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A Valley nurse recently saved the life of a stranger by donating one of her kidneys. In giving her kidney, Kate Burris, 27, Scottsdale, became the first altruistic kidney donor at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Jim Ensslin, 56 of Peoria, received Burris’ life-saving gift and was the 10th patient in St. Joseph’s kidney transplant program. Giving a kidney to a stranger was virtually unheard of 20 years ago when transplant centers worried about donors’ motivation, emotional and mental health, and medical risks. Today, health care professionals realize that, for some people, donating a kidney gives the same kind of personal satisfaction that donating blood or giving to charity does. Please call 602.406.3312 to schedule interviews with Burris, Ensslin and a member of the transplant team.
As scorching temperatures continue in the Valley, a St. Joseph’s nutritionist is available for interviews to speak about how a proper diet is a critical tool for preventing heat-related illness. Lee Renda, a nutritionist at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, says that although hydration is essential for preventing heat exhaustion, diet is also equally important. Renda can interview about heat exhaustion and what food Valley residents can consume to help prevent heat-related illness. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews.
Barrow Neurological Institute is now the nation’s leader in a life-changing medical procedure and is attracting patients from around the country and world for the treatment. Just five years since publicly pledging a commitment to a futuristic brain procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation, a neurosurgeon at Barrow, Dr. Francisco Ponce, has performed his 500th DBS surgery. A Chandler woman received the milestone procedure and says she looks forward to reclaiming her life. Please call 602.406.3312 to schedule interviews with the Dr. Ponce and the patient.