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Additional Santa Claus Visits to UAMC-Diamond Children’s

WHAT:  Additional Santa Claus Visits to UAMC-Diamond Children’s
Santa and volunteers from local organizations help make hospitalized children’s holidays “merry and bright.”

WHEN:  MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2 P.M.
              TUESDAY, DEC. 23, NOON
              THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 8:30 A.M.

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

Santa Claus is scheduled to make additional visits to patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., on the following dates:

Monday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m.
Santa and members from the Arizona Highway Patrolman’s Association will visit and give Christmas bears to patients.
Media contact: Darci Slaten, 520-990-4186

Tuesday, Dec. 23, Noon
Organized by Jazmyn’s Lunch Break and volunteers from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Santa and his elves will arrive by fire truck to visit patients and give them specially-wrapped gifts. Jimmy...

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Little Boy with a Big Heart: Garrett Tews Donates Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals to Patients at UAMC-Diamond Children’s for Christmas

WHEN:  MONDAY, DEC. 22, 10 A.M.

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

Garrett Tews, 7, has a big heart for hospitalized children.

For the third year in a row, Garrett has collected teddy bears and other stuffed animals to give to patients at the University of Arizona Medical Center-Diamond Children’s and Tucson Medical Center.

Garrett has collected more than 200 stuffed animals from various businesses around town. He will donate a portion of them to UAMC-Diamond Children’s, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., on Monday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m.

“I want every patient to have a new bear or stuffed animal on Christmas morning,” said Garrett.

“This is a special donation,” said Lori Mitts, BS, CCLS, child life manager at Diamond Children’s. “We always are so touched when a child wants to help other children. The teddy bears and stuffed animals Garrett collected will certainly bring a smile to our patients’ faces!”

Arizona Elks Major Projects Donate $125,000 to UA Steele Center

The University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center has received a $125,000 donation from the Arizona Elks Major Projects

This donation is part of the Arizona Elks’ commitment to raise $2.5 million for the UA Steele Center over the next 10 years.

The check was presented to Lori Stratton, Steele Center development director, during the Arizona Elks’ mid-year convention in Phoenix.

“We are so grateful for the Elks’ lodges across Arizona who work hard throughout the year to raise funds for the UA Steele Center,” said Stratton. “It was amazing to attend their convention and witness their outpouring of support. I continue to be inspired by their commitment and generosity.”

Of their $2.5 million commitment, $1 million will support basic science research in autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease. In addition, funds will support the UA Steele Center’s new Phoenix location, which is  focusing  on clinical research projects in the areas of neonatology and autism.

The...

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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.

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