Happy birthday to us! TMC for Seniors celebrates 30 years of serving older adults

BDP40936.jpgArt and movement classes. Social connections. Fitness activities and balance work. Lecture series. Caregiver support.

TMC for Seniors touches lives in the community every day – and has for the past 30 years.

As a nonprofit community hospital, Tucson Medical Center has always served the population, including maturing adults. By the 1980s, it became evident that a more focused response was needed.

Americans were living longer – and at the same time, using more medical services.

In response to that need, Tucson Medical Center in 1988 launched the TMC Seniors Program, the result of a year-long study by a task force and rooted in the need to provide health and wellness programs designed for older adults.

“The echoes of those earlier services have resonated through the years, and today TMC for Seniors is a place that offers a variety of free classes and workshop to keep us well as we age, such as brain health, exercise, art, advance care planning, nutrition and socialization,” said Maya Luria, director of TMC for Seniors. “We are pleased to play a role in helping seniors live more active, engaged lives.”

A celebration Friday thanked three previous directors for their work in shaping the program: Jan Sturges, Lorraine Glazar and L’Don Sawyer.

BDP40880.jpgEach was presented with a rock, hand-painted by senior volunteers with messages of gratitude and hope, as part of the TMC Kindness Initiative. Each month, seniors paint the rocks to lift and inspire others in need and then place them at TMC patios for patients and families.

TMC for Seniors continues to grow as it ages – watch next year for Dream Makers, which will fulfill an end of life dream for those with life-limiting illnesses.

For more information, check out TMC for Seniors’ current calendar of events and activities.

‘Maynards to the Moon’ challenge: 5 tips to design a walking plan that’s out of this world

Meet Me at Maynards thinks our community can take 478 million steps in the coming year to “walk to the moon” in honor of Neil Armstrong’s historic one giant leap for mankind.

Starting Monday, Tucson will be challenged to walk a collective 238,857 miles!

That number may be astronomical, but we can get there, one step at a time. Tucson Medical Center has been a proud supporter of Meet Me at Maynards since the beginning, as part of our work to encourage active lifestyles.

Here are our five tips to get started on a walking plan, compliments of Employee Wellness Manager Amy Ramsey, that will make you a star.

Five tips to get started on a walking plan

  1. Schedule it.

Any new challenge or lifestyle change requires intentional, daily decisions.  Decide which days you can realistically fit in the walking time and give it its own space in your calendar. Don’t just leave it to chance, and assume you’ll get to it when you have an extra 30 minutes.  Life will happen and some days even your best plan will get derailed, but you’re more likely to follow through if you’ve got a solid plan.

  1. Get proper footwear.

Quality shoes and socks can be found in many different price points, so go with something that feels good and fits properly. There’s something to be said for going to a shoe store that help you find the right fit, rather than going it alone. Avoid cotton socks, which can cause blisters, and go for a synthetic blend.  Your whole body will thank you.

  1. Be visible.

Save your black workout outfits for the treadmill. Make sure if you are going to be walking in an area that requires you to be near traffic, or crossing streets, that you wear bright colors, reflective gear,  or even lights. It seems nearly everyone is a distracted driver these days, so don’t chance it. Make sure they can see you.

  1. Find a buddy.

Whether two-legged or four-legged, walking with someone is not only safer, but it’s more enjoyable. Let someone know what challenge you’re involved in, and challenge them to join you! It’ll help both of you stay more accountable to the goals you set.

  1. Get creative.

When time’s feeling crunched, it makes sense to stay close to your home or work to get that walk in, but if you’ve got extra time, make it a point to get in the car and drive to new spots to walk to keep things interesting. You could try some trails, check out new neighborhoods, or start at a new coffee shop, knowing that when you return you can treat yourself to a cup.


Find more information about Maynards to the Moon year-long challenge here

– and say hello to the Tucson Medical Center team when you see us on the path!




Rear Admiral visits TMC for Children as part of larger engagement tour of Tucson

Honorary Soldier enjoys stories from Rear Admiral MacInnis.jpgSmall patients were wowed by the sheer mass of an aircraft carrier – surprised to hear that it would be the equivalent of a floating city with nearly 5,000 crew members on board, sharing space with aircraft and helicopters.

