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2009

Faith Kollinger - Same Girl. New Lifestyle.
                  Faith, a 10-year-old Flagstaff resident, has as much energy as any typical young girl. But, Faith is considered overweight and could be at risk for future health issues. “As...
FMC Physical Therapist named Arizona Physical Therapist of the Year
Lisa TenBarge, P.T., D.P.T., was recognized as the 2009 Arizona Physical Therapist of the Year by the Arizona Physical Therapy Association. TenBarge was chosen for her accomplishments as a physical therapist from more than 1,350 statewide association...
Dec. 29, 2009
Fit Kids of Arizona and Arizona Coyotes team up against childhood obesity
The Arizona Coyotes Foundation has teamed up with Northern Arizona Healthcare’s Fit Kids of Arizona program to help children who struggle with weight concerns have fun while increasing their activity levels. The Arizona Coyotes Foundation recently...
Nov. 30, 2009
Breast Cancer Resource Center receives donation from local store
PJ Chilcottage gave a $1,000 donation to the Breast Cancer Resource Center at Flagstaff Medical Center. The local store sold breast cancer awareness items during the month, donating a portion of the proceeds to support local women battling breast...
Nov. 17, 2009
FMC surgeon able to save woman's kidney using da Vinci Surgical Robot
Thanks to a cutting-edge surgical robot at Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) and a Flagstaff urologist, a Prescott Valley woman still has both kidneys following surgery to remove a kidney tumor. Rita Riley, 63, was stunned when last spring tests...
Nov. 4, 2009
FMC receives national award for organ donation efforts
For the second year, Flagstaff Medical Center has been awarded the Medal of Honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its achievements in raising organ donation rates. FMC is one of only five Arizona hospitals to receive the...
Oct. 29, 2009
Lisa Tenbarge, P.T., D.P.T., is Physical Therapist of the Year
Lisa TenBarge, P.T., D.P.T., just celebrated her 20 year anniversary at Flagstaff Medical Center, working as a physical therapist (PT). In addition to celebrating her FMC anniversary, Lisa recently was recognized as the Arizona Physical Therapist of...
Oct. 29, 2009
FMC receives 2009 Employer Excellence Award
Flagstaff Medical Center recently received the Arizona Nurses Association 2009 Employer Excellence Award. Only one healthcare facility in the state is honored with this award once every two years for outstanding support of nursing and creating a...
Oct. 21, 2009
Fit Kids of Arizona receives donation from Senator McCain
Thanks to a $2,000 donation to Northern Arizona Healthcare’s Fit Kids of Arizona program from Senator John McCain, children who struggle with weight concerns will have more ways to have fun while increasing their activity levels. Fit Kids provides...
Oct. 20, 2009
CPR and First Aid for Infants
Flagstaff Medical Center’s Childbirth Education Department, in partnership with the Flagstaff Exchange Club and Coconino County Health Department, is offering a free course in the American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR and First Aid for...
Oct. 19, 2009
Flagstaff Medical Center featured on CNN
Recently, Flagstaff Medical Center and Guardian Medical Transport were featured on CNN for the success we have had in increasing the survival rates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients. The story focused on FMC’s and GMT's role in...
Oct. 19, 2009
What Do Your Jeans Say About Your Heart
The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff Medical Center and Dillard’s are sponsoring a special evening focused on women, heart disease and jeans.The evening will include a lecture, “Women, Genetics and Their Hearts” with...
Oct. 17, 2009
Community Speakers Bureau
Cardiologists from the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) are committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities they serve. As skilled physicians, they enjoy communicating and teaching the “big picture” of heart...
Oct. 2, 2009
FMC nurses recognized for their commitment to the nursing profession
Three exceptional Flagstaff Medical Center nurses recently were recognized for their extraordinary contributions to their patients, to other nurses and to the nursing profession. Flagstaff Medical Center would like to congratulate Trauma Nurse...
Sept. 17, 2009
Annual Pregnant Pause event promotes healthy babies
Each year, nearly 40,000 babies are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – a disorder related to alcohol use during pregnancy. In an effort to promote healthy pregnancies and create awareness against alcohol use during pregnancy, Flagstaff...
Sept. 9, 2009
One in six men will develop prostate cancer - screening provides early detection
According to the National Cancer Institute, one in six men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men and accounts for the second-leading cause of cancer deaths. In...
Sept. 8, 2009
Third annual Bariatric Reunion Fitness Walk
Past bariatric surgery patients, supporters and the bariatric team at Flagstaff Medical Center will be coming together for a reunion fitness fun walk from 1 - 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 at Buffalo Park. The reunion event brings patients,...
