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The Beat Goes On

Certified Emergency Care for Your Child


he Children’s Emergency Center, Mendy’s Place at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, has been granted a Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care (PPEC) certification. The certification from the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Arizona Department of Health Services means that the facility:

> Is prepared to provide

emergency care resources and capabilities for pediatric patients.

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Innovative Surgery

Saves Kidney Urologist uses da Vinci robot to remove tumor, reconstruct kidney


om Woistman was a lot more concerned about being on dialysis for the rest of his life than receiving an innovative kidney surgical reconstruction procedure his doctor had never done before. At age 72, the idea of being chained to a dialysis machine for four hours, three times a week, just wasn’t appealing to the Phoenix native. “Although I’m retired from a career as an air conditioning and plumbing project manager in the engineering field, I still have a full-time job as bus driver for my grandkids – which I love,” he said. “Dialysis would cut into that. “Also, my wife and I are active,” he continued. “We love to travel. You can make arrangements to get dialysis on the road, but it’s a hassle.”

Tom’s doctor, Michael Hayyeri, MD, is a partner at Central Arizona Urologists in Glendale; he has been practicing urological surgery for 14 years. He’s enthusiastic about his creative approach to his patient’s situation. “I hadn’t done a procedure like this before, but I thought about it, and it seemed like it could be accomplished successfully,” Dr. Hayyeri said. “That would certainly be a better outcome for the patient than the traditional treatment.” Tom was diagnosed with an early stage of an unusual kidney cancer known as transitional carcinoma of the kidney. That’s different from the more common renal cell carcinoma of the kidney, Dr. Hayyeri said. “Typically in this kind of kidney cancer, we remove the kidney and the ureter along with continued on Page 2


> If necessary, can stabilize a

child for transfer to a facility that offers more specialized pediatric care.

“This certification confirms what our families already know — that our facility provides the highest level of quality care to the children of our community,” said Kathy Northrop, RN, BSN, director of Pediatrics and Mendy’s Place. Arizona is among only five states to implement such a specialized pediatric emergency care system. Created through a public-private partnership, PPEC is a voluntary certification program of pediatric standards for emergency departments. For more information, visit

Tom Woistman has avoided dialysis thanks to Dr. Michael Hayyeri’s surgery to reconstruct his kidney.

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da Vinci Benefits

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> Less pain.

the tumor,” Dr. Hayyeri said. “But if the patient’s other kidney cannot handle all the body’s needs, then we have to do additional surgery to implant a port so the patient can be on dialysis.” While dialysis is lifesaving and not painful, it can be harsh on patients, Dr. Hayyeri said. It can affect the heart and shorten lifespan. Diet and activities may be restricted. “I’m already diabetic with high blood pressure and liver problems,” Tom said. “I just didn’t want the hassle of dialysis on top of all that, and, mentally, I just didn’t want my kidney removed. So when Dr. Hayyeri told me he thought he could rebuild my kidney instead of removing it, I was all for it.”

> Less blood loss.

More Precision

The da Vinci Surgical System translates the surgeon’s hand movements in real time to its miniaturized instruments. Potential benefits for patients can include: > A shorter hospital stay. > Less risk of infection. > Fewer transfusions.

During a six-hour procedure at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, Dr. Hayyeri used the minimally invasive da Vinci Surgical System to remove Tom’s cancerous tumor. Then he reattached the ureter and literally put the rest of the kidney back together. “I’ve been using the da Vinci for about four years,” Dr. Hayyeri said. “It provides a much better view of the surgical

> Less scarring.

> Faster recovery.

Advantages for surgeons can include: > Greater surgical precision.

> Increased range of motion. > Improved dexterity.

> Enhanced 3-D HD vision.

field and much more precision in operating procedures. I could not possibly have done this innovative procedure to save Mr. Woistman’s kidney without the da Vinci. “This surgery was really exciting,” he continued. “A lot of my colleagues were amazed and want me to make a video of the procedure so they can see how it’s done.” Tom was in the hospital for five days, recovering from the surgery. The first upside, he said, was losing 24 pounds. “I wouldn’t recommend this process as a weight loss plan for my friends,” he joked, “but it sure made my primary care doctor happy.” At 5 feet 11 inches tall, he was approaching 200 pounds before surgery. Now he’s down to a svelte 170. To maintain a healthy body weight, he plans to get a bicycle. But the best part, he said, is that his kidney function has not only been saved, it’s actually better than it was before surgery. “I’ve had several lab tests, and they all show that my kidney function has actually improved. And I feel absolutely great.” For more information, visit

The da Vinci Surgical System provides a much better view of the surgical field and much more precision in operating procedures.





