire department, shuts down elevators, activates fire doors, and blasts notifications to impacted areas, the hospital safety officer, security, facilities technicians and hospital administrators.
PCH’s upgraded programmable building integration framework was installed three years ago when the hospital underwent a major expansion.
The payback was immediate, Melki said, in such quantifiable terms as energy savings, extending equipment life, keeping warranties valid, and eliminating the cost of redoing a procedure — say, if an MRI had to be shut down mid-scan because the room temperature topped 70 degrees.
Add to that unquantifiable measures such as keeping patients cool and comfy and a “crisis” invisible to all except those who need to resolve it, he said.
One category of commercial real estate contractors has watched job responsibilities expand with automation and integration, said Anderson Security CEO Kim Matich.
Since security may be an office or industrial property’s only 24/7 operation, it is often the primary recipient of building system alarms.
In the last decade, security operations have become more sophisticated to accommodate the trend, Matich said, and security personnel job descriptions have expanded to include making minor repairs to late-night malfunctions.
At the Galleria Corporate Centre in Scottsdale, for example, security as well as the on-call engineer get text alerts for building maintenance problems.
The problems can range from a wet sensor tripped to an exterior door opened to a chiller shutdown, Matich said.
The Anderson Security officer at Galleria is charged with making stop-gap measures, communicating with the on-call engineer, and, if requested by the engineer, taking instructions to fix the problem.

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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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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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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