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Brigadier General Scott L. Pleus, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing Air Education and Training Command at Luke Air Force Base was keynote speaker at the graduation for the inaugural class of Scottsdale Healthcare’s U.S. Air Force Critical Care and Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship.

Air Force nurses complete inaugural trauma fellowship

Three Air Force nurses became the first graduating class of the Scottsdale Healthcare-U.S. Air Force Critical Care & Emergency Trauma Nursing Fellowship at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center on Aug. 7.

The 12-month program includes five weeks of in-depth classroom education followed by hands-on learning with preceptors in the specialty care units and Level I Trauma Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. Air Force nursing fellows also complete rotations for experience in areas such as burn ICU, pediatric ICU and prehospital care at affiliated sites.

The inaugural Fellowship class graduates were Capt. Patrick Nugent of Sparta, Wis., Capt. Weston Winn of Knoxville, Tenn. and 1st Lt. Katrina Chu of New York, New York. Major Susie Everly, whose experience ranges from multiple deployments as an aeromedical evacuation nurse to serving as the Senior White House Nurse, is director of the Fellowship.

Based in the Military Training Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Fellowship is the only one of its kind in a civilian hospital, and one of only two Air Force Nursing Fellowship programs in the U.S.

Brigadier General Scott L. Pleus Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona Unit was keynote speaker. He commended the graduates and the program for providing needed skills to care for injured military personnel in the field worldwide.

“By the end of the fellowship, these nurses emerge as experienced critical care and emergency trauma nurses with the education, clinical skills and confidence to care for the highest acuity patients,” said Jerry Zabokrtsky, director of Corporate & Community Preparedness for Scottsdale Healthcare.

Contributing more than $1 million annually to the Scottsdale economy, the Scottsdale Healthcare Military Partnership provides military medical personnel with training, education and the clinical experience needed to perform successfully in combat and humanitarian missions while building relationships that can be used in potential disaster response situations. To date, more than 2,100 service members have been trained.

Scottsdale Healthcare is an affiliate of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, and includes Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other services. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

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Scottsdale Healthcare Shea in ‘100 Great Hospitals’

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center was recently named one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by healthcare industry trade publication Becker’s Hospital Review.

With its selection of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, the editorial team from Becker’s noted several positives including surgical expertise, patient safety, education and research capabilities.

Editors also highlighted the hospital’s orthopedic programs and involvement in drug development research through the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute, which led to new treatments for advanced pancreatic cancer and basal cell carcinoma being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center is one of the economic anchors of the city of Scottsdale’s Cure Corridor along Shea Blvd. near Loop 101. The 433-bed medical center is designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“This recognition is for the dedicated team of physicians, staff, volunteers and leaders who provide the care, support, research and resources that make honors like this possible,” said Gary Baker, chief executive officer of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. “We do not go about our work seeking these recognitions; it is truly a byproduct of the wonderful team that provides care in this community.”

To develop its list, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated reputable hospital resources such as Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, American Nurses Credentialing Center, The LeapFrog Group and other resources.

“Defining a hospital today, let alone a great hospital, has become an unusual sort of challenge. A hospital is no longer just a facility where people go to have a baby or undergo surgery. It’s become an organization that coordinates care for the masses and ensures patients stay healthy in the future,” editors noted in announcing the 2014 “100 Great Hospitals in America” list.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, each of listed institutions has a rich history, strong credentials and a growing focus on how to best care for patients in an era of reform. “These organizations have played home to some of the greatest medical advancements in U.S. healthcare history, and they are also the bastions of their respective communities — serving the roles of academic hubs or local mainstays,” said Becker’s editors.

Scottsdale Healthcare is an affiliate of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, and includes Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers and the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

From left: Dr. Mark Slater, Chris Suppes, Barb Swift, Elyse Newton and Dr. Daniel Von Hoff.

Mirabel donates $260K for cancer research

Mirabel recently completed its Sixth Annual Hope for the Cause Charity Classic and presented Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute with a check for $260,000. The two week-long series of events included a 5k, men’s and women’s golf tournaments, a ladies’ tennis match, and bridge. The event began with a panel of Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute physicians who shared their most recent advances. The closing event was a reception with a live and silent auction. In the past six years, Hope for the Cause has donated more than $930,000 to benefit the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, Scottsdale Healthcare.