Rear Admiral Daniel MacInnis was perfectly suited to answer their questions: While participating in the U.S. Navy’s flight program, after all, he landed craft 17 times on each of four carriers during training runs. MacInnis, who also served as a diving officer, deployed to Iraq in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2013 and has earned several recognitions, including three Meritorious Service Medals.

Rear Admiral MacInnis on tour of TMC for ChildrenA sleight of hand magician, MacInnis entertained youngsters and handed out certificates that dubbed them an “honorary sailor.”

One of 180 rear admirals in the Navy, MacInnis visited TMC’s executive team and TMC for Children as part of a larger two-day tour to share the importance of naval service with city leaders, including civic groups, universities and veterans groups.

“We meet local leaders in cities that are away from fleet-centric areas where people may not have as much information about the importance of the Navy so we can hopefully inspire their support and advocacy,” MacInnis said.

MacInnis noted that 70 percent of the earth is covered with water, 80 percent of the world’s population lives near water and 90 percent of global commerce uses maritime routes. “The Navy is a 24/7, 365-day organization that is here to protect America, preserve our way of life and America’s influence in the world and to deter aggression,” MacInnis explained.

To see more coverage of his visit, please see KGUN’s story. 


Rock ‘N Rodeo chips in fore TMC Hospice

This year two great events came together to support one great cause. The Desert Toyota of Tucson 21stAnnual Rock ‘N Rodeo event expanded festivities with the 1st Annual Swinging fore Hospice Golf Tournament.

The two events raised more than $70,000 to support a wide range of services and programs at TMC Hospice and TMC Children’s Hospice.

Taking fun to the next level

Rock ‘N Rodeo is known for ropin’ in the fun with southwestern dancing, raffles, casino games and a tasty dinner.

Desert Toyota of Tucson is a proud, long time sponsor of Rock ‘N Rodeo,” said Brent Berge, owner of Desert Toyota. “We have a lot of fun each year, but the real reward is knowing every dollar raised supports services and programs that enhance hospice care for patients and their families.”

After an evening of two-stepping, event-goers traded in their boots and Stetsons for clubs and cleats the next morning. With amazing raffle prizes and the chance to win a new car with a hole-in-one, the Swinging Fore Hospice Golf Tournament was a real hit!

How proceeds enhance hospice care

Funds support soothing complementary therapies for adults, and also fund the We Honor Veterans and Hospice Veterans Partnership programs – helping TMC Hospice better care for, reach out to and honor veterans needing end-of-life care.

Children with life-limiting or terminal conditions and their families have special needs, and the invaluable support from Rock ‘N Rodeo and Swinging Fore Hospice means TMC Children’s Hospice can offer specialized palliative care that provides joy and comfort.

“The Rock ‘N Rodeo and Swinging Fore Hospice support a very important community need,” said Kim Fore, director of TMC Hospice. “We’re grateful for the team at Desert Toyota of Tucson, as well as every sponsor and participant who helped make this year a great success.”

How you can be a part of the fun

Keep your spring calendars open for next year’s events. In the meantime, The TMC Foundation works with TMC Hospice and TMC Children’s Hospice throughout the year to identify needs and support programs that make a positive difference for patients. For more information, contact the TMC Foundation at (520) 324-3116 or visit www.tmcaz.com/foundation.

March 17 Be Safe Saturday goes green; last chance to catch Choo-Choo Soul gives final appearance

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the 14th Be Safe Saturday goes shamrock green, March 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., on the TMC campus, parking lot #11.

This free safety fair, which draws more than 13,000 people, helps parents and guardians create the safest environment for their children. Families get free bike helmets and booster seats, and can visit roughly 100 interactive booths that provide education and resources to help improve safety. Safe Kids Pima County and the Tucson Police Department will offer car seat checks from 9 a.m. to noon to make sure they are properly installed.

With the event falling on St. Patrick’s Day, everywhere you look you’ll see shamrocks and lots of happy, smiling faces. If you haven’t seen Disney’s Choo Choo Soul now’s the time as 2018 marks Genevieve’s final TMC appearance. And don’t forget to stop by the Exit Booth and enter in the drawings for a bike or scooter.

