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Table of Contents 3.
A Message from Steve Purves
President and CEO, Valleywise Health
A Message from Dr. Kote Chundu President and CEO, District Medical Group
7. A Message from Valleywise Health Foundation 9. A Message from A Night in the Valley Honorary Co-Chairs 15. Board of Directors and ALL IN Cabinet 17. Program and Menu 19. 2021 Arizona Legacy Award Honorees Kitchell and the Kitchell Family
25. Hosts and Nighttime Entertainment 41. The New Arizona Burn Center 45. Young Philanthropic Champions 47. Arizona Legacy Circle 59. Sponsors
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To Our Community...
Welcome to A Night in the Valley! We are delighted you are with us to celebrate the milestones we have achieved together. Tonight, we honor the more than 4,000 Valleywise ‘Healthcare Warriors’ and the outstanding District Medical Group providers I have the honor to work with each day. Despite the most challenging times we have ever faced in healthcare, your continuous and unprecedented support of our clinical teams as they met the challenge of COVID-19 head on provided strength and resolve to continue the fight, even in the face of unimaginable heartbreak and loss. During the challenging circumstances over the last 18 months, Valleywise Health was named an IBM Watson Health Top 100 Hospital. This prestigious award recognizes top-performing hospitals in the U.S. for excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and financial stewardship. Of the 100 hospitals recognized, only 15 large teaching hospitals were named across the nation. In addition, “Care Reimagined,” our plan to rebuild and reinvent our public teaching hospital and safety net system of care, has continued on course, and we’re pleased to announce we’ve crossed the “halfway mark” with construction on the new Valleywise Health Medical Center now over 50% complete and on track to open in late 2023. Our special thanks go to the “Care Reimagined” project management team led by Vanir Construction Management, and our partners Cuningham Group Architecture, and Kitchell – our 2021 Arizona Legacy Award honoree. Since 2019, new Valleywise Community Health Centers have opened in South Phoenix/Laveen and North Phoenix and our former South Central location transitioned into a Family Practice training clinic for physicians. A huge addition to our footprint in the West Valley is the 126,000-square-foot Valleywise Comprehensive Health Center in Peoria, currently offering primary and pediatric care, dialysis and pharmacy services, cardiology, orthopedics, a dental clinic and HIV care, with more services to come. We hope you understand how much your support matters, not only to the Valleywise Health team, but to our patients and our community. They have placed their trust in us to provide access to high quality and compassionate care for the most vulnerable among us and to train the next generation of physicians and other healthcare professionals. We will never let them down.
Thank you for joining us this evening and for your wonderful support. Enjoy!
President and CEO, Valleywise Health
DearofFriends Valleywise Health,
On behalf of the more than 600 credentialed District Medical Group (DMG) physicians, and other providers serving in Valleywise Health locations across Maricopa County, we thank you, the community, for your continuing support, particularly during the unprecedented challenges of 2020 and 2021. Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals in Arizona, DMG collaborates with Valleywise Health to care for more than 450,000 patients annually. Our physicians serve the dual role of providing patient care and serving as a training partner, along with Valleywise Health, Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Creighton University in the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. Its purpose is to increase the number of physicians and other health professionals in Arizona by improving and expanding current health education programs. Our physicians are proud to train more than 360 in residency programs through the Alliance each year. We are excited to see new community health centers opening throughout Maricopa County and are pleased with the 50% completion milestone just crossed at the new Valleywise Health Medical Center at 24th Street and Roosevelt. Thanks to your support of Valleywise Health Foundation programs like tonight's, our physicians, as well as their students and patients, will all benefit directly from the new equipment and world-class facilities your financial gifts will make possible. We are grateful for your continued support as we work to build a healthier Arizona together.
Enjoy your Night in the Valley!
Dr. Kote Chundu President and CEO
District Medical Group
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It’s been way too long! Two years ago this month, more than 600 of us gathered at the Camelback Inn to celebrate our community healthcare system. Our name was Maricopa Integrated Health System and our 2019 CopaBall theme was “A New Chapter Begins.” That night, we unveiled our new name, “Valleywise Health”, and shared exciting plans, called “Care Reimagined” to renovate and rebuild our aging hospitals and clinics. None of us could have imagined what the next 24 months would hold. As we carefully begin to gather again, there’s no other group more important to thank than the Healthcare Warriors whose dedication healed and saved lives. Our Healthcare Warriors and YOU, our Valley heroes, stepped up to fulfill the promise of our new name. Our medical experts shared important guidance on TV, radio, through YouTube videos and in the newspaper – to protect community health in numerous languages, with accessibility and transparency as a voice for all Valley citizens. That’s what a public teaching health system should do. It’s what Valleywise Health exists to be – a trusted voice in uncertain times, providing exceptional care for all who come to us, whatever the challenge. Our skilled and compassionate doctors, nurses and allied health professionals answered the call… and our supportive, generous community showed them they were not alone.
Despite unprecedented challenges, the health system’s construction and renovation plans continued on course, with the new Valleywise Health Medical Center and its new Arizona Burn Center scheduled to open in late 2023. Tonight, you’ll meet our very special patient heroes, 10-year-old Isla Cook and three-year-old Westyn Tudor, along with their Arizona Burn Center care team. Their determination, passion, expertise and heart are inspiring beyond words. We’re thrilled these families and world-class burn experts will have the world-class burn center facility and dedicated pediatric wing they deserve. Your support tonight will help make that dream possible. When you invest in Valleywise Health, you’re building a healthier Arizona. Huge thanks to country megastar Clay Walker, Arizona’s own Nashville recording artist, Tyler Dial and legendary guitarist Esteban, as well as our generous sponsors, for making this a night to remember. There is so much to celebrate. Thanks to all of you here to support Valleywise Health, “the heart of the Valley” and for going ALL IN for a healthier Arizona with us.
CEO, Valleywise Health Foundation
Board Chair, Valleywise Health Foundation
First, we would like to personally thank so many of you for your support of Valleywise Health Foundation, especially these past 18 months. Our families have both been passionately involved with the Valley's public teaching health system for years, and we couldn't be more grateful for the new awareness of the jewel in the desert, humbly taking on our most critical healthcare needs for nearly a century and a half. In October 2019, Valleywise Health Foundation launched its first major fundraising campaign, helping bridge the gap between building funds authorized by Proposition 480 in 2014, and the costs of new and expanded programs to address the Valley’s unmet community health needs. Our ALL IN for Valleywise Campaign supports unique Valleywise Health programs in areas of distinct responsibility for our public teaching health system for ALL. They include...
Burn Survivorship Care
The Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health is among the largest and best academic burn centers in the nation and Arizona’s nationally verified adult and pediatric burn center serving the entire Southwest. For decades, the renowned leader in innovation, research and world-class clinical care has existed and excelled in a confined disjointed space – not designed for the unique needs of our vast number of burn and wound care patients. Our new facility space is planned, yet our vision for world-class wellness and survivorship care calls for more…
Caring for Mind and Body Valleywise Health is the largest provider of inpatient psychiatric care in Arizona so our experts know healing the mind is just as important as healing the body. Our renovated and new hospitals and health centers are designed to offer behavioral health resources to everyone. The facilities are built, and others are underway, yet additional on-site experts and telehealth technology for integrated behavioral health will help us do more…
The mental health support our young people need...
Our mental health experts designed a pioneering treatment and support program for adolescents and young adults experiencing psychosis. Early treatment can reduce school and work disruptions, decrease hospitalizations, reduce legal interactions and lead to better overall physical and mental health for a lifetime. When treated early, most young people return to work and school, are engaged in meaningful relationships and activities and they maintain their family connections. The First Episode Center model is created. Our vision for excellence calls for more…
Education / Endowing the Future
Valleywise Health is a public teaching hospital with one of Arizona’s largest and longest running physician training programs. More than 400 full-time physician residents (graduates of more than 60 medical schools nationwide) 875 medical students, 260 rotating medical residents and nearly 2,000 nursing and allied health students train at Valleywise each year. Valleywise offers high-demand physician residency programs – ranging from emergency medicine to adult and child psychiatry. In fact, in 2018, more than 1,700 medical school graduates applied for just 14 residency spots in our Emergency Medicine program.
