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Media Tip Sheet February 2016


Dignity Health, in partnership with Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, has launched two new Comprehensive Cancer Clinics near the campuses of its Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers in order to assist patients with coordinated treatment decisions and navigation of care options.

Dignity Health Comprehensive Cancer Clinics Open at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert

Opened earlier this month, the clinics offer a multi-disciplinary team of physicians to meet with the patient in a single visit to help develop a comprehensive treatment plan quickly and conveniently. To schedule interviews, call 602.406.4734.

February is American Heart Month. 

Please consider covering the following heart-related stories. 

New Wave of Heart Care Focuses on Cancer Survivors

As survival rates for cancer patients are increasing, doctors are beginning to look at the long-term adverse effects of cancer treatment, including damage to the heart. Cardiologist Anantharam Kalya, MD, is leading a new effort at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to combat heart problems facing many of today’s cancer survivors. Dr. Kalya’s “cardio-oncology” program focuses on preventing the onset of heart failure in cancer patients. For more information or to schedule an interview, please call 602.406.3312.

Volunteers at Chandler Regional Help Patients Recover from Heart Surgery with Hand-Sewn Pillows

Volunteers at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center have sewn more than 4,000 heart shaped pillows for patients recovering from heart surgery at the hospital. The unique pillows are used as therapy devices to help expedite healing after heart surgery. Reporters are welcome to interview the volunteers and capture visuals of the volunteers delivering a pillow to a patient in need. Call 602.406.3312 to schedule.

Arizona’s First MRI-Compatible Heart Defibrillator Implanted at Mercy Gilbert

Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center is the first Arizona hospital to utilize a new technology allowing individuals with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (or ICD) to safely undergo an MRI. Until now, individuals with ICDs were unable to take advantage of this valuable imaging tool due to potential interactions with the defibrillator. Call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews.

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