The donated funds are dedicated to supporting patients in the Cancer Clinical Trials program. These trials are the first steps for receiving drug approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

The event also represents a significant commitment both in time and resources from the Mirabel membership, staff, friends and community.It reflects the overall dedication of the Mirabel community to help those in need.

In honor of their tremendous support throughout the years, the Patient Treatment/Infusion Suite at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare was dedicated and officially named The Mirabel Clinical Trials Infusion Suite. The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare opened in 2001 as the first major cancer center in greater Phoenix, offering comprehensive cancer care and research through Phase I clinical trials, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support services in collaboration with leading researchers and community oncologists.

Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center Clinical Trials at Scottsdale Healthcare is known worldwide for its expertise in studying new treatments for pancreatic cancer. It is a co-lead site with Dr. Von Hoff as the principal investigator for Stand Up to Cancer’s Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team comprised of scientists working to develop new treatments for pancreatic cancer. An affiliate of the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, is designated by the Association of Community Cancer Centers as a Community Resource Center for Pancreatic Cancer and holds Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Firestone and Kelly McCullough, general manager of KAET Channel 8, Arizona’s PBS, with their Emmy Awards for The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery.

Emmy Award goes to Scottsdale Healthcare surgeon

Scottsdale Healthcare orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Firestone received a Rocky Mountain  Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery, produced in collaboration with KAET Channel 8, Arizona’s PBS. The one-hour feature won the award for best informational program at the awards ceremony held at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Oct. 19.

The Latest Procedure took viewers into the operating room at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center for a firsthand look at minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. Dr. Firestone, director of Hip Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, discussed the procedure in detail including the differences and benefits.

The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery can be viewed online at AZPBS.org and Dr. Firestone’s website TJRCS.com. The program follows Dr. Firestone as he meets with patients, explains the surgical hardware and offers a tour of the operating room at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea  Medical Center.

Viewers not only scrub in with Dr. Firestone, they get a surgeon’s-eye view of the operation through a mini-cam strapped to his head while he offers a play-by-play description of the operation.

“In my experience, patients undergoing anterior hip replacement versus the conventional posterior surgery leave the hospital a full day earlier. I’ve also found that they experience less post-op pain and require fewer precautions,” added Dr. Firestone.

Only hours after the surgery, Dr. Firestone meets with his patient as she walks down the hallway in the specially designed Total Joint Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.

“I’ve been performing anterior hip replacement for five years using a special orthopedic table that allows x-rays to be obtained during the procedure, which helps improve the accuracy of component positioning and leg length determination,” explained Dr. Firestone.

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards were presented Oct. 19 by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery was honored in the Informational/Instructional category.

Theodore Firestone, MD, FACS is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement with special emphasis in complex joint reconstruction and revision surgery. He practices exclusively at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

The Total Joint Centers at Scottsdale Healthcare are specially designed hospital units with a complete pre-operative patient education process to post-operative physical therapy and rehabilitation, with dedicated orthopedic nursing and clinical staff working with patients to accelerate the recovery process.

For more information about joint replacement services at Scottsdale Healthcare, visit shc.org/ortho.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, not-for-profit health system which includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and outpatient services. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Firestone and Kelly McCullough, general manager of KAET Channel 8, Arizona’s PBS, with their Emmy Awards for The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery.

Emmy Award goes to Scottsdale Healthcare surgeon

Scottsdale Healthcare orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Firestone received a Rocky Mountain  Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery, produced in collaboration with KAET Channel 8, Arizona’s PBS. The one-hour feature won the award for best informational program at the awards ceremony held at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Oct. 19.

The Latest Procedure took viewers into the operating room at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center for a firsthand look at minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. Dr. Firestone, director of Hip Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, discussed the procedure in detail including the differences and benefits.

The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery can be viewed online at AZPBS.org and Dr. Firestone’s website TJRCS.com. The program follows Dr. Firestone as he meets with patients, explains the surgical hardware and offers a tour of the operating room at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea  Medical Center.

Viewers not only scrub in with Dr. Firestone, they get a surgeon’s-eye view of the operation through a mini-cam strapped to his head while he offers a play-by-play description of the operation.