Arizona is the 4th fastest-growing state… but ranks 44th
out of 50 in total active primary care physicians, meeting just 41.7% of its need.*
*as of 2019
To help us address this critical Arizona issue, Valleywise Health joined the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, with District Medical Group (DMG), Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Creighton University. The Alliance is now one of Arizona’s largest Graduate Medical Education providers, playing a major role in the training of new generations of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Our world-class learners deserve world-class tools. After attracting new learners from around the country and the world, it’s critical to provide the training tools needed to succeed in an increasingly complex 21st century health care setting. Our teaching spaces are designed, but our vision for expanded training excellence calls for more… including high-ﬁdelity patient simulators, teaching technology and additional teaching staﬀ…
Investment in our unrivaled mission, to teach and train tomorrow’s health care leaders, and to serve the underserved, will leave a lasting and indelible mark on the Valley. We’re grateful for those who have joined our ALL IN Campaign, particularly our Campaign Cabinet and Foundation board members.
With its recent IBM Watson Top 100 Hospitals recognition and Arizona’s only Everest Award honoree, we’re extremely proud of the efficiency, effectiveness and leadership at Valleywise Health. With the completion in 2023 of the new hospital, including a world-class Burn Survivorship Center, Valleywise Health clearly takes its place as one of the “crown jewels” of Maricopa County.
We’re ALL IN for Valleywise Health, and we’re ALL IN this together.
A Night in the Valley, Honorary Co-Chairs
Phil and Nita Francis Valleywise Health Foundation ALL IN Cabinet Co-Chairs
John and Nancy Hoopes Valleywise Health Foundation Board of Directors, Board Chair
ADVANCING COMMUNITIES, TOGETHER.
Building strong, safe and healthy communities often requires a helping hand from organizations like Valleywise Health Foundation that provide vital services to those in need. At SRP, we support their efforts and applaud their commitment to work collaboratively for a better future. srpcares.com
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Board of Directors
Board Chair Vice President, Salt River Project
Board Vice Chair Senior Vice President, JLL
Board Treasurer Director/Arizona Market Executive Capital One Bank, NA
Pam Stelzer, CPA Board Secretary Manager, Henry+Home
MEMBERS Liz Agboola
CEO – Moses Behavioral Care
Chief Financial Oﬃcer Valleywise Health
Betsey Bayless President Emeritus Valleywise Health
Founder & CEO, Impact Diversity Solutions
Mark G. Dewane
Director - District 2 Maricopa County Special Health Care District
Senior Partner, Cavanagh Law Firm
President, Professional Fire Fighters Association of Arizona
Co-Owner/President IMCOR- Interstate Mechanical
Executive Vice President & CFO Chicanos Par La Causa
Principal Evergreen Development Company
Susan M. Pepin, MD, MPH Managing Director Health & Clinical Partnerships Arizona State University
SVP/Market Manager, Audacy
Steve Purves President & CEO Valleywise Health
Jay R. Spector, CFP
Partner, Wealth Advisor Barton Spector Wealth Strategies
Hiral V. Tipirneni MD Healthcare Professional, CSRA Inc. Warren Whitney
Jill Krigsten Riley
Media Consultant, Cox Media
Senior Vice President of Government Aﬀairs Valleywise Health
Scott R. Meyer
COO, iTether Technologies
Owner/Founder – Delete Tattoo Removal
Shareholder, Gallagher & Kennedy
LIFETIME MEMBERS Mike Cowley
President, Cowley Companies, Inc.
Nita and Phil Francis
“We were both
brought up with
Betsey Bayless Jason Schechterle
the ethos of giving back. Be that at
HEALTH SYSTEM LEADERSHIP Kote Chundu, MD Nathan Lowrie Steve Purves
Karie and Rich Dozer Kevin Foster, MD Amy and Tim Louis Laurie and Charles Goldstein, MD Bart Patterson Kathleen and John Graham Susan Pepin, MD, MPH Jaye and Barry Perricone Mary Kay and Bill Post Sara and Steve Schramm Anne Stupp Erin and Greg Vogel
work, in social situations or with charitable organizations like
Amy and Tim Louis Cabinet Members
Valleywise Health Foundation. As we all know, there are
so many great nonprofits that need support. We give to Valleywise because it’s an incredible organization from top to bottom. The leadership, at the hospital and the foundation, gives us confidence that great decisions are being made and the “business” is well-run. Beyond the business, the care for patients that may or may not be cared for elsewhere is critical. Finally, and near and dear to our hearts, the fact that teaching is in the soul of the hospital means a great deal. We are honored to give to such a loving place that makes a huge difference in the lives of so many.”
MARICOPA COUNTY SPECIAL HEALTH CARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
“The entire Graham family stands firmly behind the mission of Valleywise Health… as they deliver truly
Mary Rose Wilcox
exceptional care to
Chairman, District 5
J. Woodfin Thomas
Vice Chairman, District 4
Mary A. Harden, RN Director, District 1
Mark G. Dewane Director, District 2
Director, District 3
Kathleen and John Graham
every single patient who walks in their doors. The world class care delivered
every day along with their mission to train future doctors is essential to the continued health of our community. We are excited about the future of Valleywise Health and would love for others to join us in supporting the forward movement.”
Signature Titos Citrus Spritzer Pink grapefruit, Titos Vodka, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda)
Classic Caprese (GF) Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper. Served on Olive Oil Dusted Crostini. Citrus Ceviche Tostada (GF) Mini Beef Wellington with Blue Cheese Aioli
Grab and Go Guacamole Station Chef ’s Made to Order House Made Guacamole. Served with Fresh Tortilla Chips, Pomegranate Seeds, Queso Fresco.
Ancho Braised Short Ribs (GF) Chipotle Whipped Potatoes, Roasted Green Chilies, Queso Fresco Crumbles. Traditional Southwest Tamale with Roasted Red Chile Chicken (GF)
Cocktails and Registration
Dinner, Entertainment and Program Begin
Topped with Cilantro Crema, Pickled Red Onions & Cotija. Vegetarian Tamale available upon request.
Southwest Inspired Paella (GF) Spicy Chorizo, Roasted Chicken, Shrimp, Peppers Bomba Rice.
Station #3 Salad Wall (GF)
Farm to Table Cider Roasted Apples, Radish, Seasonal Squash, Brussels Sprouts, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Drizzled with Apple Sage Dressing, Dusted with Pecorino on a Bed of Purple & White Kale.
Enchilada Fusilli Pasta (Vegan) Smoky Black Beans, Green Chili, Grilled Corn, Charred Tomatoes topped with a Micro Cilantro.
Assorted Dessert Minis Including our famous Churros with Salted Caramel Dipping Sauce. Vegan option available.
Full Support Bar with Assorted Juices, Tonic, Club Soda, Margarita Mix, Bar Fruit, Soft Drinks, and Filtered Water. Coffee Station Regular & Decaﬀeinated, Oﬀered with Cream and Sweeteners.
Signature Tito’s Citrus Spritzer Pink grapefruit, Tito’s Vodka, Mint, Simple Syrup, Club Soda
V A L L E Y W I S E H E A L T H F O U N D A T I O N A R I Z O N A L E G A C Y
A W A R D
Sam & Betty
Kitchell Family &
The Arizona Legacy Award is about celebrating the organizations and people whose legacy makes our community what it is today. The Sam and Betty Kitchell Family and Kitchell are ideal examples of this.”