“TMC continues to keep children and families safe throughout Southern Arizona. We began our promise to keep kids safe more than 30 years ago,” said Hope Thomas, director of community programs at TMC. “Whether you need a bike helmet, a booster seat, toddler car seat or swim lessons, TMC has always been here to provide education and life-saving products. As Tucson’s community hospital we fulfill our mission daily by providing exceptional health care with compassion.”

TMC and Mayo Clinic collaborate to promote survivorship at Survive Well: Living with Cancer Symposium


For the second year in a row, Tucson Medical Center, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, is pleased to offer the Survive Well: Living with Cancer Symposium, designed to help patients find more about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as shared issues facing patients, caregivers and family members.

The broad-based symposium, with a focus this year on celebrating survivorship, will include discussions designed to help participants deal with the stress of these diseases and move forward in a positive direction.

The free event, which Mayo Clinic has successfully offered for nearly a decade in the Phoenix area, will take place on Saturday, April 7. Mindful walks will kick off the day at 7:30 a.m., with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a Holocaust survivor, who will share her perspective on embracing the possible. In addition to cancer-specific breakout sessions, TMC, Mayo Clinic and Arizona Oncology experts will also lead other topic discussions including intimacy after cancer, genomics, as well as exercise, diet and inflammation. Celestino Fernandez, a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, will close with a session on finding happiness every day.

“Survive Well is a fitting venue to share advancing technologies, leading treatments, and support services,” says Aleksandar Sekulic, M.D., Mayo Clinic Dermatologist and Deputy Director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Arizona. “The symposium is a valued part of our collaborative efforts to provide meaningful information and support to patients with cancer and their families.”

As a member of the Mayo Clinical Care Network, TMC works with Mayo Clinic to better serve patients and their families by sharing education and best practices. “This symposium is a continued maturation of the relationship we’ve developed with Mayo Clinic, to ensure that our patients benefit from our collective knowledge,” said Dr. Robert Brooks, medical director of oncology at TMC.

For more information or to save your spot, please visit our website.

TMC Healing Art Program Photography Exhibit

Steve Dell Sunrise at Mesa Arch

Steve Dell “Sunrise at Mesa Arch” 2010

More than 900 works of art have been donated and installed at Tucson Medical Center as part of the Healing Art Program. Why? Because artwork can make us feel better and speed recovery – and that’s more than a pleasant notion, it’s an evidence-based best practice.

“The donated paintings, drawings and photographs really go a long way in promoting healing and enhancing the patient experience,” said Lauren Rabb, curator of the TMC Healing Art Program.

On March 8 you can view a hand-picked selection of the first exhibit of TMC art outside the hospital at the Temple of Music and Art.


“The TMC Healing Art Program helps patients heal in surroundings that inspire, encourage and cheer,” said Michael Duran, TMC vice president and chief development officer. “Events like the photography exhibit help us populate the hallways, numerous courtyards and many public spaces throughout the TMC campus with life-enhancing art.”

Bill Steen   “Monsoon Intersection, the Malpais, NM”   2007

Bill Steen “Monsoon Intersection, the Malpais, NM” 2007

The event features the images of renowned national and local photographers, such as Gregory Cranwell, Steve Dell, B.G. Boyd, Marla Endicott, Larry Hanelin and Niccole Celeste Radhe.

The exhibit also includes the photos of professional photographer Pamela Gresham Knight, who is traveling from Texas to attend the opening in-person.

“I am astonished by the incredible artwork the TMC Healing Art Program has received,” said Knight. “These photos and paintings are what you might normally see in a museum or gallery.” Knight also explained she strongly supports the cause. “I’m honored and humbled to have my photographs be part of providing relief and comfort for patients who are healing.”

Enjoy the rare opportunity to view the artwork at the treasured Temple of Music and Art. The Arizona Theatre Company bar will be open.

TMC Healing Art Photography Exhibit

March 8, 5 – 8 p.m.

Temple of Music and Art Gallery, 330 S. Scott Ave.

