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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Archive for the ‘Hospitals’ Category

Hacienda Healthcare: For 50 years, a “home for the angels”

Ilene Mae Butler had grown weary of life in the Midwest. She had run through a series of jobs and was fresh off a broken romance. It was time to start over. She headed west — a young woman in the mid-1960s, all alone on a cross-country drive to California. She got as far as […]

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No laughing matter: Hospitals offering nitrous oxide for use during childbirth

Commonly called “laughing gas” for its euphoric effects, nitrous oxide has long been used as a pain-management tool at the dentist’s office. Now, a few local hospitals are offering it in lieu of an epidural during childbirth. “It doesn’t make them laugh, it helps patients relax,” says Betty Hart, obstetrics director at Tempe St. Luke’s […]

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Night of the Living Will: free legal help for families

Nothing could be more frightening than being forced to make tough decisions about a loved one’s health or long-term care when they can’t participate in the discussion. To remove that “specter” — and because it’s nearing Halloween — volunteer lawyers dressed as storybook characters will provide free assistance to families needing to establish healthcare directives […]

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Twin is role model at Phoenix Children’s Down Syndrome Clinic

Julia Banahan of Phoenix is an ambassador for the Best Buddies of Arizona program, a choir member at St. Thomas the Apostle Church and a hostess-in-training at Aunt Chilada’s Mexican restaurant. But it’s as a volunteer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where Banahan, 26, really shines. Born with Down syndrome, she’s a role model for other […]

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Preventing child abuse: Banner Children’s SCAN program addresses the “triggers”

Although April marks a disconcerting annual milestone with National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we can be heartened to know that there are people like Leslie Quinn, MD, and her staff working tirelessly to protect children—and to prevent future cases of child abuse. Quinn is a child-abuse pediatrician and medical director of Banner Children’s Suspected Child […]

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American Girl Fashion Show to benefit The Emily Center at PCH

Emily Center, Phoenix Children's, American Girl Fashion Show

Girls from around the Valley can gather this weekend to share a common interest—dolls and clothes! American Girl and Phoenix Children’s Hospital have teamed up to bring the first American Girl Fashion Show to the Valley this weekend—for a good cause. The fun-filled fundraiser takes place this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6 at the […]

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Public invited to Phoenix Children’s Teddy Bear Fair

Phoenix Children's Teddy Bear Fair

Got a teddy bear who needs a well check? A booster shot? A bandage for a sore arm? Join health professionals at the second annual Phoenix Children’s Teddy Bear Fair, where kids can bring stuffed friends for a series of “well bear” checks. The event takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at […]

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Phoenix Baptist opens obstetric emergency department

Phoenix Baptist Hospital has opened an Obstetric Emergency Department (OBED) staffed by board-certified OB/GYN hospitalists on site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hospitalists provide enhanced coverage and a critical safety net to OB/GYNs in the community, according to Dan Jones, chief executive officer at Phoenix Baptist Hospital. The fully equipped OBED means […]

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Early Halloween at Cardon Children’s

It’s one thing for a kid to be in the hospital due to illness or injury; but it’s quite another to be in the hospital and miss Halloween. Fortunately, there’s Spirit Halloween stores’ Spirit of Children program—at 134 hospitals across the U.S. and Canada—that raises money to bring Halloween to kids in the hospital. Kids […]

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Pectus excavatum: fixing a sunken chest

Pectus excavatum, sometimes called sunken or funnel chest, is a congenital deformity that several thousand children are born with each year. Though the condition may be present at birth, typically pectus excavatum worsens and becomes more apparent during adolescence. As kids grow taller, their pectus gets deeper and the center of the chest appears caved […]

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