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7 Years and $40,000 Raised Wrangling Breast Cancer with Prescott Frontier Days
Members of Prescott Frontier Days, Inc., the Prescott Frontier Days Foundation, and the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation, a member of Dignity Health, met recently to celebrate the success of this year’s Wrangler® “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” fundraising program to benefit the Breast Care Center at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “This year’s program which included our annual ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ banquet and ‘Tough Enough’ featured night at the rodeo generated $7,500,” said Chris Graff, President of Prescott Frontier Days, Inc. “It is gratifying to see our rodeo fans and our community come together to support the Center and the patients and families it serves.” Funds donated to the Breast Care Center are used to provide screening mammograms for those without insurance, essential health supports to breast cancer patients, and continuing staff education. They also help ensure the Center has the latest technology. According to YRMC Foundation Executive Director Robbie Nicol, the Foundation was able to fund the purchase of three next-generation ultrasound units designed specifically for breast imaging. In accepting this year’s donation, Nicol stated, “We, the Prescott Frontiers Days organization and our Medical Center, share a common bond of service to our community. We are grateful for all they do throughout the year to make our community healthy and prosperous.” To learn more about the Breast Care Center at YRMC or to speak with a YRMC Foundation staff member, please contact (928) 771–5686 or email@example.com, or visit www.yrmcfoundation.org.
YRMG, Orthopedic Surgery Opens Location in Prescott Valley
Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Orthopedic Surgery has opened a new clinic in Prescott Valley. The orthopedic surgical team is now seeing patients every Thursday and Friday at: Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Orthopedic Surgery Del E. Webb Outpatient Center 3262 North Windsong Drive, Suite B Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314 (928) 708-4545 “We’re pleased to offer the community a second orthopedic surgery location,” says Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “People who need orthopedic care from our exceptional orthopedic specialists now have a choice of seeing them in Prescott or Prescott Valley.” YRMG, Orthopedic Surgery will continue caring for patients at its Prescott location – 3195 Stillwater Drive, Suite D – on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The YRMG, Orthopedic Surgery team includes: Francisco Jaume, DO; Greg Keller, MD; and Joey Clayton, PA-C. To schedule an appointment at YRMG, Orthopedic Surgery in Prescott or Prescott Valley, please call (928) 708-4545.
Five Questions to Ask Before Your Next Mammogram
One of the most important healthcare decisions a woman will make is where to undergo breast screening. “Most women assume that all imaging facilities offer the same services and are pretty much interchangeable,” says Kathi Hoffer, Imaging Operations Manager, The Breast Care Center at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “In reality, there are significant differences between imaging centers.” This October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the Breast Care Center and Prescott Medical Imaging (PMI) are teaming up to give you the information you need to select an imaging center. We’ll also clear up some of the confusion about how frequently you should undergo screening mammography. Does your facility have advanced breast imaging technology? The Breast Care Center and PMI have exceptional technology dedicated to detecting breast cancer. This includes state-of-the-art digital mammography, a dedicated breast MRI system, three-dimensional breast imaging, the Hologic Supersonic Mach 30 breast ultrasound and more. “Technology is constantly improving so it’s also important for imaging centers to continually invest in proven technology,” Hoffer explains. If I need a follow-up imaging procedure after a screening mammogram, is that available at your facility? The imaging center where you undergo your screening mammograms should be your breast health home. “I encourage women to think long term about their breast health,” explains Hoffer. “This means finding a center that can manage all breast imaging needs you may encounter at different times.” The Breast Care Center features a continuum of breast health services. The Center provides breast screening, diagnostic procedures and, if needed, treatment planning and the guidance of a clinical navigator. Do your radiologic technologists – the professionals who conduct mammograms – specialize in breast imaging? At the Breast Care Center and PMI, screening mammograms are performed by breast imaging technologists. These are radiologic technologists specially trained in breast imaging. “This really makes a difference in your mammogram,” says Hoffer. “Our breast imaging technologists are experienced at positioning for optimal views, recognizing possible pathology and taking extra views when needed.” Are