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IASIS Healthcare today announced several promotions within the IASIS Clinical Operations team.

JoLisa Catmull, RN, BSN, MBA

Chief Nursing Officer for IASIS Healthcare

After receiving her Associates Degree in Nursing from Weber State University, JoLisa began her nursing career at Holy Cross Hospital as a Unit Clerk in the Emergency Department.

JoLisa was hired at Jordan Valley Medical Center (“JVMC”) as an Emergency Room Nurse and in 1998 she was promoted to Chief Nursing Officer at JVMC and JVMC–West (f/k/a Pioneer Valley Hospital). Then in 2012 JoLisa joined the IASIS Corporate Clinical Operations team as Western Division Director of Clinical Operations.  In this role she has shared her nursing knowledge, expertise and lent invaluable medical insight to our nursing staff.

In 2014 JoLisa received her MBA from Western Governors University.

JoLisa has consistently exhibited a commitment to nursing excellence and in 1999 she received “RN of the Year” award from the Utah Nurses Association.

Heather Davis, BA, CHCP

Director, I-CARE

Heather began her CME career in April 2005 as a CME Coordinator for a small community hospital.

In May of 2005 Heather received her Associate of Social Sciences degree from San Jacinto College, and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Art, Literature and Certificate of Women’s Studies in 2008.

She joined St. Joseph Medical Center in 2011 and moved into research when the IRB Coordinator position merged with the CME Coordinator role; hence, the start of her research career. She worked closely with the IRB Committee reviewing protocols for IRB oversight to ensure the protection of human subjects. In her current role, she supports and advocates for IASIS Healthcare’s continuing education programs and ensures research compliance within the IASIS Healthcare System. Research support for sites include, budgeting, contracting, regulatory, site management, IRB submission, and compliance training of investigators, coordinators, residents, and medical students.

Prior to Heather’s promotion to Director of I-CARE, she served as a valued member of St Joseph Medical Center’s CME Committee and advanced to I-CARE Manager in 2015.

She is a member of the Texas Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (TACME), The Society of Clinical Research Associates, SOCRA, and in June 2014, she was elected Treasurer of the executive board of TACME.  In 2016 Heather earned her CHCP (Certified Healthcare CPD Professional) credential.

David Madrigal, MHA, CHCP

CME Program Manager, Eastern Division

David brings to the table over 12 years of CME experience and prior to joining IASIS in August 2015 he served as the Assistant Director of CME at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

In his role with IASIS, David is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Eastern Division CME department which includes identifying strategies to support and enhance overall initiatives and coordinate the planning and accreditation efforts of each of the IASIS facilities within the Eastern Division.

David received his Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – University of Houston, and his Master of Science, Healthcare Administration from Houston Baptist University.  On a daily basis, he interacts directly with key physicians and staff throughout the division’s seven facilities to ensure CME activities are conducted in accordance with recognized standards and internal expectations of quality.  David provides the leadership qualities which are essential to ongoing growth of the Eastern Division’s CME efforts.

Misty L. Birch

CME Program Manager, Western Division

Misty joined Jordan Valley Medical Center in 2002 as Unit Coordinator and has been actively involved in professional continuing education since August 2013.

Since joining IASIS she has had progressive advancement and most recently served as CME Coordinator for the Western Division.  In her role Misty oversees the CME for all physicians at ten (10) IASIS facilities and responsibilities include design, development, marketing, promotion assessment of educational needs, monitoring of compliance and overall direction of the Western Division CME program.

Her goal is to change and improve physician competence, professional performance and patient outcomes through our CME program by providing high quality, evidence-based educational opportunities to all of our IASIS facilities.

She is currently serving as President of the UACME (Utah Alliance for Continuing Medical Education) and has served in various leadership roles in the Alliance since 2015.



Dr. Richard Heuser was featured on ABC-15 Arizona for an innovative and groundbreaking Radial Access procedure.

At Phoenix Heart Center – and a select few interventional cardiology practices around the country – a new approach is replacing the femoral artery catheterization process. The new cardiac catheterization approach, known as Radial First or Radial PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), uses the patient’s radial artery, located on the wrist.

Fewer than two percent of interventional cardiologists nationwide use this approach. However, the radial approach is the new preferred method for most cardiac catheterization procedures for a number of reasons, including less blood loss and faster patient recovery times.

Patients wanting more information about Radial First cardiac catheterization may contact Phoenix Heart Center to request a cardiovascular consultation.

