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The CORE Institute set to see S. Arizona patients

Arizona’s largest orthopedic and neurology practice, The CORE Institute® powered by Excellence Headquarters®, will begin seeing its first orthopedic patients in Green Valley starting June 1. Earlier this year, The CORE Institute and Green Valley Hospital executed an orthopedic service line co-management agreement. Under the agreement, The CORE Institute will provide orthopedic physician call coverage and orthopedic service line management services at the new 50-bed full-service acute care facility located south of Tucson in Green Valley, opening June 1, 2015.

The CORE Institute also announced it officially opens its first Clinic in Southern Arizona at 4485 S I-19 Frontage Rd in Green Valley. Dr. Alex Verhoogen, board certified orthopedic surgeon with over 40 years of orthopedic experience will care for patients in Green Valley. He has expertise in general orthopedic practice including adult and pediatric fracture care, sports medicine and arthroscopy, and joint reconstruction surgery. Dr. Shane Hess, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon will be joining the CORE team later this summer and will bring additional expertise in joint replacement surgery to Green Valley. Additionally, senior physicians Drs. David Jacofsky, Bryan Wall and Jason Scalise from Phoenix will be seeing patients, bringing best-in-class orthopedic care to Southern Arizona.   

“The CORE Institute is thrilled to expand our Excellence through Evidence® platform in Southern Arizona to significantly enhance the orthopedic care available in the greater Tucson area,” said Vice Chairman, Dr. Jason Scalise. “We’re excited to bring our standardized care approach, proprietary quality IT platform, and proven outcomes to Green Valley Hospital, and to help build an orthopedic program in Southern Arizona.”

The CORE Institute plans to continue to expand in Southern Arizona, including additional locations in Tucson. Their investment in the community will ultimately shape the entire orthopedic service line and distinguish Green Valley Hospital as a leader in orthopedics delivery in Southern Arizona. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Verhoogen, or any of The CORE Institute providers, call 1.866.974.2673.

For more information, visit www.thecoreinstitute.com/greenvalley.

 

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The CORE Institute holding job fair

Arizona’s largest orthopedic and neurology practice, The CORE Institute powered by Excellence Headquarters, is holding a job fair on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm to fill open positions its Contact Center, Revenue Cycle Management and Clinic Operations. The job fair will be held at The CORE Institute’s headquarters facility at 18444 N. 25th Ave., Suite 320, Phoenix, AZ 85023.

No advance registration is required.  Job seekers are required to bring resumes and should be prepared for on-site interviews. Applicants are encouraged to dress for success. The full-time open positions range from entry-level to senior leadership roles.  A current list of openings in listed below.

Contact Center positions:

  • Medical Office Scheduler I
  • Medical Office Scheduler III
  • Clinical Liaison
  • Clinical Liaison Manager
  • Other Leadership roles

Revenue Cycle Management positions:

  • Billing Assistant
  • Billing Specialist
  • Site Billing Specialists
  • Eligibility Specialists
  • Managed Care Contracting Analyst
  • Insurance Follow-Up Representatives
  • Credentialing Supervisor
  • A/R Manager

Clinic Operations positions:

  • Front Office Representatives
  • Medical Assistants
  • Radiology Technologist
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistant

The CORE Institute offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, life, long-term disability, short-term disability, 401k matching, paid holidays, and paid time off.  The CORE Institute team is dedicated to making the lives of others better by practicing exceptional patient care. Job seekers who wish to be part of a dedicated, dynamic healthcare team in a challenging, rewarding environment will find The CORE Institute the perfect place to grow their career.

The CORE Institute  has been ranked the No. 1 Orthopedic Group by Ranking Arizona for the last three years.

A listing of the all current openings and job descriptions can be viewed at www.jobs.thecoreinstitute.com.

 

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Gina W. Ore resets focus of MORE Foundation

With April marking her one year anniversary as CEO of the Phoenix-based MORE Foundation (Musculoskeletal Orthopedic Research and Education), Gina W. Ore has helped refocus the non-profit that envisions a world full of active people. 

Ore started by adding new Board of Trustee members and updated the purpose and mission of the foundation to be focused on Innovative Research, Community Education and Charitable Assistance with a focus on serving military veterans. 

With the support of its initial sponsor The CORE Institute in 2008, the MORE Foundation has built a reputation for pioneering innovative orthopedic programs, developing new technologies and spearheading breakthrough research to advance the understanding of orthopedic care.  Innovative research will remain a cornerstone of the MORE Foundation, and thanks to Ore’s efforts the MORE Foundation seeks to expand its community education efforts and charitable assistance programs. 