Aug. 10, 2009
Workshop focuses on the treatment of problem gambling
Pathologic gambling affects more than 10 million Americans. People with this condition cannot control their impulses to gamble. They almost always end up losing a lot of money and get into financial trouble, causing problems at work and in...
Aug. 5, 2009
FMC trauma nurse practitioner finalist in regional Nursing Excellence awards
Flagstaff Medical Center would like to congratulate Aura Leaf Edmondson, R.N., A.C.N.P., for being selected as a finalist in the regional NurseWeek/Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence awards, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. She was nominated in...
Aug. 4, 2009
Century Ride to benefit Taylor House and Cancer Center huge success
For the ninth year, The Century Ride, sponsored by Absolute Bikes and Sodexo, gave avid cyclists and citizen riders the opportunity to ride through the amazing views of Northern Arizona while benefiting a good cause.  This year, 327 riders...
July 28, 2009
Flagstaff anesthesiologist appointed chairman of Arizona Medical Board
Douglas D. Lee, M.D. , has been reappointed to serve a second five-year term to the Arizona Medical Board by Gov. Jan Brewer, and has been elected by fellow board members to serve as chairman of the board. Dr....
July 6, 2009
Picnic honors emergency medical service providers and their families
Guardian Air and Flagstaff Medical Center are hosting a picnic for Northern Arizona Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers and their families. The event celebrates the dedication, commitment and service EMS providers give to their communities. The...
June 23, 2009
Heart & Vascular Center opens new office in Winslow
World-class heart and vascular care now is available in Winslow with the opening of a Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona office at 1418 N. Williamson Ave. Appointments are available by calling toll free 877 928-WELL. The Heart &...
June 19, 2009
Specialized care for high cholesterol comes to Northern Arizona
Kenneth J. Bescak, M.D., F.A.C.C. , diagnostic cardiologist at the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona , recently became the only board-certified lipidologist north of Phoenix. He is one of only six certified lipidologists in Arizona....
June 18, 2009
NAH President/CEO Announces Retirement
James Puffenberger, president and chief executive officer of Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH), has announced his retirement from the helm of the healthcare system that includes Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) and Verde Valley Medical Center...
June 16, 2009
Cancer survivors celebrate life June 27
Celebration, rejoicing and remembering are all part of the National Cancer Survivor’s Day. The annual worldwide event is held in hundreds of communities throughout the U.S., Canada and other countries. Cancer survivors and their families unite in a...
June 15, 2009
Visiting restrictions at FMC due to influenza
Flagstaff Medical Centerwould like to remind the community that visiting restrictions remain in effect throughout all patient care areas of the hospital. This means no children under age 18 will be allowed to visit patients, inlcuding new siblings...
June 12, 2009
Reunion picnic for special care nursery babies, families to be held June 13
Some newborn babies require a little extra special care when they are born. Flagstaff Medical Center’s Special Care Nursery provides these babies with sensitive care and continuing support for critically ill newborn infants. Any child who spent time...
June 1, 2009
Open Heart Surgeon Steven Peterson keynote speaker at Flagstaff Senior Health and Fitness Day
Statistics show that only 32 percent of Americans aged 65 or over participate in regular exercise to stay healthy. To help, Flagstaff Medical Center is a proud sponsor of the City of Flagstaff’s 2009 Senior Health and Fitness Day Fair, motivating...
May 22, 2009
Guardian Medical Transport celebrates 25 years
Guardian Medical Transport is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. A division of Flagstaff Medical Center, Guardian Medical Transport (GMT) serves more than 6,200 square miles in Northern Arizona – from Happy Jack to the south rim of the Grand...
May 20, 2009
FMC's da Vinci Surgical Robot on display at Flagstaff Mall May 30
FMC’s da Vinci Surgical Robot will be on display at the Flagstaff Mall for the community to view. The sophisticated $1.5 million system joined FMC’s surgical team in 2007 to provide patients and surgeons with the most advanced surgical technology...
May 12, 2009
Free Community Lectures, Screenings during Hospital Week
National Hospital Week began in 1921 and has grown into the nation’s largest annual healthcare event. This year’s theme, A Healthy Commitment in Changing Times, envisions a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest...
May 5, 2009
Free skin cancer screenings Saturday, May 30
With summer approaching, more people will be in the sun enjoying outdoor activities. Flagstaff’s high altitude and the intense southwest sun, make skin cancer a serious risk. In fact, Arizona has the second-highest incidence of skin cancer in the...
