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Mesa-based NextCare Expands in Oklahoma

Access Medical Centers of Oklahoma – a brand of Mesa-based NextCare Holdings, Inc., one of the nation’s leading providers of urgent care medicine and occupational medical services – announces the opening of a new center in the Oklahoma City metro area. This new clinic brings the total number of network locations throughout Oklahoma to 16.

“We are excited to be part of Moore’s close-knit community, and offer residents the highest standard for quality and service within the urgent care industry,” said John Julian, CEO of NextCare Holdings. “Access Medical Centers offer a well-connected network of urgent care clinics in Oklahoma. We are honored to provide exceptional health care to communities throughout the state.”

This new location also builds upon the alliance between Access Medical Centers and Integris Health. The two entities have formed an affiliation to ensure patients have a complete continuum of care.
Says Bruce Lawrence, President and CEO for INTEGRIS Health, “The Access Medical Centers urgent care affiliation offers a gateway to INTEGRIS quality care within metro Oklahoma City. This new location helps us better serve the needs of people in the community.”

The Moore clinic is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The clinic accepts most insurance plans, including SoonerCare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, United Health Care, Medicare, Workers Compensation, and many others.

NextCare has an aggressive growth plan in new and existing markets, having opened 27 new clinics across the U.S. in 2013 alone. For more information, visit www.NextCare.com or call 888-381-4858.

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Colliers International Leasing Historic Speakeasy Space at Crowne Plaza San Marcos

The Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort is bringing forward a portion of its historic property for commercial lease for the first time in more than 15 years.

The San Marcos Resort opened in 1913 to much fanfare and served as a playground for the rich and famous. With Arizona’s first grass golf course, it played host to the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Eerol Flynn and other luminaries. In the 1970s, the San Marcos transformed into a hip destination that attracted Hollywood elite.

“This is a rare opportunity for businesses looking to enter this market,” said Teri Killgore, downtown redevelopment manager at City of Chandler. “It doesn’t get much more unique than an historic speakeasy, or 7,000 square feet on the first floor, so I can’t wait to see what comes to fruition.”

The resort is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to its hotel and meeting space to create a modern property with nods to its historic roots. The work is expected to be completed this fall in time for the resort’s 100th anniversary.

The owner is open to subdivision of the space and is leasing 7,068 square feet of first floor space, as well as the 2,800 square foot historic speakeasy space located in the basement. The location is near the popular San Tan Brewery and surrounded by free parking and steady walk-by traffic.

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Insight Announces Launch of On-Site Health Center

Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading worldwide technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions, has opened an on-site health center at its corporate headquarters location in Tempe.

At the Insight Health Center, teammates can receive annual exams, immunizations, blood tests, generic drug prescriptions, urgent care and other screening procedures. These new clinical services are offered to teammates on an Insight sponsored health plan, with plans to expand to all teammates and teammate dependents.

Insight recently celebrated the grand opening of the health center with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by a large number of teammates.

“We are thrilled to offer the convenience of an on-site health center to our 1,400 Tempe-based teammates,” said Jen Fernandez, vice president, human resources. “We all lead busy lives and the Insight Health Center is one way we’re helping our teammates achieve some additional work-life balance.”

Additionally, Insight’s existing wellness program, which has been in place for the past five years, has been relocated to the health center. This program assists teammates with managing their health through improved nutrition, weight loss, smoking cessation and more.

For more information on Insight visit www.INSIGHT.com or call 800-INSIGHT.

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FastMed Acquires El Dorado Urgent Care

FastMed Urgent Care announced the acquisition of El Dorado Urgent Care, based in Tucson, which will include rebranding and changing the name of the clinic to FastMed.

“With 16 locations in Tucson and Phoenix, FastMed is thoroughly committed to the neighborhoods we serve,” said FastMed President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Blank.  “We are very excited to expand our presence in Tucson with the excellent location and staff at El Dorado, and we look forward to bringing our special brand of urgent care.”

