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The CORE Institute Launches Neurological Program

Arizona’s largest and No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, has expanded its specialty services to include neurological sciences with the addition of subspecialties including, clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy, headache and facial pain, neuromuscular medicine, spine and peripheral nerve disease, clinical neuroimmulonogy, multiple sclerosis and general neurology and rheumatology care. The new Department of Neurology will be led by distinguished physician Dr. Atul Syal.

“With the addition of the new physicians, physician assistants and physical therapists, The CORE Institute’s new Department of Neurology offers highly advanced and specialized neurological care to our patients in the Arizona market,” said David J. Jacofsky, MD, Chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute. “Each of these physicians brings expertise in clinical care, along with an integrated approach to treating and managing comprehensive orthopedic care, podiatric medicine, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, comprehensive spine care, rheumatology, neurology, neuropsychology, physical therapy, and infusion therapy.”

“The expanded neurology program at The CORE Institute presents an exciting opportunity for our team to provide best-in-class patient care to the community,” said Atul Syal, MD, Director of the Department of Neurology at The CORE Institute. “The CORE Institute is the leader in the delivery of musculoskeletal and we are excited to expand the service offerings and provide a fully integrated approach to the patient care continuum.”

The CORE Institute – Department of Neurology features five clinic locations, one spine center and one physical therapy location across Maricopa County. Providers in the Department of Neurology include:

Atul Syal, MD – Director, Department of Neurology at The CORE Institute
Jatin Shah, MD
Alex Gorman, DO
Jason Reinhart, DO
Andre Hagevik, MD, PhD­­
Nirmala Aryal, MD
Stacy Donlon, MD
Eric Eross, DO
Evan Freedman, MD
Todd Herman, MD
Harvinder Kumar, MD
Lawrence Kutz, DO
Alan Mallace, MD
Ahmad Nizam, MD
Vardges Vandian, DO
Carlos Pence, PA-C
Heather Peden, PT, Cert. MDT
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a physician, please call 1.866.974.2673.

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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
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Quality Leadership: Kitchell
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Social Responsibility: Vanguard
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Innovation: Laser Spine Institute
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Workplace Culture: GoDaddy
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“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
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Gendy joins The CORE Institute

The No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, announced the addition of Dr. George Gendy, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction, to its clinical team. He will be practicing at The CORE Institute’s Peoria facility.

Dr. George Gendy

Dr. George Gendy

“We are excited Dr. Gendy has become part of our provider footprint as we continue to expand here in Arizona,” said Dr. Steven L. Myerthall, Market President at The CORE Institute. “His passion for helping patients with complex foot and ankle conditions and disorders will further grow The CORE Institute’s dynamic clinical team of best-in-class physicians and surgeons.”

“I’ve had the honor of learning from some of the top foot and ankle surgeons in the world,” said Dr. George Gendy.  “In joining The CORE Institute I’m thrilled to become part of a nationally recognized team of physicians and surgeons that is earning national recognition for its innovative approach to patient care and dedication to achieving the best outcomes for their patients.”

George Gendy, MD, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction, received his fellowship training in orthopedic foot and ankle surgery with world-renowned Dr. Roger Mann at Oakland Bone and Joint Specialists in California. Subsequently, he concluded his training with an international orthopedic traveling fellowship in Switzerland and Germany. Dr. Gendy completed his orthopedic surgical residency program at Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was actively involved in Patient Safety Committee. He earned his medical degree from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, where he was awarded a four year medical school academic merit scholarship. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he graduated cum laude.

Dr. Gendy is a member of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS).

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CORE Institute Donates More Than $10K to sports programs

The No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, announced it has donated more than $10,000 to six high school athletic departments in the Peoria and Dysart School Districts. The donations are part of a program where The CORE Institute conducts required sports physicals for high school student athletes and then donates the entire $25 exam cost back to the respective high school athletic program. In addition to donating the collected exam fees back to the schools, The CORE Institute donated an additional $1000 to each of the six schools.

“Participation in team sports is a significant part of High School for students that builds character, teaches teamwork, and improves one’s physical fitness,” said John Kearney, Jr., MD of The CORE Institute. “Our providers and staff are engrained in the community and enjoy giving back, we raise families in this community and we all work with student-athletes already – this is just one way that we can continue to give back.”

