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Hips, Shoulders, Hands, Knees and Feet Seminar: Saturday, March 4

PHOENIX – (Feb. 14, 2017) – We often attribute aches and pains to simply getting older. But here’s the truth: Life shouldn’t be painful no matter what age you are.

As part of its dedication to making a difference in the lives of its patients and communities, St. Luke’s Medical Center, along with Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians, members of IASIS Healthcare, is offering the general public a FREE, interactive joint health seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 4, 2017 at The Wigwam. IASIS Healthcare is the official healthcare partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

Attendees will hear from physicians from Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and the Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians about all aspects of hip, shoulder, knee and foot health. Also available for demonstration is the NAVIO robot, which will showcase an innovative new surgical system for partial knee replacement, along with another demonstration available by MAKOplasty, a minimally invasive treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis.

Seminar sessions will share different approaches to keeping joints healthy, the latest on arthritis and options for treatment, including joint replacement procedures, robotic innovations, regenerative medicine and more. The event closes with a physician panel, giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions about joint health.

As a special treat, attendees will be welcomed by the Phoenix Suns Gorilla and Dancers before enjoying a FREE FootMaxx Gait Analysis and breakfast. Registration is encouraged as space is limited.

WHERE:
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

WHEN:
Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m. – Noon
*Phoenix Suns Gorilla and cheerleaders onsite from 8 to 9 a.m.

WHO:  
Physician presenters and their respective sessions (in order), include:
Brandon Gough, M.D., Latest Innovations in Knee Replacement
Amy Jo Overlin, M.D., Sports Injuries in the Active Adult
Tim Bert, M.D., Regenerative medicine and Hip Arthroscopy
David Bates, DPM, Feet and Ankles
Walter Calvin Damper, D.O. & Mauricio Valdes, M.D., Back Pain
Michael J. Sumko, M.D., Latest Innovations in Hip Replacements
Phillip W. Bennion, M.D., Shoulders
Jimmy Chow, M.D., Robotic Innovations
Leah Brown, M.D., Elbow Injuries

The seminar is brought to you by members of IASIS HealthcareSt. Luke’s Medical Center, Hedley Orthopaedic Institute and Arizona Institute of Footcare Physicians.

RSVP
Space is limited! Attendees are encouraged to register by calling 1-877-351-WELL (9355) or visiting the St. Luke’s Medical Center Event page.

MEDIA CONTACT: Angela Menninger, 602-373-8212 or angela@dualitypr.com

 

 


 

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. — IASIS Healthcare® LLC (“IASIS” or the “Company”) today announced financial and operating results for the fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Key Financial and Operating Results

Consolidated Financial and Operating Results – First Quarter Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

Consolidated revenue for the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, totaled $839.9 million, an increase of 4.6% compared to $802.8 million in the prior year quarter. The consolidated revenue increase for the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, is comprised of 8.8% growth in premium, service and other revenue in the Company’s managed care operations and 2.0% growth in acute care revenue.

Net earnings from continuing operations for the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, totaled $2.2 million, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $3.3 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, totaled $61.8 million, compared to $57.4 million in the prior year quarter.

“We are pleased with our first quarter results, which reflect solid improvement in EBITDA and continued growth across our acute and managed care business lines,” said IASIS Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer W. Carl Whitmer. “In particular, our first quarter results reflect significant improvements at our managed care operations, resulting from our recent efforts to enhance clinical and cost efficiencies.”

Acute Care Operations – First Quarter Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

For the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, acute care revenue totaled $499.2 million, an increase of 2.0% compared to the prior year quarter. Admissions increased 0.3% and adjusted admissions decreased 0.5%, each compared to the prior year quarter. Net patient revenue per adjusted admission for the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, increased 2.6% compared to the prior year quarter.

Managed Care Operations – First Quarter Ended December 31, 2016 and 2015

For the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, premium, service and other revenue in the Company’s managed care operations totaled $340.7 million, an increase of 8.8% compared to the prior year quarter. Total lives served across all managed care division product lines increased 8.5% compared to the prior year, with 681,300 lives served as of December 31, 2016. Excluding lives associated with the Arizona exchange plan, which the Company exited on January 1, 2017, total lives served increased 7.6%.

