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Arizona Woman Shot in Head During Las Vegas Shooting Throws First Pitch at Cubs' Game
March 14, 2018 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
After miraculously surviving the Las Vegas shooting, an Arizona mother and patient at Barrow Neurological Institute, Jovanna Calzadillas threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs’ spring training game.
Star-Studded Celebrity Fight Night XXIV Honors Las Vegas Shooting Heroes
March 11, 2018 – Phoenix Business Journal
Stars and athletes from around the country gathered in Phoenix to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night, which honors the legendary heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali and his legacy. Police officer Tom McGrath and civilian Jonathan Smith were recognized with the Muhammad Ali Unsung Hero Award presented by Lonnie Ali, for their bravery during the Las Vegas shooting Oct. 1, 2017. The Fight Night organization announced a new initiative to raise funds for Barrow Neurological Institute’s Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program.
24th Annual Celebrity Fight Night Brings Out the Stars
March 10, 2018 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
Dozens of Hollywood stars walked the red carpet for the 24th annual Celebrity Fight Night in north Phoenix to raise money for charity. The event raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, Barrow’s Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Program, and other charities.
Utah Couple Comes to Arizona to Deliver Quintuplets
March 8, 2018 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
Skyler and Jamie Scott relocated to Phoenix to deliver their quintuplets with higher-order-multiples expert, John Elliott, MD, at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Elliott leads the Elliott Center for Multiples and is medical director of Arizona Mother-Baby Care, a joint venture between Dignity Health and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Shining a Light on Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence
March 7, 2018 – Everyday Health
Barrow Neurological Institute, the world's largest neurological disease treatment and research institution, conducted a study on traumatic brain injury and domestic violence. According to this research, 81 percent of patients reported a history of loss of consciousness associated with their injuries and only 21 percent of patients sought medical help at the time of injury. Glynnis Zieman, MD, a neurologist in the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center and lead author of the study, explains the multiple reasons why victims don’t get help.
Don’t Expect Your Hospital Visit to be Like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Feb. 22, 2018 – New York Post
Fans of the television show “Grey’s Anatomy” may be getting the wrong idea about what happens in trauma cases – and that could create unrealistic expectations in the real world, a U.S. study co-authored by Jordan Weinberg, MD, trauma medical director at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix suggests.
Barrow Neurological Institute and Phoenix Fire Dept. Transform Emergency Healthcare
Feb. 14, 2018 – Sonoran News
In June 2017, Barrow Neurological Institute and the Phoenix Fire Department announced a partnership that will transform the way those in Phoenix will receive medical care after a stroke. Aimed at decreasing deaths and long-term injuries caused by strokes, the new program features a mobile emergency room that specializes in treating stroke victims. The Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit is unique as it is one of ten in the United States, and it is the first to operate 24/7 in a large city.
Saturday Benefit Planned for Arizona Mom Injured in Las Vegas Shooting
Feb. 1, 2018 – The Arizona Republic
Recently release from Barrow Neurological Institute, 30-year-old Queen Creek mother Jovanna Calzadillas is among the roughly 550 people injured in the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 that left 58 concertgoers dead. Her injuries — a bullet in her brain — were among the worst. To show their support for the next chapter of her recovery, her hometown of Hayden, Ariz. is hosting a benefit in her honor.
Healthgrades' 250 Top Hospitals for Clinical Excellence
Jan. 29, 2018 – Becker’s Hospital Review
Three Dignity Health facilities in Arizona including Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center were recently recognized for outstanding clinical quality, performing among the top 5 percent in the nation for at least 21 of 32 inpatient conditions and procedures analyzed by Healthgrades.
24th Annual Celebrity Fight Night Benefitting Barrow and Featuring Lonnie Ali
Jan. 28, 2018 – Paradise Valley Lifestyle
The 24th Annual Celebrity Fight Night will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntire for her 13th year at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The event supports the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as other charities. There will also be a special presentation of the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Award by Lonnie Ali.
Jovanna Calzadillas: Las Vegas survivor's amazing recovery
Jan. 25, 2018 – BBC
Jovanna Calzadillas was not expected to live after a bullet hit her brain during the mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas. Now she's heading home from Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
'Miracle Mom' who Survived Bullet to the Brain in Las Vegas Shooting Returns Home
Jan. 25, 2018 – TODAY, NBC
Lindley Bliss, MD, and Christina Kwasnica, MD, at Barrow Neurological Institute, discuss their patient, Jovanna Calzadillas, as news of her survival and return home shocks the nation.
Arizona Woman Shot in Las Vegas Attack to Leave Hospital: 'I will not quit on myself'
Jan. 25, 2018 – Boston Herald
For the first time since leaving for the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas nearly four months ago, Jovanna Calzadillas is going home. Despite an initially grim prognosis in Las Vegas, Jovanna was transported by air to be closer to home, and doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute have been thrilled with the steps forward she has taken.
"Miraculous": Woman Shot in Head in Las Vegas Massacre to Leave Hospital
Jan. 24, 2018 – CBS News
Three months after she was shot in the head in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history and put on life support, an Arizona woman is smiling and talking, demonstrating a recovery that doctors at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute are calling remarkable.
Walk the Fight and Run the Distance for Parkinson’s
Jan. 20, 2018 – iHeartRadio, KEZ 99.9 FM
Darolyn O'Donnell from the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute talks to KEZ’s Marty Manning about a fundraiser set to help the Center’s outreach programs.
Sharon Stone Opens Up About Her Stroke and How It Almost Killed Her
Jan. 11, 2018 – MSN Entertainment
Actress Sharon Stone shares about her experience with the new director of Barrow Neurological Institute, Michael Lawton, MD. She credits Dr. Lawton with saving her life after an unexpected stroke and brain hemorrhage.
Arizona Diamondbacks Host Annual Race Against Cancer
Jan. 8, 2018 – KTAR News, 92.3 FM
Presented by University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the sixth annual D-backs Race Against Cancer provides a voice for all D-backs fans that have been affected by cancer. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation’s proceeds are distributed to Arizona non-profits that provide cancer screening, treatment and support to cancer patients.
Opioid Education Offered to Student-Athletes, Starting in Tempe
Dec. 28, 2017 – East Valley Tribune
Director of the emergency departments at Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, Sandra Indermuhle, MD, and director of the Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, Javier Cardenas, MD, discuss the opioid epidemic and a new program to help combat the issue.
Third Annual Great Diamondbacks Shave-Off
Dec. 7, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
After not shaving for the No-Shave November campaign, officials with the Arizona Diamondbacks finally sheared their faces in their Third Annual Great Shave-Off at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center on Dec. 1.
Great Falls Veteran Received Lung Transplant after Being Rejected from Most Programs
Dec. 2017 – Great Falls Tribune
As one of Norton Thoracic Institute’s oldest lung transplant recipients, Cecil Madill is savoring his extra time and calling the life-saving procedure, 'The gift of my life.'
Doctor: McCain's Setback 'Normal' During Brain Cancer Treatment
Dec. 18, 2018 – The Arizona Republic
President and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Michael Lawton, MD, and fellow neurosurgeon at Barrow, Joseph Zabramski, discuss common treatment and ‘normal’ side effects related to glioblastoma brain tumors.
D-backs' Hall Shaves Beard in Fight Vs. Cancer
Dec. 1, 2017 – Arizona Diamondbacks News
Many men in the D-backs front office grow their beards during the month of November. December 2017 marked their third annual shave off event, sponsored by the University of Arizona Cancer Center and Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.
Dignity Health Survey: 1 in 4 AZ Teens Use Prescription Opioids without Doctor's Consent
Nov. 25, 2017 – 12 News, NBC Phoenix
With opioids having been declared a crisis in Arizona and across country, doctors at Dignity Health and Barrow Neurological Institute released findings of an online survey about how teens address opioids. The web-based survey found that 18 percent of teens prescribed pain medication agreed that it is OK to take more than the prescribed dosage if they feel greater pain than usual.
