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Two Valley Hospitals offer free stroke checks

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month in May,  Mountain Vista Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital are partnering with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to offer free stroke-risk assessments through the health initiative, StrokeCheck.

Hospitals will provide free screenings that may include blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings, pulse checks for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and body mass index (BMI) calculations. Additionally, attendees can fill out stroke-risk assessment checklists, enjoy light heart healthy refreshments, and will have the opportunity to speak with medical professionals such as a cardiologist, nutritionist and pharmacist regarding screening results.

Screening events will take place on:

  • May 11, 9 a.m. – Noon at  Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Road, Mesa
  • May 11, 9 a.m. – Noon at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, 1500 S. Mill Ave., Tempe

In the U.S., stroke, or “brain attack,” is the fourth leading cause of death and the American Stroke Association estimates, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.  Fortunately, nearly 80 percent of strokes are preventable with proper education and awareness.

 

Appointments are required and are limited. To make an appointment at Mountain Vista Medical Center call 1-877-924-WELL (9355) and to make an appointment at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).

To learn more about stroke care services at Mountain Vista Medical Center or Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com or www.tempestlukeshospital.com.

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St. Luke’s Medical Center has new CEO

IASIS Healthcare recently appointed Chris Hill as CEO of St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital.

In his role, Hill is responsible for the management and daily operations of both facilities to ensure patients receive high-quality and cost-effective care. Aside from assuming key leadership in developing and implementing goals and strategies for both hospitals, he will also complete rounds with staff and physicians working on the front lines to ensure patients’ needs are being fulfilled and their hospital stay is fully-enhanced.

St. Luke’s Medical Center has been serving metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years as a 200-bed tertiary care hospital offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopaedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation and pain management.

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is a leading community 87-bed hospital that provides comprehensive health care services including emergency care, orthopaedics, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services, pain management and wound care in a caring atmosphere. Hill will also spearhead the future remodel and expansion plans for Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, which has been serving the East Valley for more than 60 years.

Hill also previously served as Chief Operating Officer of both St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital.

Hill received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, along with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University in Texas.

Hill is a Gilbert resident. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Veteran’s Chapter member of the ASU Alumni Association. Hill is also retired from the United States Army, with a Lieutenant Colonel ranking.

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Golich named Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital administrator

IASIS Healthcare recently promoted Jacob Golich to Administrator of Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, a leading community hospital that provides comprehensive health care services including emergency care, orthopedics, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services, pain management and wound care in a caring atmosphere.

In his new role, Golich oversees the day-to-day operations of the 87-bed community hospital along with its employees. He is responsible for all internal and external relations for the state-of-the-art hospital, including physician and staff engagement, strategic planning and partnerships, and community involvement. He’ll also manage the future remodel and expansion plans for the hospital, which has been serving the East Valley for more than 60 years.

Golich previously served as Chief Operating Officer for IASIS Healthcare’s Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, where he was responsible for the growth and expansion of the hospital’s new programs, including trauma, geropsychology and orthopedics.

Golich received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management from Illinois State University, and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Golich is a Mesa resident. He volunteers for United Way and has recently served as a board member for Oakwood Creative Care.

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Plaza Cos. to lease Tempe St. Luke’s MOB

American Healthcare Investors has chosen Plaza Companies to provide leasing for its building adjacent to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. The Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Office Building, a 59,808-square-foot medical complex at 1492 S. Mill Avenue in Tempe near Arizona State University, supports the hospital and is in the heart of Tempe, with freeway access, restaurants and shopping nearby.

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is an 87-bed full-service hospital and a campus of St. Luke’s Medical Center. It offers a range of medical services to care for a diverse and dynamic community.

With healthcare as the single largest and fastest expanding sector of the U.S. gross domestic product, demand for services is growing at a record clip. In Tempe, the St. Luke’s Medical Office Building will help meet the increasing demand for healthcare.

Perry Gabuzzi, Vice President Brokerage Services Plaza Companies, called the new addition to Plaza’s leasing portfolio a terrific opportunity for Plaza to help the ownership group reach its goals with the property.

“We look forward to working with American Healthcare Investors on this exceptional property,” Gabuzzi said. “The goal, in helping serve Tempe and the Valley as a whole, is to find tenants who serve healthcare needs of the community and at the same time help the owners maximize the property’s potential. Our experience in this realm gives us confidence that we can do the same for the Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Office Building.”

Megan Sherwood, Executive Vice President Brokerage Services, Perry Gabuzzi, Vice President Brokerage Services, and Michelle Fischer, Leasing Associate, will handle the leasing of Tempe St. Luke’s Medical Office Building.

Weight-loss surgery - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

5 Things To Know About Weight-Loss Surgery

Eric Schlesinger, M.D., FACS, a board-certified bariatric surgeon and the medical director of the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, breaks down some of the things you need to know about weight-loss surgery.