The 3,200-square-foot facility will have six exam rooms with a medical provider and medical staff providing urgent medical care, X-rays and occupational health services.  By the November 3rd launch party, internal and external signs will have changed at the El Dorado location, as well as interior collateral, staff scrubs and other visible revisions.  The website will also migrate to fastmed.com. Visitors can check-in online, get the latest in health tips and breaking health news and visit the medical library for even more answers to their health questions.

“Our name might be changing, but our patients can still count on the same great care and service; we’ll just be able to offer more of what we’ve done so well now that we are part of FastMed,” said Lane Tassin, M.D. and co-founder of El Dorado Urgent Care.  “We are happy to become part of a team of FastMed’s caliber because they have the kind of patient-centered attitude matching that of the El Dorado team. They bring so many quality medical programs, as well as community outreach efforts through FastMed Cares, that we believe this will be a win-win relationship for our Tucson marketplace.”

As a FastMed clinic, El Dorado patients will enjoy extended hours from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 365 days a year, urgent care, family medicine, flu shots, school/sports/work physicals, workers’ compensation injury care, on-site lab/X-ray/Rx and more, as well as the FastMed Discount Program for those without health coverage.

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Convenience Care Clinics Help Workers Get Back On The Job Faster

While we all expect quality health care to be available when it’s needed, our future could be flat lining. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, meager graduation and physician training rates in our country could cause a shortage of up to 150,000 doctors within the next 15 years.  As many of us are aware, Arizona already is battling an on-going primary care physician shortage, which will cause wait times and delays in care to grow in the coming years.  Because of this, no-appointment convenience care clinics have become an important and growing part of our healthcare landscape.

The Rand Corp. recently performed a survey which showed that convenience care clinics staffed by nurse practitioners or physicians assistants can treat acute, everyday illnesses in a way that is quick, convenient and significantly more affordable for the patient, without sacrificing quality. Convenience care clinics have shorter wait times than emergency rooms, help people avoid lengthy physician appointment scheduling delays, and in some cases, require a payment that is less than an office visit co-pay or co-insurance.  In short, convenience care clinics help people with minor illnesses return to good health and get back to their daily routine, and are efficient in doing so.

There are now 1,200 quick-care clinics operating in 32 states, according to the Convenient Care Association. In Arizona, Cigna Medical Group has opened nine CMG CareToday clinics since 2007, with at least two more planned this year and a newly opened facility off of the Metro Light Rail in down town Phoenix. Other health care organizations – including some Arizona hospitals – are recognizing that this facility model can help direct people to the right health resource based on the severity or simplicity of their symptoms.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, seven of the 10 most common reasons people go to the doctor are for minor needs that can be successfully treated by a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. Yet to function optimally, the providers in convenience care clinics should be integrated into a large medical group or health system in two ways.  First, they should be programmatically linked with supporting primary care physicians in order to make the treatment of patients more effective.  Secondly, they should share electronic health records with these same primary care physicians to have direct access to the detailed patient records prior to providing the acute care and to communicate back to the physician who is providing ongoing care.  If a system like this were in place at more neighborhood walk-in clinics, it would become easier for patients to go to a convenience care clinic for quick treatment, and still be sure that their primary care physician will be updated about any important changes in their health.

Not only is this critical in our personal lives, but access to healthcare (or delays to it) also has deep implications in the workplace. During this time where businesses are facing a great deal of economic stress, many offices are operating as leanly as possible and the absence of just one sick co-worker disturbs an entire department.  Because of this fact, employees are trying to be fully productive.

According to a 2008 survey conducted by Yankelovich for CIGNA, about 61 percent of U.S. workers said they reported for duty while they were sick or coping with family and personal matters.  On average, they did this more than twice as often as they missed work.  Employees who are ill at work are not fully “at work.” Their productivity, morale and concentration drops. Employees realize that presenteeism affects the workplace. In the same survey, 62 percent said they were less productive on those days they came to work too distracted to perform at their fullest potential. Yet, convenience care clinics – especially when located near dense, urban employment hubs – make it possible for employees to receive medical care near the office and return to work that same hour, or return home with medicine in hand to assist a speedy recovery.