HOW IT BEGAN
N AT E L O W R I E
Francis Robert Kitchell. Betty was born June 22, 1920 in Rochester, Minnesota to Julius J. Heimark, M.D. and Esther Moe Heimark. When she graduated early from high school in Fairmont, MN, she drove with a friend to attend secretarial school in Los Angeles in 1937. That was followed by a year at St. Olaf College before she happily
VA L L E Y W I S E H E A L T H F O U N D AT I O N , C E O
Sam and Betty Kitchell arrived in Arizona in 1948 – and what a Legacy they created! Since its founding in 1950, Kitchell has grown from a modest family-owned business to an employee-owned enterprise of more than 1,100. Born on November 6, 1921, in Hingham, Massachusetts, Sam was the third of four sons of Jeannette Abbott and
transferred to Mount Holyoke College in
South Hadley, MA. Intending to study medicine, she majored in zoology, and met the love of her life, Sam Kitchell, who was attending Amherst College, graduating in 1943 with a B.A. in history and economics. Sam and Betty were married the same year after Sam completed Office Training School and before he headed to WWII with the Navy where he commanded SC 724, a sub-chaser, in the Pacific. Not long after Sam’s return from the war, Betty found herself bundling up three babies in snowsuits in wintry Massachusetts. “Sam,” she said, “if you want to be a contractor who’s able to build year-round and we’re going to have more children, wouldn’t it be better to head west?” That pioneering spirit and practical mind inspired the family move to Phoenix, Arizona in 1948 when the population was a mere 75,000 people.
When they arrived in Arizona, Sam worked for a local architecture firm and a building contractor before founding Kitchell-Phillips with partner (and war buddy) James Phillips, with just $10,000. For three months, no one drew any salary. Sam worked as the firm’s estimator and Betty served as the company’s secretary. By the end of year, they were contracted to build several Safeway stores and a few schools near Phoenix, resulting in sales of $800,000. They secured projects for the military at Luke Air Force Base and the Yuma Army Test Station. With other military projects, the size of the contract doubled to nearly $2 million by the end of 1952, and in 1969 he founded Doubletree Inns. What followed these early years was the eventual buy-out of Phillips, innovations in construction management and development, expanded offices and an enviable profit-sharing model that rewards ownership to those Sam valued as Kitchell’s most important asset: its people. FAMILY AND PHILANTHROPY Betty sewed children’s clothes, made life-long friends and created homes and a life around Kitchell and their five children. Her dream of medical school fell to the wayside, but she never stopped reading, learning, birding and exploring. She was a terrific bridge player, knitter, a political debater and an enthusiastic international traveler. Betty was a community activist as a Charter Member and President of The Foundation for Blind Children, a
First Maricopa County Hospital
Kitchell founded in Phoenix, Arizona
MIHS receives AMA approved teaching hospital status
Kitchell builds Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix
Arizona Burn Center founded
1991 To date, Kitchell has over 80 hospital projects completed
Maricopa County General Hospital opens
Proposition 480 (Care Reimagined) approved by voters
Kitchell completes 26 major hospital projects, 15 in Arizona
MIHS and Kitchell complete Behavioral Health Renovation
MIHS and Kitchell complete ‘Teen Den’
Infrastructure work begins at the Roosevelt Campus
Groundbreaking for the new acute care tower
Valleywise Health Medical Center named among nation’s ‘100 Top Hospitals’ by IBM Watson Health
Topping out for the new acute care tower
TO G E T H E R , B U I L D I N G VA LU E E V E R Y D AY.
member of The Junior League of Phoenix, Chairman of The Board of Visitors and Board Member of Maricopa County Board of Health. She was also actively involved in volunteer work with the United Way, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Symphony and the Desert Botanical Garden. They shared a deep love for and support of the arts and local artists as well as strong educational opportunities for their children and grandchildren.
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Sam's philanthropic and civic activities benefited The Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, St. Luke's Hospital, Phoenix
at the age of 98, their work lives on with decades of family involvement in philanthropy and a legacy of corporate
In addition to the physical labor, benefiting organizations receive contributions equal to $25 per hour,
Thunderbirds, Desert Botanical Garden, Paradise Valley Country Club and Phoenix Country Club.
growth. They built a strong foundation of community impact and economic prosperity for thousands of Kitchell employee-owners and retirees who
He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Arthur Young/Inc. Magazine and was president of the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, Arizona Town Hall, and the Scottsdale School Board. He was honored by the Arizona Chapter of the Newcomen Society, was
benefit from Sam’s visionary approach.
lists and is known as a best place to work in its markets with a significant employee base. The company is consistently ranked as one of the top commercial builders both regionally and nationally, serving clients in public and private sectors.
co-founder of the Arizona Kidney Foundation and was a recipient of the Construction Industry Pioneer Award. In 1992, Sam was inducted into the Arizona Business Hall of Fame. He served six years as a trustee of Amherst College, where he received an honorary Doctor of Law degree. While Sam Kitchell – a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor, community leader and builder – died in 2006 at the age of 83 and Betty, in 2019
K I TC H E L L TO DAY Kitchell continues to work with many of the charitable organizations for which the Kitchell family was so passionate. Through the Kitchell Foundation, Kitchell and its employee-owners support charitable organizations in communities where they live, work and play. The company is one of the top corporate givers in the region, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to healthcare, education and social service causes. Every year the company holds a Founder’s Day, when hundreds of employee-owners engage at a hyper-local level, working on-site within nonprofits in Arizona, California and Texas.
Kitchell consistently ranks in Engineering News-Record’s annual
Over the course of several decades, Kitchell has proven its long-term stability and financial strength, achieving many milestones and continuing to raise the bar for the entire construction industry. “The approach to business and life that Sam and Betty Kitchell established years ago continues with us today,” said CEO and President Jim Swanson. “It’s about valuing and supporting diversity, innovation, people and your
communities – if you invest in these things, you will succeed.” HEALTHCARE CONSTRUCTION A N D PA R T N E R I N G W I T H VALLEYWISE HEALTH The company cemented its reputation as a leading healthcare builder soon after building its first hospital, Good Samaritan in Phoenix, in the 1950s. While much has changed since then, two constants remain: a commitment to stay abreast of rapidly changing developments in healthcare construction and a passion for quality on these very special buildings. In 2019, Kitchell was selected as the general contractor for the new Valleywise Health Medical Center, a 673,000-square-foot, 10-story building that is scheduled to open in October 2023 and replace the current medical center at 24th Street and Roosevelt in Phoenix, which opened in 1971.
The new medical center will boast 233 private patient rooms, 10 operating rooms, two interventional radiology areas, two catheterization labs, a dedicated procedural floor and a rooftop and ground level helipad, as well as additional specialty care areas. The renowned Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health will encompass the entire fourth floor. “To see [Burn Director] Dr. Kevin Foster and his team move into that floor and everything that will mean for their ability to provide their special type of care is something I’m really excited about,” said Phil Glenn, Project Director at Kitchell. A lot of work has been completed since Kitchell broke ground in February 2020. The entire structural steel frame is in place, and the decks are poured for the entire building. “To be at that 50% milestone is a huge
Integrated Health System) more than $900 million for transforming the Valley’s public teaching hospital and
testament to the team and what we’ve been able to do together,” said Glenn. “When you’re working on something day to day, you’re so focused on specific
Sam and Betty Kitchell’s family legacy
issues that you don’t notice how much has been done. To step back and look at everything that's been accomplished is a great feeling.” Moving forward over the next two years, passersby can expect to see the scaffolding removed, the building enclosed, and exterior finishes completed. Inside, permanent power and air conditioning will be installed, as well as cabinetry, doors and other areas as they reach final condition. Construction for the new medical center started less than a month before the COVID-19 pandemic reached Arizona. Despite the usual setbacks many industries experienced, Kitchell remains on track to complete the project on time and within budget. Funding for the new medical center came as a result of the resounding response of voters approving Proposition 480 in 2014, which provided Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa
safety net system of care. To see more, visit #RooseveltReimagined
lives on in the lives of their children: Kaaren Kitchell (Richard) of Paris, France; Jon Kitchell (Leatrice) of Phoenix; Ann Denk (Greg) of Paradise Valley; and Suki Edwards (Fred) of Paradise Valley; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Sam and Betty Kitchell had a vision when they came to Arizona and their company grew with the community, much like Valleywise Health. Kitchell is a communityoriented organization that cares deeply about the Valley and our mission. We are delighted to honor Kitchell and the Kitchell family’s legacy tonight.” STEVE PURVES PRESIDENT AND CEO, VALLEYWISE HEALTH
Proudly Serving Families Across the Valley for Over 140 Years In our mission to provide exceptional care to every patient every time, we are honored to work alongside Valleywise Health Foundation as partners in creating healthier, happier communities across Maricopa County.
