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childrens hospital

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Stirs Up Sweet Plans

The Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation has announced its 22nd annual Beach Ball gala to benefit the Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

To be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at The Phoenician resort, this year’s theme is the Lemonade Soirée, inspired by the positive attitudes of Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) patients who every day find ways to make lemonade out of the proverbial lemons that life has handed them.

Event organizers will look to beat last year’s fundraising initiatives, which raised an incredible $1,005,000, by adding even more incredible packages for silent and live auctions, in addition to having another sell-out year.

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric program of its kind in Arizona, providing a family-centered approach to care for children diagnosed with malignancies and hematologic diseases. Nearly 300 children and teens with a new diagnosis of cancer are treated at Phoenix Children’s each year, with nearly 70 receiving treatment each day. Each child has his or her own team of physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and more, who provide care throughout the treatment and healing process.

“Our Center employs many of the nation’s top specialists in the fields of hematology and oncology, and it is through their expertise and the generosity of our donors that we are able to provide cutting-edge medicine to all of our pediatric patients,” said Dr. Robert Arceci, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group Division Chief in Hematology and Oncology. “The funds raised through the efforts of this year’s Beach Ball Committee will allow us to expand upon our already existing exceptional standard of care.”

A leader in the fields of oncology and hematology, Phoenix Children’s Hospital houses the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorder programs in the state. Specialty programs in these fields include Early Drug Development, Survivor/Long-Term Follow Up and Neuro-oncology, in addition to the Ottosen Family Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Solid Tumor/Vascular Program and Liquid Tumor Program.

“Every year, Beach Ball gets better and better. I am personally excited for this year’s theme because it captures the true spirit of what – and more importantly – who, we raise money for,” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “These kids are an inspiration day in and day out, and this year, we hope to provide some inspiration for them – to let them know how much our community cares about their treatment and survival.”

Since Beach Ball’s inception in 1993, the event has raised more than 13.5 million dollars for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This year’s event will be co-chaired by Susan Rehorn, Amy Joffe and Gerri Richards, all active members in the local community and each heavily involved in raising money for PCH.

Planning for the event is already underway, with 50 members of the community coming together to volunteer their time, service and generosity for the benefit of the Hospital. To become involved in the planning of the 2015 Beach Ball event, or to volunteer for future events, please contact Lyndsay Magre, Director of Special Events, at (602) 933-2669.

Event and donation information may be found at www.pchbeachball.com, and on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PCHBeachBall.

Jan Brewer

Brewer Declares May ‘Arizona Small Business Month’

Arizona State Governor Janice K. Brewer approved the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) proclamation to declare May 2013 “Arizona Small Business Month.” The proclamation will be presented at ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference on May 16 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale during the “State of Small Business Breakfast.”

Speaking at the State of Small Business Breakfast will be Governor Brewer, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, National Small Business Association President Todd McCracken and ASBA CEO Rick Murray.

“Declaring May as ‘Arizona Small Business Month’ celebrates our small business community for their great contributions to our State as entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders,” says Murray. “We thank Governor Brewer for honoring Arizona’s small business community in this way, and presenting this proclamation at our upcoming conference.”

Join the State of Small Business Breakfast on Thurs., May 16 at 8-9:00 a.m. at The Phoenician Resort (6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale). The breakfast is part of ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference, which will also feature the 20th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon honoring the National Small Business Association award winners in Arizona, an all day conference with breakout sessions, Networking Mixer, and a Business Expo (free admittance).

To register, visit www.azsmallbizcon.com or call (602) 306-4000.

Jan Brewer

Brewer Declares May 'Arizona Small Business Month'

Arizona State Governor Janice K. Brewer approved the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) proclamation to declare May 2013 “Arizona Small Business Month.” The proclamation will be presented at ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference on May 16 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale during the “State of Small Business Breakfast.”

Speaking at the State of Small Business Breakfast will be Governor Brewer, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, National Small Business Association President Todd McCracken and ASBA CEO Rick Murray.

“Declaring May as ‘Arizona Small Business Month’ celebrates our small business community for their great contributions to our State as entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders,” says Murray. “We thank Governor Brewer for honoring Arizona’s small business community in this way, and presenting this proclamation at our upcoming conference.”

