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St. Joseph's in the News


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.

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.

Decemeber 2015 

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.

October 2015 

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.

September 2015 

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.

Aug 2015 

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.

July 2015

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.

June 2015

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.

May 2015

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

April 2015 

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”.

March 2015 

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.

February 2015 

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.

January 2015

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.
USA Today
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. 
Associated Press
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. 
Independent Newspapers
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.
The Reporter
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.
CNN
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. 
AZ Family 
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. 
KTAR 
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. 
ABC News 
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. 
AZ Family 
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. 
Tucson News 
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. 
Fox Sports 
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. 
Epoch Times 
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. 
MLB.com 
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. 
Chicago Now 
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. 
Health Canal 
April 9, 2014