CEO Spotlight

Today’s blog comes to us from Dr. Bob Trenschel, Yuma Regional Medical Center CEO. Here he shares his thoughts on the success, challenges and the future of healthcare in Arizona through a two-part blog.  This is the first of the two. 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 … Continue reading CEO Spotlight

Super Opioids—Just One Pill Could Kill You

Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain. Examples include oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine and methadone. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain reliever that is used to treat severe pain, such as cancer pain. Carfentanil is an analogue of fentanyl used to tranquilize elephants and other large animals. Heroin is an illegal opioid. We hear about the opioid crisis almost daily … Continue reading Super Opioids—Just One Pill Could Kill You

Falls Prevention: The Impact of Medications

The following guest blog comes to us from our members at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, a 44-bed, free-standing rehabilitation hospital in Prescott Valley that provides physical rehabilitation services to patients recovering from disabilities caused by injuries, illnesses, or chronic medical conditions. This piece looks at medication and how it might be connect to fall prevention. To learn more, call Karen Russell, Community Liaison at … Continue reading Falls Prevention: The Impact of Medications

Arizona OEP Reports Disappointing Marketplace Enrollment

If HealthCare.gov was a rock band this would be the time a manager might call it quits. “You’re not selling out arenas anymore my friends – our pre-sales have dropped double digits in Arizona,” you might hear whispered backstage. “The label doesn’t believe in you anymore.” As we enter into the final two weeks of enrollment, only about 41,000 Arizonans have turned to HealthCare.gov to … Continue reading Arizona OEP Reports Disappointing Marketplace Enrollment

National Influenza Vaccination Week

The blog below comes to us from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It focuses on the importance of getting a flu shot this year. Once you’ve had a chance to read it, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Generating meaningful conversations about the health isdues affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of … Continue reading National Influenza Vaccination Week

Rate of Uninsured Kids Rises

Arizona…..we’ve got some work to do. A new report from Georgetown University points out the number of uninsured children in our state ranks among the worst in the nation. From AzCentral.com: Arizona has made improvements in reducing its rate of uninsured children but still ranked worse than most other states in 2017, a new report from Georgetown University said. The report, released Thursday, identified Arizona as one … Continue reading Rate of Uninsured Kids Rises

CEO Spotlight

Today’s blog comes to us from Beth Bacher, Encompass Health Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital CEO. Here she shares her 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 … Continue reading CEO Spotlight