your radiologists board certified? Radiologists are the physicians who interpret your mammogram and other imaging studies. At both the Breast Care Center and PMI, our radiologists are certified by leading radiology accreditation organizations. They also have been trained at some of the nation’s top radiology programs. “We have an amazing team of radiologists,” says Hoffer. “They are extremely skilled at interpreting breast screenings as well as performing breast-related diagnostic studies and procedures.” Are your breast imaging modalities accredited? The American College of Radiology (ACR) is the leading accreditation organization for imaging studies in the United States. ACR accreditation means an imaging center provides the highest level of image quality and safety requirements for equipment, medical personnel and quality assurance. Both the Breast Care Center and PMI have earned ACR accreditation in mammography. The Breast Care Center also has earned ACR accreditation in breast MRI and stereotactic biopsy. A Mammogram Screening Schedule Since 1990, screening mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality by nearly 40% in the United States. That’s an extremely positive track record. It’s why the Breast Care Center and PMI support the screening recommendations developed by the ACR. They include: A baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40 Yearly mammograms after age 40 Continued annual screening for as long as you would pursue treatment if cancer was detected “Our community is full of very vibrant women in their 70s, 80s and even their 90s,” Hoffer says. “That’s a major reason we do not recommend ending annual mammograms at a certain age.” Schedule Your Mammogram Has it been more than a year since your last mammogram? Contact the Breast Care Center in Prescott Valley or PMI in Prescott at (928) 771-7577 to schedule your screening. It’s the best way to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
A Call to Care: New Breast Surgeon Joins Yavapai Regional Medical Group
“The practice of medicine is a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.” These words were spoken more than 100 years ago by a physician known as the founder of modern medicine. Yet, even today, they perfectly describe the experience of LaNette Smith, MD, an accomplished breast surgeon who is joining Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Breast Surgery. “There’s a passion in the people who care for patients at the Breast Care Center and YRMG Breast Surgery,” says Dr. Smith. “They bring a combination of compassion and enthusiasm to their work that’s familiar to me. I immediately felt at home with their approach to patient care.” Called to Care Dr. Smith’s journey to the medical profession began at an early age. As a child, she admired the family practice physician who cared for people in the small town in which she was raised. During high school, she volunteered at that physician’s clinic to learn more about the world of medicine. “I enjoyed the relationship the doctor had with his patients and the way he helped them,” says Dr. Smith. “It felt like my calling.” Dr. Smith pursued her calling at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine—Tulsa, where she earned a medical degree and embarked on a medical residency. Her excellent fine motor skills led her to specialize in surgery, a high-energy specialty that would also expose her to new technologies and techniques. And, there were the patients. An empathetic listener and effective communicator – like the doctor in her hometown – Dr. Smith understood the importance of the physician-patient relationship. Specializing in Breast Surgery During her five-year surgical residency, Dr. Smith became the preferred surgeon for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. “Breast surgery patients are different from most surgical patients,” Dr. Smith explains. “You form a long-term relationship with them, you share life experiences, and of course, you surgically care for them. All of these aspects of care are important to me as a breast surgeon.” While she was gaining general surgical experience during her residency, Dr. Smith also wanted to be specifically prepared to care for patients – women and men – facing breast cancer. The best way to accomplish this, she decided, was through a breast surgery fellowship. At the time, there were only 11 such fellowships in the nation. She decided to join one at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Treating the Whole Patient During her years as a breast surgeon, Dr. Smith has experienced what it means to treat the whole patient. “I listen to patients and am respectful of their desires,” she says. “I give them good, accurate medical information to help guide their decisions. In fact, I’ve probably spent more time counseling patients and involved in social discussions related to care than I have in surgery.” Dr. Smith remembers one breast cancer patient in particular. An elderly woman who had no family support nearby, she was driving to treatments and managing her home life – including her beloved dogs – on her own. The patient was reluctant to undergo breast surgery because she had no one to care for her dogs during her recovery. “When we discovered