'Wonder' Fans Get Pampered Before Movie Viewing
Nov. 17, 2017 – 12 News, NBC Phoenix
Patients at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center received Hollywood style pampering before viewing the movie ‘Wonder’ together on opening day.
21-Year-Old Hopes His Opioid Addiction Tale Can Save a Life
Nov. 21, 2017 – Fox 10 Phoenix
Director of the emergency departments at Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers who is also part of a task force targeting opioid abuse, Sandra Indermuhle, MD, discusses an initiative in which Dignity Health and Barrow Neurological Institute surveyed teens about prescription drug abuse.
Innovation in Education Looks to Cure Doctor Shortage
Nov. 14, 2017 – AZ Big Media, Business News
Patty White, president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, discusses a new opportunity to work with Maricopa Integrated Health System and Creighton University School of Medicine as the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance to expand Arizona’s offerings of healthcare education programs.
'Wonder' Movie Spreads a Message of Kindness in Phoenix Area Schools Inspired by Patients with Facial Differences
Nov. 14, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
Leaders at the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, who treat almost all of the Arizona patients with facial deformities, are making rounds at 10 Valley schools ahead of the ‘Wonder’ movie's premiere. With the help of their patients, they're spreading the film’s message "choose kindness", inspired by the book with the same name.
Nebraska-Based University to Expand One-Year Nursing Program in Phoenix
Nov. 6, 2017 - KTAR News, 92.3 FM
Students interested in a nursing career can now benefit from Nebraska-based Creighton University’s recently expanded one-year Bachelor of Science nursing program at its Phoenix campus at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Barrow Neurological Institute Welcomes New CEO
Nov. 1, 2017 – KJZZ News, 91.5 FM
Neurosurgeon Michael Lawton, MD, discusses his new role at Barrow Neurological Institute as he takes over for Dr. Robert Spetzler, who retired after three decades at Barrow. Lawton spent about 20 years as chief of Vascular Neurosurgery at the University of California-San Francisco, and also some time as vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery.
Halloween Fun: St. Joseph's Surgeons 'Operate' on Pumpkins for Doc-O-Lantern Contest
Oct. 31, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
For the first time on Halloween, a dozen knife-wielding surgeons put their extensive training and finely-honed skills to use on a group of unique patients Halloween morning when they competed in the Doc-A-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Contest at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Phoenix Undy Run Celebrates 10 Years of Support for Cancer Survivors
Oct. 29, 2017 – AZ Big Media, Lifestyle
Sponsored in part by The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the Colon Cancer Alliance’s annual Phoenix Undy Run/Walk is a family-friendly 5K that not only raises awareness about colorectal cancer, but also raises money for promoting prevention through access to screening, research and patient support services.
Sharon Stone Lends Star Power to Barrow Neurological Institute
Oct. 26, 2017 – The Arizona Republic
Barrow Neurological Institute's new leader, president and CEO Michael Lawton, MD, unveiled large expansion plans of the Phoenix-based research institute that could include a new tower next to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center during an introductory news conference that borrowed the star power of a former patient, actress Sharon Stone.
Group to Study Concussions Resulting from Domestic Violence
Oct. 26, 2017 – The Associated Press, Phoenix
A partnership of Phoenix-area law enforcement and health care organizations, including Barrow Neurological Institute, is launching a study into concussions caused by domestic violence.
Sharon Stone Credits New Barrow President for Saving Her Life
Oct. 25, 2017 – 12 News, NBC Phoenix
Actress Sharon Stone credits Dr. Michael Lawton, the new president and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute, for saving her life when she suffered a stroke with hemorrhaging in 2001.
New Cancer Awareness Campaign Provides Key Focus
Oct. 25, 2017 – Pharmacy Choice
Mary Kolbe, president of the philanthropic organization called Friends of The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, discusses a new awareness campaign focused on metastatic breast cancer which the group has named "For the 30: The Purple Elephant in the Pink Room."
Actress Sharon Stone in Phoenix to Welcome Barrow's New Leader
Oct. 25, 2017 – Phoenix Business Journal
Actress Sharon Stone was in Phoenix on Oct. 25 to officially welcome Barrow Neurological Institute's new leader Michael Lawton, MD, who she credits for saving her life after suffering a brain aneurysm in 2001. Barrow performs more brain surgeries each year than any hospital in the United States.
UA's Cancer Center Bringing Awareness to Stage 4 Breast Cancer
Oct. 13, 2017 – KJZZ News, 91.5 FM
The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s is raising awareness about metastatic breast cancer. At Stage 4, the cancer spreads to other organs in the body and usually is lethal.
Studies Aim to Treat Alzheimer’s Before It Starts
Oct. 2017 – Livin’ Life After 50
Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute target a novel group of recruits to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s: people who don’t have it.
Tech Volunteers Create App to Educate Elders about Falls and Dementia
Oct.1, 2017 – Catholic Health Association of the United States
Older adults served by the AZCEND community center in Chandler can now access important information about preventing falls and about recognizing the signs of dementia, with an application created by volunteers at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.
Services for Pets and Caregivers Help ‘Successful Aging’
Sept. 28, 2017 – The Glendale Star
Darolyn O’Donnell, certified therapeutic recreation specialist at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, invited to discuss how to live life to the fullest and age well with Parkinson’s disease.
Arizona Groups Send Supplies to Mexico after 3 Disastrous Earthquakes
Sept. 24, 2017 – The Arizona Republic
When a series of earthquakes slammed Mexico City and nearby areas, Dignity Health embraced its Hello humankindness mission and sent donations from its Arizona hospitals to Mexico.
Clinical Trial Underway for Alzheimer’s Drug
Sept. 20, 2017 – Your Valley
According to Marwan Sabbagh, MD, director of the Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Division at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, since Alzheimer’s was first identified in 1901 huge medical advances have been made.
Spine Surgeon Leader to Know: Dr. Randall Porter
Sept. 11, 2017 – Becker’s Spine Review
Randall Porter, MD, a spine surgeon at the Barrow Neurological Institute, is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Arizona Neurosurgical Society, Congress of Neurological Surgeons and North American Spine Society. Previously, Dr. Porter served as a clinical and research fellow in cerebrovascular and skull base neurosurgery and complex spine surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute.
South Carolina Family Travels to Arizona for Annual Barrow’s Day on the Lake Event
Sept. 9, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
Myranda and Haley, who both use wheelchairs, traveled across the country for a chance to ride the waves and have a unique social experience at Bartlett Lake Marina. The annual event featured more than 60 participants, including veterans and children who have neurological or physical disabilities and their families.
Eating Habits Make Huge Impact on ‘Successful Aging’
Sept. 8, 2017 – Peoria Times
John Wenzlau and Millie Oakesone of Friendship Retirement Corporation talk with Marwan Sabbagh, MD, a neurologist and director of the Alzheimer’s disease and Memory Disorders Division at Barrow Neurological Institute, about the book he co-wrote, “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook”.
Molecular Blood Test Could Identify Alzheimer’s
Sept. 6, 2017 – Labmedica
In collaboration with researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute, a new multivariate molecular test is being developed that includes testing for genes to identify people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and testing of peripheral blood leukocyte RNA transcripts to provide early diagnosis of people with Alzheimer’s.
5th Fun FORE Cancer Race to Boost St. Joseph’s
Sept. 1, 2017 – Frontdoors Media
The fifth annual Run FORE Cancer, put on by the family of Kathy Maxwell to honor her legacy, will take place on September 23. Funds that are raised from the event will benefit Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, where Maxwell received care before losing her battle to cancer in 2012.