FREE to attend (no RSVP needed)

Photographs, 16 x 20 inches or 10 x 20 inches, are available for purchase through May 12. Proceeds support the TMC Healing Art Program

TMC’s Healing Art Program accepts donations of gallery-quality paintings, graphics, photography and sculpture. “You will be truly amazed by the quality of the images presented at the fundraiser,” said Rabb.

To donate artwork, take a TMC artwork tour or for more information visit http://www.tmcaz.com/healing-art-program or call (520) 324-3116.









Mission Moment: Nurse heroes saving a life out in the community

When nurses Kimberly Fore and Cindy Sacra agreed to staff the first aid booth at the recent Health Insurance Enrollment & Family Fun Festival in early December, they figured they might help with the small injuries that can come along with community running events.

With three races that morning, including nearly 1,000 girls and their running buddies doing a 5k through Girls on the Run, they figured it would be the usual. Scrapes. Maybe a blister. At worst, a turned ankle.

So in that split second when they heard there was a runner down during a 1-mile running event for men, they thought maybe they’d be patching up a skinned knee.

Fore, the director of TMC Hospice, started loping out to the scene. A passing runner told her it was serious. She broke into a sprint and found the runner in the throes of a serious medical event.

Sacra, the Clinical Informatics team lead, was right behind her, carrying medical supplies.

The two, along with TMCOne front desk service representative Lauren Barnhart, whose son was participating in the race, provided CPR until medics arrived.

In large part because of the speedy reaction of the TMC staff member, the man was revived and taken to the hospital.

While others at the festival were in awe of the heroic work that unfolded before them, Fore and Sacra afterward brushed off any adulation. “We’re nurses. This is what we do,” Fore said. Sacra agreed. “When we have an opportunity to help someone in need, we are always going to respond.”

Barnhart agreed that help was just instinctive. “It was my first reaction to help this gentleman. In the moment I was doing what I do best. It is so rewarding to know I helped save someone’s grandpa, uncle, brother, dad or son.”

But for others, it was a moment that crystallized TMC’s mission.

“Our mission is to provide exceptional health care with compassion. That was on display on this day and I am humbled to work with amazing people who serve our community every day,” said Julia Strange, TMC’s vice president of Community Benefit.

Tucson Medical Center earlier this year adopted a new mission statement. To celebrate, we will share an ongoing series of “mission moments.”

What are mission moments? They aren’t necessarily dramatic stories of heroism, although our medical staff saves lives every day. These are moments that breathe life into words – moments that are profound or powerful or touching and that remind us why we do the work we do. Hundreds of these reminders happen every day. Thank you for letting us share some with you.

Do you have a TMC mission moment you’d like to share? Send it to Communications@tmcaz.com.

Physicians and patients taking on the opioid crisis together

The practice of prescribing opioid drugs to patients following surgery has been the go-to standard in an environment where zero pain in recovery is the expectation. But with the fallout of opioid drug overuse painful to communities across the nation, both providers and patients are looking for alternatives.

Anesthesiologists from Old Pueblo Anesthesia, who practice at TMC, have been working to enhance their regional anesthesia program to provide additional options for patients.  If patients can keep opioid use to a minimum in those crucial first days after surgery, while reducing their pain and inflammation, the hope is that they can use fewer narcotics through their recovery period.

Opioids and Older Adults free seminar

Shoulder surgery, for example, is notoriously uncomfortable for some patients because the shoulder is engaged when a patient is standing or when laying down. Traditional anesthesia only lasts about 24 hours.

Now, in addition to direct injections to numb the area and block pain during surgery, physicians can place tiny catheters near the nerves that supply the shoulder with a local anesthetic to provide greater comfort for up to 3 days. The patient can care for the pump at home and throw it away when the anesthesia is depleted.

Dr. Robin Kloth said that Old Pueblo performed a comparison of patients with total shoulder replacement who used traditional pain relief and those who used interscalene catheter placement. “Over the course of the full 3 days, the catheter patients took less than half the narcotics that our compared group took in just a single day,” she said, adding patients also reported far less nausea.