“In my experience, patients undergoing anterior hip replacement versus the conventional posterior surgery leave the hospital a full day earlier. I’ve also found that they experience less post-op pain and require fewer precautions,” added Dr. Firestone.

Only hours after the surgery, Dr. Firestone meets with his patient as she walks down the hallway in the specially designed Total Joint Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center.

“I’ve been performing anterior hip replacement for five years using a special orthopedic table that allows x-rays to be obtained during the procedure, which helps improve the accuracy of component positioning and leg length determination,” explained Dr. Firestone.

The 2013 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards were presented Oct. 19 by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Latest Procedure: Anterior Total Hip Replacement Surgery was honored in the Informational/Instructional category.

Theodore Firestone, MD, FACS is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement with special emphasis in complex joint reconstruction and revision surgery. He practices exclusively at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

The Total Joint Centers at Scottsdale Healthcare are specially designed hospital units with a complete pre-operative patient education process to post-operative physical therapy and rehabilitation, with dedicated orthopedic nursing and clinical staff working with patients to accelerate the recovery process.

For more information about joint replacement services at Scottsdale Healthcare, visit shc.org/ortho.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, not-for-profit health system which includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and outpatient services. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

Medical Director Mike Janicek, MD, Clinical Manager Sherry Razo and VP/Administrator Kim Post cut the ribbon the dedicate the Women’s Health and Healing Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

Women’s cancer unit dedicated at Thomspon Peak Hospital

Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital dedicated its new Women’s Health and Healing Unit with a ribbon cutting and celebration for staff.

Located on the hospital’s third floor, it provides a comforting environment to support the needs of women receiving treatment for gynecologic cancers including ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.

Nursing staff are specially trained in gynecologic cancers and include a dedicated gynecologic oncology-trained Nurse Practitioner, bringing an added layer of care, comfort and expertise to the upgraded and relocated unit.

The Women’s Health and Healing Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital was specially decorated to create a warm, soothing environment and designed for enhanced communication among the care team.

“In terms of a medical facility, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is very different and unique. It represents a sanctuary,” says Mike Janicek, MD, medical director of the Women’s Health and Healing Unit and gynecologic oncologist on staff at Arizona Oncology.

“Many of these patients are traumatized and going through a physically and emotionally difficult time,” he explains. “This unit helps with their journey. It’s not as much about the bricks and mortar as it is about the staff and the way they treat patients. The nursing staff, the operating room team – everyone here is phenomenal.”

“It not only has the latest in high-tech equipment, but it’s a very relaxing and comforting place as well. For me and my patients, Thompson Peak Hospital really combines the best of both worlds – the small hospital experience with the medical expertise of a larger facility,” adds Janicek.

Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is a leader in minimally invasive surgery – often a major part of the treatment plan in a patient with gynecologic cancer – and is home to the daVinci robotic surgical system, the world’s most technically advanced surgical robot.

And while the state-of-the-art equipment and advanced expertise of the physicians and staff at the hospital are impressive, the calming, patient-friendly atmosphere is also worth noting.

The hospital itself was designed from the patient’s perspective and reflects a new generation of concierge-focused healthcare facilities. Visitors and patients can stroll through the soothing and award-winning healing gardens, shop in the boutique or enjoy works of art created by local artists. Patients can even enjoy a visit from their favorite pet to make them feel more at home and assist in the healing process.

“It truly is the pinnacle of a healing environment. It gives patients such a sense of comfort coming to a place they know and trust,” says Janicek.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, non-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other entities. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

Medical Director Mike Janicek, MD, Clinical Manager Sherry Razo and VP/Administrator Kim Post cut the ribbon the dedicate the Women’s Health and Healing Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital.

Women's cancer unit dedicated at Thomspon Peak Hospital

Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital dedicated its new Women’s Health and Healing Unit with a ribbon cutting and celebration for staff.

Located on the hospital’s third floor, it provides a comforting environment to support the needs of women receiving treatment for gynecologic cancers including ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.

Nursing staff are specially trained in gynecologic cancers and include a dedicated gynecologic oncology-trained Nurse Practitioner, bringing an added layer of care, comfort and expertise to the upgraded and relocated unit.

The Women’s Health and Healing Unit at Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital was specially decorated to create a warm, soothing environment and designed for enhanced communication among the care team.