Learn more at ValleywiseHealth.org.
Care Reimagined ... V A L L E Y W I S E
H E A L T H
U P D A T E
Construction work continues on several Valleywise Health facilities across Maricopa County. Following are exciting progress updates for our patients and the community.
Community Health Centers West Maryvale | Scheduled to open November 1, 2021 • Construction is complete. • Substantial Completion and Certificate of Occupancy received.
Valleywise Health Medical Center Acute Care Tower • Helipad walkway barrier walls and sidewalk started as well as the sidewalk on the south side of the helipad. • Exterior scaffolding, framing, sheathing, weather barrier, and EIFS continue.
Support Services Building • Demolition of existing underground site utilities is complete. • Dirt work has begun. • Underground utility install is underway.
our fabulo Tara Hitchcock
Tara Hitchcock knew she wanted to be on television in the sixth grade. Thanks to a teacher who saw early on this girl could TALK, Hitchcock enrolled in a speech and debate class and never looked back.
Tara graduated cum laude with a BA in Communications and Political Science from Boston College and went on to get her Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Medill School at Northwestern. It only took one phone call to get her first job in TV at KBMT in Beaumont, Texas. She quickly proved her deftness in covering crawfish festivals and holiday tree lightings, and within three months, Tara made main co-anchor. In 1996, Tara moved to Phoenix to host the highly-rated Good Morning Arizona news program on 3TV, a position she held for 15 years. Honored with accolades from "Best Morning Host" to her recent "Polish Heritage Award" (Polish as in Poland, not Polish as in Sausage,) this multiple-Emmy-winning tv host has truly made her mark on Arizona television. She has interviewed everyone from John McCain to Justin Bieber and her love of sports has brought her to host shows from the Masters, Super Bowl and World Series. A member of the Critics Choice Association, Tara currently hosts “Behind The Screens” for Harkins Theatres and you can catch her weekly celeb/travel segments on “Good Morning Arizona” and “MORE Good Day Oregon” (where she escapes the AZ heat for the summer). Tara's other passion is travel, and you can read about her adventures in her periodic “Tara’s Big Travels” feature in Phoenix Magazine (as well as JetSet Magazine, City Lifestyle publications & more). Off camera, Tara has used her high profile to help countless charities. She's been honored with numerous awards for her tireless work in the community, named as one of Arizona's Top Ten "Trendsetters" in 2012. She serves on the board of Best Buddies Arizona, is a National Celebrity Ambassador for Childhelp USA and is active in charities including the Foundation for Blind Children, Celebrity Fight Night, For Those without a Voice and more. She and her three sisters participated in multiple AVON 2-day breast cancer walks in honor of their grandmother, Babci. In her spare time, Tara loves to travel with her husband and family, kiteboard, take lots of pictures from the back of a motorcycle, scuba dive, eat at Diamondbacks games, eat at Cardinals games and eat at Suns games. Actually, she'll eat at ANY sporting event.
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ous hosts Letitia Frye
Currently celebrating over 16 years in the auction
business, and having raised over $500 million dollars for
charity, Letitia Frye has truly earned her title as America’s foremost “Auctiontainer.” Letitia is able to effortlessly combine her expertise in entertainment, fashion, fundraising and her humanitarian efforts to help so many in need, and make a difference in peoples’ lives. After a devastating accident in which she was struck by a car while running, leading to a Traumatic Brain Injury, combined with the sudden death of the father of her children, Letitia decided to broaden her span beyond auctions in order to help more people. Ms. Frye is now a motivational speaker and published author of her book NO RESERVE, and believes that her
passion for others is the secret to success in work and life. Letitia Frye has spent many years working with orphans in Haiti, Doctors in Hospice, spending time with hospital researchers, rescuing abused and abandoned animals, volunteering at various camps for children, and granting wishes through Make A Wish. She believes the only way to understand the mission of a charity or non-profit is to personally provide time and effort to help those in need. Letitia received the prestigious Babe Caylor Leadership Award in 2017 for her work with LGBTQ youth. Her most humbling honors have come with having two of the awards she received, that are now named after her, The 1N10 Letitia Frye Excellence in Fundraising Award, and the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Letitia Frye Humanitarian Award. Although she works all over the United States and outside of the country, Letitia calls Scottsdale her home. Letitia has two beautiful children, whom she accounts for helping her to tackle every obstacle that has come in front of her, and for her continued success in all fields of her career.
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Texas-native Clay Walker has built a storied career blending country’s timeless themes with music-of-the-moment timeliness. The legendary recording artist, songwriter and entertainer, boasts four platinum albums, more than 39 charted singles and 11 number ones. In July 2021, Walker released Texas to Tennessee, his 12th studio album. The lead-off single, "Need a Bar Sometimes,” was released in August 2020 and climbed the Billboard Country Airplay charts. Clay’s most well-known titles include “Live Until I Die,” "Dreaming With My Eyes Open," “This Woman And This Man,” "Hypnotize The Moon," "Rumor Has It," “Then What,” “The Chain Of Love," "I Can't Sleep" and "She Won't Be Lonely Long." Whether on stage or in the recording studio, Walker never gives less than a hundred percent. His work ethic combined with God-given talent have made him one of the most successful country acts of the past two decades. In 1996, Walker was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis when he was just 26 years old. After his diagnosis, Walker discovered a passion for helping those with chronic illness and worked hard to raise funds for many nonprofit organizations including Band Against MS, which he founded. His 76-song compilation album - Clay Walker, The Complete Albums 1993 – 2002, includes chart-topping single, "If I Could Make A Living," which just celebrated its 25th anniversary of reaching peak airplay. In 2020, Walker's robust touring schedule encompassed 80 shows to enthusiastic audiences.
Esteban has topped the Billboard charts many times with his numerous albums, videos and DVDs, and has had first-time music history successes never before accomplished by any guitarist. With more than 1 million of his guitars and lessons in homes across the U.S., he has just begun to fulfill his dream of every American household playing music, together. Esteban is a huge supporter of veterans and is actively involved in raising awareness through the power of music. His concerts are memorable moments of the heart, and whether he performs solo or with his band, the reviews are sensational and the experiences exceptional. Esteban studied with Master Andres Segovia who dedicated this quote, “To Esteban...who loves the guitar, and the guitar loves him, an artist."
Born and raised in Phoenix, Tyler Dial began his career in Austin, Texas where he was discovered on 6th Street and consequently opened for artists like Jake Owen, Cody Johnson, Cole Swindell, Morgan Wallen and more. Dial has recently been featured on Spotify’s “New Boots” and “Wild Country” playlists and on Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists to Watch.” He is set to release his first full-length record, after writing in Nashville full-time for more than three years. The project reflects Tyler’s experiences of finding his footing in Nashville while staying true to his Southwestern and Texan roots.