Dr. Neesann Marietta concurred. “These techniques can really extend a patient’s pain relief, which greatly increases patient satisfaction. They can go home and sleep comfortably, which is so important for the healing process.”

And that’s just one example. For abdominal surgery, patients relied previously on epidurals that could only be used during their hospital stay. Now, anesthesiologists can do a block that provides local relief in the abdominal wall that will last up to 24 hours, and patients may be sent home the same day.

Colorectal and gyn-oncology surgeons are increasingly using a slow release local anesthetic that lasts up to 72 hours.

The colorectal program reports that between greater patient education, early ambulation and regional anesthesia, patients are seeing a decrease in patient length of stay by 1.3 days and an 88 percent decrease in morphine equivalent, given in the first 24 hours post-surgery.

“Both doctors and patients are becoming increasingly aware of the potential for the misuse of highly addictive pain medications and it’s important that we be part of this national discussion,” said surgical oncologist Michele Boyce Ley, who uses regional anesthesia as well as nonsteroidal medications such as Celebrex and gabapentin to help control pain for her patients having breast surgery.

Ley said her patients are doing so well, many are managing post-surgical pain with little more than Tylenol or ibuprofen.

“We have been working on this in earnest and getting training on these techniques because of concerns about opioid usage,” Kloth said. “Opioids have been the go-to solution for many years, in part because patients had high expectations of pain relief and because a bottle of Percocet is really cheap. These techniques are more labor intensive, but we’ve demonstrated value to the patient – and it’s the right thing to do,” she said.

Many patients also feel less lucid and less awake when using narcotics, which could delay physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Physicians have several opportunities to manage the use of narcotics, particularly important as patients leave the hospital with a plan for pain management during recovery.

Marietta said the techniques are not right for every patient and every case, but patients who are concerned about the potential for opioid misuse should have a conversation with their physician about pain control – and see if a nerve block would be appropriate.

Meet with Drs. Marietta, Kloth and Lambert Wednesday, November 15 as they discuss how anesthesiologists and patients can address this in practical terms at TMC for Seniors. More details available here.

Dispose of unneeded medications Oct. 23 at TMC Senior Services

Meds.jpgHaving old medications lying around puts children, teens and even pets at risk from inappropriately ingesting them.

It also increases the risk of mix-ups with any of your existing prescriptions.

If you have any medications you don’t need any longer, dispose of them safely and securely at a free Dispose-A-Med event at 1400 N. Wilmot in the El Dorado Health Campus.

Tucson Police Department will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon to accept prescriptions or over-the-counter medications and vitamins. Sorry but sharps aren’t accepted, and we have to decline medication in liquid, creme or inhalation/aerosol form.

Come early for a free 9 a.m  presentation that morning on medication safety – and make sure to bring your current bottles for free one-on-one pharmacist consultations from 10:30 am. – noon.

To RSVP for the presentation, please visit the event registration page at TMC Senior Services.

For more information, please call 324-1960.


Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild helps welcome new health care workers to Tucson; touts area strengths

NewHire1.jpgTucson Medical Center this week celebrated new employees here from out of state, wrapping up a month of hiring 130 people. Since January, TMC hires have come from 26 different states.

The mixer, held at TMC’s wellness outreach center, The Core at La Encantada, was designed to help newcomers feel welcome in Tucson.

“We’re really glad you came to Tucson. We are welcoming and friendly, that’s one of our values,” said Judy Rich, President and CEO. “Keep our patients in the center of everything we do. Be happy. Show up every day. Take care of our patients. That’s what we ask.”

NewHire5Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who was born at TMC, credited the hospital with being a strong community partner. “You should know you’ll have great and meaningful opportunities to connect with the community and to connect to things that are good in this community,” he said.

Rothschild touted Tucson’s quality of life that includes deep historic roots, great day trips, interesting museums, fun festivals and a vibrant food culture. “Tucson is a welcoming community that celebrates diversity. We understand we’re stronger by being diverse and you’ll have lots of opportunities to experience that.”

“I think you’ll find this at the core of Tucson: We try to help each other. We try to treat each other with respect. It’s a core value in the community and it’s what TMC delivers. We’re delighted to have you join us.”