Donation amount to each of the six schools are as follows:

• Centennial High School: $2,550
• Willow Canyon High School: $2,400
• Peoria High School: $1,525
• Valley Vista High School: $1,425
• Desert Edge High School: $1,175
• Shadow Ridge High School: $1,100

Every fall and spring, hundreds of Valley area high school student athletes are required to complete a sports physical in order to participate in team sports over the summer and next school year. The CORE Institute plans to offer the high school exam donation program again this fall. Exam dates for fall and to schedule an appointment will be posted later this summer at www.highschoolphysicals.com.

Last year, The CORE Institute was able to raise and donate more than $4,300 to local high schools in the Peoria and Dysart School Districts, which did not include the additional $1000 donation made to each school.

David J. Jacofsky, MD, chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute.

Partnership unites Largest Neurological, Orthopedic Practices

Arizona’s largest and No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, announced it has signed a partnership agreement with providers at the Arizona Neurological Institute, the largest comprehensive neurological practice in Arizona. The agreement combines the largest orthopedic and neuroscience practices in Arizona effective October 1, 2014.

Details of the new partnership are still being finalized, but Arizona Neurological Institute physicians and staff will be formally employed by The CORE Institute. The Arizona Neurological Institute currently has nine Phoenix area locations spread out between Sun City and Scottsdale, however it has not yet been decided if any of the locations may be merged with the 12 facilities The CORE Institute also has across the Valley.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the talented team at the Arizona Neurological Institute to expand and enhance the specialties that we can offer to our patients,” said David J. Jacofsky, MD, Chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute. “The CORE Institute is very proud to have grown into the largest orthopedic practice in Arizona and this partnership allows us to also become the largest comprehensive neuroscience practice providing accessible outpatient and inpatient neurological, physical and rehabilitative medicine services.”

“We view partnering with The CORE Institute as an important opportunity for our patients, our physicians and our staff creating an excellent fit combining their orthopedic expertise with our neuroscience expertise,” said Atul Syal, MD, President of Arizona Neurological Institute. “The CORE Institute has earned an excellent reputation nationally as an innovative industry leader maximizing best practices to benefit its patients and we look forward to furthering that mission as the organization continues to grow in Arizona and nationally. We are excited about using The CORE Institute platform and infrastructure to continuously improve our quality and grow our services. Musculoskeletal care, rehabilitation and the neurosciences are deeply intertwined and many conditions require the integrated approach of both specialties, making this a natural partnership.”

With the new partnership, The CORE Institute will now offer comprehensive orthopedic care, podiatric medicine, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, comprehensive spine care, rheumatology, neurology, neuropsychology, physical therapy, and infusion therapy.

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Patel-Hinkle Joins The CORE Institute

The No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute, announced the addition of Dr. Nina Patel-Hinkle, a board certified physician specializing in Non-Surgical, Rehabilitative & Sports Medicine, to its clinical team. She will be practicing at The CORE Institute’s Peoria and West Phoenix facilities.

“We are excited Dr. Patel-Hinkle has become part of our provider footprint as we continue to expand here in Arizona,” said Dr. Steven L. Myerthall, Market President at The CORE Institute. “Her extensive Sports Medicine expertise, in addition to her leadership in assisting Veterans and military personnel, will further grow The CORE Institute’s dynamic clinical team of best-in-class physicians and surgeons.”

“The CORE Intitute has quickly gained a national reputation as a best-in-class orthopedic care provider and I’m very excited to joint this talented and dynamic team,” said Dr. Nina Patel-Hinkle. “The CORE Institute’s Sports Medicine Department is already considered the Arizona leader and I look forward to adding my expertise to the team by sharing what I learned while caring for the brave men and women of our military as the Sports Medicine Department Head at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and at the Marine Sailor Concussion Recovery Center.”

Nina Patel-Hinkle DO, CAQSM is a board certified physician in Family Medicine specializing in Non-Surgical, Rehabilitative & Sports Medicine. She is fellowship-trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine.