About Richard R. Heuser, MD, FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI

Dr. Heuser is an internationally-recognized cardiologist and inventor. He is one of the early pioneers of the angioplasty procedure.

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, and is frequently invited to international medical conferences to present the findings of research developed in Phoenix.

Phoenix Heart Center offers five Valley locations, each providing the physicians on the medical staff with immediate access to additional advanced technology and facilities recognized for delivering high quality heart care. Patients can book with Dr. Heuser using the Physician Group of Arizona online appointment service or by calling Phoenix Heart Center at (602) 234-0004.

Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management has been voted #1 in Ranking Arizona The Best of Arizona Business 2017’s “Weight Loss Management: Surgical” category for the third consecutive year.

The Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management (locations in Phoenix and Mesa) has helped thousands of patients achieve their healthy, long-term weight loss goals through a multidisciplinary program managed by an experienced team of health care professionals.

The Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management at St. Luke’s Medical Center is proudly backed by several quality accreditations, including recognition as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). St. Luke’s Medical Center is designated as a CIGNA 3 Star Quality Bariatric Center.

St. Luke’s Medical Center has also earned a designation as an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility and is recognized as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the only bariatric surgery facility in Phoenix with this accreditation.

The Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management recently expanded its bariatric services to Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa.

To view the 2017 Best of Arizona Business Weight Loss Management rankings, click here.

To learn more about The Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


For the second consecutive year, St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center was voted #1 in the “Behavioral Rehabilitation” category in AZ BIG Media’s Ranking Arizona “Best of Arizona Business 2017” publication.

Businesses featured in the 20th Anniversary Edition will be recognized at the The Ranking Arizona Best of the Best Bash on Thursday, April 6 at the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale.

Voting for the 2018 Ranking Arizona publication is currently open. Voting ends on July 31, 2017 at midnight.

To view the 2017 Behavioral Rehabilitation rankings, click here.

About St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center

St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center is a 124-bed mental and behavioral health facility located on the campus of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix. For more than 40 years, the Center has been serving the mental health needs of its community with both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for mental and behavioral illness and/or drug and alcohol addiction.

The experts at St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center include a wide variety of specialists, including licensed psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, licensed masters-level counselors/social workers, mental health technicians, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, registered nurses, case managers and nutritionists. St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center is committed to preserving the integrity of both the patient and family while furnishing a safe, therapeutic environment.

To learn more, visit the SLBHC website or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

SOURCE: Colorado Managed Care, March 22, 2017

Five Colorado Hospitals were ranked among the best in a national survey that reviewed communication evaluations from patients on their hospital nurses.  The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey reviewed CMS Hospital Compare data for a one year period ending in March 2016, the most recent data available.

The five top communicators were: 1. Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Woodland Park – 87 percent.  2. Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs – 85 percent.  3. Animas Surgical Hospital in Durango – 85 percent.  4.  East Morgan County Hospital in Brush – 85 percent.  and  5. Aspen Valley Hospital in Aspen – 85 percent.

The information was released by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading source of business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders.

About Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and Surgery Center

Located just outside the “City Above the Clouds,” Woodland Park, Colorado, this new, state-of-the-art community hospital offers the latest in innovative technology with highly trained and committed individuals serving a pristine mountain community. Featuring 15, all-private rooms with a view of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak Regional Hospital truly provides a higher level of healthcare. For more information, visit PPRH online or visit their Facebook page.







Odessa Regional Medical Center in Odessa, Texas has been named 2017 Best of the Basin as voted on by NewsWest 9 viewers and users.

Best Health Clinic
ORMC Complete Care
7101 Eastridge Rd, Odessa TX

Best Hospital
Odessa Regional Medical Center
520 E 6th St, Odessa TX

The promotion was sponsored by KWES-TV, Midland, Texas. Winners of all categories including Health, Entertainment, Shopping, Food and Transporation have been announced on

About Odessa Regional Medical Center

Odessa Regional Medical Center is a 225-bed facility with approximately 250 physicians and 700+ employees on staff. Founded in 1975, ORMC has becoming a leading provider of comprehensive healthcare services in the Permian Basin. The wide spectrum of services that ORMC offers includes advanced diagnostic imaging technology, emergency care, innovative surgical procedures, comprehensive cardiac services and “5-star” maternity care.

For more information, visit ORMC online or follow the hospital on Facebook or Twitter.