Brain Studies Trigger Decline in Boys Playing Football
Aug. 29, 2017 – East Valley Tribune
The Barrow Neurological Institute released its newest findings on concussions in high school sports with a poll showing that one-third of parents around the Valley will not allow their kids to participate in football. Javier Cardenas, MD, the director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, said parents continue to view football as more dangerous than other contact sports.
High School Athlete Health at Root of New AIA and Barrow Initiative
Aug. 20, 2017 – AZ Big Media, Healthcare
Kareem Shaarawy, MD, a sports medicine physician at Barrow Neurological Institute, spoke at a recent Tempe McClintock High School football practice, where it was 110 degrees to highlight the program’s goals and intended impact, and provided tips for athletes to acclimate to outdoor summer workouts.
The Appointment Ends, Now the Patient is Listening
Aug. 18, 2017 – The New York Times
With patients’ approval, some doctors are recording appointments for patients to listen to whenever they need to recall what was discussed. At the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Randall Porter, MD, a neurosurgeon, prefers video. He uses plastic models of the brain and spine during office visits, and shows patients their M.R.I. scans.
Concussions Pose Higher Risk for Girls
Aug. 17, 2017 – 12 News, NBC Phoenix
In reaction to a recent study by Barrow Neurological Institute, doctors explain why concussions may pose higher risk in girls’ sports than boys’ football; particularly girls’ soccer and cheer.
Genomic Therapy Offers Hope in Treatment of Lung Cancer
Aug. 17, 2017 - GEN News
Norton Thoracic Institute researchers believe that they have discovered a new approach to treating an aggressive and difficult-to-treat type of lung cancer. The team found that lung cancer patients whose tumors harbor specific genomic mutations are more likely to benefit from a novel drug that is currently in clinical trials.
Drug Hunters Enlist AI Bots to find Cure for Motor Neurone Disease
Aug. 11, 2017 – Business Day
In Arizona, the Barrow Neurological Institute found five new genes linked to ALS by using IBM’s Watson supercomputer last December. Without the machine, researchers estimate the discovery would have taken years rather than only a few months.
Telemedicine Robot Provides Valley patients Face-to-Face Interaction with Physicians in Real Time
Jul. 27, 2017 – The Glendale Star
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center recently introduced a state-of-the-art telemedicine robot to provide Intensive Care Unit patients with greater access to their doctors. Physicians can open a smartphone application to appear on the monitor and they can consult with patients in real time.
Sparkling Water versus Regular Water for Hydration
July 18, 2017 – 12 News, NBC Phoenix
Internal medicine physician, Sonal Haerter, MD from the Dignity Health Medical Group at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center discusses whether sparkling water is as hydrating as regular water.
Number of Patients Recording Doctor’s Visits on the Rise
Jul. 11, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
The Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, along with a number of hospitals and medical groups, are now encouraging patient-doctor recordings and suggest asking for permission from the physician to record the visit.
Survivor gives Preemies a Fighting Chance at St. Joseph’s
Jun. 26, 2017 – AZ Business Magazine
Moniki Pogue, clinical manager of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Nursery Intensive Care Unit (NyICU), accepts a check on behalf of the unit from Cameron T. Haselhorst’s family who organize an annual golf and kids’ golf tournament to support premature babies cared for in St. Joseph’s NyICU.
ASU Students Team Up with Barrow to Create Medical Rehab Devices
Jun. 16, 2017 – ASU Now
Panagiotis Polygerinos, the Arizona State University assistant professor, teamed his engineering students with therapists and physicians at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix to create medical rehab devices. Three of those devices are being patented.
Ekso Bionics Collaborates on Centers of Robotic Excellence
Jun. 15, 2017 – The O&P Edge
Ekso Bionics is collaborating with Barrow Neurological Institute, as one of four rehabilitation facilities, to establish Centers of Robotic Excellence to help advance the use of exoskeleton technology for patients with mobility impairments. Each center will work with Ekso Bionics to aid in research and development efforts.
Mayor’s Business of the Week
Jun.15, 2017 – The Glendale Star
Mayor Jerry Weiers presented a Business of the Week certificate of appreciation to Tina Brucato-Day and her staff at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center.
Valley Stroke Patients Will Get Faster Treatment with New Mobile Emergency Room
Jun. 15, 2017 – Fox 10 Phoenix
Thanks to a new partnership, Barrow Neurological Institute and the Phoenix Fire Department unveiled a new mobile emergency room, equipped with advanced tools, that is specifically designed to treat victims of a stroke. This mobile emergency room allows medics to treat stroke patients much faster than traditional ways, which will reduce the effects of the stroke.
Philanthropy Funds Migraine Research with $2 Million Donation
Jun. 15, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
The T.W. Lewis Foundation donated $2 million to Barrow Neurological Institute to fund migraine treatment alternatives. The research team, led by Barrow Neurological Institute’s Kerry Knievel, MD, is in the early stages of collecting data that is crucial to developing future tests, research, and grant applications.
Teen Who Spends Each Day in Wheelchair Flies on the Water
Jun. 13, 2017 – USA Today
Bryan Church, who built and runs Bartlett Lake Marina with accessibility in mind, and Jo Crawford, who works with the Barrow Neurological Institute, come together to host an event that allows people with physical and neurological disabilities to water-ski, kayak and ride the waves.
Nashville Singer Serenades Dignity Health Nurses
Jun. 6, 2017 – AdAge
Nurses at Dignity Health facilities, including Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center were surprised during National Nurses Week by a Nashville-based musician who wrote and serenaded them with a song composed of heartfelt thank-you messages from patients and employees.
Lou Grubb Golf Gala Event Supports Local Medical Entities
Jun. 5, 2017 – Scottsdale Independent
The 44th Annual Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf & Gala successfully generated more than $600,000 to support patient care, medical education, and research at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute.
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Reaching Out To Hispanics
May 31, 2017 – KJZZ News, 91.5 FM
The Hispanic outreach program at Barrow’s Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center continues its rapid growth, reaching people with Parkinson’s disease throughout the United States and beyond who may only speak Spanish.
The Concussion Discussion
May 31, 2017 – Cronkite News
The Barrow Neurological Institute’s Concussion and Brain Injury Center surveyed Arizona teens in a 2016 study and found Arizona youth are becoming more informed about concussions and the dangers of not being treated. Arizona high school and ASU athletes are required to take the Barrow Brainbook concussion education program before participating in sports.
Valley Researchers Say Progress is Being Made in the Fight Against Alzheimer's
May 24, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
Marwan Sabbagh, MD, director of the Alzheimer's and Memory division at Barrow Neurological Institute, says real progress on treating Alzheimer’s is being made with many clinical trials taking place in the Valley. He says the focus is shifting to preventing the disease altogether.
Former Olympian Paralyzed in Accident has Approached Her Recovery with Confidence
May 16, 2017 – Huffington Post
In June 2014, Olympian, Amy Van Dyken’s active lifestyle was tested when a near-fatal ATV accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. With the help of braces, a walker, and the staff at Barrow Neurological Institute, Van Dyken has indeed been walking again.
Mother’s Day Birth has Special Meaning for Mom
May 14, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
At Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Mother's Day had an extra special meaning to a new mom, Tiela Fraser, who welcomed baby Jru that day. Along with Jru, four other babies were also born at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center on Mother's Day 2017.
Phoenix Mom Unexpectedly Celebrates First Mother's Day
May 14, 2017 – 12 News, NBC Phoenix
An expectant Phoenix mom was not expecting to be celebrating Mother’s Day in 2017. For the past several months, Yuliana Torres Aguirre spent every day in the Nursery Intensive Care Unit at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center with her daughter. Baby Neelam weighed just 1 lb. 6 oz. when she was born, but has beaten all odds and continues to thrive.
