13th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium: Integrating a Pediatric Focus, May 9

The compelling and diverse mental health topics specific to women and children are the focus of the “13th Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium: Integrating a Pediatric Focus” on Friday, May 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with  National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2014, May 8, which “seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.”

The symposium is open to interested community members and all specialties of health-care professionals – including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, midwives, psychologists, social workers, counselors and medical students and residents – as well as school administrators and staff. This multi-accredited academic CE (continuing education) event integrates best practice tools and recent evidence-based data from leading researchers and clinicians in Tucson and the...

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Staff Excellence Honored at AHSC

Glowing letters of recommendation recalling remarkable acts of service were the highlights of the Arizona Health Sciences Center Awards for Excellence and Georgia Reynolds Dedicated Service Award Ceremony held this month.

More than 20 nominees, together with their colleagues, gathered in DuVal Auditorium to hear selections for a variety of awards designed to recognize dedication to excellence in service at the UA Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy and Public Health.

Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH, dean and professor at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, presented the following awards:

The 2014 Classified Staff Award for Excellence in Administrative Support was presented to Jaqueline (Jackie) Gomez. An administrative associate in the Division of Community, Environment and Policy, Gomez was recognized as a tireless worker who comes to work early and often leaves late, who is cheerful and helpful with her co-workers. The 2014 Appointed Professional Service Award for Excellence was awarded to Nicole Bergier. Bergier, coordinator for the Canyon... [read more]

UAMC Study: Do Wearable Sensors Predict and Prevent Patient Falls?

Researchers at the University of Arizona Medical Center are studying whether small, wearable sensors that measure a patient’s activity, heart rate, wakefulness and other biometrics can predict and prevent falls, one of the leading causes of injury to hospitalized patients.

In an innovative study, researchers are using Zephyr BioModule sensors to continuously track patients’ skin temperature, physical activity, heart rate, respirations and echocardiogram readings. The more than 2GB of patient data collected daily per sensor then is plotted against an algorithm that estimates fall risk.

The technology will collect a massive amount of data regarding patient activity while in the hospital, and will help more accurately pinpoint which patients are most likely to fall. Although the study is solely collecting data for this phase, eventually the system can be used to alert nursing staff or even a family member when a fall seems imminent.

More than 500,000 falls happen each year in U.S. hospitals, resulting in 150,000 injuries, according to an estimate from the National Patient Safety Foundation. This ongoing issue prompted UAMC’s Administrator of Nursing Research...

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UA Sarver Heart Center Expert Offers Insights into New Uses of a Surgical Adhesive in New England Journal of Medicine Review

Rapid advances in minimally invasive and catheter cardiovascular technologies have created a growing need for the development of effective adhesives that facilitate the deployment of these technologies while adequately controlling blood-clotting and bleeding risks, said Marvin  J. Slepian, MD, a cardiologist at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center who has expertise in interventional cardiology device procedures and biomedical engineering.

Dr. Slepian and Danny Bluestein, PhD, professor of bioengineering at Stony Brook University in New York, co-authored a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 17, 2014), citing the benefits of hydrophobic light-activated adhesive (HLAA), a fluid, blood-resistant tissue glue that can be applied as a liquid before a procedure is performed and activated on demand to adhere, cure and bond.

Increasingly, stent valves and stent grafts, and the use of clips, patches, occluders, endoluminal paving (the coating of the inside surface of the vessel), and ventricular-assist...

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Easter Bunny, Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Visit Patients for “Jazmyn’s ‘Lunch-Break’ and ‘Organ-Donor’ Program”

WHAT:  Easter Bunny, Mickey and Minnie Mouse to Visit Patients for “Jazmyn’s ‘Lunch-Break’ and ‘Organ-Donor’ Program”
WHEN:  Friday, April 18, noon – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Diamond Children’s (fourth-floor lobby), 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Pediatric patients at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s will receive a special visit from the Easter Bunny, Mickey and Minnie Mouse on Friday, April 18, noon to 2 p.m.

Volunteers from Jazmyn’s “LUNCH-BREAK” arranged for the special visit.