Type 2 diabetes is increasingly prevalent but also largely preventable. Tuesday, March 28, 2017 is Diabetes Alert Day®, asking all American adults to stop for 60 seconds and assess their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking the American Diabetes Association Type 2 Diabetes Online Risk Test.

With questions such as “Do you have a family history of diabetes” and “Are you physically active,” participants can learn if they’re at risk for type 2 diabetes in 60 seconds.

Participants can print and share their Online Risk Test results with their IASIS Healthcare physician and discuss how to reduce their risk for diabetes.

IASIS Healthcare Diabetes Alert Day® Regional Events

Glenwood Medical Group
Free Blood Sugar Screening Event with Dr. Billy Branch
Time: 9am-11am

Billy Branch, MD
Location: 9052 Hwy 165 North
Sterlington, LA 71280

Join us in the fight against Louisiana’s diabetes epidemic. Stop by for free blood sugar screenings, educational information and drawing for door prizes to include a $50 Brookshire’s gift card.

Source: Fox 13 Salt Lake City, IASIS Healthcare HealthFix

Jordan Valley Children’s Center Grand Opening Event
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Jordan Valley Medical Center
3580 West 9000 South
West Jordan, UT 84088
Ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00pm. Pediatric unit tours available. Light refreshments will be served.

The new Jordan Valley Children’s Center, on the campus of Jordan Valley Medical Center, provides comprehensive pediatric care from board-certified pediatric physicians and nurses with extensive pediatric-specific credentials. The West Jordan 9-room unit is equipped to provide care for patients as young as one week old up to 18 years of age.

Examples of pediatric conditions treated at the Jordan Valley Children’s Center:

  • Croup
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Diarrhea and dehydration
  • Closed head injuries
  • Respiratory asthma
  • Stomach Flu

Additional features include:

  • Dedicated sleep lab bed
  • Dedicated ED bed
  • Bronchiolitis clinic
  • CT Scan with the lowest dose of radiation in the state
  • Complimentary transportation from our West Valley Campus








Board-certified and Fellowship-trained Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Richard R. Heuser has been named a Top Leader in Cardiology in the AZ Business Leaders 2017 Digital Magazine by AZ Big Media.

Leaders were selected from a pool of more than 5,000 individuals. The 2017 list highlights the most innovative Arizona entrepreneurs in the categories of healthcare, technology, law, education, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and construction.

Michael Gossie, Editor In Chief of Arizona Business Magazine noted the impact these high-profile individuals are making in Arizona: “They are innovators. They have influence. And when they speak, they make things happen. And together, they are guiding Arizona toward greatness.”

About Richard R. Heuser, M.D., FACC, FACP, FESC, FSCAI

Board-certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Heuser is an internationally-recognized cardiologist, inventor, educator and author, and is one of the early pioneers of the angioplasty procedure. 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, and is frequently invited to international medical conferences to present the findings of research developed in Phoenix.

Elizabeth Kearney to oversee hospital’s nursing department and patient care

PHOENIX – Feb. 24, 2017 – IASIS Healthcare has announced a new addition to its leadership team with Elizabeth Kearney accepting the role of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Mountain Vista Medical Center, a full-service hospital in east Mesa.

The Chief Nursing Officer title is the highest nursing management position in a hospital and is responsible for overseeing the 178-bed acute care hospital’s nursing department and patient care services. As part of her role, Kearney will assist with carrying out the hospital’s mission, vision and values, and is responsible for patient satisfaction, quality of care and staff education.

“We are very excited to have Elizabeth in this role because she knows Mountain Vista and its people. Her passion for helping people helps to drive decisions with regards to both patients and colleagues, and she’s earned the respect of them all,” said Eric Paul, IASIS Healthcare’s Arizona Market President.

Kearney has been fulfilling the role of interim CNO since November 2016 and has played an integral part of the Mountain Vista Medical team since 2008, when she was hired as a new graduate nurse. She advanced through the Hospital rapidly and deservingly, being promoted to charge nurse in 2010, Women’s Services Manager in 2011 and then Women’s Services Director in March 2012. Several months thereafter, she also agreed to oversee the Med/Surg department as its Director.

Kearney’s robust experience, combined with her stellar education, made her the perfect candidate for the challenging CNO role. She holds a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University and earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Grand Canyon University.

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 an accredited 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 or call 1-877-924-WELL (9355). Find Mountain Vista Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

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