Bret Michaels' Beautiful Gift to His Daughter
May 12, 2017 – Look to the Stars
Bret Michaels, a brain hemorrhage survivor and lifelong diabetic, has had several monumental song writing achievements such as “Beautiful Soul”. The critically acclaimed pop ballad was inspired by and written about a couple he met on Christmas day during a visit with patients at Barrow Neurological Institute, where Michaels was cared for during his tragic brain hemorrhage.
How Music Can Help to Heal the Mind
May 11, 2017 – Mic
The music therapy program at Dignity Health’s Huger Mercy Living Center examined if and how music can impact stress levels and the quality of life of those who live with Alzheimer's — both those afflicted by the illness and those who care for them.
Douglas Watson to Serve as Arizona Area CFO
May 9, 2017 – Becker’s Hospital Review
Dignity Health appointed Douglas Watson CFO of its Arizona service area, which includes five acute care hospitals and a number of specialty care centers. Watson will oversee Dignity Health Arizona's financial goals and budgeting processes, while also helping grow services and partnerships.
Acclaimed Neurosurgeon Robert Spetzler Earns Lifetime Achievement Award
May 4, 2017 – AZ Big Media, Healthcare
Robert Spetzler, MD, the retiring president and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute, earned the Lifetime Achievement Award at AZ Business magazine’s healthcare leadership awards for his surgical expertise in cavernous malformations and his remarkable skill in treating aneurysms.
Local Nurse Honored for Care
May 2017 – North Central News
A North Central Phoenix resident working as a nurse at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Jessie Vold, was recently honored with a DAISY Award for providing outstanding, compassionate care.
Health and Wealth Raffle Shifts Focus to Good Deeds Instead of Big Prizes
April 27, 2017 – KJZZ News, 91.5 FM
The Health and Wealth Raffle started in 2003 to benefit the Barrow Neurological Foundation at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. This year, its advertising campaigns will focus on something new.
Expert Addresses Issues in Advanced Gynecologic Cancers
April 26, 2017 - OncLive
Gynecologic oncologist Dana Chase, MD, an associate professor at The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix and Creighton University at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, discussed obstacles to progress and her hope for the future in advanced gynecologic cancers.
Heat Stroke Brain Damage Warnings as Weather Heats Up
April 17, 2017 – KJZZ News, 91.5 FM
Barrow Neurological Institute neurologist, Javier Cardenas, MD, discusses sports practices and warns that 80 percent of heat-related deaths happen when seasonal temperatures are shifting from mild to hot. The threat for heat stroke and brain damage increases as triple digits are forecasted.
Health Care Workers Learning to Spot Human Trafficking Victims
April 13, 2017– AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
Health care staff at all the Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona are being trained to screen for suspected victims of human or sex trafficking.
New Study on Orthopedic Pain
April 10, 2017 – AZ Family, KTVK and CBS Phoenix
A new survey by Dignity Health shows that many patients wait far too long before seeking treatment for orthopedic pain. Orthopedic surgeon Danton Dungy, MD, says that waiting can actually reduce chances of a full recovery.
Concussion Study on NAU Athletes Shows Promising Results for Early Detection
April 10, 2017 – KJZZ News, 91.5 FM
Neurologist Javier Cardenas, MD, with Barrow Neurological Institute predicted the need for medical trainers on the football field sidelines at high schools several years ago. Now, findings from a two year study on Northern Arizona University football players reveals promising results.
Diamondbacks Race against Cancer Draws 3,000
April 9, 2017 – MLB.com
The annual Arizona Diamondbacks Race against Cancer had over 3,000 participants this year. It typically raises about $200,000 a year for the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, which makes contributions to programs such as the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
The 11th Annual Laura’s Run
April 8, 2017 – AZ Foothills
The Laura’s Run aims to help people in their fight against lung disease by supporting the Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Phoenix Barrow Researchers Look for Alzheimer's Clues in Healthy Brains
March 7, 2017 – 12 News, NBC Phoenix
Barrow Neurological Institute is taking a new approach to attacking Alzheimer's and early onset Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are attempting to identify what is happening in the brain before the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's begin.
Harrison Ford among Stars Honoring Muhammad Ali at Charity Bash
March 20, 2017 – TV 3
Harrison Ford and Sharon Stone were among the stars who paid tribute to the late Muhammad Ali at Celebrity Fight Night, which raises funds for organizations including the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Phoenix Parkinson's Center to Boost Number of Clinical Trials
March 2, 2017 – KJZZ News, 91.5 FM
Holly Shill, MD, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute discusses the importance of research studies their accessibility to patients at all stages of the disease.
Ahwatukee Woman to Lead St. Joseph’s Foundation Philanthropy
Feb. 15, 2017 – Ahwatukee Foothills News
Terri Hoffman, long-time resident of Ahwatukee, has been appointed president of St. Joseph’s Foundation. She will be responsible for developing and directing all aspects of philanthropic fundraising for Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Norton Thoracic Institute, The UA Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center.
How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Mankind Solve Global Problems
Feb. 13, 2017 – iTech Post
A partnership between artificial intelligence company IBM Watson Health and Barrow Neurological Institute has led to a recent discovery, made possible by the ability of the artificial intelligence supercomputer, in the disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Dignity Health St. Joseph's Forges Heart Relationship with Los Angeles Institute
Feb. 7, 2017 – Phoenix Business Journal
Dignity Health St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is teaming up with Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to provide complex heart procedures at the Phoenix hospital, including ventricular assist device (VAD) procedures. Patty White, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s, explains that only a few hospitals in the nation offer the VAD procedure.
St. Joseph’s Westgate Nurse Sheds Weight to Help Needy
Dec. 29, 2016 – The Glendale Star
Nurse Earle Clarke challenged his co-workers at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical center to pledge money for each pound he lost. The $2,600 he raised will go to Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, a non-profit that provides supportive services for homeless teens.
Watch Adorable Quintuplets Get Surprise Visit from Santa in NICU
Dec. 22, 2016 – TODAY, NBC
Old Man Christmas brings a dose of holiday cheer to miracle quintuplets at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Filled with contentment and joy, their parents now want to encourage other families who are hoping for children.
Newborn Quintuplets Get First Visit with Santa
Dec. 21, 2016 – USA Today
After suffering two miscarriages, a happy couple brings five healthy babies into the world at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. To celebrate this new family’s Christmas miracle, the hospital organized a special visit from Saint Nicholas.
Quints Born at Phoenix Hospital for First Time in Its History
Dec. 20, 2016 – Fox News
Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center helped a mother bring five healthy quintuplets into the world for the first time in its 121-year history. The average number of sets of quintuplets born annually in the U.S. in the past decade is just 52.
Lungs in a Box: Organ Care System Is a Game-Changer for Transplant Surgery
Dec. 5, 2016 – Fox 10 Phoenix
Home to one of the top-ranked lung transplant programs in the country, Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is now among only a handful of hospitals chosen to take part in the Lungs in a Box trial.
New Program Aims to Alleviate Arizona's Doctor Shortage
Nov. 29, 2016 – KJZZ News, 91.5 FM
Dale Davenport, senior associate dean for the School of Medicine at Creighton University, describes how Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and District Medical Group have partnered to bring more physicians to Arizona.
Dignity Health St. Joseph's Marks 500th Lung Transplant
Nov. 25, 2016 – 12 News, NBC Phoenix
According to Ross Bremner, MD, executive director of Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, patients at this top-ranked lung transplant program rank themselves by number: No. 1 or No. 17, or No. 156. Robin Ritchie of Texas received a special Thanksgiving gift by becoming No. 500.