NewHire9TMC’s Vice President of Human Resources, Alex Horvath, shared that after moving here from Chicago, he was stunned to find people at a local retailer one day urging him to move ahead in the express lane. “I found myself standing at the front of the line and it occurred to me, well, this is Tucson. You don’t find that everywhere.”

TMC Jobs link

Tour Tucson Medical Center’s Healing Art Collection

Bonuccelli_Dusk Carcassonne FranceTucson Medical Center has long believed in the power of surroundings in helping patients feel better.

It’s why we have 35 patios. It’s why our grounds crew cultivates a desert landscape. And it’s why we have a Healing Art Program to inspire, provoke thought, and cheer patients and visitors.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, TMC now has more than 700 gallery-quality art pieces throughout its hallways – from paintings to graphics, photography and sculpture. Each piece has been vetted to ensure quality and consistency with TMC’s healing mission.

TMC’s curator, Lauren Rabb, leads a regular tour of the Healing Art collection on campus.

“The walls of our hospital have been transformed, with more art and photography installed each month to enrich the lives of our patients, visitors and staff,” Rabb said. “But as a community hospital, we also believe it is important to share these gifts with the community – and especially since art draws its power from its stories, its imagination and its engagement.”

The tour covers one mile of hallway – with frequent stops to discuss specific works of art – and is recommended for those over the age of 12.

The next public tour is taking place Monday, August 28 at 10 a.m., with another following on Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m.

Space is limited so please RSVP for instructions on where to meet at 520-444-0363 or lrauthor@cox.net.

For those who are interested in the art, but not the tour, the works may be found on our catalog at https://www.artworkarchive.com/artwork/tmc-healing-art-program

General contractor survives cardiac arrest; teaches July 27 class to show others how to save lives

GaryBrauchlateachesCPRWhen Gary Brauchla went into cardiac arrest before daybreak in September 2012, he survived because others didn’t give up on him.

His wife kept up chest compressions until help came. First responders kept up CPR until they transported him to the hospital.

Brauchla, now 72, is on a mission to show others how to save lives with chest compression CPR.

According to the American Heart Association, most people who experience sudden cardiac arrest die because they do not receive immediate CPR, which could otherwise double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.

“Statistics show that 70 percent of people may not know how to respond if someone collapsed nearby,” Brauchla said. “People should know that in just a few minutes, they can learn how to save a life. You never know when you may need that skill, especially since like mine, four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home.”

With his second chance, Brauchla added two things to his life.

He started running for the first time in his life, and routinely runs 5K races.

And he became an advocate, starting a nonprofit, Arizona Cardiac Arrest Survivors, to provide education about cardiac arrest and the steps that can be taken to save lives. He also became an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor, capable of training clinical staff as well as those with no experience in CPR.

Brauchla will be teaching Save a Life, Don’t Give Up! Compression Only CPR on July 27 at 5:30 p.m. at The Core at La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive.

Chest compression CPR not only is easy to perform and eliminates a barrier for those reluctant to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Brauchla noted, but it works just as well as traditional CPR in sudden cardiac arrest cases.

“Feeling helpless as a bystander in an emergency is a terrible feeling,” Brauchla said. “It’s my hope to help others be able to take more proactive steps instead of wishing they could help.”

Registration is requested at http://www.thecoretmc.com. Participants will have an opportunity to practice this technique on mannequins during the class.

Downtown discussion: Healthy strategies for the grocery store

Fruits and vegetables overhead assortment on colorful backgroundSometimes we forget what a miracle – and a trap – the grocery store really is.

It can be a place of wondrous nutritional bounty.

It can also be a place where healthy lifestyles go to get derailed.

If you’ve got 45 minutes over the lunch hour Thursday, July 6, pop over to HealthOn Broadway to join members of Tucson Medical Center’s Wellness team to learn more about thoughtfully navigating those aisles.

“People often think they’re making the right choices at the grocery store but they’re often not the right choices for their health or their finances,” said Wellness Director Mary Atkinson, a registered dietitian. “This is an opportunity to help become a more informed consumer.”

