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A team from NASA’s Johnson Space Center will travel to Phoenix for a special visit at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute on Wednesday, Feb. 27. During the visit, a NASA astronaut will meet with patients in the hospital’s Neuro Rehab Center and a NASA scientist will meet with Barrow scientists to discuss neurological research aboard the International Space Station. Members of the media will be invited to cover a visual event surrounding the visit. Stay tuned for more details.
Barrow doctors are concerned about a new poll that suggests common misperceptions remain about concussion despite the increase of attention surrounding the topic. The Valley-wide poll, which was conducted by St. Joseph’s in January, reveals that half of Valley adults believe high school sports are less dangerous than professional sports. It also found that while only 36 percent of Valley adults know someone who has suffered a concussion, 47 percent of adults said they know someone who have had their ‘bell rung’. “While the perception is that high school sports are less dangerous, the incidence of injury is far greater in high school athletes than in professional athletes,” says Javier Cardenas, MD, Barrow concussion expert. “Also, many individuals still don’t know that having your “bell rung” is indeed a concussion. This poll tells us that we need to continue our efforts to educate about the brain injury.” Dr. Cardenas is available for interviews. Please call 602.406.3319 to schedule.
The University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s and the Arizona Diamondbacks have joined forces to sponsor the D-Backs Race Against Cancer. The 5k run and family fun 1k walk, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks coaching staff will participate in the run and cancer survivors will present the winning medals. Members of the media covering this event who are interested in interviewing a cancer doctor or patient at St. Joseph’s, should call 602.406.3319.
Construction has officially begun on the Valley’s newest hospital – St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. The 35-acre medical campus near the Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue in Glendale is scheduled to open in 2014. It will contain a 60,000 square-foot hospital that will include an emergency room, 24 inpatient beds, two operating rooms and diagnostic services. The hospital will initially employ 200 staff and will have the capacity to expand to 200 inpatient beds as demand grows. The medical campus will also house community physicians and outpatient partners, giving patients one location for their healthcare needs. Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the new medical partners that will be housed on the campus.
For more information or to schedule a story, call Carmelle Malkovich at 602.406.3319.