2016 Business Person of the Year Nominee: Linda Hunt
Nov. 15, 2016 – Phoenix Business Journal
Nominated for a prestigious award, president and CEO of Dignity Health in Arizona, Linda Hunt, describes how Dignity Health and Creighton University are teaming up with Maricopa Integrated Health System and District Medical Group to attract more medical students to Arizona.
Our Turn: How We Are Fixing a Doctor Shortage
Nov. 13, 2016 – The Arizona Republic
In order to turn around Arizona’s physician shortage, the CEOs of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System, and District Medical Group have joined Creighton University School of Medicine to develop new programs.
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Partners with Arizona Organizations to Increase Physicians in State
Oct. 27, 2016 – Becker Hospital Review
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems, District Medical Group, and Creighton University have formed a partnership to offer residency and fellowship programs designed to increase physicians based in Arizona.
Physician at Barrow Neurological Institute Discusses the Concussions that Too Many Women Ignore
Oct. 26, 2016 – AZCentral.com
Brain injuries caused by domestic violence disproportionately affect women, and the consequences are devastating, according to neurologist and director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center, Javier Cardenas, MD.
Diet, Exercise, and Aspirin: Three Tools to Fight Colon Cancer
Oct. 14, 2016 – KTAR
Mital Patel, MD, gastrointestinal medical oncologist at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, discusses how diet, exercise, and aspirin can help fight colon cancer.
First Place AZ Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence
Oct. 15, 2016 – Catholic Health Association of the United States
Founded by Denise Resnick and backed by Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, First Place AZ develops residential properties that provide on-site supportive services for adults with autism
Oral Cancers that Occur in the Head and Neck Are on the Rise
Sept. 20, 2017 – KTAR
Panos Savvides, MD, oncologist at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, says that unlike the average head-and-neck-cancer sufferer in the past, today’s patients are a full decade younger.
Barrow Neurological Institute Takes Stand against Bullying
Sept. 14, 2016 – Financial Buzz
A two-minute video produced by Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center features patients with craniofacial differences, including cleft lip and palate, and offers a simple message: There is beauty and “wonder” in everyone.
California High Schools Piloting Dignity Health Concussion Network
Sept. 1, 2016 – Cloud Computing Journal
As students return to school and start fall sports, Barrow Neurological Institute is expanding the Dignity Health Concussion Network in California with help from the San Francisco 49ers.
Prevalence of Concussions among Arizona Student Athletes Called 'Alarming'
Aug. 26, 2016 – Tucson News Now
First statewide concussion survey, performed by Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, finds that one-third of Arizona high school seniors playing sports have had a concussion.
Top Honors Awarded to Cancer Center by Design-Build Institute of America
Aug. 5, 2016 – Medical Construction & Design
The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s was designed to deliver the highest standard of care using the most modern technologies.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Wins Health Care Building Design Award
July 18, 2016 – Healthcare Design
Designed to fit the context of the Downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Dignity Health sought a progressive design for The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s which would allow natural light in but keep heat and solar exposure out.
Law Students and Barrow Neurological Institute Residents Work to Patent Medical Innovations
July 13, 2016 – The State Press, Arizona State University
ASU patent law students have serendipitously found themselves working at the forefront of medical discovery thanks to the establishment of a grant by an Arizona patent lawyer to help Barrow Neurological Institute residents develop their innovations.
Woman Inspired to Make Life-Saving Kidney Donation to Stranger after Watching Grey's Anatomy episode
July 6, 2016 – People
An Arizona man, who had struggled with a rare kidney disease for 17 years, is healthy today thanks to the lifesaving kidney transplant at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s gifted to him by a young nurse.
Increase Foods that Keep You Hydrated
June 30, 2016 – KJZZ
Lee Renda, a dietitian at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, says adding water-based foods to your diet can be the extra push you need to keep from getting too dehydrated during Arizona’s summertime heat.
June 7, 2016 – The New York Times
Nicholas Theodore, MD, the director of spinal surgery at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, speaks about ‘internal decapitation’ in children.
Novel Strategy of Knocking down the Vascular System of a Tumor and Keeping It from Getting back up Reduces Risk of Progression
May 23, 2016 – OB.GYN. News
According to a study by gynecologic oncologist Bradley Monk, MD, of Creighton University and The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, a novel strategy of knocking down tumor vasculature and keeping it from getting back up significantly reduced the risk of tumor progression among women with recurrent ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal cancers.
Barrow Patient and Coordinator Explain that Nothing Is More Normal than Being Different
May 15, 2016 – Catholic Health Association of the United States
Lori Takeuchi, program coordinator with the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, and patient, Sarah Woolworth, speak to middle school classes about the spiritual and medical treatment of children with craniofacial differences.
Handheld Tool Visualizes Tumor Cells during Neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute
May 9, 2016 – HealthImaging
Researchers at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s have created and tested a pen-sized imaging instrument to aid neurosurgeons in the visualization of individual tumor cells.
The Gift of Life and Breath
Apr. 26, 2016 – The Union
A life-changing lung transplant performed at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Norton Thoracic Institute grants new life to a 24-year-old father.
Potential New Treatment for Alzheimer’s Found Safe by Barrow Neurological Institute
Apr. 19, 2016 – HealthCentral
An implanted neurostimulator, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), delivers electrical signals that help regulate abnormal signals in the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
Finalists for Healthcare Leadership Awards Announced
March 24, 2016 – AZ Business Gazette
Patty White, president and CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and Richard B. Towbin, MD, chief of pediatric radiology at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, are honored as finalists in the 2016 Healthcare Leadership Awards.
Common Virus Attributed to Spike in Head and Neck Cancers
March 22, 2016 – KTAR News
Panos Savvides, MD, section leader of the head and neck program at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s says the unique program meets a growing need as human papillomavirus (HPV) has been attributed to a spike in head and neck cancers.
27 “Leaper” Babies Born on Leap Day
March 14, 2016 – Peoria Independent
Twenty-seven babies entered the world at Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona on Leap Day, but they will not be able to celebrate their special day for another four years.
Advances in Radiation Therapy Treat Cancer with Fewer Side Effects
March 14, 2016 – KTAR News
Subhakar Mutyala, MD, professor and medical director of radiation oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, discusses how physicians can now focus on specific types of cancer and tailor radiation treatments to individual needs.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Supports Arizona’s International Reputation for Excellence in Cancer Care
March 9, 2016 – International Business Times
As Phoenix aims to become an international destination for cancer care, the new University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s joins the growing biotech footprint in the nation’s second-fastest growing metropolitan area in the country.
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s included in Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S.
Feb. 29, 2016 – The CW, Richmond
Truven Health Analytics released its annual list of top 100 hospitals based on overall organizational performance, noting that the study found the majority of the nation’s top performing hospitals were able to improve outcomes while reducing overall expense per patient.
Research Supports Front-Line Treatment for Ovarian Cancer
Feb. 27, 2016 – News Medical
Research led by Bradley Monk, MD, gynecologic oncologist at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, supports the use of weekly chemotherapy without expensive medications, such as bevacizumab, for treatment of advanced ovarian cancer.
Brain Stimulation May Become an Alzheimer’s Treatment
Feb. 26, 2016 – SeniorJournal.com
Francisco Ponce, MD, director of Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s deep brain stimulation (DBS) program, leads research testing the viability of DBS to treat Alzheimer’s disease which currently has few treatment options.
Physicians and Community Members Discuss Barrow Neurological Institute Youth Football Survey
Feb. 9, 2016 – The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com
Surprised by the high number of parents who do not want their children playing football, Javier Cardenas, MD, director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, tells parents to look at all available information to make an informed decision.
Role Health Care Innovators Play in Addressing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
Feb. 7, 2016 – MedCity News
Javier Cardenas, MD, director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, developed a youth athlete education and concussion screening program which is mandated for all high school athletes in Arizona. Called Barrow Brain Book, it is designed to help kids willingly engage in staying healthy for the long term.