Jimmy John’s is donating lunch, Dunkin Donuts is donating donuts, and patients will receive an Easter basket full of goodies, made by volunteers from Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Academy and Charities.

“Jazmyn’s Lunch Break” is a Tucson community non-profit organization that brings together university student volunteers, community volunteers and family members of children receiving care at Diamond Children’s for a lunch hour of respite,...

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Pursuing Value in a Time of Healthcare Transformation: Delivering Quality Care to Diverse Populations

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers a quarterly Diversity Seminar Series that brings national experts to speak about different aspects of diversity.

The next Diversity Seminar will be on Friday, April 25, 2014 and feature Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH, Director, The Disparities Solutions Center Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Program Director of Multicultural Education, Massachusetts General Hospital, Co-Founder, Quality Interactions, Inc.

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
April 25, 2014
Noon - 1 pm
DuVal Auditorium, UAMC


Pursuing Value in a Time of Healthcare Transformation: Delivering Quality Care to Diverse Populations


Dr. Betancourt directs the Disparities Solutions Center, which works with healthcare organizations to improve quality of care, address racial and ethnic disparities, and achieve equity. He is Director of Multicultural Education for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an expert in...

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Telemedicine’s Benefits in Arizona Demonstrated at Sold-Out Training Event

A sellout crowd eager for information about telemedicine services attended the recent inaugural Northern Arizona presentation of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP)’s full-day telemedicine training conference, “Arizona Telemedicine Course: Applications, Infrastructure, Reimbursement.” Held in Flagstaff, the conference featured nationally recognized speakers representing several high-profile Arizona telehealth programs that are using the technology to improve patient health.

Designed for those who are new to telemedicine as well as those interested in expanding the scope of their telemedicine services, the conference covered patient and provider education programs that take place via video, as well as medical specialty services, including teleneurology, telestroke, tele-epilepsy, teleradiology, telecardiology, telediabetes and telepsychiatry.

“I think it’s well rounded and I appreciate the opportunity to have this in Northern Arizona,” said participant Cheri Wells, director of behavioral health for Flagstaff-based Native Americans for Community Action, which started a telebehavioral health program...

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Rock Band ‘Foster the People to Sing and Visit Patients at Diamond Children’s

The indie pop band Foster the People will sing some of their songs to hospitalized children and staff today at the University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s at 3:30 p.m., Wed., April 16.

The group is composed of Mark Foster (vocals, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, guitar, programming, percussion), Cubbie Fink (bass and backing vocals) and Mark Pontius (drums, percussion). The group's music, described as melodic dance-infused pop and rock, spanning many genres.

Free Healthy Eye Screenings

WHAT:  Free Healthy Eye Screenings

At these University of Arizona Medical Center and UA Department of Ophthalmology sponsored healthy eye screenings, we check for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and dry eye. Screenings are recommended for individuals over age 18, those with a family history of eye disease, a diagnosis of diabetes and/or high blood pressure, and for those taking certain medications. Click here to view and post the flier.


Free eye screenings also will be held Saturday, May 17 and June 21 – same time.

PLACE: St. Elizabeth’s Health Center
140 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson
(next to Pima Community College west of Stone & Speedway)
Are you worried about your vision? Do you have a family history of glaucoma? Are you age 50 or older and concerned about the health of your eyes?

The University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, in conjunction with the University of...

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Pulmonary Researcher Dr. Louise Hecker Joins UA College of Medicine – Tucson

Pulmonary researcher Louise Hecker, PhD, has joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson as assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Hecker, who joins the UA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), is first-author of a study, “Reversal of Persistent Fibrosis in Aging by Targeting Nox4-Nrf2 Redox Imbalance,” published April 9 online in Science Translational Medicine.

“Dr. Hecker will be a key contributor in UA efforts to fully develop novel programs in respiratory medicine, lung biology and drug discovery,” said Joe G.N. Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences. “With her arrival, this truly is an exciting time for pulmonary fibrosis research at the UA.”

“We are very fortunate to have recruited one of the top young scientists in the field of lung fibrosis to the UA. Dr. Hecker provides unique perspectives on lung scarring, cellular deterioration with age and tissue regeneration,” said Kenneth S. Knox, MD, chief of the...

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