“The MORE Foundation envisions a world full of active people and I believe it’s safe to say that our new board has been very active and innovative since they joined us a few months ago!” said Gina W. Ore, CEO of the MORE Foundation.  “Our mission is to empower individuals to “Keep Life in Motion®” through our innovative research, community education and charitable assistance.  I’m very fortunate to work with a Board of Trustees that is comprised of dedicated and passionate industry leaders who are committed to expanding the existing research programs and develop and launch new education and charitable assistance programs and services.”

 “Since 2008, the MORE Foundation has been internationally known for its biomechanical and clinical research.  With Gina as CEO, the organization has successfully expanded its mission to include community education and charitable assistance,” said Patricia Lewis Finnell of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation who is the current Chair of the MORE Foundation’s Board of Trustees.  “I’m extremely excited to play a role in helping to improve the lives of those facing musculoskeletal as well as neuromuscular conditions as Gina and her team lead the MORE Foundation with expanded  programs and services.”

During Ore’s first year, the MORE Foundation launched new efforts including a yearlong educational series and mentorship programs to benefit a variety of members of the medical and health sciences community, including a new bioskills training facility.  The MORE Foundation also introduced a Grateful Patient program, and the MORE Volunteers for Patients (MVP) program, where MVPs will team-up with clinical staff and healthcare professionals to facilitate and enhance the experience of patients by providing personalized guest services. 

Ore’s plans for her second year include a worker transition program for military veterans wishing to transition to a civilian job in healthcare.   The program will provide a support team to military veterans to facilitate an on-the-job experience and training opportunity. The teams will include an Academic Advisor and Trainer, veteran personal coach and non-veteran personal coach who will assist military veterans in the transition from military to civilian work environments. Another program is the works is creation of a MORE Camp and Scholar program that will provide educational opportunities for high school seniors, two of which will be awarded scholarships should they pursue a career in health sciences. 

One of Ore’s primary responsibilities is to foster a culture of philanthropy that will facilitate support of innovative research, community education and charitable assistance.  During the last year, she has been successful in expanding the donor base and increase donations.

Prior to MORE Foundation, Ms. Ore spent 14 years at Sun Health Foundation and most recently served as Vice President and Chief Development Officer. In her role there, she led the reorganization of Sun Health Foundation after it merged with Banner Health in 2008. She has also held leadership positions at the American Red Cross and what is now known as Benevilla. In 1999, she founded the International Kim Foundation and currently remains its President. Ms. Ore has also enjoyed extensive community involvement as well through volunteer participation with the Hon Kachina Council, Sun City West Rotary Club and District 5490, West Valley Art Museum, Sun Cities Area Ministerial Association, the Association for Healthcare Professionals, Arizona Grantmakers Forum, and the West Valley Symphony.

Ms. Ore obtained a bachelor’s degree in music and psychology/sociology from Millikin University, completed requirements for her Certified Fundraising Executive certification, and completed her Master’s Degree in Innovative Leadership from Western International University.

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MORE Foundation launches orthopedic education series

The MORE Foundation (Musculoskeletal Orthopedic Research and Education), a nonprofit organization that envisions a world full of active people, launched its 2015 Education Series which is open to Phoenix area orthopedic surgeons, residents, fellows and physical and occupational therapists across the Valley.  April educational opportunities included a Dual Visiting Professorship session on April 10 and 11 and a foot and ankle cadaver lab on April 18.  Additional information can be found at www.more-foundation.org.

The first event of the year was a Dual Visiting Professorship program on January 9 and 10, 2015 and was sponsored by the MORE Foundation, The CORE Institute, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Trimed, Extremity Medical, Stryker and Synthes. The two-day class included lectures, case studies and a cadaver laboratory on the topic Controversies on the most common pattern of degenerative arthritis in the wrist, known within the medical community as SLAC (Scaphoid Lunate Advanced Collapse) Wrist.

The visiting professors were Scott W. Wolfe, MD of the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY and Marco M. Rizzo, MD of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.  The session was moderated by Scott Edwards, MD, of The CORE Institute, who also helped coordinate the day’s events.  The objectives were 1) to understand the current thoughts on unresolved issues pertaining to SLAC wrist injuries; 2) to offer new techniques to patients that will improve their outcome; and 3) to skillfully practice techniques of SLAC wrist reconstruction. 

“In hosting the Education Series our goal is to bring high-level educational opportunities to the Phoenix medical community,” said Gina W. Ore, CEO of the MORE Foundation.  “The strong positive response we’ve already received from the medical community is overwhelming and we look forward to hosting many more educational opportunities throughout the year.”