May 5, 2009
You've got questions? Our doctors have answers
As part of National Hospital Week, May 10 – 16, Flagstaff Medical Center is offering free physician health lectures to the community. The lectures allow participants to learn more about treatment options and surgical procedures for heart, joint and...
May 5, 2009
FMC receives Level I Trauma Center designation from the state for the second time
Following a detailed and extensive survey by the American College of Surgeons, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has granted Flagstaff Medical Center another three-year designation as a Level I Trauma Center. FMC, which has been a...
April 17, 2009
Free child abuse response training seminar
Each year, the Safe Child Center at Flagstaff Medical Center, local law enforcement and child protection agencies see hundreds of children who are suspected of being abused or who have been sexually or physically abused. Working with these children...
April 7, 2009
Safe Child Center celebrates 15 years of caring for abused children
Flagstaff Medical Center’s Safe Child Center celebrated fifteen years of dedicated service to Northern Arizona in March 2009. The Safe Child Center (SCC) was established in 1994 as the first multidisciplinary children’s advocacy center in Arizona....
April 2, 2009
Curtis LeBlanc - Hip replacement surgery patient eases the pain 1,000 times
When Northern Arizona resident Curtis LeBlanc, 46, first started experiencing joint pain, he did not seek help right away, hoping it would go away with time. Unfortunately, his condition slowly progressed, and after more than a year of stiff...
April 2009
Richard Neff, M.D., named FMC 2009 Physician of the Year
Richard Neff, M.D., has been named Flagstaff Medical Center’s 2009 Physician of the Year. Dr. Neff will receive FMC’s 16th annual Healing Excellence and Leadership (HEAL) award at a ceremony on Monday, March 30, as part of FMC’s celebration of...
March 25, 2009
Hotline streamlines care for critically ill and injured children
Sick and injured children in Northern Arizona can receive access to critical care more quickly thanks to a new all-in-one pediatric transport hotline. The Northern Arizona Infants and Children Transport (NAICT) Hotline, which is administered by the...
March 23, 2009
Cancer Centers offer low-cost colorectal cancer screenings
According to recent statistics, colorectal cancer is the third-leading type of cancer for both men and women, and represents the third-highest cause of death among all cancers. Coconino County has the ninth-highest incidence rate of colorectal cancer...
Feb. 26, 2009
FMC welcomes new vice president of Professional Services
Feb. 19, 2009 Flagstaff Medical Center welcomes Barbara Dember, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., vice president of Professional Services. Dember’s role will include executive oversight of FMC’s Surgical Services, Trauma and Emergency Services, Imaging,...
Feb. 19, 2009
FMC receives $61,000 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure
FMC's Therapy Services Department and Breast Cancer Resource Center recently received a $61,380 grant from the Phoenix Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This is the sixth year FMC has received a Komen grant. This grant will provide funds...
Feb. 16, 2009
Be heart-smart: Free cardiovascular health lectures for the community
The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Medical Center are sponsoring cardiovascular health lectures as part of American Heart Month: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m.: James Dwyer, M.D., interventional cardiologist, will...
Feb. 12, 2009
Joint Center celebrates 1000th patient
Each year, more than 500,000 people undergo total joint replacement surgery. While Flagstaff Medical Center has performed knee and hip replacements for many years, a new program, the Joint Surgery Center, was established in November 2006. This...
Feb. 9, 2009
FMC Senior Vice President Alice Gagnaire retires
Alice Gagnaire, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.S.A., senior vice president, is retiring after more than 35 years with Flagstaff Medical Center. Gagnaire has lived in Flagstaff since 1973 when she joined FMC’s staff as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. In her...
Jan. 27, 2009
Eric Cohen, M.D., named medical director of FMC's Cardiac Cath Lab
Eric D. Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., interventional cardiologist, has been named medical director of Flagstaff Medical Center’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Dr. Cohen has long been nationally recognized as an expert in interventional...
Jan. 21, 2009
FMC Diabetes Education program receives ADA recognition
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently re-certified Flagstaff Medical Center’s Diabetes Education program with a three-year education recognition certificate. The ADA recognized FMC for meeting national standards for diabetes...
Jan. 13, 2009
Flagstaff Pharmacy offers prescription discounts for food donation
The winter season is a joyful time of year when families, friends and neighbors gather to give back to families in need. Every year, there are numerous families in Northern Arizona who struggle to buy even the most basic necessities, like food. The...
Jan. 6, 2009
Lori Smith - Breast cancer patients hopes to help others after her treatment
The American Cancer Society estimated more than 3,200 women in Arizona would be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Such a diagnosis often is accompanied by fear and questions about what lies ahead. Fortunately, if you have been diagnosed, you...
January 2009