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Your Health

Immediate Care

Locations Dearing Family Medicine 19841 N. 27th Ave., Suite 101 Phoenix, AZ 85027 602-942-8512 N. 27th Ave. N. 27th Ave.

“I was in and out within 20 minutes, all at the cost of a primary care visit.”

Our office is located here


John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital

W. Yorkshire Dr.

Immediate Care

“I learned about Immediate Care through a friend,” said Breana Pearson, a new patient at Immediate Care at Dearing Family Medicine. “I recently visited for ear pain and was seen within 10 minutes of arrival. Liz Shapiro, FNP, was wonderful, taking time to explain how the body works and why I had ear pain to determine my diagnosis of a sinus infection. “I was in and out within 20 minutes, all at the cost of a primary care visit,” she continued. “I have already let my coworkers know about how wonderful Immediate Care is.” Within the Physician Network are medical offices offering specialty services, including cardiology, gynecology, wellness programs, physical therapy, counseling, weight-loss programs, oriental medicine, acupuncture, classical homeopathy, pulmonology, audiology and much more. For more information about the John C. Physician Network, visit

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Our office is located here

W. Bell Rd.

Saguaro Family Practice 18404 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 101 Phoenix, AZ 85032 602-992-1900

Union Hills Dr.

Our office is located here

Tatum Blvd.

> Allergies. > Back pain. > Bites and rashes from insects and pets.

W. Union Hills Dr.

40th St.

Immediate Care is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at select locations. (See maps to the right.) Patients will be cared for by a primary care physician or advanced practitioner. You can walk in or call ahead to get same-day primary care services. Typical health conditions treated at an Immediate Care facility include:

Breaks and sprains. Cold and flu. Cuts and minor burns. Earaches and fevers. Sinus infections. Vomiting and diarrhea.

N. 59th Ave.


> > > > > >

N. 67th Ave.

eel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Add a sick family member to your hectic schedule, and it can be a real challenge to find and see a doctor. The John C. Lincoln Physician Network has designed Immediate Care locations at several primary care offices to address these needs. “Our goal is to provide our patients with high-quality, cost-effective primary health care from a trusted name at times that are convenient for their schedule,” said Nathan Anspach, CEO of the John C. Lincoln Physician Network. That’s where Immediate Care comes in.

Deer Valley Medical 6206 W. Bell Road, Suite 5 Glendale, AZ 85308 602-375-5440

N. 67th Ave.


That Fits Your Schedule

W. Utopia Rd.

Bell Rd.





Hospital News

‘Amazing’ Level III Trauma Care at Deer Valley Hospital

Angel Martinez snuggles with his daughter Audrina. Staff at the Level III Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital cared for him after his basketball injury.


ngel Martinez didn’t know he was being brought to a Level III Trauma Center when paramedics loaded him into the ambulance after shattering his ankle. But the 27-year-old Deer Valley resident is glad they did. “The care was amazing,” he said. “We got treated so quickly; the doctor came in right away. And everyone was so nice to me and my wife.” Martinez was playing basketball at a local gym in early March. As he jumped to dunk the ball, another player bumped into him. Martinez landed sideways on his ankle. “It was the worst pain in my life,” he said. “The X-rays showed it was broken in I don’t know how many places.” Paramedics brought Martinez to the new Level III Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, which only a few weeks earlier had been recognized with provisional Trauma III status by the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems.

More Resources and Staff

Preventing Injuries T

he Level III Trauma Center at Deer Valley Hospital will offer community programs in injury prevention similar to those presented by North Mountain’s Level 1 Trauma Center, said Trauma Program Manager Lori Moxon, RN, BSN. “Since this will be a Network endeavor, we plan to incorporate the many excellent community educational programs that focus on the cause and prevention of our major traumatic injuries,” she said. The same board-certified trauma surgeons who care for patients at the Level I Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital are available within 30 minutes at Deer Valley Hospital. For more information, visit





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Deer Valley’s Emergency Department care for traumatically injured patients was expanded and upgraded with additional resources and staff education. Level III requires surgeons on call to have Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. ATLS teaches a standard approach for trauma assessment and treatment so the most time-critical interventions are performed first. “Our program is even better than that,” said hospital Medical Director Mary Ann Turley, DO. “Our trauma doctors are the same board-certified trauma surgeons who care for patients at the Level I Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital.” John C. Lincoln’s trauma surgeons hold dual board certification in both critical care and trauma surgery. Anesthesiologists and trauma orthopedic surgeons are on call, available within 30 minutes.