“Coming from Georgetown, I was accustomed to having few resources to help with these types of events,” said Scott Edwards, MD of The CORE Institute and who moderated the presentation and helped coordinate the January event.  “The teamwork and expertise demonstrated between The CORE Institute and the MORE Foundation’s leadership to make this event possible was truly inspiring and extremely beneficial to the entire medical community here in Phoenix.” 

Additional education events are currently scheduled in April and September with additional opportunities to be announced throughout the year. To view or register for upcoming events visit the MORE Foundation website at www.more-foundation.org.

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Ranking Arizona party celebrates state’s top companies

Hundreds of Arizona’s top business leaders descended onto The Venue Scottsdale Thursday for Ranking Arizona’s Best of the Best Bash.

This party tonight is to celebrate the nearly 2,000 companies that are featured in Ranking Arizona,” said Michael Gossie, editor in chief of AZ Big Media, which publishes Ranking Arizona. “You are the innovators. You are the risk takers. You are the drivers of Arizona’s economy. And you are the best at what you do.”

Te see photos from the event, click here.

Special recognition was given to the sponsors — Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and The CORE Institute — and a video that showcased the companies’ affiliation with Ranking Arizona was shown.

Five companies were also honored as 2015 Ranking Arizona Hall of Fame inductees. To earn Hall of Fame status, a company has to be ranked No. 1 for 10 years. Joining that elite group of Hall of Fame companies that consistently deliver great services to the state of Arizona are Celebrity Theatre, Chandler Regional Medical Center, Cox Communications Arizona, Form Design Studio Ltd. and Royal Palms Resort & Spa.

Ranking Arizona is the outcome of the largest business opinion poll in Arizona. Rankings are based purely on voters’ opinion. Participants vote based on quality of product, service and who they would recommend doing business with. The responses are then assembled and ranked according to their total number of votes.

To vote for your favorite companies, click here.

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Az Business names Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists

Each year, AZ Business magazine hosts the Healthcare Leadership Awards to honor the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare sector.

Az Business is proud to announce the 2015 Healthcare Leadership Awards finalists, who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and will be recognized at the Healthcare Leadership Awards dinner and awards ceremony on April 9  at the Arizona Grand Resort. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Abrazo Health — Arrowhead Hospital

Abrazo Health — Michele Finney

Affiliated Urologists — Dr. Mark Hong

Banner Health, Cardon Children’s Medical Center — Rachel Calendo

Banner Health — Peter Fine

Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation — Catherine Ivy

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck — Martin L. Shultz

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center

CTCA — Dr. Glen Weiss

Dedicated Health Solutions

Dignity Health — Barrow Neurological Institute

Dignity Health, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers — Tim Bricker

Dignity Health — St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

HonorHealth and TGen — Dr. Daniel D. Von Hoff

HonorHealth – Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center

IASIS Healthcare — Tony Marinello

Insys Therapeutics

Magellan Health

Maricopa Integrated Health System — Dr. David Wisinger

Medtronic

Midwestern University — Kathleen Goeppinger

Quarles & Brady — Roger Morris

Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Dr. Robert J. Arceci

Radiant Research

Remuda Ranch

Snell and Wilmer – Richard Mallery

Sonora Quest Laboratories

Southwest Behavioral Health Services

SynCardia Systems

The CORE Institute — Dr. David Jacofsky

UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

University of Arizona Cancer Center

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Dr. Nathan Moore Joins The CORE Institute

The CORE Institute, announced the addition of Nathan Moore, DO, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision joint arthroplasty of the hip and knee practicing at The CORE Institute’s West Phoenix location. 

“While undertaking my fellowship training at The CORE Institute I saw their  evidence-based excellence approach to helping each patient achieve their best possible outcome and was honored that The CORE Institute  invited me to become part of this impressive team,” said Dr. Nathan Moore.  “I’m thrilled to bring my expertise to this organization which will allow me to provide my patients the highest levels of medical care and treatment.”

“We are excited that Dr. Nathan Moore has joined the talented team at The CORE Institute after completing  his fellowship training with us,” said Dr. Steven L. Myerthall, Market President at The CORE Institute. “Having obtained his fellowship training with The CORE Institute, we saw Dr. Moore’s talent and are excited to add the expertise of someone that already is familiar with our team-oriented approach to assisting patients and our emphasis on providing each patient the best outcome.”

