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Mountain Vista Medical Center expands partnerships

Starting this Wednesday, May 20, some patients in Mesa and Apache Junction will begin to receive the urgent care they need without leaving home.

Apache Junction residents Rhonda Barber and her mother, Jeannie, have both utilized the services of the Community Care Unit (CCU) for their urgent care needs on multiple occasions. Rhonda recently had the CCU at her home after she took a wrong medication and had an adverse reaction.

“They hooked me up to an IV and flushed my system out and stayed with me until they made sure I was feeling better,” Rhonda said. “That saved me a trip to the hospital. I think it’s an awesome program. If I can call them and have them come to my house and take care of me when it’s not a drastic emergency, that’s the best program out there ever.”

Thanks to a partnership between Mountain Vista Medical Center and Mesa Fire and Medical and Superstition Springs Fire and Medical emergency responders, “low-level” emergency calls can now be answered — and often resolved ­— by mobile units that treat patients on-site. The program was recently expanded and there are now three mobile units on the streets.

“By answering these calls, we help alleviate the 911 backlog and save the four-person units to deal with true emergencies like strokes, heart attacks or fires,” says hospital Chief Executive Tony Marinello “In 2013, 80 percent of the 911 calls received by Mesa Fire and Medical Department were health-related, so mobile units help ensure the right people are responding to the right calls.”

Staffed by a paramedic employed by the fire department and nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant the hospital employs, the teams can treat wounds, stabilize blood sugar, test for infections, administer shots and even write prescriptions. They can refer patients to primary care physicians or specialists. And each patient receives a follow-up call a few days later, which decreases reoccurrence rates. 

Mountain Vista’s partnership began in 2012 with one nurse practitioner and Mesa Fire and Medical Department providing a mobile unit and a paramedic captain that operated three days a week. In December, the partnership was expanded to provide 24-hour coverage seven days a week. Mountain Vista now employs 11 nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants, who staff mobile units in both Mesa and the Apache Junction areas. 

“At Mountain Vista, we embrace innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for the individuals and communities we serve,” Marinello said. “That’s why expanded our partnership to provide Mesa and Apache Junction area residents with a more appropriate response to low-level 911 calls, which will help to reduce the strain on our valued emergency resources and personnel.”

 

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Mountain Vista earns recognition for wound care

Mountain Vista Medical Center has been recognized as a Center of Distinction for wound care by Healogics, Inc.,  the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services, making it one of very few locations in Arizona to have earned this national award.

Five hundred and six centers were eligible for the Center of Distinction award, and only 172 centers across the country achieved the honor. The award distinguishes Mountain Vista Medical Center as one of the top wound care centers in the country and is given to facilities that have outstanding patient outcomes for 12 months or more.

Mountain Vista Medical Center earned the Center of Distinction recognition for having a patient satisfaction rate of 92 percent, a wound healing rate of 98 percent, and an average of 27 days for wounds to heal after treatment. 

“Receiving this honor is a tremendous deal to our team because it recognizes the continued dedication we have to our patients, as they are our first priority,” said Eric Schlesinger, M.D., General Surgery Wound Care Medical Director at Mountain Vista Medical Center. “Our goal is to consistently provide the very best care possible, and although it’s extremely gratifying to receive a national recognition like this, it cannot compare to the feeling we have when our patients are healed after receiving the right type of specialized treatment.”

Nationally, approximately 7 million people suffer from chronic, open wounds, usually involving the lower extremities. This serious condition can cause significant impairment in the quality of life and may lead to limb amputation if left untreated. Non-healing wounds frequently occur in the elderly and in people with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and chronic vein disorders such as varicose veins and venous thrombosis and prolonged immobility.

As a member of the Healogics Network of more than 635 Centers, Mountain Vista Medical Center provides access to benchmarking data from its experience in treating more than 2 million chronic wounds. The hospital offers highly-specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

The trained specialists at Mountain Vista Medical Center follow a multidisciplinary approach to wound healing. After an initial evaluation, each patient receives a comprehensive, individualized plan designed to help heal complicated wounds. The team works to address the underlying cause of the problem, control infection and improve the overall health of its patients.

“At Mountain Vista Medical Center, we are committed to providing the highest-quality care possible,” said Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista Medical Center. “This award reinforces what we strive to achieve every day: great patient outcomes.”

For more information about wound healing at Mountain Vista Medical Center, call (480) 358-6090 or visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com/services/wound_care/.

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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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Az Business honors healthcare leaders

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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 system. Here are the winners and finalists who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and were recognized at the 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 10 at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix. See photos from the event here or on our Facebook page.

BIOSCIENCE COMPANY
Winner: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
TGen has made great strides in the field if genomics medicine. TGen researchers work to help physicians prescribe drugs that are designed more intelligently, work more effectively and have fewer toxic side effects. They have received numerous grants to support research into brain cancer and brain injuries, advanced cancers, Parkinson’s, rare childhood disorders, and more.

Finalists:
Barrow at PCH
Sonora Quest

COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION
Winner: Barbara Kavanagh, Arizona Myeloma Network
Kavanagh’s mission is to change the lack of information and support resources for myeloma cancer by forming the Arizona Myeloma Network and the Living with Myeloma Conference, which has grown to 300 people. She also introduced the Pat and Bill Hite Cancer Caregivers Education and Support Program for caregivers to receive support and answers.

Finalists:
Catherine Ivy, Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation
Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University

HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE
Winner: Robert L. Meyer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of Phoenix Children’s Hospital from the edge of financial failure to a successful $588 million expansion that made the hospital into one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country. PCH is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

Finalists:
Tim Bricker, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert
Mary Lee DeCoster, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista, IASIS Healthcare
Ed Myers, St. Luke’s Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare

HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE
Winner: Dr. John Chen, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Serving the community’s most vulnerable residents, Chen has helped thousands of patients within the Maricopa Integrated Health System. He sees patients who are in urgent need of treatment because of their lack of dental insurance or location in third world countries. He promotes dental care and hygiene to help prevent serious diseases.

Finalists:
Dr. Randal Christensen, Crews ‘n’ Healthcare
Gerri Hether, Orchard Medical Consulting

INSURANCE PROVIDER
Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Marking its 75th anniversary in Arizona, BCBSAZ is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance as well as outside programs targeted to children and their families to help reduce childhood obesity.

Finalists:
Health Net of Arizona
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

LEGAL ADVOCATE
Winner: Kristen Rosati, Polsinelli
As an attorney dedicated to the healthcare industry, especially to healthcare privacy, health information exchange and clinical research, Rosati has written 12 books, 30 articles and made 200 presentations on healthcare topics. She also helped establish two nonprofits in Arizona that support health information exchange and health information technology.

Finalists:
Richard Mallery, Snell and Wilmer
Martin L. Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

MEDICAL CENTER OR HOSPITAL
Winner: Scottsdale Healthcare
As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care.

Finalists:
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s Medical Center

MEDICAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ventana
Ventana is driving personalized healthcare through the development of “companion diagnostics” to identify patients most likely to respond favorably to specific therapies. Ventana has worked is currently engaged in more that 150 collaborative projects to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics globally.

Finalists:
Medtronic
W.L. Gore and Associates

MEDICAL RESEARCH COMPANY
Winner: Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
BAI has undergone a major prevention trial to evaluate a treatment in cognitively healthy older adults at the highest known genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The study is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative API, an international collaboration led by BAI to accelerate the evaluation of promising but unproven prevention therapies.

Finalists:
Banner MD Anderson
University of Arizona Cancer Center

PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jimmy Chow, IASIS Healthcare
Chow improved the field of orthopedics by helping to design and teach a hybrid technique of a minimally invasive total hip replacement where the surgeon builds a new hip from inside the body. This surgery results in no post-operative limitations and many patients are discharged within 24 hours. Chow is one of 10 surgeons in the world to perform his surgery.

Finalists:
Karen Corallo Chaney, Magellan Health Services
David Notrica, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Venkatesh G. Ramaiah, Arizona Heart Hospital
Ramaiah, the medical director and director of vascular and endovascular research, successfully created the “un balloon,” which is used to remodel thoracic endografts without the wind sock effect. This products was able to be marketed and sold.

Finalists:
David Jacofsky, CORE Institute
Glen Weiss, CTCA

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Linda Hunt, Dignity Health
Hunt, who has served as the leader of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012, has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. She has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.

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Mountain Vista Medical Center Receives Honors

Mountain Vista Medical Center Receives Honors

Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. was given the prestigious honor of ranking in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation, according to a ranking system developed by HealthGrades.

A resource for individuals to rank their local hospitals online, HealthGrades has become a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The HealthGrades website is used by millions to research, review, select and connect with local physicians or hospitals in their area. The website also provides comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety and health conditions for users to make informed decisions.

As no hospital can opt-in or opt-out of being evaluated, HealthGrades asses the nation’s 5,000 non-federal hospitals on a long list of procedures and diagnoses.

Mountain Vista Medical Center was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence. This award places the hospital in the top five percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance and outperforming all other hospitals across all of the 17 mortality cohorts and six of the nine complication cohorts studied from 2008 though 2010.

“We are extremely delighted and proud to receive this distinguished recognition by HealthGrades,” said Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista Medical Center. “These awards are based solely on the clinical outcomes from patients in our community who have received care at Mountain Vista. This means out unwavering commitment to providing high quality health care with advanced technology and exceptional customer service, has set us apart from other local hospitals, and placed us among the top hospitals in the nation,” added Marinello.

The hospital itself is a 178-bed, full service hospital that features private rooms and advanced medical technology. Providing care services for East Valley residences, the hospital is a Level IV Trauma Center, Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center and Cardiac Receiving Center.

In addition for earning the award of Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, Mountain Vista Medical Center has consistently been recognized for its commitment to deliver quality healthcare.

“The hospital can be proud of the contributions of its physicians, nurses and staff in achieving outstanding patient care,” said Kristin Reed, MPH, HealthGrades vice president of hospital rankings and author of the study. “The residents of Mesa and the surrounding community are fortunate to have access to some of the highest quality hospital care in the nation.”

For information on HealthGrades and how Mountain Vista Medical Center was ranked, visit healthgrades.com.