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University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Welcomes Cardiology Clinical Research Manager

Catherine MacDonald, BSN, MBA, joined the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center and the Division of Cardiology at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson as manager of cardiology research.

MacDonald initially will focus on bringing all clinical research efforts under unified leadership with increased transparency and oversight, as well as launching a heart failure clinical research program, under the leadership of Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, PhD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and chief of the Division of Cardiology.

“We have an impressively rich and diverse collaborative environment at the UA, where we are working to increase opportunities for clinical research and translational science in cardiology. Catherine will help me focus our talented group of physicians and scientists who are pursuing solutions to several big questions that will ultimately lead to better care for all our cardiology patients, particularly our heart failure patients,” said Dr. Sweitzer.

MacDonald also will negotiate clinical research contracts,...

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Santa Claus and Elves Arrive by Carriage at UAMC-Diamond Children’s to Visit Patients and Host Christmas Party

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 1 P.M.

WHERE: University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s (Lobby)
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

Santa Claus and his elves will make a special visit to host a Christmas party at the University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m.

Santa and his elves will arrive at Diamond Children’s in a horse-drawn carriage.

The following activities will be available to patients and their families:

• Visit Santa and have photo taken with him
• Decorate cookies
• Decorate ornaments
• Carriage rides
• Pony rides
• “Polar Express” movie showing

For patients too ill to attend the party, Santa will visit patients in their hospital rooms.

The event was organized by Rackel Gehlsen, owner of Rackel Gehlsen Wedding & Events, and many other volunteers and vendors who donated their time, talents, services and products.

“I love doing this kind of...

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UA Sarver Heart Center Presents "Getting to the Heart of Good Food"

WHAT: Green Valley Lecture Series with cardiologist from the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center In cooperation with Green Valley Recreation, Inc.

WHEN: Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Canoa Hills Social Center, 3660 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley

TOPIC: Getting to the Heart of Good Food

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Emphasizing a healthy lifestyle as the best prevention against heart disease, Dr. Charles Katzenberg encourages his patients to walk toward a plant-based diet and run away from the SAD (Standard American Diet). Learn about eating a healthful diet that minimizes meat, dairy, and calorie-dense oils, as well as additional heart benefits that can be achieved from lifestyle changes and weekly exercise.

SPEAKER: Charles Katzenberg, MD
Clinical professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Board-certified cardiologist practicing at the University of Arizona Medical Center’s North Hills Physician Offices
Member of the American Society for Preventative...

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UAMC’s New Burn Treatment Room Grand Opening

The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus is opening a new Burn Treatment Room on Monday, Dec. 15, 10-11:30 a.m. Former patients, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and executives from the hospital and Tucson Fire Foundation will talk about how this new addition advances burn care in our community at a special opening presentation to be held at the Arizona Cancer Center Kiewit Auditorium, UAMC – University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

This new treatment room provides new capacity to treat burn patients throughout Southern Arizona, which has not had an inpatient burn program since 2008. With enhanced capabilities, UAMC can now treat seriously injured patients so they may remain in Tucson for trauma burn care and follow-up treatment.

The Burn Program at UAMC – University Campus features a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy room. Hydrotherapy (shower) treatment washes away dead skin and bacteria, minimizing a patient’s risk of infection.  Hydrotherapy uses warm running water to help the healing process of a burn injury.

The Burn Treatment Room was made possible from...

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Economic Impact of Downtown Phoenix UA Campus Hits $961 Million

University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton today announced that the economic impact of the UA’s downtown Phoenix academic medical center in 2013 was $961 million, according to a report released by nationally recognized consultants Tripp Umbach.

“Our College of Medicine and the academic medical center have become key generators of economic impact for Phoenix and Arizona,” said President Hart. “It is through the great support of the city, the state and our partners in the medical center that we have been able to achieve this kind of impact.”

The Tripp Umbach report outlines the impact of the health science colleges and the surrounding academic campus as defined by the City of Phoenix master plan that includes education, research and clinical facilities over a designated 28-acre area.