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Nathan Moore

Nathan Moore, DO is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision joint arthroplasty of the hip and knee.  Dr. Moore obtained his fellowship training in adult joint reconstruction at The CORE Institute. He completed his residency and internship program from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dayton, OH where he served as Chief Resident during his final year of training. He graduated near the top of his class from Touro University where he earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Dr. Moore stays active in the community; He participated in Operation Walk – America, has been active with the Arthritis Foundation, and was awarded the T.O.U.C.H award for over 50 hours of community service as an osteopathic medical student. Dr. Moore received his bachelor of science degree from Brigham Young University. Dr. Moore is a member of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO), America Osteopathic Association (AOA) and International Congress of Joint Reconstruction (ICJR).

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Moore, or any of The CORE Institute providers, please call 1.866.974.2673.

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The CORE Institute holding a job fair Thursday

Arizona’s largest orthopedic and neurology practice, The CORE Institute powered by Excellence Headquarters, is holding a job fair on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm to fill open positions in the Contact Center.

The job fair will be held at The CORE Institute’s headquarters facility at 18444 N. 25th Ave., Suite 320, Phoenix, AZ 85023. No advance registration is required.  Job seekers are required to bring resumes and should be prepared for on-site interviews. Applicants are encouraged to dress for success.
 
Among the full-time positions to be filled for the Contact Center include Patient Care Coordinators for various shifts. A Patient Care Coordinator is responsible for answering incoming calls from patients/customers to schedule appointments, answer questions, handle concerns, troubleshoot problems and provide information.  Experience requirements are a minimum of one year Contact Center or Phone Customer Service experience, with one year medical scheduling background preferred. 
 
The CORE Institute offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, life, long-term disability, short-term disability, 401k matching, paid holidays, and paid time off.  The CORE Institute team is dedicated to making the lives of others better by practicing exceptional patient care. Job seekers who wish to be part of a dedicated, dynamic healthcare team in a challenging, rewarding environment will find The CORE Institute the perfect place to grow their career.
 
The CORE Institute has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by Phoenix Business Journal four years and running, and has been ranked #1 Orthopedic Group by Ranking Arizona for the last three years.
 
A listing of the all current openings and job descriptions can be viewed at www.jobs.thecoreinstitute.com.

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The CORE Institute opening specialty hospital

The CORE Institute, an integrated orthopedic and neurology practice with locations in Arizona and Michigan, announced that they have partnered with Surgical Care Affiliates (“SCA”, NASDAQ: SCAI), a prominent surgical solutions and specialty surgical services provider, and six local independent physicians1 to open The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.

The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital will be staffed with the Valley’s top orthopedic surgeons specializing in hip and knee replacement, spine, pain management, podiatry and other orthopedic surgical specialties. The CORE Institute’s partnership with SCA will create a national model of specialty centers for the future by tapping core strengths and competencies of both companies to enhance the quality of patient care, improve accountable care models, and reduce costs to consumers.

Through its hospital alignment strategies, The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital (formerly Specialty Hospital of Phoenix), will offer evidence-based approaches to medical care and integrated orthopedic service lines to improve the experience for patients in the local community. As consumers, employers and third party payers look for higher value options in the delivery of surgical services, The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital will offer a unique setting for patients to receive high-end, specialty specific, quality care – validated through The CORE Institute’s well-proven improved surgical outcomes. The CORE Institute’s partnership with SCA will include future local and national expansion.

“The CORE Institute is pleased to join forces with SCA to continue to transform the delivery of healthcare”, said Chairman and CEO David J. Jacofsky, MD. “Both organizations have outcomes with data that speaks for itself and through this strategic partnership, we are able to expand our standardized care approach, proprietary quality and IT platforms, and replicate these proven outcomes nationally.” The CORE Institute will deploy proven pathways and protocols, create efficiencies in an inpatient setting, and provide optimal patient outcomes all while focusing on a specialty patient-centered approach.

“The CORE Institute has built a national reputation for performing routine and complex orthopedic surgeries, while providing excellent patient care and clinical outcomes,” said Goran Dragolovic, Senior Vice President of Operations at SCA. “With their experience and expertise in co-management with Banner Health and St. John Providence Health Systems, The CORE Institute is the ideal partner to support SCA in furthering our mission to improve healthcare and achieve our shared goal of establishing a system of accountable care, where quality outcomes drive reimbursement.”

Eric Tomlon will serve as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. Currently, Eric serves as Chief Operating Officer of The CORE Institute’s National Hospital and Service Line Management Division. He brings 20 years of experience in health administration, including twelve years of hospital administration in for-profit, not-for-profit, Catholic, university, pediatric, independent and large health systems. “The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital will be a place where patients, physicians and employees can expect the very best in top tier, orthopedic services,” commented Mr. Tomlon. “The community will benefit tremendously from this partnership between The CORE Institute, SCA and local physicians, and the incredible patient care our physicians and employees will proudly deliver.”