ALS Outcome Measures Study Seeks to Improve ALS Clinical Trial Design
Feb. 7, 2016 – CheckOrphan
Jeremy Shefner, MD, PhD, chair of neurology at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, comments on an ALS study that seeks to improve the design of drug trials to be more predictive of success.
Barrow Neurological Institute Physician Serves on NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee
Feb. 5, 2016 – Santa Cruz Sentinel
Javier Cardenas, MD, director of the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, cites both progress and need for change as the NFL prepares for Super Bowl 50.
Barrow Grand Ball Raises More Than $4 Million to Support Barrow Neurological Institute
Feb. 1, 2016 – AZBigMedia
The Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation raised more than $4 million to support Barrow’s medical research, clinical care and medical education at the 2016 Barrow Grand Ball, hosted January 16 at the Arizona Biltmore.
Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute Study a Pen to See Cancer
Jan. 27, 2016 – Science 2.0
Brain tumor surgeon and researcher at Barrow Neurological Institute, Nader Sanai, MD, discusses an investigational handheld, miniature microscope that could allow surgeons to “see” at a cellular level in the operating room.
Arizona Diamondbacks and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Doctors Survive Close Shave
Dec. 3, 2015 – Scottsdale Independent
The Arizona Diamondbacks joined physicians and executives from Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center during the “Great Shave Off” charity event. Barbers wielded straight razors to shear off month-long beard growth benefitting The University of Arizona Cancer Center.
Dignity Health St. Joseph's Patient Gets New Bride, New Lungs
Oct. 7, 2015 – The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com
Frantic and desperate, Jaken Kasper requested a chaplain for an immediate wedding with his fiancée while awaiting a life-saving lung transplant surgery at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Norton Thoracic Institute.
Real Men Get Breast Cancer
Oct. 15, 2015 – 12News
Mike Kucharo learned that breast cancer is not “just a woman’s thing” after his diagnosis and treatment at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Custodian at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Gave Hope to Pastor
Oct. 8, 2015 – The Tennessean
When Nashville pastor Dan Scott rushed to the emergency room at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, he paused to speak in Spanish with a custodian who gave him hope that his wife, who suffered a brain aneurysm, would survive. Miraculously, she did.
Tucsonan Grateful for Every Breath of Life after Lung Transplant at Norton Thoracic Institute
Sept. 13, 2015 – Arizona Daily Star
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Jack Dykinga, is reborn as an artist after receiving a life-saving lung transplant at Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Industry Insights: Managing Incidental Pancreatic Cysts
Sept. 15, 2015 – News Medical
Ananya Das, MD, chief of gastroenterology at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, discusses the use of integrated molecular pathology to manage incidental pancreatic cysts.
First Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute in Arizona Set to Open
Aug. 16, 2015 – AZ Business Magazine
As the lone National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center headquartered in Arizona, The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center brings the future of cancer care to downtown Phoenix.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Marks Opening
Aug. 13, 2015 – KJZZ 91.5
Officials with The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which is dedicated to comprehensive cancer treatment, research, and clinical trials, held a ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new facility in downtown Phoenix.
Future of Cancer Care Has Arrived
Aug. 13, 2015 – UANews
Interim deputy director of The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and medical director of the UA Clinical Research Unit, Peter Lance, MD, said more than 100 clinical trials will open to Valley residents through its new cancer center.
Pediatrician at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Explains How to Handle Conflicting Advice on Infant Care
Aug. 12, 2015 – Raising Arizona Kids
Lactation consultant and pediatrician at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Laurie Jones, MD, explains how to distinguish between sound medical advice and child-rearing philosophy to determine the most appropriate approach to infant care.
For Indie Filmmaker, Movie Is a Race Against Time
Aug. 1, 2015 – The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com
An ALS patient from Barrow Neurological Institute battled his disease by crafting a feature film, which his friends then brought to life by making the movie.
Brain Surgery Saved Russian General Who Helped Defeat Napoleon; Scientists 'Rewrite' History Books
July 29, 2015 – ScienceDaily
In a story about how medicine changed the course of history, researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute determined that the life-saving brain surgery performed by French surgeon Jean Massot on Russian general Mikhail Kutuzov saved his life and led to his defeat of Napoleon in 1812.
Girl Undergoes New Laser Brain Surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute
July 16, 2015 – FOX10
A 12-year-old girl is living a seizure-free life, after undergoing a new laser brain surgery procedure at Barrow to remove a tumor.
New System Keeps Lungs Breathing Before Transplant Procedure Begins at Norton Thoracic Institute
July 16, 2015 – Aljazeera America
An Arizona woman’s new lungs were transported on an innovative machine that kept them warm, breathing, and pumping oxygen before her life-saving transplant took place.
Scientist Overcomes Fears in a New Country
July 14, 2015 – KJZZ
Anel Arriola, a research assistant at Barrow Neurological Institute, tells her story of immigration to the U.S. on the Arizona Storytellers Project.
Barrow Neurosurgical Associates Appoints John Kinna CEO
July 14, 2015 – Becker’s Spine Review
Five things to know about the new CEO of the largest physician-owned neurosurgical and spine practice in Arizona.
Cytokinetics Announces Start of Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Tirasemtiv in Patients with ALS
July 14, 2015 – ALS Association
Jeremy Shefner, MD, PhD, leads a unique collaboration between Cytokinetics, The ALS Association, and Barrow Neurological Institute to enable plasma samples collected from patients to be added to a resource that may help to assess disease progression and underlying disease mechanisms in ALS.
Woman Receives Heart Implant That Prevents Strokes at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
July 10, 2015 – FOX10
An Arizona woman became one of the first in the country to benefit from a new device aimed at preventing blood clots in patients with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.
How Barrow Neurosurgeon Uses Telemedicine and Video Recording to Promote Patient Care
July 10, 2015 – mHealth Intelligence
The idea for the Medical Memory app – a video recording platform that shares physician conversations with patients and their families – was first developed when Randall Porter, MD, neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute, supported his father during treatment for prostate cancer.
What Is My Genome? And Does Size Matter?
July 9, 2015 – Ahwatukee Foothills News
It’s not the size of the genome that matters, but what it does with what it has, says Cathy Seiler, PhD, program manager for the tissue biorepository at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Barrow Physician Warns Female Athletes about Concussion Dangers
July 1, 2015 – FOX 10 News
Christina Kwasnica, MD, director of neuro-rehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute, says knowing the signs and symptoms of a concussion, and getting help right away if one is suspected, can aid women athletes.
Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Adds Liver Transplant Program
June 24, 2015 – 3TV | AZFamily
St. Joseph’s builds on its successful lung transplant program at its Norton Thoracic Institute by adding new liver and kidney transplant programs.
Arizona Mom and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Doctor Speak Out about Public Misperception of Type 1 Diabetes
June 18, 2015 – CBS5
Valley mom Allyson Zupin and Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, director of internal medicine at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s, explain how young children develop Type 1 diabetes in spite of a healthy diet.
Former Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals What Got Her Back in the Water After Paralyzing Accident
June 5, 2015 – TODAY
Intensive neuro-rehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute gave Olympian Amy Van Dyken the ability to try swimming again; her furry friend gave her the inspiration.
Possible Link Found between Diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease
June 5, 2015 – KTAR
Frequent insulin changes can reduce cognitive function potentially causing Alzheimer’s later in life, according to Elliot Mufson, PhD, director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Laboratory at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Woman Finds Fairy Tale Love at Barrow Neurological Institute after Paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury
June 3, 2015 - TODAY
A professional motor sports racer is second to receive Neuro-Spinal Scaffold surgery, performed by Barrow neurosurgeon Nicholas Theodore, MD, to repair her spinal cord injury. The first person to receive this life-altering procedure has become the new love in her life.