this patient’s concern,” remembers Dr. Smith, “our team helped her find someone who would care for her dogs after surgery.” Sharing Knowledge Dr. Smith has published widely in her field. She has also contributed to her profession by serving as a clinical professor at her alma mater. “Working with residents helps keep you at the top of your game,” Dr. Smith says. “If you’re going to teach something, you really have to know it well.” Welcome to Yavapai County Dr. Smith begins seeing patients on October 4, 2021, the first Monday of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Welcoming Dr. Smith to our community is the best possible way to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” says Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “She’s a skilled surgeon and very experienced at supporting patients as they manage the complexities of a breast cancer diagnosis.” For Dr. Smith, her new role at YRMG, Breast Surgery is part of her lifelong journey. “I consider this my mission,” she says. “This is what God has called me to do and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. It’s a blessing.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith, contact: Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Breast Surgery 7700 East Florentine Road Building B, Suite 203 Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314 (928) 442-8740
Let’s “Share the Care” Close to Home this October
Pink ribbons are synonymous with October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the Quad Cities, businesses, organizations and individuals get involved in the recognition month by supporting the Breast Care Center at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center East in Prescott Valley. The Breast Care Center has served the community since 2011. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity our community shows the Breast Care Center in October and throughout the year,” says Robbie Nicol, Executive Director of Community Outreach and Philanthropy at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation, a Dignity Health member. “We see the positive impact these gifts have on patients receiving care at the Breast Care Center.” Share the Care Nearly a decade ago, YRMC launched Share the Care as part of a community-wide program to increase access to breast screening, encourage friends and family to get mammograms, and support patients undergoing breast cancer treatment. Since then, the community has embraced Share the Care by hosting events, sponsoring programs and raising funds to support the Breast Care Center. How do gifts to the Breast Care Center help people throughout our community? They provide diagnostic and treatment services and essential health support for patients who do not qualify for other programs and community services. Funds also help promote breast health awareness and education, purchase new technology, and provide staff education and training. “The tradition of giving to the Breast Care Center has continued and grown during 2021,” Nicol says. “There are so many creative ways that our community finds to ‘share the care’ in October and beyond.” Visit the following organizations’ web communities or Facebook pages to learn how you can support their Share the Care activities or join their events. Activities Barrett Propane Pink Truck (Website and Facebook) The Daily Courier “Pink Pages” (Website and Facebook) Fork in the Road Restaurants, “Boot Out Cancer” – Gurley Street Grill, Murphy’s and The Office Cantina Hassayampa Inn Wishing Fountain (Website and Facebook) Homes & Land Magazine “Pink Edition” (Website) Pink Patch Project – Camp Verde Marshal’s Office, Prescott Police Department and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Prescott Frontier Days® (Facebook) Wrangler’s® Tough Enough to Wear Pink™ Texas Roadhouse, “Stompin’ Out Breast Cancer” (Facebook) Events Saturday, October 2, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Summit 4X4 Company, “Trails 4 Tatas” 154 South Montezuma in Prescott, Arizona Breakfast and poker run followed by a lunch event at the Grand Highland Hotel and Holiday Courtyard. Ticket information Thursday, October 7 Capital Canyon Club Golf Tournament, “Swing Fore the Cure” Members’ event Saturday, October 16, 4:00 – 10:00 pm Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant, “Remembering Toni” 1245 White Spar Road in Prescott, Arizona Dinner, music and more are part of this event at Los Pinos Mexican Restaurant. Ticket information: (928) 541-1245 Monday, October 18, 5:30 – 6:30 pm The Movement Studio, “Dance for a Cause” 6425 East 2nd Street, Suite B, in Prescott Valley, Arizona Make a donation and join a cardio dance workout that will get your heart pumping. More information: (928) 515-2919 (Website and Facebook) How You Can Give a Gift Individuals may give at any time by visiting the YRMC Foundation giving page and selecting the “Breast Care Center Fund” under “Donation Designation.” “We are so appreciative of the generous support of individual donors throughout our community,” notes Nicol. “These are people who care deeply about preventing breast cancer and supporting people diagnosed with breast cancer.” Visit YRMC to learn more about participating in Share the Care.