“In terms of a medical facility, Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is very different and unique. It represents a sanctuary,” says Mike Janicek, MD, medical director of the Women’s Health and Healing Unit and gynecologic oncologist on staff at Arizona Oncology.

“Many of these patients are traumatized and going through a physically and emotionally difficult time,” he explains. “This unit helps with their journey. It’s not as much about the bricks and mortar as it is about the staff and the way they treat patients. The nursing staff, the operating room team – everyone here is phenomenal.”

“It not only has the latest in high-tech equipment, but it’s a very relaxing and comforting place as well. For me and my patients, Thompson Peak Hospital really combines the best of both worlds – the small hospital experience with the medical expertise of a larger facility,” adds Janicek.

Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital is a leader in minimally invasive surgery – often a major part of the treatment plan in a patient with gynecologic cancer – and is home to the daVinci robotic surgical system, the world’s most technically advanced surgical robot.

And while the state-of-the-art equipment and advanced expertise of the physicians and staff at the hospital are impressive, the calming, patient-friendly atmosphere is also worth noting.

The hospital itself was designed from the patient’s perspective and reflects a new generation of concierge-focused healthcare facilities. Visitors and patients can stroll through the soothing and award-winning healing gardens, shop in the boutique or enjoy works of art created by local artists. Patients can even enjoy a visit from their favorite pet to make them feel more at home and assist in the healing process.

“It truly is the pinnacle of a healing environment. It gives patients such a sense of comfort coming to a place they know and trust,” says Janicek.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, non-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other entities. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.shc.org.

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$100,000 grant aids rapid cancer detection program

A one-of-a-kind rapid cancer detection program developed through collaboration between local physicians, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Scottsdale.

The Rapid Detection and Assessment of Response (RADAR) program uses high-tech radiologic imaging and advanced analysis to quickly assess whether a tumor is responding to treatment. RADAR provides physicians with information to make timely decisions about a treatment’s effectiveness and whether an alternate treatment is appropriate, according to Ronald Korn, MD, PhD, medical director of Scottsdale Healthcare’s Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.

“Through RADAR we hope to be able to rapidly detect cancers before they become incurable,” said Dr. Korn. “Once the cancer is detected and treatment has started, we hope to be able to rapidly assess the response rate to the current treatment plan. With this rapid detection, we will be able to change the course of treatment and make sure patients have the right treatment.”

Dr. Korn added that revolutionary methods of advanced imaging and analysis have the potential to detect treatment responses as early as hours after the start of therapy.

“We have entered into a whole new era of treating cancer,” explained Dr. Korn. “Scottsdale Healthcare is one of the few centers in the country, if not the world, that will be developing and using advanced imaging technologies and analysis to deploy its RADAR program. It is just one example of our efforts to lead Arizona in targeted therapies and personalized medicine through the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.”

“The Industrial Development Authority is honored to provide this critical funding to the RADAR program,” said Marc Grayson, president of the IDA Board of Directors. “The IDA believes that the RADAR program will have a positive impact on cancer services for our community and ultimately many patients will benefit from this.”

“The work being doing today through RADAR is paving the way for a new future where physicians will have a better understanding of effective, personalized cancer treatment and offer hope to many patients and families,” said Dr. Korn.

Patients with cancer should consult with their personal physician to determine eligibility for participation in the RADAR program. Additional information is available by contacting a research patient care coordinator at 480-323-1339; toll free at 1-877-273-3713; or via email at clinicaltrials@shc.org.

The Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Scottsdale is committed to expanding economic development and business enterprise for Scottsdale, Arizona by making grants from income raised though the issuance of tax-free bonds for qualified applicants in the fields of education, research, health care, housing, non-profit, manufacturing and others. The primary mission of the IDA is to promote the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses and commercial enterprises in Scottsdale and to expand employment opportunities. The IDA is also committed to supporting projects that impact the social, cultural, environmental and physical needs of the Scottsdale community and therefore improving the quality of life for its citizens.

The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare offers comprehensive cancer diagnosis, treatment, research, prevention and support services in collaboration with leading scientific researchers and community oncologists. The Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute is committed to accelerating breakthrough therapies for treating devastating and debilitating disorders to improve patients’ health and quality of life through working with leading researchers, physicians and clinical teams.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, non-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other entities. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. For more information, visit www.shc.org.