Dr. Patel-Hinkle received her Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship training from the University of Florida: Primary Care Sport Medicine Fellowship program. She completed her residency and internship in Family Practice Program and received her medical degree from Midwestern University- Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Prior to joining The CORE Institute, Dr. Patel-Hinkle served nine years in the United States Navy and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During her active duty time, she worked at several Naval medical facilities, providing care for members of the military and their families both at home and overseas. Dr. Patel-Hinkle served as the Head of the Department of Sports Medicine at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where she provided musculoskeletal injury evaluations and treatments to service members and taught family medicine residents during their sports medicine rotations. Most recently, she provided treatment to service members and wounded warriors at the Marine Sailor Concussion Recovery Center at Camp Lejeune.

Dr. Patel-Hinkle is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

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Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics Expands

Integration, collaboration and education are hallmarks of the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics, a co-management partnership linking The CORE Institute and Banner Health. Recently, the relationship between the two healthcare leaders was strengthened with the expansion of Banner CORE Center to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

One of the state’s oldest and most well-regarded academic teaching hospitals, Banner Good Samaritan, has spent more than six decades teaching and training the doctors of tomorrow. The partnership with The CORE Institute enhances the hospital’s scope of orthopedic services, including expanded orthopedic residency and fellowship training programs and a more robust framework for orthopedic trauma care.

“We’re building upon Banner Good Samaritan’s reputation as a provider of superior medical education and Level 1 trauma care by creating a more comprehensive program capable of managing even the most complex orthopedic cases,” said David Jacofsky, MD, Chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute. “At Banner Good Samaritan, the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics model will focus on complete musculoskeletal health with sub-specialty programs for everything from spine, hand, and foot and ankle care, to sports medicine, joint replacement and trauma.”

Expansion to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, which began with orthopedic trauma coverage in October followed by the launch of elective procedures in February, comes on the heels of the successful implementation of Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics at four other Banner Health facilities across metropolitan Phoenix: Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Banner Estrella Medical Center in West Phoenix, and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.

DeLyle Manwaring, Senior Vice President of Hospital Service Line Integration for The CORE Institute, highlights improved quality of care, better outcomes and enhanced patient experience as key benefits of the Banner CORE Center collaborative model. According to Manwaring, this manner of bringing together physicians and hospital leaders with a shared objective of improving patient care, outcomes and overall volume does not exist elsewhere in the Phoenix market.

“We’re providing cutting-edge care via an innovative model based on the highest level of collaboration,” he said. “Other healthcare organizations across the country are watching what we’re doing, and they have expressed interest in replicating the model being implemented at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.”

Being at the forefront of innovation, both in practice and principle, isn’t new to either The CORE Institute or Banner Health. The organizations’ willingness to innovate, push boundaries, explore all options, restructure when and where necessary, and settle for nothing less than the absolute best has earned much deserved distinction in their respective fields. Their collaboration sets a new standard for orthopedic care in Arizona and beyond.

“Given the hospital’s scope of services and position as a teaching hospital, the co-management model for musculoskeletal health at Banner Good Samaritan requires some restructuring in both orthopedic care and education,” noted Jacofsky. “This will touch multiple aspects of the hospital, but the end result will solidify a reputation as a world-class teaching hospital.” Patients often turn to the very hospitals in which physicians train.

“Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has a long-standing reputation of being the place where the sickest patients from across the region come for care,” commented Steve Narang, MD, CEO of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. “This isn’t just a coincidence.”

Indeed, Banner Good Samaritan’s position as a destination medical center is the well-deserved product of a commitment to medical excellence. Banner Good Samaritan invested more than $40 million last year alone in physician residency programs spanning 17 clinical specialties, including orthopedics. Jacofsky says the Banner CORE Center partnership will enhance orthopedic training by giving residents and orthopedic fellows greater access to highly trained specialty teams, including those dedicated to trauma care at the Good Samaritan facility.

“Orthopedic trauma cases at Banner Good Samaritan have tripled in just the first 90 days of this venture,” noted Jacofsky. “Numbers don’t lie. There’s a reason more people are coming to this hospital.”