This convenience care clinic model is proving to be effective and under demand in Arizona because more than ever before, greater health care access is crucial. Arizona continues to experience a shortage of primary care doctors, with a physician-to-population ratio that is below the national average, according to the American Medical Association.

It is our hope that more healthcare organizations, employers and individuals will help advance a new, stratified level of service: convenience care clinics for minor ailments, physician offices for more complex or specialty needs, urgent care centers for serious wounds or injuries, and quality emergency rooms for life-threatening needs.

A cooperative effort toward better public education and understanding as to which type of facility to seek for the appropriate  level of care would be a valuable step towards preventing over-crowding at emergency rooms and physician offices. Such an effort would assure that each type of facility provides the right care at the right time when patients come through the door. This adaptability, along with innovation, can give the customer quality care every time.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center - Best of the Best Awards 2009 presented by Ranking Arizona

Best of the Best Awards 2009: Healthcare

Healthcare Honoree: Acute Care Hospitals: 325 beds or more

St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center - Best of the Best Awards 2009 presented by Ranking Arizona

Photograph by Duane Darling

The largest hospital in Arizona, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center is known for excellent patient care, medical education and research. The hospital offers a wide range of services to treat the most severely ill and injured in the community. St. Joseph’s is home to the Barrow Neurological Institute, which is annually recognized as one of the top 10 neuroscience centers in the nation; St. Joseph’s Children’s Health Center, the state’s second-largest provider of pediatric specialty services; the Heart & Lung Institute, which focuses on the prevention, treatment and research of cardiac and pulmonary disease; and St. Joseph’s Trauma Center, the only Level 1 trauma center in Arizona that is verified by the American College of Surgeons..

The Sisters of Mercy established St. Joseph’s, the Valley’s first hospital, in 1895 to serve the needs of the community. More than a century later, St. Joseph’s remains dedicated to meeting those needs and to continuing tthe sisters’ mission to help the underserved.

350 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix
602-406-3000
www.stjosephs-phx.com

Year Est: 1895 Beds: 743
Principal(s): Linda Hunt
Physicians: 1,500


Healthcare Finalist: Acute Care Hospitals: 200-324 beds

Chandler Regional Medical Center

Chandler Regional Medical Center has grown by leaps and bounds, establishing itself as a new type of community hospital, one that provides a unique balance of personal care and advanced medicine for fastgrowing communities with various needs. With 225 beds and a medical staff of 768 in all major specialties, its Centers of Excellence include a heart and vascular center, a maternal/child department, emergency services, a cancer center, and several urgent care centers that are located throughout most major East Valley cities.

475 S. Dobson Road, Chandler
480-728-3000
www.chandlerregional.org


Healthcare Finalist: Health & Fitness

Gainey Village Health Club & Spa

In 1999, DMB Sports Clubs added Gainey Village Health Club and Spa to its portfolio of exclusive health clubs. This 77,000-squarefoot, state-of-the-art private club is an exceptional facility that provides endless amenities. Gainey’s success is attributed not only to its unique amenities and customer service, but also to its warm, caring employees who strive to build lasting relationships with their members. With a world-class, 25-room day spa, two outdoor pools and a full-service cafe, members can come to the club to spend a day relaxing with friends or participating in the many fitness programs.

7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale
480-609-6979
www.villageclubs.com


Best of the Best Awards 2009 presented by Ranking Arizona

Ensemble DevMan

Ensemble DevMan Of Arizona Aims To Benefit Medical-Office Clients

Medical real estate developers Ensemble Real Estate Services and DevMan Company have joined forces to become Ensemble DevMan of Arizona. The union was official Nov. 1.

Ensemble DevMan specializes in medical office development, management, leasing and brokerage — a combination of each firm’s services before the merger. The new company has 110 employees and the combined portfolio includes 124 properties totaling more than 5.4 million square feet of space in four states. Since neither company’s location is big enough to house the new firm under one roof, the Ensemble building on 24th Street and Camelback has been dubbed the south office and the DevMan building a block away on East Missouri Avenue is the north office. Accounting, property management and development services are located in the south building and brokerage operations are in the north office.