Chef extraordinaire Mark Tarbell has trailblazed the food and beverage community for over 26 years. At 18, he completed a culinary apprenticeship at the Sonesta Hotel in Amsterdam, then to Paris where he earned a Grande Diplome d'Etude Culinaire from Ecold du Cuisine La Varenne. At 23, he became the youngest Food and Beverage Director of any Five Diamond property in the world at The Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona where he stayed for eight years. He opened Tarbell’s Restaurant in 1994 and has since gained local and national recognition, nominated as “Best Chef – Southwest” by the James Beard Foundation and in 2017, and for a Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy “Check Please Arizona” on Arizona PBS. Tarbell won three Emmys as host of AZ PBS’s show “Plate and Pour” and is a two-time inductee into the Arizona Hall of Culinary Fame as “Outstanding Chef” and “Media Master.” Tarbell’s has earned more than 50 city “best of” and industry awards, including “Best Restaurant” by Food & Wine Magazine. He has personally cooked for Muhammad Ali, Shep Gordon, Johnny Depp, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, BB King, Maynard Keenan, Sheryl Crow, Bob Weir, Clint Eastwood and hundreds more. Tarbell competed and won Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and was a reappearing chef on 3TV’s “Good Morning Arizona” show for 15 years, as well as national programs like “Good Morning America,” and the “Today Show.” He appeared and cooked 11 dinners at the James Beard House and has contributed to and cooked for hundreds of charities over the years, including Valleywise Health. His food and beverage concepts are Tarbell’s, The Wine Bar, The Wine Store, Tarbell’s Catering and The Tavern at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Terminal 3.
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Determined 3-year-old Survives Backyard Burn Accident Inspires Valleywise Health Medical Staﬀ
He’s got the typical traits of most three-year-old boys. He’s full of giggles, energy and spunk. He loves Spider-Man and anything associated with cowboys, roping and horses. The only difference is Westyn Tudor has been through more in his short life than most people 10 times his age. On Nov. 11, 2020, Westyn was involved in an unthinkable accident when he fell backwards into a firepit on his family’s Yuma property. “It all happened so fast,” said his mom, Amy Green. “We are an outdoorsy family and campfires are just part of our lives, especially in the winter. My kids and I were enjoying the night, watching the fire, listening to music, eating a snack, having fun, and the next thing I remember is my four-year-old daughter screaming.” In a matter of seconds, Westyn somehow got over the barricade surrounding the fire and fell backwards into the flames. Amy rushed to his aid and pulled him out by his feet with her bare hands. Even though her own hands were on fire, the adrenaline and a mother’s will to save her child kicked in. After rolling her baby on the ground to put out the flames, Amy called 9-1-1 and waited what seemed like forever for the ambulance to arrive. Westyn was initially taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center where, in critical condition, he was intubated and sedated because of the excruciating pain. After five hours, doctors determined he needed to be moved to a specialized facility to treat the severity of his burns. So Westyn and his mother were flown to the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health in Phoenix.
“When we got to Valleywise, the doctors took action right away,” said Amy. “This burn center is incredible and the medical team knew they needed to act fast. One of the first things I remember the doctor telling me was that my son was in very, very critical condition and – if he survived – I needed to plan on him being in the hospital for a couple months. She said it was going to be a really, really long and slow journey. Though I didn’t really have time to process things, I told her we would do whatever needed to be done to keep Westyn alive.” Westyn sustained third-degree burns over 45% of his body. He spent four months at the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise and had so many surgeries his mother stopped counting. “I tried to write down all the procedures in my phone but once we got upwards of 30 surgeries, I just lost track,” she said. With most burn patients, especially children, surgeries and therapy are a way of life. Westyn will continue to wear splints on his arms 19 hours a day for several more months. The splints keep his arms held in place over his head to ensure the scarring across his back doesn't affect his mobility long term. Westyn recently had both pinkies amputated but that’s not slowing him down, either. After being discharged on April 5, Westyn and his mom traveled to Phoenix for appointments every other day. At home they do bandage changes and therapy. Even though some days are hard for Westyn, it’s a far cry from his time in the hospital where for weeks medical
professionals weren’t sure he would survive and he endured respiratory failure several times. To ensure the best long-term outcome, Westyn will have regular follow-up appointments at the burn center, along with physical therapy for many years to come. “Living through the four months we spent at Valleywise felt like so long at the time, but looking back now, it’s pretty amazing how quickly Westyn’s little body was able to overcome the trauma of his ordeal and heal,” Amy said. “He went from being on ventilator for nearly a month before it was replaced with a tracheostomy, to sitting in a chair hooked up to all sorts of machines, to eventually being able to walk around the unit and play in therapy. His recovery is nothing short of miraculous.” Westyn is working his way back to doing what other kids his age do - running around 100 miles an hour, riding his bike and scooter, swinging his rope and playing with his toy trucks. For the most part, he’s back home in Yuma with his five-year-old sister and twin brother Wyatt. For Westyn, and other pediatric burn survivors, the best therapy is to play and be a kid. “I wouldn’t want Westyn to be at any other facility,” Amy said. “The Valleywise team treated my son like he was their son. He’s going to have surgery throughout his life as he grows, but I cannot imagine going anywhere but Valleywise. They saved my son’s life and for that I am forever grateful.”
‘Miracle Patient’ Isla Cook Thrives with Help from the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health
Aly and Justin Cook never imagined they would be part of a tight-knit community of burn survivors and their families, but everything changed in June 2021. “Truthfully, it’s not the club you want to join, but we feel so blessed to have these people in our lives,” said Aly. “The burn community is full of the best people we have ever met. Talking to other survivors and family members gave us peace during the most trying time in our lives. It was reassuring to know they were there for us, helping us through this ordeal, even when we wondered if we were going to make it.” This summer, the Cooks were hosting a family barbecue and pool party at their house in Peoria, Arizona. “It was a good day,” said Aly. “We had family in town, we were having fun, there was music playing. Then we heard a sound, like a high-pitched whistle that got louder and louder. We thought it was coming from the speaker but then we saw fire and heard an enormous blast.” In a matter of seconds, life was forever changed for the Cooks and their 10-year-old daughter, Isla, who was covered in flames from a propane tank. “At first, I didn’t know Isla was hurt, I just heard the blast,” said Aly. “Isla came running at me just screaming in agony. I was trying to process what she was saying but as I looked at her, I noticed her hair was singed and covered in ashes. I panicked and threw her in the pool. I still just remember all the ashes from her body covering the surface of the water as she screamed in pain.”
