Tag Archives: Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network

Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-008
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-008
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-005
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-005
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-006
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-006
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-010
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-010
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-011
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-011
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-009
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-009
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-013
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-013
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-010
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-010
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-014
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-014
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-011
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-011
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-015
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-015
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-012
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-012
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-013
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-013
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-017
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-017
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-014
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-014
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-015
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-015
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-019
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-019
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-020
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-020
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-017
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-017
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-021
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-021
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-018
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-018
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-023
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-023
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-035
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-035
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-024
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-024
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-025
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-025
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-022
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-022
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-027
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-027
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-025
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-025
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-026
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-026
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-029
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-029
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-030
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-030
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-049
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-049
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-031
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-031
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-028
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-028
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-032
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-032
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-034
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-034
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-031
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-031
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-036
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-036
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-033
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-033
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-037
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-037
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-038
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-038
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-039
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-039
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-036
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-036
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-042
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-042
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-016
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-016
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-038
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-038
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-043
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-043
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-044
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-044
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-009
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-009
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-045
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-045
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-046
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-046
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-043
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-043
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-047
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-047
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-047
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-047
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-001
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-001
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-050
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-050
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-002
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-002
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-085
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-085
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-087
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-087
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-088
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-088
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-003
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-003
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-090
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-090
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-091
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-091
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-092
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-092
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-093
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-093
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-051
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-051
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-052
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-052
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-053
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-053
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-054
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-054
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-055
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-055
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-056
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-056
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-057
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-057
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-058
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-058
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-059
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-059
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-060
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-060
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-061
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-061
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-062
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-062
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-063
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-063
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-064
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-064
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-065
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-065
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-066
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-066
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-067
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-067
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-068
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-068
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-069
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-069
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-070
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-070
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-071
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-071
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-072
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-072
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-073
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-073
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-074
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-074
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-075
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-075
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-076
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-076
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-077
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-077
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-004
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-004
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-078
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-078
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-079
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-079
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-080
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-080
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-082
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-082
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-083
azbigmedia_MAC_srp2014-083

BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort.

Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Five companies were recognized with a “spotlight” award for each of the five categories.

CONGRATUALTIONS!

The five spotlight awards winners are:

Customer Opinion: Cresa
cresa-thumb
Quality Leadership: Kitchell
kitchell-thumb
Social Responsibility: Vanguard
vanguard-thumb
Innovation: Laser Spine Institute
lsi-thumb
Workplace Culture: GoDaddy
godaddy-thumb

“This is the most comprehensive and prestigious corporate awards program in Arizona because it recognizes the contributions and impact these ‘most admired companies’ bring to our state,’” says Denise Gredler, co-founder of the Most Admired Companies Program.

“These companies truly exemplify what it means to be a good corporate citizen,” says Cheryl Green, publisher of Arizona Business Magazine. “MAC winners consistently show strong leadership, a commitment to the communities in which they operate and concern for their employees and customers.”

This year’s presenting sponsors included Dignity Health of Arizona, National Bank of Arizona and Thunderbird International School of Global Management. Additional Event Sponsors include Charles Schwab, Progrexion, Ryan and Shutterfly.

The 40 companies named Most Admired Companies for 2014 were:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Alliance Residential Company
American Express
Arizona Diamondbacks
AXA Advisors
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
CBRE, Inc.
Charles Schwab
Cresa Phoenix
Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Fennemore Craig
GoDaddy
Goodmans Interior Structurs
Grant Thornton
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort
Homeowners Financial Group
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Infusionsoft
International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.
Kitchell
LaneTerralever
Laser Spine Institute
Mayo Clinic
Miller Russell Associates
National Bank of Arizona
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Quarles & Brady
Rider Levett Bucknall
Ryan, LLC
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
Shutterfly, Inc.
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sundt Construction
The CORE Institute
Telesphere
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
University of Advancing Technology
Vanguard

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.

36fdb1a35cd2f54f95cf2119fb5bc7ed_XL

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.

Griffin Appointed CEO of John C. Lincoln North Mountain

Maggi Griffin, RN, MS, was recently appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. She also serves as the John C. Lincoln Health Network chief nursing officer (CNO).

Griffin joined the John C. Lincoln Health Network four years ago, and has an extensive background in nursing, hospital management and leadership. She first worked at the John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital as a vice president and then served as the CNO.

During Griffin’s time as CNO of the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, she introduced a daily management system in the inpatient units and the Emergency Department. This system was essential in engaging staff and improving quality, safety and financial performance. In 2013 John C. Lincoln North Mountain hospital received its third Magnet status recognition. Magnet status is based on documented exemplary practice and outcomes for patient care and is considered the nation’s gold standard for nursing quality. It is bestowed upon qualified hospitals by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an arm of the American Nurses Association – the nation’s foremost authority on the quality of patient care.