Hydration Tips for Marathon Runners
Experts agree that proper hydration is key to a healthy lifestyle. Drinking enough water helps keep our organs functioning as they should, lubricates our joints, helps to deliver nutrients to our bodies and helps prevent infection. It can also help with cognitive functioning and the quality of our sleep. In general, we should aim for about six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Plain water can be flavored with fruit or vegetables, such as lemons, berries, or orange or cucumber slices. Coffee or tea can also be a substitute for some of the water. The key is to stay away from sugary beverages. Click here for refreshing infused water suggestions from Rita Carey Rubin, the host of YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen. In a CNN Health article, Douglas Casa, CEO of the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute, says that one of the best ways to tell whether you’re lacking fluids is by the color of your urine. “The morning is the best time to get a global sense of your hydration status,” Casa advised. “If your urine looks more like apple juice instead of lemonade, then you’re dehydrated. On the flip side, the need to urinate throughout the day is a sign that you’re well-hydrated.” However, the increased physical demands of a marathon runner may present a few additional questions about proper hydration. What’s the right way to hydrate before, during and after a race? The Cleveland Clinic offers some general guidelines. In the weeks before the race, make sure you’re drinking lots of non-sugary fluids to ensure you’re well hydrated. This, along with a healthy diet, will help put you in top physical shape when race day arrives. A chat with your healthcare provider and trainer can be a helpful first step to creating your own hydration and nutrition plan. On the big day, some experts suggest drinking about 16 ounces of water or other fluid an hour before the race begins. Avoid caffeine, which is a diuretic and could increase the urge to urinate. At this point, you may want to stop fluid intake until after the race begins, giving you an opportunity to use the restroom a final time. During your race, drinking small amounts frequently rather than large gulps less frequently helps your body absorb the liquid better. A common rule of thumb is hydrating every 15 to 20 minutes. Most marathons, such as the annual Whiskey Row Marathon in Prescott, have water stops along the course. Some runners like to carry their own water bottle, edible water pods or water packs. Experiment with your options well before the day of the race to determine which works best for you. When the race is over, remember to rehydrate regularly with water, a sports drink containing electrolytes, or other fluids. The effects of dehydration can be felt hours after a race, often as a result of forgetting to hydrate properly after the race is finished. Symptoms include fatigue, headache, muscle cramping and dizziness. It’s also a good idea to check your urine after the race. If it is dark, it may be a sign that you need to drink more fluids. Most runners develop their nutrition and hydration plans while training in the weeks, months and years before a race. They rely on the advice of their healthcare provider, trainer, suggestions from fellow athletes, and their own judgment to make the choices that are right for them. Just like running shoes, there’s no one size fits all, but these guidelines may help you get you started.
Family Medicine Physician Joins Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group
Jennifer Goddard, MD, recently joined the team at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Primary Care, in Prescott Valley. Dr. Goddard earned her medical degree from Temple University, College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following that, she pursued a residency in Family Medicine from Trident/Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. “Yavapai Regional Medical Group is committed to expanding its primary care program with exceptional physicians like Dr. Goddard,” says Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Goddard to our community.” Dr. Goddard is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She is also well regarded by her patients. In 2015, she received both a “Patient Choice Award” and “Compassionate Doctor Recognition.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Goddard, please contact: Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Primary Care 7700 East Florentine Road Building B, Suite 101 Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314 (928) 442-8710
The Outpatient Services Building West: Built for Your Health