Michael Moskowitz of Ensemble Real Estate Services says no money changed hands when the companies merged — they simply combined the two businesses. Ensemble was founded in 1989 by Moskowitz and partners Kambiz Babaoff and Randy McGrane. The company’s focus is developing, leasing and operating medical facilities on hospital campuses.Michael Moskowitz of Ensemble Real Estate Services

“This wasn’t a Wall Street-type merger,” says Moskowitz, Ensemble DevMan’s managing director. “Randy, Bill (Molloy) and I have known each other for a long time, so it was a decision that evolved from casual to serious over time. Earlier this year, we talked about doing a specific deal together and then we talked about it again over the summer and questioned whether we should put the businesses together. In the end, we all decided it made sense. Merging allows us to provide our clients with more talent and resources, a bigger knowledge base and more solutions.”

DevMan founder Bill Molloy described the merger as comfortable because both companies share the same culture and values. He also considers it a wonderful opportunity to enhance services for clients and explore new projects. Molloy started DevMan Company in 1981 to provide brokerage and management services to the medical real estate community and to develop physician-owned medical office buildings.

“As a result of the merger, we are now a stronger company with a bigger platform for projects,” Molloy says. “We also have a bigger resource team, so Randy, Michael and I can truly act as managing members and sponsor the business and identify new opportunities in Arizona and outside the states we currently work in.”

Sheila Gerry, senior vice president of John C. Lincoln Health Network, has done business with Ensemble and DevMan in the past and considers both outstanding organizations.

“Ensemble and DevMan have slightly different areas of strength, so this merger is going to bring a full array of diverse services to their clients,” she says. “It’s going to be great for physician-owners and tenants, as well as for our community.”

Tracy Altemus, a member of DevMan’s staff since 1987, admits that initially she was cautiously optimistic about the concept of a merger, but then quickly changed her mind.Bill Molloy

“There are always concerns with change, but I couldn’t have thought of a better fit for our two companies,” says Altemus, brokerage service manager for Ensemble DevMan. “I’ve known the principals of Ensemble for several years and always had a very high regard for them. I’ve also worked for years with their key brokerage employees, Sharon Cinadr, Marina Hammersmith and Murray Gares, and I always knew they were a class act. I also knew that their property-management philosophy was similar to ours: The tenant is ‘all important.’ In fact, when one of our clients moved from our building to theirs, I felt good knowing that they were in excellent hands and would be well taken care of.

“Ensemble and DevMan have similar cultures and are a natural fit,” she continues. “We all feel energized by the change and are looking forward to building a better mousetrap to provide excellent development, brokerage, asset and property management services to our clients, while having fun and feeling rewarded as part of a quality-centric organization.”

As a result of the merger, Ensemble DevMan has eight projects in the pipeline for development, totaling 369,000 square feet. The projected value of the projects is $170,537,000.

The projects include:

  • The Medical Plaza at THE CITY, a 104,400-square-foot medical office building in Surprise. Project cost is $26 million and it is scheduled to break ground this month.
  • Summit Medical Plaza, a 45,000-square-foot physician-owned medical office building on the campus of Summit Regional Medical Center in Show Low. The $11 million project is scheduled to break ground in either March or April.
  • A 42,000-square-foot medical office building on the campus of Auburn Regional Medical Center in Auburn, Wash.
  • Banner Gateway Medical Center, a 36,000-square-foot medical office building on the campus of Banner Ironwood Medical Center in Pinal County.
  • Canyon Crossings, a $9 million, 31,000-square-foot retail and professional plaza across from Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert. Construction on this project kicks off in April and will be complete by the end of the year.
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s West Valley Specialty & Urgent Care Center and an adjacent medical office building totaling 72,000 square feet in Avondale. The $19 million project will break ground sometime in February or March.

“The merger of Ensemble and DevMan will ultimately provide Phoenix Children’s Hospital with access to the expertise from both firms,” says Robert Meyer, president and CEO, Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “As a client, this merger will increase the number of important relationships needed in the medical real estate community and will give Phoenix Children’s Hospital a broader reach in the Greater Phoenix market. Having existing relationships with both companies, I see this merger as very positive.”

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