Creating top-notch teaching programs attracts the best and brightest physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and others who are committed to delivering excellent care, conducting medical research and advancing the field of medicine.

“Our partnership with The CORE Institute is an investment that will ultimately shape the entire service line and distinguish Banner Good Samaritan as a leader in orthopedics,” said Narang. “As such, we will continue to attract leading orthopedic specialists and, in turn, patients who want the best possible care.”

The inevitable result of integrating clinical care teams, enhancing medical education, investing in the tools and technologies to deliver leading-edge care, and centering the entire orthopedic service line on evidence-based protocols is an unmatched, highly-coordinated care experience.

While still in its infancy, the co-management model at Banner Good Samaritan has resulted in enhanced orthopedic education, expanded capabilities, an influx in physicians on staff and a new framework for educating patients.

Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics treats injuries and disorders affecting the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. From total and partial joint replacements, to sports injuries, congenital conditions, arthritic and degenerative disorders, fractures and spine conditions, Banner CORE Center has the experience and expertise to treat virtually any orthopedic injury or ailment.

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TGen recognized as ‘2014 Economic Driver’

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has selected the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) for one of its 2014 Impact Awards.

TGen was selected among small to medium business in the category of 2014 Economic Driver.

“These companies represent the spirit of the entrepreneur — a spirit that truly makes an impact on our community and our Chamber,” Todd Sanders, GPCC President and CEO, said in a press release. “It’s a privilege to honor those who continue to innovate, take risks, boost our economy and create jobs. Their ability, tenacity and sense of community are an inspiration to all.”

The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley’s business community and economy.

“TGen is honored to be recognized by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Through our research into the human genome, we strive to not only make an impact on the Arizona economy, but also endeavor — though precision medicine — to help develop new tools, capabilities and therapies that benefit our patients, and benefit Arizona patients first,” said Tess Burleson, TGen’s Chief Operating Officer.

This year, GPCC recognizes two recipients in each of four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity.

Small to Medium Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Native American Connections

2014 Economic Driver: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Risas Dental and Braces

2014 Response to Adversity: NJOY, Inc.



Large Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

2014 Economic Driver: Sundt Construction, Inc.

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: The CORE Institute

2014 Response to Adversity: Phoenix Zoo

The 2014 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced at the 27th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 15, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information, visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact.

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CORE Institute Opens 69K SF HQ Facility

On January 22, Councilwoman Thelda Williams, The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, City and community leaders, will join Phoenix-based orthopedic group The CORE Institute for its ribbon cutting and grand opening reception of its new national headquarters and its new North Phoenix Clinic at 5:30pm.

The new facility serves as The CORE Institute’s national headquarters as it continues to expand both locally and nationally, and includes a clinic with nearly 60 exam rooms and research center.  CBRE completed the 69,251-square-foot 15-year lease of the Union Hills Corporate Center office building located at 18444 N. 25th Ave. in Phoenix last March.  Construction of the facility upgrades were completed in December.  The company hopes to add as many as 750 new employees across the country within the next 24 months and the new location will help facilitate that growth.

“We’re very pleased that The CORE Institute has committed to stay within our City and grow its national presence with Phoenix proudly listed as its national headquarters,” said Greg Stanton, Mayor of the City of Phoenix.  “The CORE Institute is yet another example of the excellent business climate that Phoenix provides to companies as they grow both inside, and outside of Arizona.”

“We outgrew our existing 50,000-square-foot facilities but we knew that we wanted to keep our headquarters in Phoenix as we took the next steps to grow our company outside of Arizona,” said The CORE Institute Chairman and CEO David Jacofsky, MD.  “The Union Hills Corporate Center facility allows us the flexibility to add staff as necessary as we expand and implement our Excellence through Evidence® platform across the nation.”

“The CORE Institute is excited we have reached this milestone of expansion,” said Arizona Market President, Dr. John Brown. “Combining the clinical expertise will allow us to create a Center of Excellence, helping us achieve our future vision of continued growth and better serving those in need of our orthopedic services.”

188 Employees working at The CORE Institute facilities in North Phoenix, Central Phoenix, Administration, Physical Therapy, and Research Lab have all moved into one Center of Excellence.  A key factor in the building selection was that it allowed The CORE Institute room for expansion by taking additional square footage to add employees as it continues to grow.