Championship Spirit Inspires Amy Van Dyken to Learn to Walk again at Barrow Neurological Institute
June 3, 2015 – CBS News
Former Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken overcomes injury with neuro-rehabilitation and help from a revolutionary full-body machine that moves her legs.
Cornville Woman’s Act of Humankindness Sparks Kidney Transplant
June 2, 2015 – Verde Independent
Katie Grannan received the life-saving gift of a kidney transplant at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center thanks to information a friend, Amy Sperry from Cornville, found on Facebook.
Brain Cancers like Beau Biden’s Kill about 15,000 Adults Each Year
May 31, 2015 – The Washington Post
Nader Sanai, MD, brain surgeon and brain cancer researcher at Barrow Neurological Institute, discussed managing portions of incurable brain tumors that can be the source of recurrence with little warning.
Peoria Resident First to Receive Experimental Spinal Surgery
May 27, 2015 – Peoria Times
After being paralyzed in a serious accident, Jordan Fallis was the first in the country to have an InVivo Therapeutics Neuro-Spinal Scaffold surgery implanted in his spine by doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.
ALS Awareness Month Sheds Light on a Deadly Neurological Disease
May 21, 2015 – KTAR 92.3 FM
Robert Bowser, PhD, director of ALS research at Barrow Neurological Institute, discusses the severity of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Top 10 Health Stories from Arizona in the Past 125 Years
May 20, 2015 – The Arizona Republic
Pioneering Brain Surgery: Director of Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Robert Spetzler, MD, pioneered an intricate form of brain surgery to remove aneurysms called, “cardiac stand still”.
Woman Gets Special Delivery on Mother’s Day: Baby Jaque
May 11, 2015 – FOX10
An extra special surprise, baby Jaque’s birth has given his mother, Amanda Humphries, and family an unforgettable Mother’s Day.
Young Mom-of-Five Survives Mother’s Day Stroke
May 9, 2015 – ABC 13News Now, Norfolk
Pamela Klonoff, PhD, a clinical neuro-psychologist and the clinical director of the Center for Transitional Neurorehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute, discusses the recovery process for Amanda Ipple, a mother-of-five who suffered from a stroke in 2012 just one week before Mother’s Day.
72-Year-Old Man gets New Life with Double Lung Transplant
May 6, 2015 – 3TV News
Rajat Walia, MD, medical director at the Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital, discusses patient Richard Jarrard who suffered from pulmonary fibrosis and received a double lung transplant.
Former Olympian, Now Partially Paralyzed Begins to Walk
May 4, 2015 – Fox 31 Denver
Six-time Olympic champion who was paralyzed from the waist down last year, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is walking with help from therapists at Barrow Neurological Institute and a ‘wearable robot’.
Arizona Doctor Develops Program to Improve Patients’ Medical Memory
May 1, 2015 – 3TV News
Neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute, Randall Porter, MD, has developed a software program called Medical Memory, which is designed to make medical visits more memorable for patients.
Targeted Treatments for Lung Cancer Patients
May 2015 – North Central News
Guest speaker Panos Fidias, MD, from The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital, will discuss all aspects of lung cancer at monthly support groups
New Hope for Spinal Cord Injuries: Arizona Man Sees Progress after Rare Surgery
April 29, 2015 – Fox 10, Phoenix
Operated on by neurosurgeon Nicholas Theodore, MD, at Barrow Neurological Institute following a motocross accident, Jordan Fallis was the first person in the world to undergo a revolutionary type of spinal surgery.
Former Diamondbacks Manager Diagnosed with Parkinson's
April 28, 2015 – ABC 15 Phoenix and Associated Press
Director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, neurologist Abraham Lieberman, MD, discusses the current state of Parkinson’s disease in light of former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson’s diagnosis.
Boy 'Internally Decapitated' in 2010 Celebrates Seventh Birthday
April 24, 2015 – ABC 15 Phoenix
After being treated for “internal decapitation” in 2010 at Barrow Neurological Institute, Micah Andrews celebrated his seventh birthday at a surprise party with the people who saved his life including neurosurgeon, Nicholas Theodore, MD, and director of neurorehabilitation at Barrow, Christina Kwasnica, MD.
Oral Chemotherapy Course Increases Confidence among Nurses outside Oncology Units
April 23, 2015 – Oncology Nurse Advisor
At Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital, a new four-hour course is helping educate and improve the confidence in nurses who are unfamiliar with oncology.
One Million Dollars Donated to University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s
April 10, 2015 – UA News
A $1-million donation from Dr. Ram Krishna and his wife, Meera, will help with the construction of a new outpatient facility for The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital, which is scheduled to open in September on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
Despite Brain Tumor, Nona Cerveny Hopes to Complete 30th Consecutive Boston Marathon
April 8, 2015 – Runner’s World Newswire
Nona Cerveny, 66, who currently has the longest active streak for the Boston Marathon, continues her training as she plans to attend the 2015 race after undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatment at Barrow Neurological Institute for a brain tumor.
Institute at Phoenix Hospital Regions’ busiest for Lung Transplants
April 2, 2015- Cronkite News
The Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix is recognized as being one of the busiest lung transplantation programs in 2014.
Home Visits Give Doctors Insights into Obstacles Faced by Chronically Ill
April 1, 2015 – Catholic Health Association
Billie Jo Kesso, 43, who has been battling diabetes for twenty years, discusses her experience using the new health model, CATCH (Clients Aligned Through Community and Hospital). According to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital’s director of internal medicine, Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, this new chronic care model emphasizes “patient centered help”.
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Launches Breakthrough Program Aimed at Increasing Quality of Life for Parkinson's Patients
March 27, 2015 – Advance Healthcare Network
World-renowned researcher, Thurmon Lockhart, PhD, collaborated with Arizona State University and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute to launch a fall prevention and research program.
Phoenix Boy who Inspired Make-A-Wish Honored
March 23, 2015- The Arizona Republic
Christopher Greicius, 7, was honored with a memorial at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix 35 years after his fight with cancer inspired the world-wide organization.
Exercising the Mind Heals the Body, too
March 22, 2015- Philippine Daily Inquirer
At Barrow Neurological Institute, Patricio Reyes, MD, introduced a new way of treating patients with BrainHQ.
Firefighters Kick Off the Fill the Boot Campaign for Muscular Dystrophy
March 18, 2015- East Valley Tribune
In collaboration with Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, members of the International Association of Firefighters will host a traditional fundraiser to help save and improve lives of people battling muscular disease within the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
Tetanus Shot Shows Promise in Therapy for Brain Cancer
March 12, 2015 – The Boston Globe
Director of the Brain Tumor Research Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, Nader Sanai, MD, calls results from a new brain tumor study involving a dose of tetanus vaccine exciting and positive.
Americans Using Emergency Room for Traumatic Brain Injuries in Record Numbers
March 2015 – Managed Care News
Neurologist and director of the Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, Javier Cardenas, MD, discusses the incidence and severity of sports related brain injury.
Valley Oncologist Pushes for Awareness of Lung Cancer Screenings
February 9, 2015 – KTAR News
Panos Fidias, MD, a thoracic oncologist in The University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, discusses the need to promote lung cancer screenings.
Ambry Announces Newly Published Data on Hereditary Ovarian Cancer and Gene Panels
February 7, 2015 – Business Wire
Gynecologic oncologist at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Bradley Monk, MD, talks about new data regarding the genes contributing to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
Anthony Vasquez Returns to MLB Two Years after Brain Surgery
February 4, 2015 – Big League Stew
A few days after discovering he had brain lesion, Anthony Velasquez underwent an emergent five-and-a- half hour surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix which has given him the opportunity to return to his dream of playing baseball.
