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Media Tip Sheet June 2016


Consumer Reports Study Finds Many Sunscreens Fall Short of their Promises – Skin Cancer Expert Available for Interviews. Barrow Ranks #1 in Futuristic Surgery. Mercy Gilbert to Celebrate 10th Anniversary. Barrow Patient Making Remarkable Recovery Following First in the World Surgery for Paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury. Fathers Also Suffer from Postpartum Depression – Father’s Day is June 19.

Consumer Reports Study Finds Many Sunscreens Fall Short of their Promises – Skin Cancer Expert Available for Interviews

A skin cancer expert at the University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s is available for interviews on Thursday afternoon to discuss a new Consumer Reports study that rated top brand sunscreens and found many are not providing the level of protection they claim. The report was released as the Valley is preparing for temperatures as high as 117 degrees this week.  Dr. Nathalie Zeitouni, a physician specializing in skin cancer, can interview about the best types of sunscreen to use, how to keep your skin safe from the sun and how to prepare for the hot temperatures this weekend. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews.

Barrow Ranks #1 in Futuristic Surgery

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.  A press briefing will be held on Wednesday, June 15 with the doctor and patient. More details to follow.

Mercy Gilbert to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Monday, June 6. Gilbert’s largest hospital has grown to become a premier hospital for medical services including women’s services, pediatrics and orthopedics. The hospital will celebrate with a special ceremony featuring Gilbert Mayor John Lewis and Mercy Gilbert President Tim Bricker. The Sisters of Mercy will give a special blessing of the hands to staff. Media is invited to attend the event which will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 6. Please call 602.406.3319 for more details.

Barrow Patient Making Remarkable Recovery Following First in the World Surgery for Paralyzing Spinal Cord Injury

Barrow Neurological Institute will hold a press conference later this month to give the media and public an update on Jordan Fallis, a young Barrow patient who last year became the first in the world to have a scaffolding device placed into his spinal cord after sustaining a paralyzing spinal cord injury from a dirt bike accident. Fallis and Barrow received national headlines for the innovative surgery that’s currently part of a clinical trial to measure its safety. Fallis has been closely monitored by Barrow doctors over the past year to see if there are any changes or improvements to his spinal cord and mobility. Stay tuned for more details.

Fathers Also Suffer from Postpartum Depression – Father’s Day is June 19

Please consider the following story for Father’s Day: A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that 26 percent of men show signs of paternal postpartum depression during the three-to six-month period after their child’s birth – more than twice the rate of general depression usually seen in men. Missy Beauchamp, RN, and community education coordinator, for Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, is available for interviews to discuss the signs of postpartum depression in men, why the symptoms are often different in men than in women and tips for how men can cope. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule interviews.

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