Media Tip Sheet - February 2018

Stories and Events for February 2018

(Phoenix, AZ, February 1, 2018)

Winter Olympics and Concussions
As the Winter Olympics begin, there is growing awareness of the risk of concussion in sports such as ice hockey, bobsledding, luge, alpine skiing, ski jumping, snowboard and speed skating. This week’s announcement that three female Olympians – U.S. bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, U.S. hockey player Angela Ruggiero and Canadian hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser – have pledged to donate their brains for concussion research, have put a spotlight on concussions among Olympians as the Pyeongchang Games begin. Dr. Javier Cardenas at Barrow Neurological Institute and one of the nation’s foremost experts on concussion and brain injury, is available for interviews throughout the Olympics. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews. 

New Blood Pressure Standards Sound Alarm – Dignity Heart Expert Available for Interviews 
February is American Heart Month
New blood pressure guidelines recently introduced by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology now classifies nearly 45 percent of Americans with having high blood pressure. The new standard which defines high blood pressure as 130/80, increases the number of individuals with the condition by 15 percent and affects many men and women under the age of 45. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews about these new guidelines with a Dignity Health cardiology expert.  

Dignity Health Arizona Hospitals Receive High Marks for Outstanding Patient Care
Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center have been recognized for being in the top 5 percent for clinical performance among nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide by Healthgrades. The award, called the 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, was given to only 250 U.S. hospitals who have demonstrated outstanding quality care. Healthgrades is a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.   

Annual Fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Expected to Attract Nearly 1,500
This year’s ‘Walk the Fight/Run the Distance’ walk is expected to attract approximately 1,500 individuals including those with Parkinson’s disease. The Feb. 10 event is hosted by Parkinson’s Network of Arizona to raise money for programs offered throughout the Valley by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow. Other activities at the family-friendly event include children's activities, a resource fair, a demonstration stage and food vendors. For more information about who to contact at the event, please call 602.406.3312.


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