For the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, excluding the impact of the Arizona exchange plan, the medical loss ratio (“MLR”) was 85.3%, compared to 89.5% in the prior year quarter. On a sequential basis, excluding the impact of the Arizona exchange plan, the MLR was 91.7% for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Effective October 1, 2016, the Company’s Arizona Medicaid plan received a 3.1% increase in capitation premium rates primarily as a result of recent medical cost trends, including the on-going increases in pharmacy costs. The state contract amendment, which provided for the increase in premium rates, also included certain program changes to the benefit structure for its members.

Cash Flow Analysis

Cash flows used in operating activities for the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, totaled $38.2 million, compared to $7.0 million in the prior year quarter. Operating cash flows for the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, were negatively impacted by the timing of expected funds associated with the Company’s participation in Medicaid supplemental reimbursement programs. Additionally, the prior year quarter ended December 31, 2015, was positively impacted by the timing of cash associated with the annual health insurer fee and the receipt of income tax refunds.

Information Systems Conversion

The Company is currently in the process of converting to new integrated clinical and revenue cycle systems, a project in which the Company expects to make significant investments through the 2019 fiscal year. During the first quarter ended December 31, 2016, the Company spent $18.0 million in cash associated with its conversion efforts, $4.2 million of which is included in cash flows used in operating activities, $8.3 million is included in cash flows used in investing activities and $5.5 million is included in cash flows used in financing activities. During the prior year quarter ended December 31, 2015, the Company spent $7.7 million in cash associated with its conversion efforts, $2.2 million of which is included in cash flows used in operating activities, $3.4 million of which is included in cash flows used in investing activities and $2.1 million of which is included in cash flows used in financing activities.

Conference Call

A listen-only simulcast and 30-day replay of IASIS’ first quarter 2017 conference call will be available by clicking the “Investors” link on the Company’s Web site at www.iasishealthcare.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on February 10, 2017.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE HERE.

 

IASIS Healthcare is a healthcare services company that seeks to deliver high-quality, cost-effective healthcare through a broad and differentiated set of capabilities and assets that include acute care hospitals with related patient access points and a diversified managed care risk platform. With total annual revenue of approximately $3.3 billion, IASIS, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, owns and operates 17 acute care hospitals, one behavioral hospital and multiple other access points, including 139 physician clinics, multiple outpatient surgical units, imaging centers, and investments in urgent care centers and on-site employer-based clinics. Health Choice, the Company’s managed care risk platform, delivers services to more than 681,300 covered lives through its multiple health plans, accountable care networks and agreements to serve as a management services organization (“MSO”) with third party insurers. For more information on IASIS, please visit the Company’s Web site at www.iasishealthcare.com.

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Franklin, Tenn., Feb. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — IASIS Healthcare® LLC (“IASIS”) today announced that it will provide an online Web simulcast of its fiscal first quarter 2017 conference call on Friday, February 10, 2017. The Company will release its results for the fiscal first year ended December 31, 2016, before the opening of the market on February 10th.

The live broadcast of IASIS’ conference call will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on February 10th. In addition, an online replay will be available an hour after the call ends and will be available for 30 days. The online replay can also be found on the IASIS Healthcare website.

About IASIS Healthcare

IASIS Healthcare is a healthcare services company that seeks to deliver high-quality, cost-effective healthcare through a broad and differentiated set of capabilities and assets that include acute care hospitals with related patient access points and a diversified managed care risk platform. With total annual revenue of approximately $3.3 billion, IASIS, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, owns and operates 17 acute care hospitals, one behavioral hospital and multiple other access points, including 139 physician clinics, multiple outpatient surgical units, imaging centers, and investments in urgent care centers and on-site employer-based clinics. Health Choice, the Company’s managed care risk platform, delivers services to more than 681,300 covered lives through its multiple health plans, accountable care networks and agreements to serve as a management services organization (“MSO”) with third party insurers.

Investor Contact:
John M. Doyle
Chief Financial Officer
(615) 844-2747






Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, IASIS Healthcare hospitals around the country are proudly participating in American Heart Month beginning February 1, 2017.

Events include:

St. Joseph Medical Center – Houston, TX: 4th Annual Women’s Heart Health Expo & Luncheon

Southwest General Hospital – San Antonio, TX: Passport to a Healthy Heart Fair

Glenwood Regional Medical Center – West Monroe, LA: 28 Days of Heart (Facebook Event)

Mountain Vista Medical Center – Mesa, AZ: 10th Annual Heart Healthy Day

Utah Heart on the Hill – Salt Lake City, UT: Annual Advocacy Day at the Utah State Capitol

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more information, visit www.heart.org or speak with your local IASIS Healthcare provider.

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On January 26, 2017, IASIS Healthcare Arizona came together to honor and celebrate exceptional employees of Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center, St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center, and Mountain Vista Medical Center.

Staff was recognized for milestones of service and for various prestigious awards such as longest tenured employees, Chairman’s Award and Employee of the Year recipients.

The Service Awards Banquet was held at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. The Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury organizations helped orchestrate this memorable event.

        

 


 

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Expansion provides East Valley residents’ chance to pursue life-changing bariatric surgery close to home

MESA, Ariz. (Jan. 24, 2017) – As weight loss and getting healthy top the list of resolutions for another new year, Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at St. Luke’s Medical Center is helping local residents explore the full spectrum of surgical weight management options by expanding its services to Mountain Vista Medical Center at 1301 S. Crismon Road in Mesa.

The partnership will not only provide surgeries on-site at the 178-bed hospital, but also free education sessions about weight management options. The first series of seminars will begin on Jan. 25 and webinars are also available through the Bridges website.

“We are excited to be able to offer the Bridges program’s weight management knowledge and experience to our patients close to their homes,” said Eric Paul, Market President for IASIS Healthcare Arizona’s Market.

Weight loss has never been more top of mind for many Americans as it was this year. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, data from Google points to nearly 70 million searches for “get healthy,” a 13.77 percent increase over the same time last year. While many traditionally tend to turn to diet and exercise to help with getting trim, a recent study in the journal Obesity says surgical weight loss could have more long-term benefits than tried and true diet and exercise.

The Bridges Center team at Mountain Vista is led by Dr. Van Leavitt and Dr. Rob Schuster, both of which are board certified in general surgery and fellowship trained in bariatrics. They and their staff bring a deep-seated understanding of weight management challenges faced by patients to Mountain Vista Medical Center. The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is not one to be taken lightly. The team at the Bridges Center walks patients through a comprehensive weight management program that gives guidance and support before, during and after the procedure. The primary goal is to help patients lose weight safely, keep the weight off and live a healthy lifestyle.

“The journey to considering surgical weight management options begins with education,” Paul said. “The Bridges Center team brings their entire education toolkit to Mountain Vista Medical Center to help those interested in exploring bariatric surgery.”

The free seminars and webinars help people learn about the challenges of obesity, its health risks and the role of bariatric surgery. The sessions delve into the different types of weight loss procedures available, as well as the Bridges Center program, background about the professional health care team at the Bridges Center and the 360-degree support patients and their families receive over the course of their weight loss journey. In fact, spouses, family members and partners are encouraged to attend. Upcoming Bridges Center seminars at Mountain Vista Medical Center will be held on:

  • Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. in classrooms 3-4 (Dr. Leavitt)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. in classrooms 3-4 (Dr. Schuster)

For more information about The Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management or to reserve a space at an upcoming seminar, visit www.BridgesAZ.com or call 602-251-8828.

About Bridges Center for Weight Management
Designated by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) since 2005, the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at St. Luke’s Medical Center provides a comprehensive program to help individuals achieve healthy, long-term weight loss. The multidisciplinary weight management program features preoperative education, weight loss surgery, nutritional guidance and postoperative support — all designed to help individuals achieve and maintain their weight loss goals. The Bridges Center team at St. Luke’s Medical Center consists of knowledgeable health care professionals — all dedicated to making every experience a positive one by guiding and supporting individuals through every stage of their weight loss journeys. In addition to a highly-experienced team of board-certified bariatric surgeons, staff includes a psychologist, registered nurse, registered dietitian, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist, and a team of patient advocates. For more information, visit www.BridgesAZ.com or call 602-251-8828.

About Mountain Vista Medical Center
Mountain Vista Medical Center, part of IASIS Healthcare, is a 178-bed, full-service hospital, featuring all-private rooms and advanced medical technology. Designed to provide comprehensive health care services for residents of the East Valley, the hospital is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center, and a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital also features a Chest Pain Center and Cardiac Receiving Center. Mountain Vista Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by an entity that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff. It is located in Mesa, just north of U.S. 60 at Crismon Road and Southern Avenue. Mountain Vista Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com or call 1-877-924-WELL (9355). Find Mountain Vista Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

About St. Luke’s Medical Center
Serving Metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center is a 200-bed tertiary care hospital part of IASIS Healthcare offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation, pain management and wound care. St. Luke’s has a long history of innovation as the first hospital in Arizona to open a cardiac catheterization lab, and the first in the Valley to perform open heart surgery. With a focus on serving the diverse health care needs of the community, experienced professionals provide high quality care with the latest technology, in a caring environment. St. Luke’s Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit www.stlukesmedcenter.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355). Find St. Luke’s Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

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IASIS Healthcare is pleased to announce new appointments to the leadership team at Mountain Vista Medical Center, an award-winning 178-bed full-service hospital in east Mesa, Arizona.

New team members include:

  • Patricia Rollins, Women’s Services Director
  • Amy Lomu, Emergency Services Director
  • Audrey Jones, Therapy Services Director
  • Kirk McFalls, Business Development Manager

Full story at AZBigMedia.com.




Bledsoe & Barbosa to greet fans & sign autographs at the state-of-the-art facility in downtown Phoenix

WHAT: Phoenix Suns guards Eric Bledsoe and Leandro Barbosa will visit with fans and sign autographs at the IASIS Healthcare Multi Specialty Clinic in downtown Phoenix tomorrow (January 7) from 2 – 3 p.m.

Fans are invited to arrive at 1 p.m. for the opportunity to win exclusive prizes, including Suns tickets, and visit an interactive fan zone where fans can learn more about the state-of-the-art Multi Specialty Clinic. The Gorilla and members of the Suns Dancers and Solar Squad will also be on hand to take photos and interact with fans throughout the event.

Since opening its doors in March 2016, the Multi Specialty Clinic has provided those who live and work in downtown Phoenix with their first comprehensive healthcare option in the area. The clinic’s first-class amenities provide access to convenient, high-quality healthcare in the same place where Phoenix Suns and Mercury basketball stars receive care as well.

WHO: Suns guards Eric Bledsoe and Leandro Barbosa (2 – 3 p.m.)
The Gorilla and Members of the Suns Dancers & Solar Squad

WHERE: IASIS Healthcare Multi Specialty Clinic
230 S. 3rd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004

WHEN: Saturday, January 7 – 1–3PM

INFO: We Are PHX! Limited tickets to the Phoenix Suns’ matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, January 8 are available at Suns.com or by phone at 602-379-SUNS.

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FRANKLIN, Tenn.–IASIS Healthcare® LLC (“IASIS” or the “Company”) today announced financial and operating results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2016.

Key Financial and Operating Results

Consolidated Financial and Operating Results – Fourth Quarter and Year Ended September 30, 2016 and 2015

Consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2016, totaled $814.4 million, an increase of 13.7% compared to $716.6 million in the prior year quarter. The consolidated revenue increase for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2016, is comprised of 35.9% growth in premium, service and other revenue in the Company’s managed care operations and 2.3% growth in acute care revenue.

Net loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2016, totaled $76.3 million, compared to a net loss from continuing operations of $3.0 million in the prior year quarter. Included in the net loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter is a $54.0 million non-cash charge to write-off the goodwill related to one of the Company’s acute care reporting units. This non-cash charge is a result of the Company’s annual impairment test required under accounting guidance.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2016, totaled $29.1 million, compared to $59.4 million in the prior year quarter. During the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2016, the Company’s managed care division incurred $10.8 million in losses associated with its Arizona health insurance marketplace exchange plan business, which the Company is exiting effective January 1, 2017. The losses at the Company’s Arizona marketplace exchange business for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, included a premium deficiency reserve of $7.5 million and $1.8 million in estimated unfavorable risk adjustment transfer settlements. Additionally, net loss from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, continued to be negatively impacted by certain items, as further described in the following table. Excluding the impact of these items and the losses associated with the Arizona health insurance marketplace exchange plan, normalized adjusted EBITDA would have been $43.9 million for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2016, compared to $54.8 million in the prior year quarter.

Consolidated revenue for the year ended September 30, 2016, totaled $3.25 billion, an increase of 17.5% compared to $2.77 billion in the prior year. The consolidated revenue increase for the year ended September 30, 2016, is comprised of 45.7% growth in premium, service and other revenue in the Company’s managed care operations and 4.2% growth in acute care revenue.

Net loss from continuing operations for the year ended September 30, 2016, (which includes the impact of the goodwill impairment charge previously discussed) totaled $117.0 million, compared to net earnings from continuing operations of $6.8 million in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended September 30, 2016, totaled $162.6 million, compared to $253.0 million in the prior year. During the year ended September 30, 2016, the Company’s managed care division incurred $19.0 million in losses associated with its Arizona health insurance marketplace exchange plan business, which includes a $7.5 million premium deficiency reserve and $10.8 million related to final and estimated unfavorable risk adjustment transfer settlements. Additionally, net loss from continuing operations and Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended September 30, 2016, continued to be negatively impacted by certain items, as further described in the following table. Excluding the impact of these items and the losses associated with the Arizona health insurance marketplace exchange plan, normalized adjusted EBITDA would have been $220.1 million for the year ended September 30, 2016, compared to $254.3 million in the prior year.

The Company provides the following table reflecting normalized adjusted EBITDA, which reflects certain items that affected the Company’s results for the quarters and years ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, and adjusted EBITDA, and a reconciliation of such non-GAAP figures to net earnings (loss) from continuing operations, the most comparable GAAP measure.

Click here for the full press release.

Collaboration Brings Bariatric and General Surgery Options to Patients

PHOENIX (Dec. 7, 2016) – Physician Group of Arizona, Inc. (PGA), an organization comprised of primary and specialty care physicians, is expanding with a new practice: PGA Surgical Specialists.

The expansion allows PGA to offer a wide range of bariatric and general surgical services, from major operations to minimally-invasive laparoscopic and outpatient procedures. PGA Surgical Specialists is affiliated with three IASIS Healthcare hospitals in the Valley – Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe.

Affiliated with the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management, the PGA Surgical Specialists perform weight loss procedures at St. Luke’s Medical Center – a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) center, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, and Mountain Vista Medical Center.

The expansion also brings two Valley surgeons to PGA who have been recognized by Phoenix Magazine as “Top Doctors,” along with their surgical physician assistant:

Daniel T. Fang, M.D., FACS

Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Fang has extensive experience in a wide range of bariatric and general surgical procedures. He is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Fang serves as a clinical instructor for the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, a clinical assistant professor at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an assistant professor at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University.

Rob F. Schuster, M.D., FACS

Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Schuster has extensive experience and is fellowship trained in bariatric and general surgical procedures, specializing in general, oncologic, endocrine, trauma and bariatric surgery. Dr. Schuster has also served as a Clinical Instructor in minimally-invasive surgery, and as a Research Fellow at Stanford University. He has also been the recipient of America’s Top Surgeon Award by Consumer’s Research Council of America for many consecutive years.