In late October, the much anticipated Outpatient Services Building West will begin to open in stages to serve our community. Located on the campus of Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center West (YRMC) in Prescott, this new state-of-the-art health and wellness center combines high-tech innovations with comfort and convenience. “The Outpatient Services Building West is a patient-focused health and wellness center,” says Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications at Dignity Health, YRMC. “The planning process we embraced – involving key stakeholders, exploring best practices and conducting a thorough needs assessment – resulted in an exceptional facility. Our team is proud to introduce the Outpatient Services Building West to our community.” The Healthcare Services Our Community Needs The Outpatient Services Building West will include a combination of specialty, diagnostic and therapeutic healthcare services when fully open. For patient convenience, a pharmacy and laboratory draw site also will be located in the new facility. Specialists from Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group and several YRMC departments will begin caring for patients in the new health and wellness center between October and December. Patients are encouraged to check online at YRMCHealthConnect.org/OSBWest for the latest information about their provider’s move to the Outpatient Services Building West. “Our goal is to make the move as seamless as possible for our patients,” Boush says. “If your healthcare provider is scheduled to relocate to the Outpatient Services Building West, we recommend you call their office to confirm their location before leaving for an appointment. You can also check the YRMC HealthConnect online community for the latest information.” The following providers are scheduled to move to the Outpatient Services Building West in 2021: October 2021 Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Vascular Surgery – Phung Le, DO, and team are scheduled to begin seeing patients in suite 1200 on Monday, October 25. November 2021 YRMC Physical Rehabilitation Services – The Physical Rehabilitation team, currently located at 1112 Iron Springs Road in Prescott, is scheduled to begin seeing patients in suite 1400 on Monday, November 15. December 2021 Prescott Cardiac Diagnostic Imaging – This YRMC service is scheduled to begin seeing patients in suite 2400 on Monday, December 20. Preventive Medicine and Wellness (Pendleton Center) – The Cardiac Rehabilitation, Diabetes Education and Nutritional Consultation teams in Prescott are scheduled to begin seeing patients in suite 2500 on Monday, December 20. (Please note: Adult Fitness, Personal Training, and partner fitness programs – SilverSneakers®, Silver&Fit®, and Renew Active™ – will remain at their current location, 1112 Iron Springs Road in Prescott.) Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Cardiology – Mansour Assar, MD, Soundos Moualla, MD, and team are scheduled to begin seeing patients in suite 2200 on Monday, December 20. Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Cardiology – John Giardina, MD; Edward Ha, MD; Nisha Tung-Takher, MD; and team are scheduled to begin seeing patients in suite 2200 on Monday, December 20. Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Cardiology – Marek Piatek, MD; George Rizk, MD; Phillip Tran, DO; and team are scheduled to begin seeing patients in suite 2200 on Monday, December 20. Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Neurosurgery and Physiatry – Bradley Benson, DO, and team are scheduled to begin seeing patients in suite 3100 on Monday, December 20. Convenient Parking Patients arriving at the Outpatient Services Building West may park in the adjacent parking structure. A convenient skybridge links every level of the parking structure to every floor of the Outpatient Services Building West. This allows patients to park and head directly to their provider’s suite for their appointment. “The parking structure was designed in a way so patients and visitors won’t have an uphill climb to reach their destination,” notes Boush. “This will be especially helpful to people who have mobility issues.” Community Gathering Spaces On the first floor of the Outpatient Services Building, the Bistro Café will include a variety of grab-and-go meals, salads, smoothies and other healthy selections. Seating will be available in the building’s expansive main lobby or an outdoor patio with a covered canopy. The new building features other outdoor gathering spaces. A 4,500-square-foot covered deck will serve as a location for YRMC-sponsored community events and other activities. “Our vision all along has been to create a premier health and wellness center that also brings together community members and providers,” Boush explains. “We’ve achieved that by creating usable space throughout the building, developing wellness-focused features and incorporating technology that enhances communication.” Those include, for example: A demonstration kitchen for cooking classes – A fully equipped kitchen will accommodate healthy cooking and food-preparation classes. A community room for health education presentations – This community education room includes partitions to divide the area into smaller classrooms when needed. A sophisticated teleconferencing system – This virtual, secure system will support provider-to-provider communication and consultations among Dignity Health specialists, no matter where they are located. Learn More “The Outpatient Services Building West was built for the health of our community,” Boush says. “We’re looking forward to serving our community in this outstanding facility.” To learn more, visit the Outpatient Services Building West community at YRMCHealthConnect.org/OSBWest.