“Watching my daughter go up in flames is the worst thing I have ever endured,” said Justin. “I didn’t know the extent of what had happened, but when I pulled her out of the pool, I noticed her eyelashes had been seared off. They were burnt and clumped together and she couldn’t open her eyes. I was scared she might die.” Aly immediately rushed her daughter to a nearby hospital where doctors and nurses swarmed around Isla and her terrified parents. In a matter of hours, they were taken by ambulance to the world-renowned Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health in Phoenix. On the ambulance ride, paramedics tried to explain what to expect and make clear it often takes months – if not years – for a victim to recover from burns of this magnitude. The Cooks quickly realized their lives would never be the same. “I remember arriving at Valleywise and seeing the doctors and nurses working on my daughter,” said Aly. “There were probably 30 medical professionals in the room. These amazing people were there for us when there was nothing we could do as parents to help our precious daughter. When you can’t help your child the way they need to be helped, it’s heartbreaking and paralyzing. We are so appreciative of the staff at Valleywise for taking care of our daughter at a time when we couldn’t, and for doing what needed to be done to help her during our darkest days.” Isla suffered second and third degree burns over 46% of her tiny body. She required several surgeries, her dressings had to be changed daily and she was intubated for a time because of the severe pain. Miraculously, Isla spent just under a month in the Valleywise Health burn unit, something her parents and the medical professionals marveled at. “At the beginning of this journey, every time we saw Isla the extent of her injuries looked worse,” said Aly. “Usually if your child is in pain, you can hold them and comfort them, but because of her burns, I could only sit there and watch Isla suffer. “There was only an inch on Isla’s whole body that I was able to touch without causing her excruciating pain – a
one-inch spot under her left eye. It was devastating to not be able to comfort her,” Aly said. Since leaving the hospital in July, Isla has devoted herself to living as normal a life as possible. She’s exceptional in everything she does, her mom says. She is stubborn and determined and nothing is going to stop her from achieving her goals. That’s what kept her going throughout the recovery process. Competitive gymnastics was one of Isla’s biggest motivations for getting out of the hospital. She has been a gymnast for more than half her life. She lives and breathes gymnastics. She never complains about practice and would never think of quitting. Her mother says she is a “balance beam queen” with exceptional drive and talent. “Before this accident, we had a child who was so strong, one of the strongest girls we knew. She would challenge anyone to a push-up or sit-up contest. She was so determined,” said Aly. “Now after this injury her goals were so different – to sit in a chair, to use the bathroom - and it took a really long time to accomplish these goals.” “She’s very competitive though,” Justin added. “She wants to heal the fastest. She wants to do everything the best. Which was very beneficial this year.” Valleywise Health treats every type of burn imaginable including those caused by fire, hot liquids, electricity and lightning, chemicals and smoke inhalation. The medical professionals are trained to assist patients through every step of the healing process. Doctors and nurses are focused on helping those with even the most severe burns make a full recovery and resume a healthy and productive life. “Before Isla’s accident, I had never heard of the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health,” said Justin. “Little did I know how precious and sacred this hospital would be to our family as I pulled up for the first time feeling overwhelmed, confused and petrified.” “This year has taught us a lot,” said Aly. “Thanks to the support of Valleywise Health physicians and nurses, we’ve learned you can get through it, that life continues and you can thrive. In the end, you can get through hard things.”
Honoring our Healthcare
Heroes In 2020, YOU helped our Foundation... Provide more than $1,400,000 in COVID-19 emergency relief Secure funding to assist with a new medical education simulation training program with a $3,000,000 grant from the Maricopa County IDA Qualify for a $215,000 grant to address critical health needs of safety-net patients Provide emergency assistance for more than 150 Valleywise Health employees through the Employee Helping Hands program Secure a $170,000 grant from the Board of Visitors for the Valleywise Health Women & Children’s Services Invest more than $110,000 in funding for innovative behavioral health programs...and much more
THE NEW VALLEYWISE HEALTH
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“The NEW Arizona Burn Center - Valleywise Health will be a state-of-the-art facility, the epitome of excellence in burn care, THE burn center that every burn care professional would want to have.” Dr. Kevin Foster
Director, Arizona Burn Center
The Arizona Burn Center team had the luxury of designing the new facility from both the patient’s and clinician’s perspective, allowing us to bring the functions and features of world-class burn care into one location.
The new 75,000 square foot Arizona Burn Center will include: • A Welcome Center with Family Support • Trauma and Emergency Exam Rooms • Private ICU and Acute Care Patient Rooms • Hydrotherapy and Hyperbaric Therapy • Physical and Occupational Therapy • Psychosocial Therapy for PTSD • An Ambulatory Clinic and Urgent Care Areas • A State-of-the-art Wellness Center for rehabilitation therapy and long-term survivorship care • A Dedicated Pediatric Wing • A Children’s Room and a Teen Room • Dedicated space for research and medical teaching Investment in our community health care system and the new Arizona Burn Center allows us to engage our patients at the highest level. It gives the best clinicians in burn care the facilities they need to excel and provides patients with access to a full range of world-class care as they recover and thrive.
“Taking care of burn patients is complicated and resource intensive. The goal is for our patients to not only survive their burns, but to thrive in their recovery, and to return to their preinjury functions – their work, their families, their hobbies and things that bring them enjoyment. With these new modern and progressive facilities, our care team will be able to treat burn patients both acutely (in the hospital) and long-term as survivors continue their recovery.” Derek Murray, PT, MS, BT-C
Supervisor of Burn Rehabilitation, Arizona Burn Center
“We have courage
because we have to. When we go to work every day, we go with a little excitement to help and support our patients, but with a little fear that we’re going to get sick ourselves. We have courage because we have to. But, it takes more than just the courage to walk into the fire or go into the COVID units, it takes courage to donate and help support us to do the jobs we have to do. When we have your support, we can do our jobs without worrying about the small details. It means so much to me and our team to know that the community has our back." Dr. Carl Mitchell
Emergency Medicine Physician Direct Medical Group/Valleywise Health
Dr. Mitchell, pictured right
I’m very thankful for all that Valleywise Health has done for me and my family over the past six years... The care provided has made it easy to remain adherent and healthy. Thanks to the support and education I received from Valleywise during my pregnancies, both of my boys are happy and HIV negative! It is very reassuring to know that if I am ever in need, my providers are right there to offer assistance. All of this is made possible by the wonderful support we have from donors across the Valley. Without this support, staying healthy with my diagnosis might not be as attainable as it is today which is why I am eternally grateful that so many people donate to and support Valleywise Health Foundation!
Ashley volunteering at our 2020 LIVE 101.5 GIVE-A-THON
HIV patient at Valleywise Community Health Center - McDowell
I was introduced to the Family Learning Center a little over eight years ago before my son George was born. I started going to the mommy-to-be classes and they were really helpful with getting me prepared to become a parent. After he was born, we kept coming to the different activities they offered like story time, the car seat program and the annual Backpack Drive. We’ve attended several of the “Raise a Reader” classes and now... my son George loves to read. He carries a book with him everywhere he goes and we wouldn’t be able to supply all of those books to him without the Family Learning Center. Now his little sister Jocelyn wants to read because she watches her big brother do it. When you have kids, everything helps. Having a center provide a car seat and a backpack not only sets my kids up for success, but also helps out my family financially. Every bit counts and everything donated is appreciated.
The Otero Family (Martha, Jocelyn and George)
H O W I S T H E N E W P E D I A T R I C B U R N C E N T E R D I F F E R E N T ? The new pediatric wing of the Valleywise Health - Arizona Burn Center is being custom-designed from the ground up specifically with young burn patients in mind, something no other facility in the country has done. Pediatric burn care is a specialized practice that few facilities are equipped to handle. Customarily, pediatric burn care centers are focused on acute care and taking care of wounds, but burn injuries go far beyond that. “The state-of-the-art burn center will not only allow us to provide the outstanding acute care we are accustomed to delivering, it will also help transition patients back into the world, back home, back to school and back to their friends and families,” said Dr. Kevin Foster, Director of the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health. “We want to get kids back to being the kids they were before they got burned, as quickly as possible.” At the new pediatric burn center, every patient will have a private room with space for family members to visit, stay and participate in treatment. These rooms will provide a sanctuary for patients, so they feel as safe and comfortable as possible during their hospital stay. When it’s time to do dressing changes or invasive procedures, children will go to another location in the burn center to avoid negative association with their room. The innovative facility will provide a holistic-care approach focused on treating the entire patient. Practitioners will concentrate not only on acute care of wounds, but also incorporate physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological therapy, school re-entry strategies and anything else that makes the transition process from hospitalization to home life easier for kids. There will be special treatment rooms, children’s rooms, rooms for teens and family rooms. “What is really special about our burn center are the people who work here and that’s not going to change,” added Dr. Foster. “Our team is phenomenal and truly dedicated to what they do. We’ve had to work in adverse conditions for such a long time and we made do, but we won’t have to do that anymore. With the right tools, the right environment and dedicated, seasoned medical professionals, the patient outcomes are going to be remarkable. We are very thankful for the opportunity to help even more patients live their best lives.”