Dignity Health Announces $4.3 Million in Community Grants
February 4, 2015 – Business Wire
One of the nation’s largest health systems, Dignity Health contributed $4.3 million in community grants for non-profit organizations throughout California, Arizona and Nevada.
Valley Neurologist to Serve as Consultant on Sidelines for Super Bowl
How do you alter a long-standing culture where toughness and team are sometimes emphasized to the detriment of the individual? When it comes to the NFL and concussions, Barrow neurologist, Javier Cardenas, MD, believes that change is achieved through immersion, understanding, education, support and the formation of new habits.
Jan. 27, 2015 - Fox Sports
Barrow Patient Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Gets Back to Work, in Broadcast booth for USC-Cal
A physical therapy patient at Barrow Neurological Institute and six-time Olympic gold medalist, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, will return to the broadcast booth to call the California-Southern California women's swimming meet for Pac-12 Networks.
Jan. 27, 2015
NFL Concussions Down 20 Percent in the 2014 Season
Director of Barrow Neurological Institute’s Concussion and Brain Injury Center, Javier Cardenas, MD, discusses the decreasing trend of concussions in the NFL and attributes it to changes the league has made.
KJZZ – National Public Radio, Phoenix
Jan. 26, 2015
A New Way to Test Brain Tumor Drugs
Nader Sanai, MD, director of Barrow Neurological Institute’s Brain Tumor Research Center, discusses the study of a potential break through for brain tumor treatment.
Jan. 23, 2015
Barrow Doctors to Aid Super Bowl Athletes
Two neurologists from Barrow Neurological Institute, Javier Cardenas, MD, and Taro Kaibara, MD, have been chosen by the National Football League to work the sidelines at Super Bowl XLIX and evaluate any injured athletes for signs and symptoms of concussion.
Fox 10 Phoenix
Jan. 23, 2015
Why You Should Take Hypertension Seriously
Mark Stephan, MD, director of family medicine at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, discusses the growing number of people in the United States with hypertension, also called high blood pressure.
Sankofa – Ghanaian Chicago Community
Jan. 20, 2015
Dignity Health Run Series Presents ‘Strides for Spines’ Run/Walk
Runners and walkers of all ages lace up their shoes for “Strides for Spines,” a 10K/5K/Kids’ Dash designed by a professional running coach and former patient at Barrow Neurological Institute, Cristin Van Driel, to raise money for spinal cord research and treatment at Barrow.
Jan. 19, 2015
Arizona Neurologist Receives High Medical Honor
Javier Cardenas, MD, Director of the Concussion and Brain Injury Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, was honored by the American Academy of Neurology for his exceptional work in creating Barrow Brainbook, the nation’s first mandated concussion education and test for student athletes in Arizona.
American Academy of Neurology
Jan. 18, 2015
Could the Pap Smear Be Ousted by HPV Testing?
Gynecologic oncologist at Dignity Heath St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Dana Chase, MD, discusses the evolution of a new test against cervical cancer.
Jan. 14, 2015
Mesa Resident’s Artwork Featured in Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Calendar
For the second year in a row, the art of a Mesa resident and Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center painter, Julio Angulo, PhD, will be featured annual Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar, published by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
East Valley Tribune
Jan. 11, 2015
With Flu Season Well Underway, the Worst Is Yet to Come
Flu has reached epidemic proportions in Arizona, and Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, director of internal medicine at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center says she expects the numbers will only continue to rise through the end of flu season.
KJZZ – National Public Radio, Phoenix
Jan. 6, 2015
Lung Transplant Recipient Has a Lot to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
Gilbert resident Jim Seaton, who received a double lung transplant at the Norton Thoracic Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, says he’s thankful this Thanksgiving for God and his transplant team, including the Institute’s director, Ross Bremner, MD.
Daily News 724 – Chicago
Nov. 26, 2014
Knocking Out Parkinson’s
Celebrities including Reba McEntire gather at Celebrity Fight Night each year to help raise awareness and funds for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.
Sept. 14, 2014
6-year-old girl donates teddy bears to newborns with cleft palates
Co-director and craniofacial orthodontist at St. Joseph’s Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, Patricia Glick, MD, explains the importance of patient Charlotte Gould’s Charley Bear Hug program.
May 21, 2014
Lack of rain leads to drop in Valley fever cases
John Galgiani, MD, head of the University of Arizona's Valley Fever Center at St. Joseph's, expects to see about 8,000 Valley fever cases in Arizona this year, which is half of the cases in 2011, due to the lack of rainfall.
May 21, 2014
Arizona College Student Bounces Back From the Dead
After Nearly Giving Organs Director of St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute and renowned neurosurgeon, Robert Spetzler, MD, recalls Arizona college student Sam Schmid’s miracle recovery from near death following a five-car collision in Tucson.
May 16, 2014
Artificial Disk Replacement for the Spine Is Growing In Popularity
Barrow Neurological Institute neurosurgeon, Steve Chang, MD, discusses the reasons why disk replacement surgery is growing in popularity as an alternative to traditional fusion surgery.
ABC 15 – Arizona
May 16, 2014
Couple gives $19M Donation to Phoenix Hospital Dignity Health
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center received a $19 million donation from local couple, John and Doris Norton, to create an institute for lung, heart and esophageal medicine.
May 14, 2014
St. Joseph’s Westgate Officially Opens
Tina Day, administrator of the Valley’s newest hospital, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center, discusses the high quality medical services that the Glendale hospital will bring to the West Valley.
Northwest Valley Newspapers
May 13, 2014
University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix 'topped off'
The final beam was placed in the new 220,000 square foot University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health's St. Joseph's in downtown Phoenix, which is set to open sometime in 2015.
May 6, 2014
Who Needs Hair? For Arizona's Miley, A Best Friend Is Enough
Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley’s best friend, Johnnie Santangelo III, is recovering from a complex surgery by Barrow neurosurgeon Nader Sanai, MD, to remove a devastating brain tumor.
May 1, 2014
Science behind Illusion, It’s More Than Sleight-of-Hand
Neuroscience researcher at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute, Stephen Macknik, PhD led and published a study about human perception as it is manipulated by magicians.
April 28, 2014
D-Backs President and CEO Launches Foundation
Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, discusses The Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation supported by the Race Against Cancer presented by University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital.
April 28, 2014
Parkinson's Awareness Month: 30 Days-30 Stories
Diagnosed at just 42 with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, famed heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali lends his namesake to renowned physicians at St. Joseph’s Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.
April 24, 2014
Phoenix Mom Stuns Family with 2014 Acura MDX Win
Debra Baker, a Phoenix mother of two, won a new car plus $13,750 cash by playing in the Health and Wealth Raffle benefitting Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Deer Valley Times
April 22, 2014
Woman Travels from Norway to Barrow for Life-Saving Spine Surgery
Director of the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s, Robert Spetzler, MD, discusses the incredible recovery of a Norwegian woman who traveled to St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute for a spinal cord surgery that others deemed too risky to perform.
Fox 10 – Phoenix
April 18, 2014
The Band Perry Has a Soft Spot for Arizona
Country music group The Band Perry performs at Celebrity Fight Night benefitting St. Joseph’s Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, because they have a soft spot for the cause.
Star Watch Media
April 12, 2014
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Centre Salutes Celebrity Fight Night with Dramatic Expansion
Director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and one of Muhammad Ali’s neurologists, Abraham Lieberman, MD, shares his enthusiasm for the center’s major expansion that will help thousands more.
CBS 3 – Springfield
April 10, 2014
T-Gen Study Identifies Important Factors for Treatment of Lung Cancer
Researchers from St. Joseph’s help T-Gen identify important factors for the treatment of metastatic lung cancer.
April 9, 2014