Among the findings:
• The economic impact of the overall biomedical campus in downtown Phoenix in 2013 was nearly $1.3 billion, of which $961 million is attributed to the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix presence.
• In 2013, the academic medical center accounted for 9,355 direct and indirect jobs. The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix...

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Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Handbell Choir to Perform at UAMC-Diamond Children’s

WHEN: FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 1:30 P.M.

WHERE: University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s (Lobby)
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

The Handbell Choir from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church will be performing Christmas music in the lobby of the University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., on Friday, Dec. 12, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Patients at Diamond Children’s and the UAMC-University Campus, their families and staff are invited to attend.

“This is the third year the handbell choir has performed, and they bring such joy to the hospital and our patients,” said Lori Mitts, BS, CCLS, child life manager for Diamond Children’s. “Everyone from the hospital is invited to this wonderful, uplifting and festive event.”

Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ Visit UAMC-Diamond Children’s for Christmas Celebration

WHEN: THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 1 P.M.

WHERE: University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s (4th floor lobby)
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

On Thursday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m., Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Elsa from “Frozen” will host a Christmas Party for the patients at UAMC – Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. (4th floor lobby), Tucson.

The Pima College Police Department coordinated the appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, and the local non-profit organization Katie’s Hearts coordinated Elsa’s appearance.

There will be gifts and refreshments for the patients.

UAHN CEO Waldrum Named to Council of Teaching Hospitals Board

Michael Waldrum, MD, MSc, MBA, president and chief executive officer of the University of Arizona Health Network, has been appointed to the national board of directors of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, a division of the American Association of Medical Colleges.

The Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) is a group of approximately 400 of the nation’s leading major teaching hospitals and health systems. Membership is recognized throughout the world as a benchmark for excellence in patient care, research and medical education.

COTH is led by teaching hospital CEOs and executives who are among the most prominent and innovative leaders in health care. COTH leaders currently are focused on issues of unique interest to the academic medical community including advancing graduate medical education, increasing price transparency, integrating new Medicaid models, promoting insurance exchanges that meet patients’ needs, and improving the value of academic medical centers.

In addition to the prestigious COTH appointment, Dr. Waldrum recently was named by ...

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Special Pediatric Grand Rounds: PANDAS, PANS and Other Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes

Thurs. Dec 11

12pm - 1pm

Room 8403

Summary:
Dr. Swedo will review the scientific and clinical data linking GAS (Group A streptococcal bacteria) to OCD and other neuropsychiatric symptoms in PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections). Diagnostic guidelines for PANDAS & PANS will be presented, along with suggestions for management of children in the acute and semiacute phases of illness.

Learning goals/objectives:

Identify the five criteria for the PANDAS subgroup. Differentiate between PANDAS and other cases of childhood onset OCD. Describe the etiologic model for PANDAS, and the etiological role of group A streptococcal infections. Discuss the diagnostic criteria for PANS, and the relationship to PANDAS. Describe the relationship of PANDAS and PANS to autoimmune encephalitis. Review the elements of a PANDAS/PANS diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan.

About Dr. Swedo:
Dr. Susan Swedo is Chief of the Pediatrics and Developmental Neuroscience Branch (PDN) in the Intramural...

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UAMC Designated ‘Infectious Disease Treatment Center of Excellence’

The University of Arizona Medical Center has accepted a request by the Arizona Department of Health Services to become the state’s second Infectious Disease Treatment Center of Excellence, making it Southern Arizona’s designated hospital for the treatment of emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola. Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix was the first.

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Arizona. Public health officials said the step is precautionary.

“As an academic medical center, our mission is to provide cutting-edge medical care, research and leadership, especially in any public health emergency,” said Karen Mlawsky, chief executive officer of the Hospital Division of the UA Health Network, which operates both UAMC-University Campus and UAMC- South Campus.

Details of the agreement will be worked out between hospital leadership and state and county public health officials over the next few weeks.

Sean Elliott, MD, a nationally-known pediatric infectious disease specialist and head of infection prevention at the UA Health...

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