“Please join me in congratulating Maggi as she transitions during this period of change and continuous improvement in health care,” said Bruce Pearson, senior vice president of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, who holds overall responsibility for North Mountain Hospital and Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center. “Maggi has extensive leadership experience and a strong background of success in providing and improving quality and safety for hospital patients.”

“The four years I have spent at the John C. Lincoln Health Network have been some of the most rewarding years in my career. I am so delighted that I have the opportunity to continue to serve in a different capacity,” Griffin said.

Before joining the John C. Lincoln Health Network, Griffin was the CNO/vice president of Patient Care Services at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Illinois, where she spent part of her tenure as acting president for the hospital. She has had many years’ experience as a senior nursing officer, consultant and staff nurse in Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio and England. Her experience includes four years in Beijing, China, where she was president and CEO of the Beijing International Heart Hospital.

145916028

Hospitals' heart attack care earns quality award

The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE), formerly The Arizona Quality Alliance, today named Scottsdale Healthcare as a 2013 Showcase in Excellence Award winner for the hospitals’ heart attack care process, “Door to Balloon – 60 is the New 90.”

Lowering Door to Balloon (DTB) times helps improve the timeliness of lifesaving therapy for patients with heart attacks who seek care at hospitals that perform emergency angioplasty.

National guidelines target a time of 90 minutes or less from the time a patient enters the ER to receiving balloon angioplasty in a hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. Scottsdale Healthcare was recognized for improving its performance above and beyond the national target for 100% of patients for the past 16 months.

“This is both impressive and important. It’s about saving lives and improving the quality of life for many people. I’m proud of the teamwork and dedication, and pleased to see it get this kind of recognition,” said Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network President Rhonda Forsyth.

The award follows a recent site visit from Southwest Alliance for Excellence examiners who toured Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals to assess Door-to-Balloon care for heart attack patients.

“They learned about well-coordinated, efficient care that moves heart attack patients rapidly from the ambulance through the Emergency Department and into the cardiac cath lab to open the blocked artery,” said Cheralyn Beaudry, chief quality & patient safety officer for Scottsdale Healthcare.

Examiners heard from the entire team of physicians, nurses, ancillary staff, PBX operators, EMS professionals, service line leaders and quality and lean experts describing how they implemented improvement methods and tools, including A3 thinking, PDSA, standard work, process mapping and process walks, key metrics of performance for each stage of patient care, and ongoing cycles of improvement, according to Beaudry.

Door-to-Balloon times of less than 90 minutes for 100% of patients have been sustained for 16 months now,” explained Beaudry. “With a stated stretch goal of ‘60 is the new 90,’ this team also improved performance above and beyond the national target of less than 90 minutes to complete the DTB process in 60 minutes or less for 50% of cases in the past 12 months,” she said.

“Our DTB team is saving lives, and patients are able to return to a life with more functional potential than was previously possible without this timely evidence-based care,” said Beaudry.  “This is a wonderful example of achieving our mission to provide the highest quality and most compassionate care for all individuals.”

The American College of Cardiology  and the American Heart Association (AHA) state that hospitals treating heart attack patients with emergency angioplasty should reliably achieve a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes or less. However, accomplishing this level of performance can be an organizational challenge.

“When treating myocardial infarction, every moment that can be saved is critical because it keeps a portion of the patient’s heart muscle from dying due to a lack of oxygen,” says cardiologist Alan Tenaglia, MD. “As we always say, time is muscle.”

SWAE’s annual Performance Excellence Program recognizes organizations for excellence in quality, performance and outcomes.  The program, modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige Award criteria, provides not only an opportunity for recognition, but also valuable feedback on where an organization is positioned on the quality continuum.

Receiving a Showcase in Excellence Award is recognition for specific process excellence, demonstrating innovation, cutting-edge approach, excellence in comparison to peers or overall exceptional performance.

Awards will be presented Feb. 4, 2014 at the Chaparral Suites Resort in Scottsdale.

The Southwest Alliance for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that advances improvement and excellence in organizations, communities and individuals throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The SWAE is administered by a professional staff under the leadership and guidance of its members and elected Board of Directors. The SWAE is also a member of the Alliance for Performance Excellence, a national network of state
programs that advance improvement in organizations by using the Baldrige Criteria.

AHCCCS Alternative - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Scottsdale hospitals get new leaders

Gary Baker has moved from his leadership position at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center to become Senior Vice President and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, and Bruce Pearson is the new Senior Vice President and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center as Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network begin to integrate as an affiliated system.

As Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network senior vice president and Shea Medical Center CEO, Baker oversees both the Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital. His network responsibilities also include leadership of the oncology clinical service line.

Baker has held several leadership positions since joining Scottsdale Healthcare in 1989. Prior to joining Scottsdale Healthcare he worked at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Baker is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as chairman of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and Masters degree from the University of Illinois.

As Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network senior vice president and Osborn Medical Center CEO, Pearson oversees both the Osborn Medical Center and the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. He comes to Osborn after serving as CEO of the North Mountain Hospital since 2008. His network responsibilities also include Trauma and Emergency service line and Lean/Continuous Improvement initiatives.

Pearson’s experience includes more than 27 years of service in senior leadership positions in Arizona hospitals. He has served chairman of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds a master’s degree in health services administration from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University.

stroke

Deer Valley Hospital Now Primary Stroke Center

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in North Phoenix has become the Valley’s newest hospital certified as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, an international certifying agency approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to John Harrington Jr., hospital CEO and senior vice president, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network.

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital was accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations in 2007 and by DNV Healthcare in 2011.

“Deer Valley Hospital demonstrated that its stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients,” said Chief Medical Officer Mary Ann Turley, DO, Deer Valley Hospital, who led the stroke certification task force that started preparing the hospital for stroke certification last year.

“We received only one finding when the surveyors visited from DNV and awarded John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital certification as a Primary Stroke Center,” Turley added. “I could not be more proud of our entire stroke certification team and hospital co-workers who all jumped at the opportunity to earn this recognition for our caregiving capability.”

Strokes are the third most prevalent cause of death, the leading cause of adult disability, and affect 700,000 Americans every year. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted by a blood clot (ischemic) or by bleeding from a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic), either of which impairs the brain’s ability to function, but which require opposite treatments.

Because diagnosing the cause is key to ensuring appropriate and effective care, it’s important for patients and families to insist that EMS providers take them to a Primary Stroke Center, said Donna Sells, administrator for the Health Network’s Neurosciences/Orthopedic Service Line. “A Primary Stroke Center is where staff is trained not only to recognize symptoms of stroke, but more importantly, to correctly identify the cause,” she explained.
When people have strokes, time is of the essence. Rapid medical treatment – started less than 3 hours after onset of symptoms and completed within 45 minutes of the patients arrival at the hospital – can save many stroke patients from a lifetime of disability.
“Time loss equals brain loss,” said Sells. When stroke symptoms begin, people should call 9-1-1 without delay.

DNV Primary Stroke Center certification is based on submitted documentation and a site visit by DNV surveyors, during which the hospital staff demonstrates its commitment to excellence, Harrington said. DNV’s PSC Certification program incorporates elements from federal CMS hospital standards as well as requirements from the guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition and recommendations of the American Stroke Association.

Members of the Deer Valley Stroke Team Include: Alice Montoya, RN, Nelson Faux, MD, Anil Goud, MD, Patrick Sciara, MD, Clark York, DO, Bonnie Fuerst, MT, Kevin Veale, DO, Patty Erickson, RN, Danny Blanco, RN, Lalit Mansukhani, PharmD, Peter Burrows, RT, Linda DeLuca, RN, Lawrence Finkel, MD, Renee Featherly, David Price, Linda Ott, RN, Donna Sells, RN, Karrie Smith, RN, Lisa Hughes, RN, Susan Hoffmeister, RN, Holly Grems, RN, Maria Soriano, MD, Tracy Moroney, RN, Jennifer Gallegos, MA, Mary Ann Turley, DO, Victor Zach, MD, Jessica Rivas, MSN, Matt Sainsbury, MHA, and Joanne Motley, RN.

Sun Health

Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network affiliation finalized

Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network, two of the Valley’s most respected locally-based non-profit health systems, have completed the closing documents for a system-wide affiliation to improve the health of communities served by the respective organizations.

The affiliation creates a new non-profit corporate entity, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, which will oversee the Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln hospitals, clinics, outpatient centers and related services. A Letter of Intent to affiliate was approved by both organizations in April, followed by customary regulatory review processes after a definitive agreement was reached by both organizations in August.

The affiliation does not include the combination of assets and thus is not considered a merger. However management of the affiliated assets will now be vested in a board made up of Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln directors.

Both Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network have long histories of high quality care and innovation, are financially sound and now will move forward to create the healthcare organization of the future. What this means for the communities served by John C. Lincoln and Scottsdale Healthcare includes:

·         More convenient access to acute and preventive care.
·         Increased coordination of medical care.
·         An expanded network of high quality primary care and specialty physicians.
·         Creation of a single electronic health record that can be accessed at all levels of care throughout the affiliated health network.
·         Shared best practices.