Surgery Repairs Ankle In the Level III Trauma Center, Martinez was stabilized after receiving pain medication and completing medical imaging to evaluate the extent of his injury. The next day, surgeons put the shattered pieces of his ankle back together. He spent a total of three days in the hospital. His doctors said it would be close to six weeks before he could return to work manufacturing parts for airplanes. It may be a little longer before he’s back on the basketball court. Although he’s not crazy about the pain associated with the broken ankle, he wasn’t completely sad about recovering at home. “That gives me time to spend with my daughter Audrina,” he said. “She’s 18 months old, and she’s so beautiful.” For more information, visit

Medical Excellence Seth Leibsohn is enjoying good health today, thanks to efforts made by interventional cardiologist Gary Kauffman, MD, when Seth suffered a heart attack last Fall.

Heart Attack Symptoms > Discomfort – uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain – in the center of the chest. The discomfort lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and returns. > May include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. > Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort. > May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

‘I Felt I Was In the Care of Angels Who Never Let Go’ The mysteries of the human heart have inspired poets and intrigued the rest of us since the dawn of time. Even in this day of advanced scientific knowledge, the heart is unpredictable. KKNT radio host and communications consultant Seth Leibsohn knows all about unexpected heart activity. With one exception, he was a role model for cardiac health. He ran every day with Dagny, his 3-year-old Brittany Spaniel, hit the gym three or four times a week, ate healthy and was not overweight. Last summer, he passed a cardiac stress test. Yet in November, at age 43, he suffered a massive heart attack. “It was a shock,” he said. “I was working at home and got a tremendous pain in my chest. I was sweating. I laid down on my marble floor, and it didn’t help. Then the pain went down my arms. That’s when I knew I was having a heart attack. I took an aspirin and called 9-1-1. Phoenix Fire was here in minutes and whisked me to John C. Lincoln.” “Our chest pain team works like the trauma team,” said interventional cardiologist Gary Kauffman, MD, medical director of Cardiology at North Mountain Hospital. “They respond very quickly when a heart attack patient arrives, and they follow protocols to be sure blood flow is restored to the heart muscle in less than 90 minutes, the national standard of care.”

One of Seth’s three main arteries, the circumflex on the back side of his heart, was completely blocked, Dr. Kauffman said. If it had not been opened within the 90-minute window, Seth would have had severe heart damage and could have died. But the Cath Lab team led by Dr. Kauffman quickly inserted a stent, restoring blood flow. Seth went to the hospital’s Cardiovascular ICU. Three days later, he was home. “Everyone was amazing,” he said. “The staff in the ER rushed to save my life, but they were concerned about what else they could do for me, who they could call. “I was in the worst pain of my life and terrified,” he remembered. “Yet, from the very moment I was brought in, the entire staff, along with Dr. Kauffman, were wonderful. They were full of good cheer, assurances, help, you name it. “And the ICU was equally caring,” he continued. “I don’t know how I would have made it through the first night without my nurses who stayed with me, calmed me and talked with me. I felt I was in the care of angels who held my hand throughout the whole ordeal and never let go.” Today, Seth is hosting his “Arizona Politics and Culture” radio show, exercising, doing yoga and hiking or running daily with Dagny. Everything is back to the way it was — with one exception. “I quit smoking,” Seth said. “I’ll never do that again!” For more information, visit

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Foundation News

Help Feed a Neighbor


t’s nice to know that what you’re doing is making a difference in someone’s life,” said Katie Doyle, a Desert Mission Food Bank volunteer for the last six years. The retired nurse used to check on the development of premature infants once they got home. For the last six years, she has run the register and helped folks seeking emergency food boxes at the Food Bank at 9229 N. Fourth St., Phoenix. “I wanted to do something meaningful with my life,” she said about her volunteer decision. “When I’m at the Food Bank, I realize that there but for the grace of God go I.” One of approximately 130 volunteers, she watches their numbers drop each summer as snowbirds return home and residents vacation. Meanwhile, those in need continue to stream in the doors. “We started 2013 helping an average of 375 families a day,” said Food Bank Director Sharon Pierson. “If we stay on that trajectory, we’ll need 10 percent more volunteers this summer.” The same goes for donations of food and cash. The recession didn’t discriminate when it came to hardship. Food Bank clients range from those with low incomes to laid-off college graduates to individuals who formerly lived in wealthy suburbs. If you can help with food donations or your time, please visit Or call the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation at 602-331-7860 with a cash donation.