The hospital is currently open operating under its new governance and ownership. One of the first objectives for hospital to achieve in 2015 will be a new master facility plan and upgrade. 

For more information on how to schedule surgery or to learn more about the physicians that work at The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital, please call 602.795.6020.

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CORE Institute looks to hire 15 surgeons

With its upcoming expansion into Tucson, Arizona’s largest orthopedic and neurology practice, The CORE Institute, announced it was seeking 15 highly qualified Board Eligible/Board Certified orthopedic surgeons to be part of its dynamic team dedicated to delivering the best in musculoskeletal healthcare in Southern Arizona.

The CORE Institute plans to open its first Tucson facility this summer. Earlier this year, The CORE Institute announced it had signed a co-management agreement to lead the Orthopedics Department at Green Valley Hospital. Additionally, The CORE Institute will begin recruiting to fill positions for clinical and administrative staff closer to the opening of the Green Valley clinic and future clinical sites.

Among the orthopedic surgeon subspecialties it is seeking include: Adult Reconstruction, Foot and Ankle, Orthopedic Traumatology, Hand Surgery, Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Oncology, Spine Surgery, and Pain Management/ Interventional Spine. Interested candidates should contact: The CORE Institute at JoinUs@thecoreinstitute.com or by calling 1.866.974.2673.

“The CORE Institute has earned its national reputation thanks to its talented physicians and we’re very excited to expand that reputation of excellence to Tucson,” said Jason Scalise, MD, Vice Chair and Director of National Physician Integration at The CORE Institute. “We plan to start by adding 15 talented orthopedic surgeons in the greater Tucson area that share The CORE Institute’s passion and a dedication to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients.”

There are several reasons why talented, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons from across the nation have joined The CORE Institute. The CORE Institute has delivered care to more than a quarter of a million patients from all 50 states and around the world over the past 10 years. The organization has grown to more than 140 providers with nearly 700 employees. It is home to several research facilities including: one of the most sophisticated motion analysis and gait laboratories, state-of-the-art biomechanics facilities, and cell culture-chondrocyte facilities. It’s documented, excellent patient outcomes are ensured by a unique and dedicated Quality Department, which sets benchmarks in orthopedic care through evidence-based medicine and standardized protocols managed through a custom, proprietary IT infrastructure. The organization continues to be a leader in payor-reform initiatives and at the forefront of systems-based quality initiatives that drive value across health care organizations. The CORE Institute’s team of fellowship-trained physicians provides specialized care in the areas of surgical, non-surgical and rehabilitative medicine, across the continuum of musculoskeletal care.
 
For more information about The CORE Institute visit www.thecoreinstitute.com.

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

The CORE Institute celebrates 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. David J. Jacofsky, along with Dr. John A. Brown and Dr. Mark D. Campbell, believed they could provide best-in-class orthopedic care to Phoenix area residents. Ten years later, it is clear that they have been able to bring that dream to fruition with 150 care providers, 700 employees and almost half a million patients in the practice.

In January, 2005, The CORE Institute was born and over the next ten years the practice grew from one small office in Sun City West, Arizona into a nationally recognized, innovation-leading, orthopedic and neurological practice with 700 employees spanning two states and 26 facilities.

“Our phenomenal growth has been built on a platform of evidence-based medicine and meticulous outcomes tracking managed by our proprietary IT platform,” said Chairman and CEO David Jacofsky, MD. “It’s very rewarding to see our innovative approach to patient care being embraced by hundreds of thousands of patients, from all 50 states and multiple countries. The one thing that has remained the same is our commitment to a proven, evidence-based, outcomes driven, standardized patient care approach. I am proud of what we have accomplished. We’re truly honored that patients and the medical community have entrusted us to care for them at The CORE Institute over the last 10 years.”

The CORE Institute has expanded from its early years to offer care in Orthopedics, Spine, Pain Management, Neurology, Rheumatology, Plastic Surgery and Physical Therapy.  In addition to its innovative evidence-based medicine IT platform, the organization continues to be a leader in payor-reform initiatives and hospital alignment strategies.

Unique within the industry, The CORE Institute has agreements to co-manage the orthopedic departments at several major hospitals, including at five Banner Health facilities in Arizona, Green Valley Hospital South of Tucson, and St. John Providence Hospitals in Southfield and Novi Michigan. In 2013, The CORE Institute teamed up with the Cleveland Clinic, OrthoCarolina and The Rothman Institute to form the first-of-its-kind clinically integrated Orthopedic PHO (Physician Hospital Organization), operating as the National Orthopaedic & Spine Alliance LLC (NOSA).

