Five Keys: A More Successful Approach to Treating Opioid Addiction

By John Sorboro, MD, ABPN, Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, for Health Services Advisory Group Traditional psychosocial treatments for addictions—such as 12-step programs—can be successful tools, but unfortunately, they often fail. The failure is in part because 12-step therapy relies on an appeal to a “higher power,” despite the fact that many patients lack religious or spiritual beliefs and; therefore, struggle with this concept. Another … Continue reading Five Keys: A More Successful Approach to Treating Opioid Addiction

Avoid the Heartache of Not Knowing Your Patient’s Wishes.

Have you ever noticed that we spend a lot of time planning for a birth, but avoid talking about end-of-life issues? Perhaps we have not come to terms with dying as a natural part of living, but when given the opportunity to talk about their wishes for end-of-life care, most people choose quality over quantity of life. When wishes AREN’T shared, it often results in … Continue reading Avoid the Heartache of Not Knowing Your Patient’s Wishes.

Arizona’s Doctor Shortage Isn’t Just Hurting our Health. It Hits Our Wallets, Too

By: Heather Carter and Jim Rounds Opinion: If we don’t fix Arizona’s doctor and nursing shortage, we also could be limiting the state’s economic potential. Anyone who has been or will be a patient should be concerned about Arizona’s severe shortage of doctors and nurses. They should also be concerned that the shortage may be limiting the state’s economic potential. In most discussions about building … Continue reading Arizona’s Doctor Shortage Isn’t Just Hurting our Health. It Hits Our Wallets, Too

Women in Leadership: Are Women in Healthcare Better Off?

By: Lisa Mead, Founder, Arizona Women in Healthcare More than 13% of the US labor force currently work in healthcare, and jobs in this sector are projected to grow more than twice as fast as the general economy by 2020. Women make up 80% of healthcare workers, earn 84% of bachelor’s degrees in the health professions and comprise more than half of the enrolled medical … Continue reading Women in Leadership: Are Women in Healthcare Better Off?

CEO Spotlight: Robert Seamon

Today’s blog comes to us from Robert Seamon, CEO of  Copper Queen Community Hospital.  Here he shares his thoughts on the success, challenges and the future of healthcare in Arizona. Once you’ve had a chance to read it, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues facing us here in Arizona is another way we are working to make our state … Continue reading CEO Spotlight: Robert Seamon

You’re Alive Because Our Ancestors Trusted Evidence

By: Dr. Bob England and Will Humble E pluribus unum.  Out of many, one.  Our de facto national motto calls upon all of us to work for the good of the whole. Perhaps nowhere is this better demonstrated than in public health.  And in many ways, we’ve been wildly successful. Yet in our current policy discussions, we seem to have forgotten the history of how … Continue reading You’re Alive Because Our Ancestors Trusted Evidence

Taking the Lead on How the Public and Physicians View Death and Dying

In the spirit of National Doctors Day on Saturday, March 30th, we are sharing this guest blog from our friends at the Arizona Medical Association regarding how Arizonans are experiencing end-of-life care experience. Good end-of-life care is based on the understanding that death is inevitable, and a natural part of life. As the final stage in a person’s life, it is a uniquely important time … Continue reading Taking the Lead on How the Public and Physicians View Death and Dying