Caring for the Community
Valleywise Health has more than 400,000 patient visits each year at its health centers across Maricopa County. Unlike other health systems more than 70 percent of Valleywise Health patients are financially vulnerable.
As we quickly move to understand the recent events in Afghanistan, and try to imagine the fear and unknown these families in crisis are facing, Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, co-founder of Valleywise Health’s Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, is directly involved in planning care for these families. In the coming years, Arizona anticipates 7,000 to 9,000 new refugee arrivals annually, including those from Afghanistan.
Food Pharmacy Program
Jose, a husband and father of seven, was hospitalized with uncontrolled diabetes. Initially, he was hesitant to join the Valleywise Health Food Pharmacy program and make the changes needed to improve his overall health. As he visited more, Jose learned how healthy food choices would help him lose weight, feel more energized and lessen the impact of his chronic illness. Now, with access to clean, healthy foods, Jose’s experience with the Food Pharmacy program has changed the quality of life for him and his entire family.
Trish’s family reached out to the First Episode Center at Valleywise Health after she was hospitalized for her first episode of psychosis. She started taking medication, receiving treatment and each day was more receptive to letting down her walls with the people at the First Episode Center. As the first-ever treatment center of its kind, the First Episode Center cares for adults ages 18-25 experiencing their first episode of psychosis and other brain health issues.
I was at my worst, but now I feel like this year is one of my best. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my family at the First Episode Center.” - Trish, FEC Member.
Education/ Endowing the Future
Valleywise Health is one of the state's largest and longest running physician training programs. Each year, more than 400 full-time graduate medical education residents, approximately 875 medical students, roughly 260 rotating medical residents and nearly 2,000 nursing and allied health professionals receive training and mentorship at Valleywise Health facilities across the Valley. Our vision for expanded training programs includes high-fidelity patient simulators, enhanced team-based training, teaching technology and advanced degrees and medical education. As a child in the foster care system, Dr. Nathan Delafield longed for a sense of belonging and family. He spent most of his early years living on the streets and in homeless shelters in Central Phoenix, but he had a drive to make a difference in his community. Today, Dr. Delafield is an Internal Medicine Physician at District Medical Group, serving at Valleywise Community Health Center – South Phoenix/Laveen. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine for Creighton University School of Medicine. As a second-year surgical resident in the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance at Valleywise Health, Dr. Jacqueline Lykstad knew surgery was her calling when five hours in the operating room "felt like five minutes." Dr. Lykstad appreciates the opportunity to learn from female surgery and program faculty mentors at Valleywise Health.
C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S T O O U R Y O U N G
Philanthropic Champions Anaik Sachdev
Valley Boy Creates Loving Library to Help COVID-19 Patients Feel Less Lonely
Anaik Sachdev, an nine-year-old boy, spent a significant amount of time in isolation last year when his parents contracted COVID-19. In an effort to keep friends and extended family safe, Anaik’s family quarantined for months. To pass the time, and relieve stress, Anaik and his younger brother, Jovin, read dozens and dozens of books and wrote in their journals. A short time later, the boys’ grandmother became seriously ill with COVID-19 and was hospitalized for nearly a week. She was in isolation, on oxygen and was only able to communicate with her family via cell phone. That’s when Anaik realized how hard it was for so many people to be away from their loved ones during the pandemic. Seeing his grandmother alone in the hospital gave him a firsthand view of how isolating COVID-19 could be. An avid reader, Anaik knew how much books made a difference when he had to quarantine, which sparked an idea to spread kindness and compassion to others in need - one book at a time. Anaik’s parents reached out to the Mayor of Phoenix, Kate Gallego, about his inspiring idea to turn a negative situation into something positive and create a Loving Library. Mayor Gallego connected the family to the Valleywise Health Foundation and Valleywise Health, the Valley’s public teaching hospital and safety-net healthcare system. The Sachdev family created a video about the Loving Library that was posted to social media and shared with friends and families. In the video, Anaik asked loved ones and relatives to donate money or books that would then be delivered to COVID-19 patients in the hospital. The response to the outreach was overwhelmingly positive. Anaik created an Amazon Wishlist of inspirational and classic books, journals and activity books in several languages for people to choose from. The fourth grader then designed a special Loving Library sticker that was printed and placed on the inside cover of every donated book. After just a few months, more than 900 books were personally delivered to patients at Valleywise Health. Once the books arrived at the hospital, they were sanitized and distributed to isolated patients to read and keep as their own. Anaik and his family are currently working to expand the Loving Library to other hospitals across the U.S. To donate to the Loving Library, visit Anaikslovinglibrary.org
Swimming for a Cause - Local Teen Raises Thousands for Mental Health with Virtual Swim Relay At the beginning of the global pandemic, Xavier College Prep senior and swim and dive co-captain Kelly Scott read about the negative effects isolation and quarantining was having on people with behavioral and mental health issues. The impact hit even closer to home when a friend shared her personal struggles. So, Scott decided to take action and do what she could to shine a light on the issue. “I watched one of my very close friends struggle with behavioral health challenges, especially because of the isolation due to the pandemic,” Scott said. “After being with her while she struggled to make it through the day, I knew I wanted to do something to help her and anyone else suffering from these challenges.” Scott and her dad reached out to the Valleywise Health Foundation, one of the largest providers behavioral health services in the Valley, to share her ideas. As a competitive swimmer for most of her life, Scott decided to raise funds for mental health issues through a virtual swim-a-thon she called Swim for the Light. Each Swim for the Light participant filmed themselves swimming their “leg” of the relay, 100 yards, and talking about why prioritizing behavioral health is important to them. Swimmers were asked to set up a fundraising page so people could donate to the cause and anyone who swam and donated at least $15 earned a free Swim for the Light shirt and cap. The campaign quickly gained popularity, and local swimmers from Xavier, Brophy College Prep and Seton Prep swam to raise awareness. Five-time Olympic medalist Matt Grevers and National Champion Amy Bilquist even participated in the fundraiser. The event raised more than $6,000 in December 2020 with funds going to support Valleywise Health’s adolescent and young adult facility, the First Episode Center. The second annual Swim for the Light event will take place in person at Brophy College Prep’s pool on Nov. 14, 2021. For more information visit, SwimForTheLight.org
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Karie and Richard Dozer
Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD
Jennifer and Brian Joiner
Naftaly Attias, MD
Diane and John Eckstein, MD
Renee and Craig Jones
Christine and John Augustine
Kate and Jeff Fassett
Jean and Bob Fitzer
Ellen and Howard Katz
Raegan and Luke Ford
Ellen and William Kaufmann
Kathleen and Ben Benaquista
Julia J. Kelly, MD
Portia and Sondra King, RN
Rebecca and Adam Birr
Jennifer Frost and Bob Gilson
John Kingsley, MD
Casey Boles-Fuller, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Joy and Michael Gallante
Kathleen and Jeffrey Kirkland
David Brodkin, MD
Crystal and Carlos Garcia
Michelle and Gary Knight
Susan and Richard Burnham
Celsius-Kit Gesmundo, MD
Dennis Krygier, II
Ross Goldberg, MD
Suresh Lal, MD
Monnie and Martin Calfee, III
Patricia Graham, MD
Donna and Beau Lane
Jennifer and C.C. Carmer, III
Maja and John Langbein
Carly and Todd Case
Jen and Dan Gridley, MD
Debra and Charles Lapmardo
Pamela and Jim Chamberlain
Richard J. Latsko, Jr.
