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The hospital’s transplant team at St. Joseph’s Norton Thoracic Institute has completed more than 450 lung transplants to date, including an impressive 93 last year. One of the reasons for the increase in the rank is the surge in patients who are coming to St. Joseph’s from around the nation for their lung transplants because of the medical expertise. To schedule interviews, call 602.406.3312.
Please consider this story if covering tomorrow’s March of Dimes Walk
Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center employee and 2016 March of Dimes Ambassador for tomorrow’s March of Dimes Walk in Phoenix, Shannon Fitzpatrick, has a personal connection to the organization’s fight to help premature babies. Fitzpatrick’s two children were born extremely premature due to unexpected life-threatening pregnancy complications. Both babies spent months in the neonatal intensive care unit but are now thriving children. Fitzpatrick will lead tomorrow’s walk and is available for interviews to share her family’s story. Call 602.406.4734 to schedule interviews.
Parkinson’s disease experts at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, are available for interviews for members of the media covering stories this month for Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The Ali Center at Barrow is the most comprehensive Parkinson’s disease treatment center in the United States. Please call 602.406.3312 to schedule interviews.
A St. Joseph’s physician is available for interviews to discuss a recent study that indicates a growing number of older adults who are combining prescription and over-the-counter supplements in ways that could lead to serious side effects. The study, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the number of older adults taking five or more medications and supplements rose from 53.4 percent to 67.1 percent between 2006 and 2011. Priya Radhakrishnan, medical director of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Center, can be interviewed about the dangerous use of multiple medications and the importance of communication between doctors and patients. Call 602.404.3319 to schedule interviews.
In a survey commissioned by Dignity Health, more than half of women in the United States who have never had a mammogram say they do not plan on having the potentially life-saving test in the future. The study found that 53 percent of women over 40 will continue to reject the idea of a mammogram and more than a quarter of women who have not previously received an exam considered mammography the number one more fear-inducing appointment. Dr. Albert Wendt, a breast cancer specialist at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s, is available for interviews about this survey. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule.