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Dr Sumko Hedley Ortho 2017 Healthcare Hero

Sumko Hedley Arizona Orthopedics Health Care Heroes

The Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Heroes annual awards recognize physicians, nurses and other business professionals and volunteers advancing the health care industry in Arizona. Michael J. Sumko, D.O. of Hedley Orthopaedic Institute (serving locations in Phoenix and Tempe) was recognized for his outstanding achievements in orthopaedic surgery.

An event honoring the 2017 winners and finalists will be held Aug. 24 at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch.

About Michael J. Sumko, D.O.

Sumko Arizona Ortho Surgeon
Fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hip & Knee Specialist
Joint Reconstruction & Revision Surgery

Dr. Sumko is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the management of arthritis, hip and knee replacement, joint reconstruction and revision surgery, and robotic assisted MAKOplasty® for uni-compartmental disease. His focus on minimally invasive soft-tissue, muscle sparring techniques allow less pain and a faster track to recovery after surgery.

Dr. Sumko received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah, and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. He completed his general orthopaedic surgery internship and residency with Pinnacle Health Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Penn State Hershey Medical Center. After having extensive training in joint reconstruction during residency, Dr. Sumko developed a love for joint reconstruction and pursued an orthopaedic fellowship under orthopaedic industry leader Dr. Anthony Hedley at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona to further his expertise.

Dr. Sumko maintains memberships in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, American Osteopathic Association, Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medicine Association, and the Maricopa County Medical Society. He operates at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Medical Center. He is currently seeing patients at Hedley Orthopaedic Institute at the Tempe and Phoenix locations.








San Antonio Hospital Southwest General Expansion

Expansion includes enhanced capabilities, expanded space, new technology, a new treatment option and a new Electrophysiology physician

San Antonio Hospital Southwest General Expansion

(SAN ANTONIO) July 11, 2017 – Southwest General Hospital, the only hospital located in San Antonio’s southwest sector, has unveiled and is now seeing patients in its recently completed $3 million construction and renovation initiative that adds a new Electrophysiology Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, increased capability for the existing Cardiac Cath Lab, a renovated and an enlarged Nuclear Medicine space. Southwest General Hospital is the first to offer Electrophysiology on the city’s South Side. The expansion also provides for a full time, on site Electrophysiologist.

Electrophysiology is a specialized branch of cardiology that looks at the electrical system of the heart, allowing for the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders such as Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Flutter and other forms of cardiac arrhythmia. An estimated 3.4 million people in the United States have Atrial Fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia. People with atrial fibrillation are up to seven times more likely to have a stroke.

The new Electrophysiology Lab adds an estimated 1,360 square feet to Southwest General Hospital’s existing Cardiac Cath Lab and supplements the hospital’s existing state-of-the-art cardiac services.

Nearly 28 percent of San Antonio area deaths each year are attributed to cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the world and the nation’s number one killer. Cardiovascular disease accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US. About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds.

“Cardiology is among the most critical needs in our community and one of Southwest General’s key services lines,” said Southwest General’s CEO, Craig Desmond. “This expansion specifically addresses our patient population’s need for enhanced access to state-of-the-art cardiac care close to home. It means that if you have a heart attack or any other kind of cardiac event on San Antonio’s Southside, Southwest General Hospital has all the tools and the very best team in place to care for you.”

Southwest General’s new Electrophysiology Lab includes new advanced medical imaging technology that will provide 3-D visualization of the heart. The new technology will make it possible to create detailed maps of the heart to accurately assess where the irregular heart rhythms is originating and whether the patient requires medications, a pacemaker, a cardiac defibrillator, ablation or surgery.

Southwest General Hospital:

  • Is designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center.
  • The hospital works closely with San Antonio Fire Department and other Emergency Ambulance Systems to treat emergency cardiac events 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • Holds the Bronze Quality Award for stroke prevention from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
  • Offers the only mobile AngioScreen which takes vascular screening technology and services into communities throughout the region, providing immediate information about vascular health- including circulation, risk of heart disease, stroke and abdominal aorta aneurysm.

About Southwest General Hospital

Southwest General Hospital has provided high-quality healthcare for residents of southwest San Antonio for more than 30 years and continues to be the only healthcare facility in this section of the city. Southwest General is a 327 licensed bed facility staffed by experienced healthcare professionals. The hospital is committed to providing high-quality health services and an excellent patient experience. Southwest General has earned numerous distinctions for quality, including Chest Pain with PCI Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Primary Stroke Center Certification by DNV GL Healthcare, a U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services approved accrediting body.

Glenwood angioscreen bus West Monroe Heart Screening

20-Minute Preventative Screenings Promote Vascular Health

Angioscreen Glenwood West Monroe

Glenwood Regional Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute is celebrating the five year anniversary their cutting-edge wellness program, AngioScreen, which mobilizes revolutionary vascular screening technology and services for communities throughout North Louisiana. With the AngioScreen coach, mobile screenings can be brought to the residents of Ouachita Parish and beyond, providing immediate information about vascular health- including circulation, risk of heart disease, stroke and abdominal aorta aneurysm.

According to Harry Donias, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon at Glenwood Heart & Vascular Institute, “It’s very important that people take a closer look at their vascular health. It’s the leading cause of death in America and is extremely prevalent in Louisiana. Screenings are cost effective and can help prevent catastrophic problems like stroke, ruptured aneurysms and death.”

Since its inception in 2012, Glenwood’s AngioScreen program has detected:

  • 3,644: Carotid artery blockages
  • 259: Blockages over 50%
  • 302: Mild to severe PAD blockages
  • 100: Abnormal heart rhythms
  • 48: Abnormal aortas

In honor of this milestone, Glenwood is offering 5-year anniverary discount pricing available on these six screening event dates:

Glenwood’s 2017 AngioScreen events are open to the general public. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 1-877-726-WELL.

About Glenwood Regional Medical Center

Glenwood Regional Medical Center is a 278-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in West Monroe, Louisiana. Glenwood offers comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, rehabilitation, and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Glenwood is the only full-service hospital in West Monroe. Over the years Glenwood Regional Medical Center has been a leader in bringing the latest technological innovations to the residents of Ouachita Parish.







dr heuser 5th symposium

dr heuser 5th symposium

Cardiovascular Disease Management:
A Case-Based Approach

October 5 & 6, 2017

Arizona Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona
Program Director: Richard R. Heuser, MD, FACC
Chief of Cardiology
St. Luke’s Medical Center

This two-day continuing medical education symposium is centered on everyday care for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Cutting-edge technologies and advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease from the medical, interventional, and lifestyle modification perspectives will be presented. Unlike most programs, this will be delivered as a case-based approach focusing on gauging and monitoring therapy, including recognizing symptoms, evaluating risk factors, guiding treatment through imaging, general and functional testing, and appropriate therapy.

Using data from the most recent evidence-based medicine studies, as well as new guidelines, the invited faculty will lead detailed discussions on statins, PCSK9 inhibitors, heart failure, PFO closure, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, wound care, TAVR, atrial fibrillation and more. The ultimate goal of the 2017 Cardiovascular Disease Management Symposium is to provide an overview of the optimal methods and management of the informed physician’s practice, and to discuss and debate the exciting options on the horizon.

Clinical cardiologists, primary care physicians, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, basic scientists, vascular medicine specialists, nurses, perfusionists, cath lab technicians, and other health care professionals with a special interest in the field of cardiovascular medicine are invited to attend the 5th Annual Symposium. Advanced registration is available online or by calling the reservations department at (800) 950-0086.

Additional IASIS Healthcare invited faculty include panelist Timothy Kieborz, DO from St. Luke’s Medical Center Wound Care Center and speaker Patricia E. Thorpe, MD, FSIR, Endovascular Surgeon at St Luke’s Medical Center.

About Richard R. Heuser, M.D., FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI,
5th Annual Symposium Program Director

Dr. Heuser is a board-certified, internationally recognized cardiologist, inventor, educator and author, and is one of the early pioneers of the angioplasty procedure. A diplomat of the American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases and American Board of Interventional Cardiology, he has more than 30 years of private practice, medical administration and clinical teaching experience.

With nearly 30 patents granted or pending for different catheters, stents and other medical devices, Dr. Heuser has served as principal investigator to research the safety and/or effectiveness of more than 100 medical devices and more than 70 pharmaceutical products. In addition to participating in the more than 150 research studies, Dr. Heuser has authored more than 400 articles, textbooks and medical manuscripts. He currently serves as chief of cardiology at St. Luke’s Medical Center, and as the professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.







mountain vista arizona hospital

IASIS Healthcare Arizona Market has announced that Marty Bakos will be joining IASIS Healthcare as the new Chief Financial Officer at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa.

Marty has a strong background as an executive in the healthcare industry for over 25 years. She has been deeply involved in day-to-day hospital operations from all aspects including physician relations and has served as a hospital CFO in Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico. She comes to IASIS Healthcare most recently from Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida.

Marty will assume her position as Mountain Vista Medical Center CFO on June 26, 2017.

About Mountain Vista Medical Center

Part of IASIS Healthcare, Mountain Vista Medical Center is a 178-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in east Mesa, Arizona, offering comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, orthopaedics, breast care, maternity care, women’s services, and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Equipped with the most advanced medical technology, and staffed by a team of highly skilled health care professionals, Mountain Vista is committed to providing high-quality care in a friendly hospital environment. Follow the hospital on Facebook or Twitter.

In the news: Dr. Richard Heuser, chief of cardiology at St. Luke’s Medical Center

“St. Luke’s Medical Center, the first hospital in Arizona to offer a same-day coronary angioplasty through the radial artery in the wrist, is reporting significantly improved outcomes and cost savings for patients and the health system using the new artery access point. As a result, the less-invasive procedure is attracting national attention.”

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IASIS Healthcare Clinical Operations

IASIS Healthcare today announced that Heidi Wolf, MSNA, BA, RN, has been named as St. Joseph Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer. Heidi was most recently at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas where she has served at the Chief Nursing Officer since 2007.  Prior to TMCSETX, Heidi was the Chief Nursing Officer at Town and Country Hospital, Tampa, Florida (a previous IASIS owned and operated facility).

Heidi began her nursing career in 1997 when she graduated from Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D. with a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing.  From 1997 through 2003, she worked in a variety of bedside areas including ICU, ED and Telemetry. In 2004, she assumed her first Chief Nursing Officer position with a rural hospital in West Texas. Her career with IASIS began in 2006 with progressive CNO roles over the past 11 years. Heidi earned her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Lamar University in 2013.

During her time at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas, the hospital achieved initial Trauma Level IV accreditation, Chest Pain Center Accreditation, and Primary Stroke Center Accreditation, among other noteworthy accomplishments. Heidi was also extremely instrumental in establishing and maintaining hospital operations during Hurricane Ike, which had a direct hit on the Port Arthur, TX area.

Heidi also currently serves as President of the District 12 Texas Nurses Association.

About St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center is a 792-bed full service, general acute care hospital with two locations in downtown Houston, Texas and in the Heights. As Houston’s first hospital, SJMC has been providing cutting-edge and quality care to Houston area residents for over 125 years. Comprehensive healthcare services offered include Cardiac care, a Level III Emergency Trauma Center, Advanced Wound Care Center, Center for Behavioral Health, Sports Medicine, a dedicated Women’s Medical Center and more.



Tempe St. Luke's Hospital

June 5, 2017
Source: Arizona Business Magazine/, Tempe Chamber of Commerce

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce announced six finalists for the prestigious Business Excellence Awards.

The recipients will be announced June 29, 2017, at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon presented by Southwest Airlines. The awards promote the advancement of responsible business leadership in the community and publicly recognize local businesses demonstrating a passion for excellence. The awards honor companies for success in business growth, employee development, community involvement and customer service.

Awards will be presented in two categories for Small and Large Business of the Year. Finalists for the Business Excellence Award in the Large Business of the Year Category include Tempe St. Luke’s/IASIS Healthcare.

About Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is an 86-bed full-service hospital and a campus of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Tempe that has served the East Valley for over 60 years. It houses an emergency department and critical care unit as well as specialty programs like wound care and pain management. The hospital recently underwent a full renovation, replacing workspaces and patient rooms to provide better patient care. The hospital is in the IASIS Healthcare network with other medical centers in the East Valley.

Carl Whitmer, CEO IASIS Healthcare

Modern Healthcare’s awards and recognition program honors top industry leaders

Carl Whitmer, CEO IASIS Healthcare

FRANKLIN, TN – June 3, 2017 – Carl Whitmer, President and Chief Executive Officer of IASIS Healthcare, has been nominated for the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare annual list from Modern Healthcare magazine. The prestigious program recognizes 300 nominees who have made a significant impact to the healthcare industry throughout their careers.

During Whitmer’s tenure as CEO, IASIS has expanded its footprint in new and existing U.S. markets, formed new local and national partnerships, and transformed its single-state managed health plan into a multi-state operation with adjacent business lines. IASIS Healthcare is comprised of acute care operations which include 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, that serve more than a combined 1.1 million patients annually.

In addition to serving on the IASIS Healthcare Board of Directors, Whitmer serves on the boards of directors for NorthStar Anesthesia, the Nashville Health Care Council, and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and as Chair-Elect of the Federation of American Hospitals.

Founded in 1976, Modern Healthcare is one of America’s largest health care trade publications providing award-winning business and policy news, research and information. Modern Healthcare readers and the general public are asked to cast their votes to decide the top 100 to be selected on the 2017 ranking. Voting is open through Friday, June 23, 2017.

To submit your vote, click here and complete the online ballot. NOTE: Voters must select exactly five (5) candidates to validate their submission. W. Carl Whitmer – President and CEO, IASIS Healthcare is on page two of the nominees list.





Addition of Two Maternal Fetal Specialists & OBGYN Family Nurse Practitioner Helps Hospitals Expand Specialized Services for High-Risk, Complicated Pregnancies in East Valley


MESA, Ariz. – Two well-respected maternal fetal medicine specialists and a seasoned OB/GYN family nurse practitioner with endocrinology experience have opened a physician’s office in Mesa to help women with high-risk and complicated pregnancies. Dr. Richard Blumrick, FACOG, and Dr. Julia Elizabeth Solomon, MDCM, FACOG, will be lending their support to the medical teams at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital.

The physicians have teamed up with Raquel Castaneda, FNP-BC – an existing Physician Group of Arizona employee and a seasoned OB/GYN family nurse practitioner with extensive endocrinology experience – to assist pregnant patients who have diabetes or gestational diabetes.

“As the East Valley grows, so too does the need for highly-specialized, quality health care options, especially for patients facing complex medical circumstances,” said Jake Golich, Chief Executive Officer of Mountain Vista Medical Center. “Adding the experience from Dr. Blumrick and Dr. Solomon in partnership with Raquel Castaneda to our network allows us to offer even more specialized services for high-risk and complicated pregnancies in the East Valley.”

The trio belong to Physician Group of Arizona’s Fetal Diagnostic Center, which is home to the network’s team of perinatology specialists. The Fetal Diagnostic Center guides at-risk patients through challenging pregnancies, providing necessary evaluations, risk assessments, advanced ultrasounds to identify medical problems early, and treatment options. The team focuses on some of the most daunting medical conditions during pregnancy, including congenital birth defects, particularly cardiac; genetic disorders; fetal or placental abnormalities; maternal health, autoimmune and hereditary conditions; pregnancy-related disorders; preterm labor; multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc.), and blood, mineral or vitamin deficiencies.

With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Blumrick has an intrinsic interest in medically-complicated pregnancies, including heart disease in pregnancy, and extreme prematurity. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed an internship in OB/GYN at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospitals in New York, and a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.

A former adjunct at University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Dr. Solomon is a board-certified Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist who is an internationally-renowned authority on 3D and 4D ultrasound and fetal echocardiography. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and later her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery from McGill University. Dr. Solomon completed an OB/GYN residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and a Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at New England Medical Center.

Castaneda, an Arizona native, has spent the last two decades honing her skills in various areas of patient care, including Labor and Delivery, NICU, Post-partum and Prenatal Education. Due to gestational diabetes becoming more common, she has spent nearly three years hyper-focused on Endocrinology and Diabetes Management. Fluent in Spanish, Castaneda earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University, and her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Phoenix.

Through the addition of Dr. Blumrick, Dr. Solomon and Castaneda, patients will have access to more advanced services and technologies, including:

  • 3D/4D obstetric ultrasound, providing multi-dimensional views of the baby and his/her developing organs
  • Fetal echocardiograms to study the anatomy and function of a baby’s heart
  • Detailed (level II) ultrasound for higher risk conditions
  • Genetic counseling for helping patients understand and evaluate treatment options for genetic conditions or birth defects
  • Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling to screen for developmental abnormalities
  • Non-invasive prenatal screening for common chromosomal disorders
  • Cerclage placement to strengthen the cervix to help a developing baby
  • Percutaneous umbilical cord blood sampling (PUBS) to detect fetal abnormalities
  • Amnioinfusion and fetal shunt placement to balance amniotic fluid levels

All three practitioners are currently accepting new patients, and appointments can be scheduled by calling 480-257-2699 or visiting

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 an accredited Chest Pain Center, Primary Stroke Center, Cardiac Receiving Center and a Level III Trauma 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. For more information, visit or call 1-877-924-WELL (9355).

About Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, part of IASIS Healthcare, is an 86-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 or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355). Find Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

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 or call 1-855-551-DOCS (3627).



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