The CORE Institute was recognized as the #1 Orthopedic Group by Ranking Arizona three years in a row, one of the Best Places to Work by Phoenix Business Journal four years in a row, and was the 2014 recipient of the IMPACT Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Over the years, numerous physicians have also been recognized by Phoenix Magazine Top Docs issue, Hour Detroit’s Top Docs issue, and several other publications.

Of today’s 700 employees, many are celebrating their 10th year of employment at The CORE Institute. It is no surprise to see the continued expansion and growth of The CORE Institute because of their committed and dedicated team.

The CORE Institute is already looking towards the next ten years, with clinics planned to open in other states, as well as overseas, in the near future.

“We’re early in our journey as a company and I’m very excited about our future as we expand our efforts to give patients best-in-class care,” concluded Dr. Jacofsky.

Timeline of milestones:
2005: Opened The CORE Institute in Sun City West, Arizona
2006: Expanded locations to service patients in Sun City on the Banner Boswell Medical Center campus and Phoenix on the John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital campus
2006: Welcomed 7 new providers to the Arizona Market
2006: Expanded subspecialties to include comprehensive spine care
2007: Welcomed 6 new providers to the Arizona Market
2007: Launched CORE Ink publication
2007: Relocated Peoria and North Phoenix clinics due to increased patient demand
2007: Expanded subspecialties to include hand and upper extremity care
2008: Launched non-profit foundation, the MORE Foundation
2008: Welcome 3 new providers to the Arizona Market
2008: Expanded locations to service patients in Gilbert, Arizona on the Mercy Gilbert Medical Center Campus
2009: Featured new treatment options for Rotator Cuff Injuries, Reverse Shoulder Replacement
2010: Welcomed 12 new providers to the Arizona Market
2010: Recognized Drs. John Kearney, Mark Campbell, David J. Jacofsky, and Steven L. Myerthall as PHOENIX Magazine’s Top Doctors in Arizona
2011: Launched first co-management agreement with Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Arizona
2011: Welcomed 8 new providers to the Arizona Market
2011: Recognized Drs. Ali Araghi and Eric Feldman as PHOENIX Magazine’s Top Doctors in Arizona
2012: Opened first Spine Center in Sun City, Arizona
2012: Recognized Dr. David J. Jacofsky as one of the “Top 26 Knee Surgeons” by Orthopedics This Week
2012: Recognized Dr. David J. Jacofsky as the “Surgeon of the Year” by Arizona Business Magazine: Healthcare Leadership Awards
2012: Welcomed 21 new providers to the Arizona Market
2012: Expanded co-management relationship with Banner Health to provide world-class orthopedic care at Banner Desert Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
2013: Expanded locations to service patients in Mesa, Arizona on the Banner Desert Medical Campus
2013: Welcomed World-Renowned Spine Surgeon from the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Mark Dekutoski
2013: Expanded into Michigan, first clinic expansion outside of Arizona
2013: Launched CORE Cycling Team to include a 50-member cyclist team
2013: The CORE Institute, is joined by Cleveland Clinic, OrthoCarolina and Rothman Institute to form the first-of-its-kind clinically integrated Orthopedic PHO (Physician Hospital Organization), operating as the National Orthopaedic & Spine Alliance LLC (NOSA).
2013: Built  prosthetic tail for alligator, Mr. Stubbs
2013: Welcomed Dr. Victor Nwosu to the Michigan Market
2013: Welcomed 24 new providers to the Arizona Market team
2013: Received #1 Orthopedic Group Recognition by Ranking Arizona
2013: Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by Phoenix Business Journal
2013: Recognized Dr. David J. Jacofsky as one of the “Most Admired Leaders” by Phoenix Business Journal
2013: Recognized Dr. Mark Dekutoski as one of the “Top 28 Spine Surgeons in America” by Orthopedics This Week
2013: Expanded co-management relationship with Banner Health to provide world-class orthopedic care at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
2014: Opened 70,000 sq. ft. Headquarters facility and Clinic opens in Phoenix, Arizona
2014: Expanded specialties to include Neurology, Plastic Surgery and Rheumatology
2014: Signed Orthopedic Co-Management Agreement at Green Valley Hospital in South of Tucson
2014: Welcomed Gina Ore as CEO of the MORE Foundation
2014: Welcomed 4 new providers to the Michigan Market team
2014: Welcomed 40 new providers to the Arizona Market team
2014: Reached 500th employee
2014: Completed first two-level disc replacement surgery in Arizona by Dr. Ali Araghi
2014: Received #1 Orthopedic Group Recognition by Ranking Arizona for second year in a row
2014: Recognized Drs. John Kearney, Jr. and E. Michael Lucero as PHOENIX Magazine’s Top Doctors in Arizona
2014: Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by Phoenix Business Journal
2014: Recognized for the IMPACT Awards for Entrepreneurial Excellence by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
2015: Expanded Michigan Market to Grand Blanc, Michigan

For more information, visit www.thecoreinstitute.com or call 1.866.974.2673 to schedule an appointment

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CORE Institute expands into plastic surgery

The CORE Institute, announced the addition of Andrew Blount, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery. He specializes in hand surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery.