44th Annual Gold Ball Breaks Fundraising Record


new record was set at the 44th Annual Gold Ball on March 23, 2013, with $650,000 raised for John C. Lincoln Health Network community and hospital programs. “Through this generous support, thousands of lives in the community will be impacted through medically innovative programs, advanced technology and Desert Mission programs,” said Marcia Mintz, CEO of the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation. “Thank you so much for your continued trust in the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation and your commitment to changing lives and saving lives.” Proceeds – a 7.5 percent increase from the previous year – support the John C. Lincoln Health Network with emphasis on the Breast Health and Research Center, Level I Trauma Center at North Mountain, the Virginia G. Piper Center of Pediatric Excellence at Deer Valley, and Desert Mission.

Laura Williams served as chair of the ball, a spring tradition hosted by the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation Guild. Generous event sponsors helped make the ball possible. Special thanks to our Partner Level: DPR Construction, Lincoln Emergency Physicians and Republic Services; our Sustainer Level: Affiliated Hospitalists, Delta Dental of Arizona, John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital Medical Staff, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Medical Staff, Joan and David Lincoln, Medical Diagnostic Imaging Group, Ltd., Ventas and W.D. Manor Mechanical Contractors, Inc.; and our Benefactor Level: APS, Arizona Oncology. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Independent Hospitalists and Alliance Medical Clinic, Integrated Medical Services, and Valley Surgical Clinics, Ltd. and Acute Care Surgical Specialists, LLC. Learn more about the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation and how you can make a difference in the community at

Desert Mission Volunteers Win AHA Award

Katie Doyle (right) and Sharon Pierson bag fresh vegetables at the Food Bank.


David and Joan Lincoln, event sponsors and longtime supporters of the John C. Lincoln Health Network, enjoy the Gold Ball at the Phoenician.

Desert Mission volunteers have been chosen as a 2013 winner of the American Hospital Association’s Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence. Desert Mission’s volunteers – about 500 of the almost 2,000 Network volunteers – at the Food Bank, Children’s Dental Clinic, Lincoln Learning Center, Marley House Behavioral Health Clinic, Community Health Center and Neighborhood Renewal were recognized for providing volunteer




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leadership in a variety of areas, including community outreach and overcoming barriers. “It’s so inspiring to me to see how warm and welcoming our volunteers are with our clients, and just to know they want to be here to support us because they believe in our work at Desert Mission,” said Cindy Hallman, executive director of Desert Mission and a vice president in the John C. Lincoln Health Network. For more information, visit

May & June > Events Lymphedema Educational Event Natalie Fogelson, certified

lymphedema therapist with the Center for Oncological Rehabilitation and Lymphedema, will speak on the different signs and symptoms of lymphedema, the different treatment methods, the importance of compression sleeves and long-term effects if left untreated, from 6 to 8 p.m. May 30. At John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, on the campus of John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital. Open to family and friends. Co-sponsored by the Wellness Community – Arizona and the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center. RSVP: Email or call 602-712-1006.

> Support


Caregivers Support Group

10:30 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday of every month, Cowden Center, 9202 N. Second St., Phoenix, on the campus of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. No registration necessary. Free. 602-870-6374.

Hearing Screenings John C.

Lincoln audiologist Kristin Wells, AuD, will conduct free hearing tests for adults from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 21, 22 and 23 and June 11, 12 and 13 at the Tatum Health Center, 18404 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 101, Phoenix. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 602-4946237. Special offers on hearing aids also will be available.