Since The CORE Institute’s inception in 2005, it has expanded in Arizona from four providers to over 100 and cared for over 43,000 new patients in its Arizona clinics. Its growth has been built on a platform of evidence-based medicine and meticulous outcomes tracking managed by a proprietary IT platform.  The CORE Institute has cared for hundreds of thousands of patients, from all 50 states and eight countries.  The CORE Institute currently has locations Arizona and Michigan.

Union Hills Corporate Center is located at a full diamond interchange on the southeast corner of Interstate 17 and Union Hills Drive and one mile south of the Loop 101 freeway interchange.  Its proximity to Interstate 17 and the Loop 101 offer tenants access to the Northwest Valley labor market and an abundant supply of amenities in the neighboring residential areas. Ashworth Construction, Inc., was selected by The CORE Institute to perform tenancy construction for the newly renovated facility with interior design work performed by Archicon.

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CORE Institute Opens 5th Physical Therapy Location

To support its growth and complement their orthopedic practice in the East Valley, The CORE Institute announced it has opened a new Physical Therapy location on the Banner Desert Medical Center campus at 1450 S. Dobson Rd. Suite A-302 in Mesa.

“The CORE Institute is excited to expand our physical therapy services to effectively serve our patient’s needs,” said Dan Neal, PT, MSPT, Vice President of Physical Therapy of The CORE Institute. “Expanding our physical therapy services will allow patients to receive a continuum of care from the clinic through the physical therapy, thus allowing us to track results and utilize best-in-class care to promote optimal outcomes for our patients.”

The CORE Institute has six clinic locations and five physical therapy locations across the Valley and accepts most insurance plans. Mesa Physical Therapy is open from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. To make an appointment or for more information, call 1.866.974.2673 or visit www.thecoreinstitute.com.

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Excellence Headquarters Names New CIO

Excellence Headquarters™, Management Company for The CORE Institute® and other physician practices, announced that Paul Robinson has accepted the position of Chief Information Officer, providing vision and leadership in all information technology initiatives. In his role, Robinson and his team of programmers and IT architects will direct the planning and implementation of enterprise information technology systems in support of The CORE Institute’s business operations as the orthopedic group continues to grow nationally.

“Paul will play an important role in ensuring that our providers and employees utilize the best technology systems available to provide to our managed practices and their patients with best-in-class care and services,” said Dr. David J. Jacofsky, Chairman and CEO of Excellence Headquarters.  “Adding someone with Paul’s team’s experience and talent to our leadership team demonstrates our commitment to our providers, employees and patients as we continue to pursue our national expansion efforts.

“Excellence Headquarters is a management platform that allows for increased practice performance  and provides integrated IT solutions for management of quality, marketing, evidence-based practice, and at risk contract strategies for its managed practices,” said Robinson. “I am very excited to lead this talented team not only with Excellence Headquarters, but The CORE Institute, and provide technology to best serve our patients.”

Prior to joining Excellence Headquarters, Robinson spent 20+ years in information technology roles, specifically designing and developing software to meet healthcare needs.  Most recently, as Vice President of Product and Software Development at PhDx Systems, he helped in the company becoming the leading provider of clinical data management software and services designed to meet the unique research needs of orthopedic and spine companies. Robinson played an instrumental role in the development of clinical management software for device manufacturers such as Medtronic, Stryker and NuVasive.

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Avoiding injury in a CrossFit world

With CrossFit, Zumba and other trendy exercise programs gaining popularity, it’s likely that fitness-related injuries will catch up to you sooner or later, particularly aches and pains in the shoulder, lower back, knees and feet.

Exercise programs such as CrossFit are not designed for the beginner and if a less experienced athlete does participate without proper pre-training, an injury may result, says Dr. John Brown of The CORE Institute. For the beginning athlete, one of the more less demanding programs such as Pilates, yoga, and Zumba may be more appropriate as the participant can monitor the intensity of their participation and easily back off if necessary to avoid injury, yet still experience the benefits of a fitness program.

What are the most common causes of injuries? Experts says it’s overuse or improper technique.

