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Tucson's first and only fully accredited breast center.  

The Breast Center at Carondelet St. Mary's recently was granted full accreditation from the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the highest recognition a breast center can receive. Carondelet's program is the first breast center in Southern Arizona to receive this distinction – making it Tucson's first and only fully accredited breast center. Not only did it receive accreditation in all areas, but The Breast Center also is being recognized as a national best practice in breast cancer surveillance. For Tucson-area women, this means they can receive care at Carondelet that meets the highest standards based on national best practices. Approximately 550 breast centers across the US have earned this distinction, including three in Arizona: two in Phoenix, and now The Breast Center at Carondelet St. Mary's. To receive NAPBC accreditation, a facility must undergo a rigorous process, and score top marks in all 28 program standards, which measure leadership, clinical management, and quality improvement criteria. The Breast Center at Carondelet St. Mary's stands out from other centers due to its standardized, coordinated path of care; holistic approach to treatment; and patient access to services such as genetic counseling, a Patient Navigator, physical therapy and social workers. Congratulations to The Breast Center team for this wonderful achievement!


For Cerner Physician CPOE Support  

Call the IS Service Desk at 872-2500, Option #7 for physicians

OR call 419-6264


St. Mary's Hospital Honored For Excellence in Stroke and Heart Care  

Tucson is home to one of the nation’s top hospitals for stroke care, according to Healthgrades®. Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital announced today that it has once again achieved one of Healthgrades® highest awards—as one of the top performing hospitals in stroke care for 2014.

The hospital is five-star rated for a wide variety of care:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 11 Years in a Row (2004-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 5 Years in a Row (2010-2014)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 6 Years in a Row (2009-2014)

Click to read the full news release >>

Click to view the Health Grades Ratings >>


CSM Laboratory Changes  

Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital Laboratory is pleased to announce our new expanded CBC and Reticulocyte Count. In conjunction with the go-live of our new Sysmex Hematology Analyzers, our CBC and Reticulocyte Count will be expanded to include additional parameters on every CBC or Retic Count that is ordered.

Click here for more information >>


New Carondelet. Be well. Website Launched  

As of this past Saturday, April 13,2013, our corporate website, www.carondelet.org, has an impressive, new look that ties cohesively to Carondelet’s “Be well” brand identity. Read More... Click here for Portal Access Instructions.


New SmartPhone Apps Available for Stat!Ref eBooks  

Electronic books provided by the CHN Medical Libraries can now be accessed from your smartphone or other mobile device. Stat!Ref, the source of nearly 200 e-books in the health care fields, just released iPhone and BlackBerry apps. An app for Android will be available soon.  More Information...


Advocacy Alert  

Please read the attached Advocacy Alert about the potential impact on healthcare from the Debt Ceiling Negotiations, and Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ return to the House floor on Aug. 1.  Read Message...


St. Mary's Renovation  

Please read this special message from Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital CEO Winnie Fritz about an exciting renovation project at the hospital.  Read Message...


Health Alert: Investigation of an increase in Guillain-Barré Syndrome  

Health Alert: Investigation of an increase in Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services, in conjunction with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is investigating a cluster of acute flaccid paralysis in Arizona. Eight cases have been identified. Five of these cases have been confirmed as Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) based on clinical, laboratory, and electrodiagnostic features. Onset of neurologic symptoms have ranged from May 28, 2011 to June 23, 2011 and have occurred 1-2 weeks after diarrheal illness. The majority of the cases are male. Ages range from 18-76 years.

GBS is a serious neurological disorder involving damage to the peripheral nerves. The condition is thought to be caused by an immune reaction, generally in response to an antecedent illness or infection, that leads to nerve damage. GBS is typically characterized by the acute or subacute onset of progressive, symmetrical weakness in the legs and arms, with loss of reflexes. Sensory abnormalities, cranial nerve abnormalities such as facial weakness or difficulty swallowing, and paralysis of respiratory muscles also can occur.

ADHS is requesting that clinicians notify their local health department of any cases of acute flaccid paralysis or Guillain-Barré Syndrome. In addition to routine diagnostic testing, we are requesting that healthcare providers submit stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum specimens from suspected cases to the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory. For each sample, a microbiology submission form should be completed. Please mark the Outbreak box and list the Outbreak Name as AFP on the submission form. Samples should be shipped to Bureau of Laboratory Services: 250 N. 17th Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85007. For questions about packaging and submitting specimens, refer to the Guide to Laboratory Services.

If you have any questions, please contact your local health department or the Arizona Department of Health Services at (602) 364-3676. Thank you!

**DISTRIBUTED BY THE ARIZONA HEALTH ALERT NETWORK


Neuro-Oncology Tumor Board CME Series  

Case Management Conference For Patients With Cranial and Spinal Diseases: Oncologic, Vascular and Functional Neurologic

DATE: Every 2 weeks on Wednesday from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM. *Lunch will be provided.

May 11th, 25th June 8th, 22nd July 6th, 20th
August 3rd, 17th, 31st September 14th, 28th
October12th, 26th November 9th, 23rd December 7th, 21st

PRESENTERS: Dr. Eric Sipos, Dr. Michael Manning, and Dr. David Frye
The speakers disclose no financial interest that would constitute a conflict of interest.

LOCATION: Planning Room in Suite #185, St. Josephs Medical Plaza II

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1. Discuss neuro-oncology, SRS, radiation therapy and neurosurgery.
2. Debate treatment options in a multidisciplinary forum.
3. Produce patient management decisions with all critical parties

Carondelet Health Network is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

Carondelet Health Network designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please contact Jan Draper, RN, 546-1778 for questions and if you have a case you would like presented.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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