“We found a great need to expand our specialties to now include plastic surgery to effectively care our patients in Arizona,” said Dr. Steven L. Myerthall, Market President at The CORE Institute. “With the addition of Dr. Andrew Blount, Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon, our patients will benefit from his expertise in treating those patients who require skin grafts due to significant burns, skin loss due to tumors, trauma or extensive wound injuries. In addition, Dr. Blount is fellowship-trained in hand surgery, which enhances his special interest in orthopedics.”

Andrew Blount

Andrew Blount

Dr. Blount cares for a variety of clinical problems of the hand, including trauma, nerve compression, wrist injuries,  fractures, and arthritis. He has a special interest in reconstructive  surgery that assist patients in extensive wound or trauma injury, burns, areas of extensive skin loss due to infection and special surgeries that may require skin grafts or flaps for healing to occur. In addition, Dr. Blount performs surgery for benign and malignant skin lesions and soft tissue tumors, breast reduction and reconstruction, gynecomastia, Mohs facial reconstruction, facial trauma reconstruction, body contouring after massive weight loss, and aesthetic/cosmetic surgery throughout the body.

Dr. Blount received his fellowship training in orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida. He completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency program at Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Medical Educational Partners. He earned his medical degree from University of Arizona College of Medicine where he served as Class Representative and Student Body President. While earning his medical degree, Dr. Blount was involved in a variety of research grant projects and was awarded one of the Class of 2008 Outstanding Research Awards. He graduated sum cum laude from Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Blount, or any of The CORE Institute providers, please call 1.866.974.2673.

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Omar Abdul-Hadi joins CORE Institute

Arizona’s #1 ranked orthopedic practice, The CORE Institute, announced the addition of Omar Abdul-Hadi, MD, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee.

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Omar Abdul-Hadi

“Dr. Abdul-Hadi joins The CORE Institute as an established physician who previously practiced in Southern Oregon.  He cares for patients in need of a joint replacement of the hip and knee, and he has a keen interest in the Direct Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement,” said Dr. Steven L. Myerthall, Market President at The CORE Institute. “Practicing at our Sun City West location, Dr. Abdul-Hadi looks forward to caring for patients in need of a total joint replacement of the hip and knee.”

Prior to joining The CORE Institute, Dr. Abdul-Hadi cared for patients at Southern Oregon Orthopedics. He served as the Medical Director for Total Joint Service at Providence Medford Medical Center and was integral in obtaining the Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Dr. Abdul-Hadi received his fellowship training in adult joint reconstruction from the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania. He was granted the opportunity to study orthopedic traumatology as an AO International Trauma Fellow in Newcastle, Australia. Prior to his fellowship training, Dr. Abdul-Hadi completed his residency and internship program at University of Illinois at Chicago. He earned his medical degree from University of Damascus in Damascus, Syria and obtained his Healthcare Master of Business Administration from the George Washington’s School of Business.

Dr. Abdul-Hadi is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) and Oregon Medical Association (OMA). He is fluent in English,  French and Arabic.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Adbul-Hadi, or any of The CORE Institute providers, please call 1.866.974.2673.

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Green Valley, CORE Institute sign agreement

Green Valley Hospital and The CORE Institute, announced it signed an orthopedic service line co-management agreement. Under the agreement, The CORE Institute will provide orthopedic physician call coverage and service line management services at Green Valley Hospital.

Green Valley Hospital is a new, 50-bed, full-service general acute care hospital located south of Tucson in Green Valley, Arizona. Green Valley Hospital is currently under construction and plans to open in the Spring of 2015. The CORE Institute is Arizona’s largest comprehensive musculoskeletal and neurology medical practice.

The strategic partnership is similar to other service line co-management agreements wherein The CORE Institute leads orthopedic service improvement initiatives at more than a half-dozen hospitals in the greater Phoenix and Detroit metropolitan areas. The CORE Institute will add a large clinic in Green Valley to support patient care and service line co-management activities.