Linda Chambliss, MD
Honorable Alicia Lawler
Shannon L. Clark
Patricia Habak, MD and William DeHaan
Victoria and Grant Hamill
Tiffany and Joshua Lewis, MD
Sharon and Craig Cohen
Ellen and Samuel Hand, MD
Mary A. Harden, RN and Jon Harden
Kathleen V. Lindsay
Elva and Lattie Coor, PhD
Beth Darling, DO
Deborah Helitzer and David Sklar, MD
Deila and Carl Mangold
Lisa and Robin Henderson
Maryann and Adam Mays
Davis Family Fund
Carolyn and C. David Hetrick
Shawn R. McMahon, MD
Benee Hilton Spiegel and Jay Spiegel, DDS
Anne McNamara, RN, PhD
Robyn and Michael DeBell
Lori and Jim Deemer
Todd D. James
Monica and Mark Miller
Debora and Timothy DeMore
Heidi D. Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC
Stacey and Steve Moore
Lynn and Bryan Jeffries
ambassadors Mikala Morris
Karen and Doug Riley
Lauri and Eric Termansen
Janet M. Tierney
Albert Roh, MD
Lydia Torio, MD
Derek Murray and Sandra Snead
Chaplain Gail Torres
Robert Myers, MD, Jr.
Linda and Robert Rushing
Vondra Dee and Jared Nason
Mary Jane Rynd
Ethelyn and Victor Uttke
Mehrdad Saririan, MD and Baharak Tabarsi, MD
Jana and Sydney Vail, MD, FACS
Aletha and Michael Neill
Sandra and Stephen Schiavone
Stephanie and Ed Olsen
Joette Schmidt and Kent Derdivanis
Barbara and Stan Wang
Sara and Steve Schramm
Sunshine and Reggie Watson
Marcella C. Simpson
Anna Marie Palumbo
Lanford Slaughter, Jr.
Willard E. White, PhD
Rose and Harry Papp
Laurie and Jeffrey Smith
Charlene Whitfill, MD and James Whitfill, MD
Chetna and Chandrakant Patel, MD
Lynne and Volker Sonntag, MD
Dawn and Steve Whitworth
Shabnam Sood, MD
Barbara and Larry Winter
Kamala Premkumar, MD
Darla and David Wisinger, MD
Becky and Doug Pruitt
Linda and Lawrence Stuckey
Denise and Steven Yanke
Mary Swanson and Bob Jacques
Reine Yazbeck Hamilton
Patricia Y. Reyes
Melanie Lynn Talbot
corporate sponsors Arizona Central Credit Union
Asian American Hotel Owners Inc.
LaRose Nail Boutique
AZ Indian Hotel Owners
Marisol Federal Credit Union
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Mednax Health Solutions Partner
Calvin LeHew Company
Molina Complete Care
Chicanos Por La Causa
Clear Title Agency of Arizona, LLC
Compass One Healthcare
Contractors Wholesale Supply LLC
PHI Air Medical
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Policy AZ, LLC
Cuningham Group Architecture
Cunningham Law Firm
Salt River Project
D&K Farming Enterprises, LLC
DBJ Enterprises LLC
Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon / Delete Foundation
District Medical Group
T & K Red River Dairy
East Valley Firefighter Charities
Epic Systems Corp.
The Albertsons Companies Foundation
Gallagher & Kennedy
The Construction Zone
Goodmans Interior Structures
The King Approach, LLC
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Tri Sigma Phoenix Alumnae Chapter
United HealthCare Services Inc.
JP Morgan Chase
K2 Adventures Foundation
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
The Arizona Legacy Circle is a growing circle of leaders actively taking a stand to improve community health. Our Arizona Legacy Circle members are valued and impactful. Membership in the Legacy Circle is an annual commitment of $1,000, the Angel Level is an annual commitment of $2,500, and the Founder’s Level continues at an investment of $5,000.
Join today to take on the Valley’s most critical health care needs by visiting arizonalegacycircle.org
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Thank you, Valleywise Health Heroes!
We’re proud to partner with Valleywise Health and its many healthcare professionals to provide critical, life-saving services and facilities for the people of Maricopa County and beyond.
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ROADRALLY Join us for the second Annual Road Rally - - - - - - More details to come.
Empowering young leaders to become positive change makers. In February 2021, Valleywise Health Foundation launched a brand-new program called Emerging Leaders. Emerging Leaders is an innovative mentorship program designed to engage a diverse group of young leaders and empower them to become contributing members of the Valley’s community. This program was created to offer one-on-one mentorship, remove barriers to success and provide a stepping stone for those who want to progress in their professional pursuits.
Congrats to our 2021 Mentees Ahmed Al-Marrid
Dani P Zimmerman
Department, Valleywise Health
Director, Pegasus Transit Inc
Edward Alfonso Espinoza
Air Medical Base Supervisor, PHI Air Medical
Medical Director of the Radiology
Senior Clinical Nurse, Valleywise Health
Project Manager, Banner Health
Enterprise Production Support Analyst Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ
Maria Guadalupe Valdez
Valleywise Health Foundation
Jaira Lupe Valenzuela
Chicanos Por La Causa
Community & Partner Engagement, Novle
Development, Sharp Construction
Salt River Fields at Major League Baseball
New Family AZ
Juan Alberto Palomino
JP Morgan Chase
of Law – Arizona State University
PHI Air Medical
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Strategic Planning Analyst
Vice President of Marketing and Business
Hispanic Marketing Coordinator
J.D. Student, Sandra Day O’Connor College
Stadium Operations Supervisor
Air Medical Base Supervisor
In September, our 2021 Emerging Leaders class presented their Community Engagement Projects in a "shark-tank style" competition to a panel of seven community leaders. Their goal was to engage Millennial donors with Valleywise Health. Congratulations to the winning cohort - Lupe Valenzuela and Juan Palomino of The Mighty Titans! They presented their project Viva Muertos, Valleywise Health Foundation's first-ever NFT drop, featuring hand-drawn art from Phoenix artist Lalo Cota. Funds from the project will benefit Family Learning Centers at Valleywise Health. Stay tuned for more information on this innovative fundraiser! Visit VivaMuertos.com for updates.
Thank you to our Valleywise Health Foundation Board Leadership!
Thank you Emerging Leaders Mentors!
CEO, Chicanos Por La Causa
Paula Bommarito Liz Agboola
CEO Moses Behavioral Care Emerging Leaders Program Chair
AVP, Enterprise Brand & Community Strategy CopperPoint Insurance Companies
CEO and Co-Founder, Impact Diversity Solutions Corporation
Gretchen Buhlig CEO, ASU Foundation
EVP of Public Affairs and General Counsel Arizona Coyotes
Senior Vice President JLL Emerging Leaders Program Co-Chair
Reine Yazbeck Hamilton
Commercial Banking Leader Southwest Region, Wells Fargo Bank, NA
VP-Outreach and Partnerships, ASU
Founder and CEO, Fortis Networks
Director/Arizona Market Executive Capitol One Bank Emerging Leaders Program Advisor
Chief Administration Officer and General Counsel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Maria Morales Spelleri
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Chicanos Por La Causa
Director of Corporate Activation, Arizona Coyotes
Executive Vice President & CFO Chicanos Por La Causa Emerging Leaders Program Advisor
Interested in applying for 2022 Emerging Leaders as a mentor or a mentee?
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Upcoming Events Nov 14, 2021
Dec 13 - 14, 2021
Join the Xavier and Brophy swim teams as they give back to the community and share the importance of talking about mental health. Swimmers of all ages are invited to swim 100 yards and encourage donations online through their own personal fundraising page. Funds will support behavioral health programs for teens and young adults at Valleywise Health. Learn more at SwimForTheLight.org
Tune into our annual radio-thon, the LIVE 101.5 RISE for Valleywise! Hear inspiring patient and healthcare hero stories, listen to the live show and pledge your support to Valleywise Health, Arizona’s public teaching health system. Details at RiseforValleywise.org