June Online Connection 2011
Phoenix Children’s Hospital officially opened its new 11-story, 750,000-square-foot, $538 million Hospital tower (Main Building) on June 1, increasing its number of licensed beds from 345 to 465. At full build-out, estimated for 2013, Phoenix Children’s will offer 626 licensed beds. In addition to being the largest, freestanding pediatric hospital in the state, Phoenix Children’s is now the third-largest children’s health care facility of its kind in the nation. Five of the Hospital’s pediatric specialties – nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology – were listed in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. For more information on the new Main Building and a map of the campus, please visit the Hospital’s website.
One of the strengths of Phoenix Children’s is truly the unparalleled quality of its Medical Staff. And according to the Best Doctors in America® 2010-2011 Database, the Hospital has many physicians who are among the best.
In all, 179 members of Phoenix Children’s Medical Staff, including 45 physicians Phoenix Children's Medical Group, earned the peer-nominated “Best Doctors” honor this year.
Congratulations to our doctors named to this prestigious national list.
With the finalization of the Strategic Alliance in place, Phoenix Children's is pleased to announce exciting changes related to its Forensics Service. St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center's ChildHelp team will join Phoenix Children's Forensics Service. The new entity is called the Phoenix Children's Hospital Child Protection Team and is responsible for the evaluation of children for reported child abuse, both physical and medical, and continues to provide sexual abuse evaluations and other related services.
St. Joseph's team members joining Phoenix Children's include:
- Kathy Coffman, MD, medical director
- Leslie Quinn, MD
- Lisa Kirsch, MD
- Jackie Hess, FNP
- Cindy Nelson, PNP
- Wendy Dutton, RN, PhD, forensics interviewer
- Lori Jones, medical assistant
- Michelle Cortez, clinical coordinator
- Diane Munoz, clinical coordinator
This group remains and provides services at the ChildHelp location at 2346 N. Central Ave. These providers also offer coverage at the Phoenix Children's campus.
The St. Joseph's staff joins the Phoenix Children's team of:
- Stephanie Zimmerman, MD
- Jennifer Geyer, MD
- Tamara Pottker, MD
- Alaina Raetz, MSW, Trauma/Child Protection Team social worker
To contact the Phoenix Children's Child Protection Team, please call (602) 546-5058. To contact the ChildHelp location, please call (602) 282-0078.
Phoenix Children’s believes no one should delay seeking needed medical care because they lack insurance or have high medical costs. That’s why the Hospital assists patients with applying for private and public health coverage programs, offers discounts and payment plans for uninsured patients, and provides payment assistance to eligible patients for selected hospital services.
Patients who have insurance benefit questions, are not covered by insurance or who are responsible for large out-of-pocket amounts may take advantage of financial counseling on the first floor of the Hospital (located in the Admitting Department.) Financial counseling services include:
- Starting a payment schedule
- Assistance interpreting your insurance benefits
- Estimates for services
- Applying for government medical assistance
- Applying for private health insurance
- Applying for our Financial Assistance Program (Please note, before applying for financial assistance, you must apply for medical assistance and get a determination from the state Department of Economic Security office)
The Hospital’s financial counseling staff is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to assist you and your patients. To reach a Phoenix Children’s financial counselor, please call (602) 933-0262.
Phoenix Children’s physician Tamir Miloh, MD, the state’s only pediatric hepatologist, recently co-authored an article titled, “Recurrent intrahepatic pigmented stones after liver transplantation in a patient with hemoglobin SC disease: Case report and review of the literature,” that was published in a recent issue of Pediatric Transplantation.
The only board-certified pediatric hepatologist in the state of Arizona, Dr. Miloh is triple-board certified in pediatrics; pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition; and pediatric transplant hepatology.
To meet with Dr. Miloh, refer a patient to the Hepatology/Liver Transplant Program, consult, or schedule a liver-related presentation, please call (602) 933-0940.
Phoenix Children’s Teen Tot Clinic is currently expanding its services for young families and their children to the Hospital’s Specialty and Urgent Care – East Valley Center, located at 5131 E. Southern Ave., in Mesa, on Tuesday mornings.
The clinic is a family medical home for teen and young adult parents up to the age of 21 and their children. It offers a dedicated social worker and child development specialist who work in the program and co-visits with each family. Additionally, clinic medical providers offer comprehensive care to parents and their children all in the same visit.
The program focuses on preventing repeat pregnancies by providing contraception, making sure parents complete their education and move on to vocational training or college and children receive all of their routine immunizations on time.
For more information on the Teen Tot Clinic, please call (602) 546-0260.
Phoenix Children’s Pediatric Critical Care Physician David Beyda, MD, was recently nominated for the prestigious “Educator of the Year Award” by University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix first- and second-year medical students.
His nomination was announced at the Faculty Teaching Awards Meeting. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Beyda also serves as the Hospital’s Chair of Bioethics and participates in a variety of humanitarian efforts to bring health care to children and families living in impoverished Third World countries.
Additionally, Beyda will also serve as the Visiting Professor of Ethics at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Boise, Idaho, this September.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and Phoenix Children's Hospital last year announced an agreement to expand their affiliation, a move designed in part to address Arizona's severe shortage of pediatricians.
Under the agreement, the College of Medicine – Phoenix designated the Hospital as its principal pediatric affiliate while the Hospital named the university as its principal academic affiliate.
Congratulations, Dr. Beyda, on these significant honors.
Our PET/CT scanner has been successfully relocated to its space in the new Main Building. The new space also houses state-of-the-art Philips equipment in all modalities. This includes a 256-slice CT scanner reducing radiation dose to the patient up to 33 percent in a helical exam while also shortening scan time.
The department also has a new bright view SPECT nuclear medicine camera system that reduces patient scan time and lessens injection doses. Its digital radiography (DR) and fluoro equipment reduces both patient wait time and patient radiation dose.
In addition to those improvements, Imaging now offers new ultrasound equipment and has increased the number of scan rooms. The department will soon add a 3-Tesla MRI system with functional MR (fMRI) applications. For more information, please call Michael Watson at (602) 933-1244.
As Arizona’s only hospital that is 100% for children, Phoenix Children's is able to provide a higher level of care to children who are sick, injured or living with serious health conditions. Learn more about the Hospital's new ad campaign and hear from some of the exceptional doctors who provide that care.