Media Tip Sheet - January 2018

Stories and Events for January 2018

(Phoenix, AZ, January 1, 2018)

Barrow Neurosurgeons Revolutionize Spine Surgery with the Creation of a New Surgical Robot 
Barrow Neurological Institute – a leader in the treatment of spine disorders and pain – is revolutionizing the way surgery is performed on the spine. The Institute recently created a first of its kind robot to perform back surgeries. The robot is used to improve precision and trajectory resulting in the increase of minimally invasive surgical techniques, shorter surgery time and better outcomes for patients. The new robot was created by Barrow neurosurgeons and is currently being used at both Barrow and Johns Hopkins. It is predicted to become the future method for spine surgery. More details about the robot and one of the first patients to undergo the robotic surgery will be released soon.  

Dental Clinic Enters Second Decade in Chandler Providing Free Care to Kids in Need
The Chandler Children’s Dental Clinic, supported in part by Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, is expected to provide free services to about 10,000 children in the next 10 years. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the clinic provided care to 7,777 children during its first decade. The clinic is a collaborative effort between Dignity Health and the Chandler CARE Center, a program supported by the Chandler Unified School District. The staff provides free preventative and restorative dental services for children who face barriers to traditional dental care. The clinic recently received a generous gift from Thunderbird Charities which will be used to help buy additional equipment. For more details or to schedule interviews, please call 602.406.4734.

Heartburn Source of Lung Problems for Retired Phoenix Police Officer
A former Phoenix police officer who was initially thought to have a serious lung disease can rest easy after being referred to the Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Plagued by shortness of breath and a constant cough, James Sandoval was told by his primary care doctor that he might have pulmonary fibrosis. Once at Norton Thoracic Institute, doctors determined that Sandoval’s lung problems were actually caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Once properly diagnosed, Sandoval underwent a robotic procedure at St. Joseph’s to reduce his reflux and block stomach acids from seeping into his esophagus. As part of his recovery, Sandoval is improving his diet and losing weight, dropping nearly 50 pounds. GERD is a growing health problem in the United States. It is estimated that more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and 15 million suffer from it daily. To schedule interviews, please call 602.406.3312

Mercy Gilbert Receives International Recognition for Birthing Center 
Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center’s birthing center has received a prestigious recognition as a baby-friendly designated birth facility. The hospital, which last year delivered more than 2,500 babies, was recognized for its optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The designation, given by Baby-Friendly USA, was announced after a rigorous on-site survey and will be maintained by continuing to practice demonstrated quality processes. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the national authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. Please call 602.406.3319 for more details. 


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