Cause of injuries

167627287“The most common cause (of shoulder injuries) is inappropriate technique or doing something that’s new and repetitive, especially lifting something over your head,” says Dr. Erik Dean of Arizona Sports Medicine Center. “The shoulder joint is not meant to do the kinds of maneuvers that we sometimes ask it to do.

Overuse or improper use of the shoulder muscles can lead to rotator cuff injuries and and tendonitis of the shoulder, doctors say. While shoulder injuries may be a result of misuse of the muscle, lower back injuries can occur due to a lack of knowledge of the exercises performed.

“I see a lot of lower back injuries when people perform exercises too quickly or with too much weight, especially in an uncontrolled fashion,” says Dr. Susan Sorosky of Desert Spine and Sports Physicians. “So the cause might be insufficient core strength coupled with poor form.”

161735628Injuries to the knees and feet result from insufficient strength, Sorosky says, which can lead to stress fractures or hamstring strains.

“Knee injuries are often related to insufficient strength, especially when women have weaknesses in the hips and quadriceps, which affect the forces at the knee,” Sorosky says. “Injury can also occur if people have poor form, such as performing squats with more than 90 degrees of knee flexion, or lunges with the forward leg going too far over the foot.”

Don’t rush it

While experts say there is no specific age group of women more prone to injury than others, Dr. Brian Gruber of Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists explains that once women reach 30, injuries can be more common.

“I’d say we don’t see many women in high school or early college,” he says. “We see it most when women are in their 30s, or maybe they have taken a significant amount of time off from exercising and want to get back into a program.”

Despite the age of a woman, problems can arise when an individual jumps into a physical activity without the proper training. The process of going from doing little physically active to entering into a rigorous and aggressive program such as CrossFit or P90X can lead to injury, Dean says.

“It’s hard when people start activities like a lot of the newer boot camps, Zumba, Insanity, CrossFit,” Gruber says. “People start a new exercise program and they aren’t conditioned to do higher levels, and there isn’t that one-on-one attention from a trainer where they can build up to that.”

Protecting yourself

In order to prevent fitness-related injuries of this nature, Dean says that moderation is the key. If an individual joins a class or starts a new exercise program, she needs to take time off between exercises to give her body rest. Working on strength training and core exercises also prevent injury.

153667875“A big thing is warming up appropriately,” Dean says. “Do some sort of light cardio activity for 15 to 20 minutes beforehand that involves light resistance and movement for joints.”
The elliptical machine is ideal, activating blood flow to the muscles and warmth to the joints and ligaments. Ballistic stretching after exercising can also be a beneficial way to stay healthy.

“A lot of it from the prevention standpoint is being smart with your body,” Gruber says. “When you get the first zing of pain, don’t go running to your doctor. But if you have done different things and they aren’t getting better, or if it swells, you need to see your doctor.”

According to Sorosky, if the pain is functionally limiting and lasts longer than a week or two, a woman should visit a doctor in the industry, such as the primary care physician or a specialist in spine and sports medicine or orthopedics. Rest, ice, appropriate use of anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes physical therapy — depending on the diagnosis — are the best ways to treat an injury.

With appropriate treatment, a woman will likely be able to return to exercising.

“It is very important to look at life as a marathon rather than a sprint,” Sorosky says. “While one may need to take a break from aggravating activities for a short time and go to 168710954physical therapy, the goal is to get back to performing one’s favorite activities in the end. Once completing physical therapy, a patient can bring those exercises back into the gym and then be able to perform their activities with a smarter body.”

According to Dean, supplements are likely overused and over-utilized, but calcium, fish oil supplements and vitamin D can promote better general health. These supplements, paired with a proper diet, will help women avoid injury. Above all else, however, a woman must listen to her body.

“Bottom line, some people’s bodies are not equipped to do certain things,” Gruber says. “It’s not something you fight through.  If it doesn’t work for you, just switch it up.”

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CORE Institute Supports High School Athletes

Phoenix-based orthopedic group, The CORE Institute hosted sports physical which provided local athletes and organizations with the opportunity to support athletic programs. The exams cost $25 and 100% goes back to each respective athletic program.