The new Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network encompasses five acute care hospitals with approximately 10,500 employees, 3,700 affiliated physicians and 3,100 volunteers, an extensive primary care physician network, urgent care centers, clinical research, medical education, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, an Accountable Care Organization, two foundations and extensive community services.

Tom Sadvary is chief executive officer and Rhonda Forsyth is president of Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network. Steve Wheeler is chairman and Frank Pugh is vice chairman of the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network Board of Directors.

“Our communities will still receive the same world-class patient care you’ve come to expect from Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network. Our goal is provide excellent, cost-effective care and a patient experience that exceeds your expectations,” said Sadvary.

“The shared vision for our new system is to become a fully integrated, locally controlled, world-class non-profit health system that works effectively to improve our community’s health,” added Forsyth.

Completion of the agreement to affiliate creates a geographically dispersed non-profit healthcare system positioned to             successfully deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare, according to network leaders.

“Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network both share a commitment to continuing their longstanding support of community health services, health education, disease prevention, screenings and other services,” explained Wheeler.

The combined health organizations are well-positioned to thrive in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, and to embrace the transformation of healthcare delivery that transcends the traditional acute care-centric orientation.

“The affiliation adds value to our ability to serve our patients, and allows us to develop a clinically integrated system of care where physicians, hospitals and other clinicians work in partnership to ensure that patients receive the services they need for the best outcomes,” said Pugh.

Integration planning for the new Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network will continue during the next several months to develop an outline of key priorities, noted Sadvary. The board and senior leadership of the affiliated organization will take a thoughtful and methodical approach to integration planning.

Health Insurance

Scottsdale Healthcare, John C. Lincoln form affiliation

Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network have endorsed a letter of intent to form a system-wide affiliation to better meet the healthcare needs and thus improve the health of the communities they serve.

The nonbinding agreement between the two non-profit organizations allows both to pursue an exclusive negotiation during a due diligence period in order to create a combined health system. Discussions are anticipated to be complete by July 31.

The new non-profit system, which would be called Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network, would include five hospitals with approximately 10,500 employees, 3,700 affiliated physicians and 3,100 volunteers. Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network would also include an extensive primary care physician network, urgent care centers, clinical research, medical education, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, an Accountable Care Organization, two foundations and extensive community services.

Both John C. Lincoln and Scottsdale Healthcare have a strong reputation and history of providing high quality care for the residents of Phoenix and greater Scottsdale. The non-profit health systems share similar visions and cultures, and both are Magnet organizations, a national recognition of providing the highest standards of patient care.

“This affiliation will provide resources to further develop the current high quality care in the hospitals and community healthcare facilities, enhance our geographic presence and honor the legacy of each organization. Our shared vision is to become a fully integrated, locally controlled, world-class health system,” said Scottsdale Healthcare President & CEO Tom Sadvary.

John C. Lincoln Health Network and Scottsdale Healthcare are financially strong, operationally successful and committed to meeting local health needs. Both organizations have been developing integrated delivery systems to expand services beyond acute care.

“Each of our organizations is known for quality and collaboration with community partners to promote the well-being of the communities we serve. The combined Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network will allow us to provide more cost effective healthcare and to thrive during this period of rapid change as a result of national and local health reform as we continue to develop a full continuum of  services beyond acute care,” added John C. Lincoln Health Network President & CEO Rhonda Forsyth.

Upon completion of the affiliation agreement, the Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network governance will be focused on their shared vision which includes:

·         More convenient access to acute and preventive care.
·         Increased coordination of medical care.
·         An expanded network of high quality primary care and specialty physicians.
·         Creation of a single electronic health record that can be accessed at all levels of care throughout the affiliated health network.
·         Improved patient outcomes through shared best practices.

“This affiliation will attract top medical talent by providing opportunities for physicians and other providers to lead the transformation of care delivery, and will enhance our leadership role in medical education and clinical research,” said Scottsdale Healthcare Board Chair Steven Wheeler. “Together we can provide a more comprehensive array of services by applying our combined resources to strengthen our clinical capabilities.”

Forsyth added that maintaining Magnet designation of the system hospitals provides a work environment that attracts top talent.

“As major provisions of the Affordable Care Act continue to take effect, we have the opportunity to shape the future of healthcare in the Valley by cost effectively using our respective resources to enhance our impact in the communities we serve,” said Forsyth.

“We want to maximize our ability to improve the health of our community and create more access to care. A more robust health network with primary care physicians, specialists and partnerships with other healthcare organizations will add capabilities for providing patients with a full continuum of coordinated healthcare services,” said John C. Lincoln Health Network Board Chair Frank Pugh.