> Breast Cancer Programs The John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center, 19646 N. 27th Ave., Suite 205, Phoenix, hosts

What’s Happening >

several free programs and support groups to meet the needs of those affected by breast cancer. For more information about any of the groups, call 623-780-HOPE (4673) or visit

Yoga for Recovery 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month. At the John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, Phoenix, on the campus of John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital. Invigorate your mind and body in this gentle yoga class tailored for breast cancer survivors. Co-sponsored by The Wellness Community – Arizona. No RSVP required. THRIVE! Young Breast Cancer Survivor Group 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. This group is an opportunity for those in their 40s and younger. Co-sponsored by The Wellness Community – Arizona. No RSVP required.

Breast Cancer Learn and Support Group

6 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of every month. This group meets twice a month. Discuss aspects of living with cancer, treatments, side effect management and survivorship. Open to family and friends. Co-sponsored by The Wellness Community – Arizona. No RSVP required.

Look Good ... Feel Better!

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 14 and July 9. A non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of treatment. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. RSVP: 623-434-2784.

Free Community Stroke Screenings


stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die from lack of oxygen and food to the brain. Strokes are the No. 3 killer in the United States and the No. 1 cause of adult disability. Are you at risk? The event will screen for risk factors including plaque buildup in the carotid arteries, heart rate and cholesterol (must follow fasting instructions) and will offer information to prevent strokes. Physicians and health care providers will be on site for counseling as well. > North Mountain: 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 9, at Cowden Center, 9202 N. Second St., Phoenix, on the campus of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. Cholesterol test: Fast after midnight. Medications allowed with sips of water. If diabetic you will need to fast four to six hours prior to test. When you RSVP, please specify whether your testing appointment request is between 8 and 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. and noon. > Deer Valley: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, at John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, Phoenix, on the campus of John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital. Cholesterol test: Fast after 8 a.m. Medications allowed with sips of water. If diabetic, you must fast after noon.

Please RSVP by calling 623-434-6265 or to ensure your spot. Learn more at Please note that without fasting, the cholesterol test cannot be taken. Water and juice will be available after the test.

Circle of Help Advanced Breast Cancer Support Group

6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month. Support needs are different for those diagnosed with advanced (metastatic) or recurrent breast cancer. Join other women who share a similar journey. Co-sponsored by Bosom Buddies of Arizona. No RSVP required.

Cooking for Wellness

6 to 8 p.m. June 18. A registered dietician covers breast cancerrelated nutrition topics during a cooking demonstration and tasting that features meals loaded with antioxidants to help boost your immune system. Co-sponsored by The Wellness Community – Arizona. RSVP: or call 602-712-1006. May / June 2013



For Men Only Caregiver Group

6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month. This group is an opportunity for men to meet other men whose loved ones also have been affected by breast cancer. Come discuss all aspects of being a caregiver. NO RSVP required.

Please visit events for more information on upcoming events.



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e’re a not-for-profit organization that includes hospitals, physician p ­ ractices and a network of charitable community service programs. The honor and privilege of serving the people of North Phoenix has been a mission that’s driven our efforts for more than 80 years. Although our focus is local, we hold ourselves to standards of health care and business excellence worthy of national recognition. From nursing care to community service to business ethics and more, we’ve been honored by experts with awards for practically every aspect of what we do. But it’s not the trophies that matter. The way we see it, the greatest honor of all is that people trust us with their lives in moments of their greatest vulnerability. That’s a privilege we take seriously.

John C. Lincoln Urgent Care

Anthem Way

Map Not to Scale

Cave Creek Road

Carefree Highway


John C. Lincoln Breast Health & Research Center

John C. Lincoln Immediate Care


How to Reach Us >


John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital


Union Hills






Dunlap Avenue

2nd Street


John C. Lincoln Health Foundation

Emergency Department and our 24/7 Children’s Emergency Center, Mendy’s Place.

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital 602-943-2381 Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center.

7th Ave.

43rd Ave.


John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital 623-879-6100

John C. Lincoln Immediate Care

Desert Mission

Tatum Boulevard

John C. Lincoln Immediate Care

Cave Creek Road

27th Ave.


24th St.

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital

John C. Lincoln Urgent Care 623-434-6444 John C. Lincoln Immediate Care 623-580-5800 Provides walk-in care 7-days a week.

John C. Lincoln Health Foundation 602-331-7860

Supports the Network’s health care and community service programs through fundraising and investment of donations.

Desert Mission 602-331-5792

Providing service for our community’s most vulnerable. LOOP 101

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