The CORE Institute was able to raise and donate over $4,300 to local high schools in the Peoria and Dysart School District.  Sports physicians at The CORE Institute were able to complete more than 170 enhanced school physicals during this annual event. Student athletes are required to complete a sports physical in order to participate in their high school team sports.

“Participation in team sports is a significant part of High School for students that builds character, teaches teamwork, and improves one’s physical fitness,” said John Kearney, Jr., MD of The CORE Institute. “Our providers and staff are engrained in the community and enjoy giving back, we raise families in this community and we all work with student-athletes already – this is just one way that we can continue to give back.”

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The CORE Institute Selects SmartPager

To more quickly and efficiently share images, voice, and text between physicians and patients, The CORE Institute® announced it has selected SmartPager™, a HIPAA compliant secure messaging service that overcomes traditional limitations of one-way pagers and privacy issues associated with text messaging.  The service is easy to use with many different types of smart phones.

“We have seen a positive impact with the new platform” says Cassie Caliendo, Vice President of Contact Center with The CORE Institute.  “The time taken to reach a provider has been reduced to seconds.  The system automatically sends the message to the on-call provider and tracks the delivery, escalating if required.  The dashboard gives the entire team a clear view of our communications as they unfold in real-time.”

Dr. Jason Scalise, Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon with The CORE Institute, speaks to some of the advantages of using their new platform.  “We’re able to share images, voice, and text, reducing the time required to effectively communicate.   If I am busy or in surgery, the message is automatically escalated to my backup.  We can spend more time focused on what really matters, which is providing best-in-class orthopedic care to our patients. ”

SmartPager was selected after an extensive 12-month market search; an evaluation a beta testing period proved the technology service could deliver on The CORE Institute’s demanding communication requirements in sending real-time, critical, HIPPA compliant communications to nearly 100 providers in 16 locations from Arizona and Michigan.

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. David Jacofsky

HCL Awards 2012: Surgeon, Dr. David Jacofsky


Surgeon

Dr. David Jacofsky

The CORE Institute

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. David JacofskyDr. David Jacofsky takes a multi-pronged approach to orthopedic research, which gives him the opportunity to study devices and drugs from the bench top to the bedside. In a few short years, he has developed a Division of Research and Development and partnership with The Sun Health Research Institute, whose projects are studying total knee replacement devices; ways to improve hip fracture implants; improved methods of fracture treatment; and release of antibiotics from implants in an attempt to reduce the risk of post-operative infections.  With his leadership, this collaborative contribution in biomechanics, clinical research programs, and motion analysis (which uses state-of-the-art equipment to analyze human movement) has contributed enormously to the care of orthopedic conditions.

In addition, surgeons and researchers at The CORE Institute are working with both large and very small companies to help them create and improve products for patient care.  The CORE Institute has developed and patented products of its own to either license or sell to industry. This demonstrates Jacofsky’s continuous effort to work with local, regional and international partnerships within private orthopedic companies as well as research institutions. His focus brings greater economic development opportunities to Arizona.

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Finalist

John J. Nigro, MD

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

HCL Awards 2012 - John J. Nigro, MDNigro exemplifies the values of leadership and knowledge in a population of children who live with congenital heart defects. He is the division chief of cardiothoracic surgery and program director of transplant at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Nigro has been active in the healthcare field for more than 20 years and served as the director of the Congenital Heart Center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center for seven years. He devotes his time to the American Heart Association, Heart Center board and assisted in the initiation of the Heart Lung Transplant program for St. Joseph’s in 2010.

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Finalist

Dr. Marc Matthews

Maricopa Integrated Health System

HCL Awards 2012 - Dr. Marc MatthewsIn the story of Arizona’s Burn Center, Matthews is a name to remember. In addition to working 18 years in surgery with Maricopa Medical Center and Arizona’s largest burn center, Matthews is a lieutenant colonel with the 161st Air Refueling Medical Group, US Air Force. He served as a trauma surgeon at the Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan for three months, where his war zone experiences included operating on children and soldiers alike. Matthews is a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, as well as a speaker for Drug Free AZ.

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HCL Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZ Business Magazine March/April 2012