“The CORE Institute is thrilled to expand our Excellence through Evidence® platform in Southern Arizona to significantly enhance the orthopedic care available in the greater Tucson area,” said Chairman and CEO David Jacofsky, MD. “We’re excited to bring our standardized care approach, proprietary quality IT platform, and proven outcomes to Green Valley Hospital, and to help build an orthopedic program in Southern Arizona.”

“Our partnership with The CORE Institute is an investment that will ultimately shape the entire orthopedic service line and distinguish Green Valley Hospital as a leader in orthopedics delivery in Southern Arizona,” said David Wanger, CEO Green Valley Hospital. “The CORE Institute’s national reputation for excellence will help attract leading orthopedic specialists to the market and, in turn, local patients will be able to receive best-in-class care without having to travel to Tucson or Phoenix.”

“We’re excited to introduce cutting-edge care via an innovative model based on the highest level of collaboration to Southern Arizona,” said DeLyle Manwaring, Senior Vice President of Hospital Service Line Integration for The CORE Institute. “This co-management agreement brings together physicians and hospital leaders with a shared objective of excellent patient care, outcomes and enhanced patient experience.”

To support service line co-management operations, The CORE Institute will open a Southern Arizona clinic in 2015 and will add several surgeons, physician assistants and physical therapists to its team of more than 650 talented employees across Arizona and Michigan.

For more information, please visit www.thecoreinstitute.com/greenvalley, please call 1.866.974.2673.

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Excellence Headquarters promotes Vasconcellos

Excellence Headquarters, the management company for The CORE Institute, announced the promotion of Allison Vasconcellos to Vice President of Marketing, Branding and Communications.

“Allison’s talent and leadership contributions to The CORE Institute are best exemplified by the fact that she’s earned multiple promotions since 2007, culminating in her new title as Vice President,” said Dr. David J. Jacofsky, Chairman and CEO of Excellence Headquarters. “Allison is accomplished in developing and executing strategies that increase market share and ROI with a strong ability to deliver effective presentations, conveying complex material and information with clarity and enthusiasm.”

“I am very proud to be part of an organization that continues to transform the delivery of healthcare across the country. In nine years, The CORE Institute has grown from only three physicians to over 150 providers and nearly 700 employees in multiple locations across Arizona and Michigan,” said Allison Vasconcellos, Vice President of Marketing Branding and Communications for The CORE Institute. “It’s exciting to work for a company that encourages and assists employees with career growth and rewarding hard work and commitment to achieving results. Ongoing commitment to staff development is one of the many reasons The CORE Institute has been voted one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley by Phoenix Business Journal three years and running.”

Vasconcellos joined The CORE Institute in 2007. She brings her extensive marketing experience that includes marketing and advertising strategy with significant experience in patient acquisition, market share growth, web and online advertising development tactics and launching of coordinated initiatives with the use of outdoor, direct mail, print, web, TV and radio, as well as corporate affiliate marketing and promotional partnerships.

In 2013, Vasconcellos was named a Finalist for Marketer of the Year by the Phoenix Business Journal and Business Marketing Association of Phoenix in the Large Size Business category for marketing excellence. She has earned some of the highest awards available within The CORE Institute, including the Chairman’s and Firefly Awards.

An Arizona native, Vasconcellos received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and MBA from Grand Canyon University. She is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD).

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Frederic Wilson joins The CORE Institute

The No. 1 ranked Phoenix-based orthopedic and neurological group, The CORE Institute, announced the addition of Frederic B Wilson, MD, a fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon specializing in primary and revision joint replacement of the hip and knee, limb deformity surgery and orthopedic trauma surgery.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Wilson has joined our talented team at The CORE Institute as we continue to expand within Arizona,” said Dr. Steven L. Myerthall, Market President at The CORE Institute. “Dr. Wilson will be caring for patients in our North Phoenix clinic location, as well as caring for any orthopedic trauma patient at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.”

Frederic B. Wilson, MD is a board certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon specializing in adult and pediatric fracture care and joint replacement of the hip and knee. Dr. Wilson focuses on treating patients with compassion, expert medical care with state-of-the-art approaches to orthopedic treatment.

Prior to joining The CORE Institute, Dr. Wilson served as a Faculty Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Joseph’s Medical Group in Phoenix. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine on the Phoenix campus.

Dr. Wilson received his fellowship training in orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction at Tulane University Health Sciences Center in Louisiana. He completed his orthopedic surgery and transitional internship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota where he received the “Outstanding Educator Award.” He obtained his bachelor’s degree at Collect of St. Thomas in Minnesota where he graduated cum laude.

Dr. Wilson is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA), Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society, and SIGN Fracture Care International.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wilson or any of The CORE Institute providers,call 1.866.974.2673.

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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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Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

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.

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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.

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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.