Join the State of Small Business Breakfast on Thurs., May 16 at 8-9:00 a.m. at The Phoenician Resort (6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale). The breakfast is part of ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference, which will also feature the 20th Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon honoring the National Small Business Association award winners in Arizona, an all day conference with breakout sessions, Networking Mixer, and a Business Expo (free admittance).

To register, visit www.azsmallbizcon.com or call (602) 306-4000.

medical travel

Medical Travel Gains Popularity As Alternative To Local Medical Facilities

With medical travel gaining popularity as an alternative to local medical facilities, Well-Being Travel will host the Well-Being and Medical Travel Conference 2012 later this month in Scottsdale.


More than ever before, patients are traveling outside their home cities for medical procedures. Venturing to another city — or another country — can offer reduced costs or facilities considered as good as, if not better than, those available in a patient’s backyard.

Executive Vice President of Well-Being Travel, Anne Marie Moebes, explains that patients travel not only for reasons of cost but also for quality of care.

For many Americans, medical travel can mean opportunities unmatched by what is available locally. Take, for instance, Kathy Marlowe of Euless, Texas.

When the condition of her knees began to worsen, Marlowe knew a replacement was inevitable. However, being only 64 at the time, her insurance would only have covered 80 percent of the cost of the procedure.

“It would have cost $65,000 per knee just for the hospital stay,” Marlowe says, adding that the figure did not include additional expenses such as anesthesia.

With the additional 20 percent not covered by Medicare until she reached age 65, this would have left Marlowe to foot a bill in excess of $30,000 for both procedures.

Worried she might end up in a wheelchair if she were to put off the procedure, Marlowe went in search of alternatives. This led her to a company called Well-Being Travel and its partner Companion Global Healthcare, Inc., who together will host the Well-Being and Medical Travel Conference 2012 later this month in Scottsdale.

The two companies work together to make medical and travel arrangements for “patient travelers” who want to undergo procedures away from home. In Marlowe’s case, this meant arranging two trips, one in March of 2011, the other in September later that year, to the CIMA Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica, to have both her knees replaced.

“Companion Global Healthcare took care of everything,” Marlowe adds.

Marlowe simply had to provide Companion Global Healthcare with medical records, and they took it from there, sending the records to San Jose, selecting a doctor to perform the procedures, and, with the help Well-Being Travel, making travel arrangements to and from Costa Rica.

The best part? When all was said and done, both knee replacements resulted in no out-of-pocket cost to Marlowe. Between her medical insurance, and her husband’s coverage as an employee of the city of Euless, Marlowe made both trips to Costa Rica without spending a dime on travel or either procedure.

“And, [the insurance company and the city] still saved money,” Marlowe says, explaining that the procedure cost far less in Costa Rica than it would have in Texas.

This is not to say that medical travelers are receiving inferior medical care. Marlowe explains that Companion Global and the insurance companies will not send patients to foreign facilities that have not met American accreditation standards.

Moebes says that while most patients travel for elective or therapeutic procedures, patients often have no other options due to lack of insurance or have explored all other options, such as women seeking alternative conception methods.

Patients have been traveling to foreign and domestic facilities for quite some time, Moebes adds. The trend is now coming to the forefront, and it is time for the travel industry to get more involved, she adds.

On June 20-21, the Well-Being and Medical Travel Conference 2012 at The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale will bring together professionals from the travel and health and wellness industries to explore the growing trend of medical travel.

“The consumer needs to be aware of the options,” Moebes says. “The whole package needs to be seamless for the consumer.”

The two-day conference will provide in-depth education for travel sellers on all aspects of medical travel. Attendees will gain the tools, knowledge and contacts they need to profit in this emerging market.

There will also be an opportunity to be entered into a sweepstakes to win a wellness travel experience valued at $5,500. The package, sponsored by the acclaimed Anadolu Medical Center in Turkey, includes two days of premium examinations and tests, spa treatment, a tour of Istanbul, round-trip airfare and a five-night stay at the Titanic Hotel.

For more information on medical travel and the Well-Being and Medical Travel Conference 2012:

Well-Being and Medical Travel Conference 2012
The Phoenician Resort
6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
June 20-21
well-beingtravelconference.com
well-beingtravel.com