Who should consider it

Typically, a patient must be morbidly obese in order to qualify for weight-loss surgery. A person is considered morbidly obese if he or she has a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher and is at least 100 pounds overweight. A person with a BMI of 35 or higher with two or more serious health issues related to weight may also be a candidate.

Types of weight-loss surgeries

There are several different types of surgery for weight loss, including the adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch procedures. For side-by-side comparisons of the procedures, visit bridgesaz.com/downloads/Bridges_TypesBariatricSurgery.pdf.

How to choose a surgeon

When you are considering a surgeon, you will want to ask what type of procedures he or she performs, if they are board-certified, and if the surgery will be performed in a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (COE) by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Risks of weight-loss surgery

Complications from bariatric surgery — such as wound infections, abdominal bleeding, staple/suture leakage, respiratory failure, pulmonary problems or other surgery-related issues — occur in less than five percent of the procedures performed. Longer-term negative affects of bariatric surgery can include such issues as ulcers, anemia, vitamin deficiencies, temporary hair thinning and symptomatic gallstones. Depending on the type of procedure, additional negative affects can include abdominal cramping, faintness and headaches. However, many of these risks can be eliminated and/or minimized with a proper nutritional diet and regular physical exercise.

Benefits of weight-loss surgery

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bariatric surgery is the only proven weight loss method for those suffering from morbid obesity (BMI of 40 or more). Obesity is a factor in many health issues and diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, male- and female-related cancers, obstructive sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, depression and more. People that undergo weight loss surgery may find that obesity-related health conditions improve or are even eliminated as a result of the surgery. With a comprehensive program that provides life-long follow up, counseling and education, the resulting weight loss, and all of its benefits, can last a lifetime.

The costs of weight-loss surgery

Many insurance plans now cover bariatric surgery, especially if the patient has health issues related to weight. There is a complex authorization process, therefore it’s important to find a bariatric program, like the Bridges Center, that can help you with obtaining authorization.

For more information about weight-loss surgery, visit weightlossarizona.com.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Weight-loss - Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012

Weight-Loss Surgical Procedures Help Patients Reclaim Their Lives

Cutting the fat: Weight-loss surgical procedures help patients gain confidence while reclaiming their lives


For most people who battle their weight, there is an epiphanic moment that needs to happen before they make a healthy change that sticks.

“I was 27 years old and couldn’t keep up with my (three) children because I was overweight,” says 29-year-old Autumn Garvin. “I had no energy, and my family was suffering as a result. I had tried every diet and would lose some weight but always would gain it back — and then some. I was frustrated and needed to take control of my own life.”

One day, she suggested to her youngest son that they lay down for a nap before picking up her two older children from school.

“He said, ‘Mommy, don’t be lazy!’ ” Garvin recalls. “That moment was such a wakeup call for me. I would never want my kids to be hindered — or worse yet, embarrassed — by my weight problems.”

That was the trigger Garvin needed to do something about her lifelong struggle with weight. She underwent a laparoscopic gastric banding procedure, performed by Dr. Eric Schlesinger of Scottsdale — a board-certified bariatric surgeon and the medical director of the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. During surgery, Schlesinger placed an adjustable silicone band around the upper portion of Garvin’s stomach, creating a smaller upper stomach pouch that limits food intake.

Besides the adjustable gastric band, other surgical options available for weight loss include gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch procedures.

“Each of these procedures treats obesity a little differently,” Schlesinger says. “For example, the gastric band causes a person to feel full after eating less food than previously. Gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch have an additional effect on a person’s metabolism.”

Since having surgery, Garvin has lost 110 pounds (and counting), is able to keep up with her children, now ages 12, 9 and 7 years old, and is doing things she never thought would be possible.

“Last Thanksgiving, I walked and jogged a 5K race,” she says. “It means so much to me to be able to lead an active lifestyle and share that way of life with my family.”

But Garvin’s weight-loss accomplishment hasn’t been without its rough patches.

“The biggest hurdle with my weight loss journey was dealing with people who told me I was a cheater, and I didn’t understand how to ‘really’ lose weight,” she says. “It took some time for me to realize that it didn’t matter what everyone else thought — I was working hard, and it was paying off. Now, if people tell me I’m a cheater, I just say, ‘You’re right. I cheated being obese for the rest of my life by working hard to lose more than 100 pounds.’ ”

For more information about the weight-loss surgical options mentioned in this story, visit weightlossarizona.com.

Surgical Weight Loss Solutions at Tempe St. Luke’s
1492 S. Mill Ave., #201, Tempe
(480) 968-6007

Scottsdale Living Magazine Spring 2012