Emile Manansala, PA-C

As a Surgical Physician Assistant, Emile Manansala supports Dr. Fang and Dr. Schuster. Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Manansala has extensive experience serving in a support role during advanced laparoscopic and laparotomy procedures. Emile is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and an associate member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The need for bariatric surgery services for weight management is increasing. In Maricopa County alone, one in four adults are obese. In the Hispanic community, that number climbs to nearly 33 percent of the population.

“Obesity-related issues contribute to heart disease and diabetes, the second- and seventh-leading causes of death, respectively,” said Jodi Johnson, Director of Bariatric Services of Bridges Center for Weight Management. “According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, approximately 30,914 lives are lost in the county each year due to premature deaths.”

Although choosing to undergo bariatric surgery is one of the most difficult decisions an obese patient can make, it is also tied to undeniably cathartic health benefits. Phoenix resident Winchell Rabara was morbidly obese. His life consisted of taking a lot of prescribed medications to control his diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. This day-in and day-out routine led him to a life-changing epiphany. He had had enough of this lifestyle. After having bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Fang at the Bridges Center for Weight Management, Rabara was able to get his health back on track.

“Today I spend my free time walking and jogging every morning, along with working out at the gym most evenings,” said Rabara. “I no longer spend hundreds of dollars at the pharmacy every few weeks. Bariatric surgery has helped me to regain my health and take control of my life.”

To learn more about weight loss options through bariatric surgery, visit www.pgasurgical.com or call 602-251-8828. Most major insurance plans are accepted.

 

About Physician Group of Arizona, Inc.

Physician Group of Arizona, Inc., (PGA) part of IASIS Healthcare, is comprised of primary and specialty care physicians and surgeons committed to delivering the highest quality patient care. Combining expertise and personalized service with advanced technological equipment and facilities, these physicians provide high-quality healthcare to adolescents, adults and seniors throughout the Valley. PGA physicians are members of the medical staff at IASIS Healthcare hospitals in Arizona, including Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe. Physician Group of Arizona is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information about PGA, visit PhysicianGroupAZ.com or call 1-855-551-DOCS (3627).

About St. Luke’s Medical Center

Serving Metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center is a 200-bed tertiary care hospital part of IASIS Healthcare offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation, pain management and wound care. St. Luke’s has a long history of innovation as the first hospital in Arizona to open a cardiac catheterization lab, and the first in the Valley to perform open heart surgery. With a focus on serving the diverse health care needs of the community, experienced professionals provide high quality care with the latest technology, in a caring environment. St. Luke’s Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit stlukesmedcenter.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).Find St. Luke’s Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

About Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, part of IASIS Healthcare, is an 87-bed, community hospital that has been serving the East Valley for more than 70 years. Tempe St. Luke’s offers comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, orthopedics, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services, pain management and wound care in a caring, community hospital atmosphere. Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit tempestlukeshospital.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355). Find Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

About Mountain Vista Medical Center

Mountain Vista Medical Center, part of IASIS Healthcare, is a 178-bed, full-service hospital, featuring all-private rooms and advanced medical technology. Designed to provide comprehensive health care services for residents of the East Valley, the hospital is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center and a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital also features a Cardiac Receiving Center. Mountain Vista Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by an entity that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff. It is located in Mesa, just north of U.S. 60 at Crismon Road and Southern Avenue. Mountain Vista Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com or call 1-877-924-WELL (9355). Find Mountain Vista Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

About Bridges Center for Weight Management

Designated as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) bariatric surgery since 2005, the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management provides a comprehensive program to help individuals achieve healthy, long-term weight loss. The multidisciplinary weight management program features preoperative education, weight loss surgery, nutritional guidance and postoperative support — all designed to help individuals achieve and maintain their weight loss goals. The Bridges Center team consists of knowledgeable health care professionals — all dedicated to making every experience a positive one by guiding and supporting individuals through every stage of their weight loss journeys. In addition to a highly-experienced team of board-certified bariatric surgeons, staff includes a psychologist, registered nurse, registered dietitian, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist, and a team of patient advocates. For more information, visit www.bridgesaz.com or call 1-800-248-5553.

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