Registered dietitian Laurie Ledford will share information, for example, about how to read labels more effectively. “The front of the packaging is not an accurate source of information,” she said. “The truth is in the fine print on the back.”

TMC’s free and informative wellness conversations take place the first Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and again from noon – 12:45 p.m. The conversations take place on the first floor of HealthOn Broadway, 1 W. Broadway.

And mark your calendars for August’s discussion: Your Perfect Average Day – How to make small steps count towards big change.

About HealthOn

Tucson Medical Center joined forces with El Rio Health Community Health Center to create HealthOn Tucson, a new innovative, integrated health and wellness collaboration.

HealthOn Broadway provides:

  • State-of-the-art primary care
  • Immediate care (for those unexpected illnesses)
  • Virtual visits
  • Health coaching
  • Health and wellness classes

TMC Sponsors June 26 Forum on Health Care Reform: What it Means to Providers and Patients

community forum tmcTucson Medical Center is conducting a series of health forums to help inform the Southern Arizona community on current health care legislation and other federal actions.

Please join us at our next Health Care Town Hall: Health Care Reform and What it Means to Providers and Patients.

Come be part of the conversation and hear what health care leaders have to say about how health care legislation will impact patients and their families.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 26, at the DoubleTree Grand Ballroom,  445 S Alvernon Way in Tucson.

 The moderator will be Judy Rich, TMC HealthCare President and CEO. Panelists include:

  • Greg Vigdor, President/CEO, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, who will share the impact on health care and the economic sector
  • Daniel Derksen, Professor, Public Health Policy and Management Program, who will discuss the impact on rural health
  • Nancy Johnson, President and CEO, El Rio Health, who will share the primary care perspective
  • Francisco Garcia, Assistant County Administrator, who will discuss the impact on public health
  • Tommy Schechtman, Pediatrician, Past-president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who will share the impact on children’s health.

Please register here for the event to ensure your seat.

Tired of renting? TMC hosts Homebuyer Expo May 31

TowerresizedDozens of lenders and housing professionals will be available to provide free information to those exploring the path to homeownership at an upcoming event designed specifically for homebuyers.

The Expo, organized through the office of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, will be held Wednesday, May 31, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in TMC’s Marshall Conference Center, 5301 E. Grant Road.

Attendees can learn about mortgage options, find out how to improve their credit score and determine whether they might quality for down payment assistance programs.

Members of the public are welcome to join TMC employees at the event.

“We know homeownership strengthens neighborhoods. When residents have an investment in the community, they engage with the community, which is why this is an important priority for the city,” said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “We also know there are more homebuyer assistance programs out there than people are aware of, so this is one tool we can use to help get the word out.”

Julia Strange, vice president of community benefit for TMC, noted the economic, civic and social benefits of stable home ownership are well documented. “We are pleased to participate in an event in which provides local community members an opportunity to explore whether homeownership is for them, in a friendly, one-stop experience,” she said.

Parking is available in the Catalina Garage just north of the northeast entrance.

For more information about the Expo, please contact Jaimie Galayda at 791-4201.


Every interaction a mentoring opportunity to help others build confidence, find success

CherylYoungCheryl Young, the Lean Transformation Officer at Tucson Medical Center, was recently named Most Inspirational Mentor of the Year by the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation, an award that promotes the growth and support of professional nurses in the community.

As one nomination notes:

“Her belief is that nurses should be teaching on a daily basis, and also learning on a daily basis. She is consistently approachable and willing to share her knowledge with everyone.

She creates the vision and possibilities for our future culture and processes, and consistently strives through coaching and mentoring to get us closer to that realization.”

We caught up with Cheryl to talk about the importance of serving as a role model and coach to other nurses.

I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was 3, when my mother bought me the Little Golden Book “Nurse Nancy.” It had a package of Band-Aids in the back that my mom would refill so I could keep patching up my two older brothers.

But what that career has looked like, and the shapes it has taken, has been the result of many voices.

Without each of their contributions at different places along the way, I wouldn’t be in this space, where I have had an amazing opportunity to help this organization – and the people who work here – improve what we do every day.

The recognition is very special to me, even though I don’t feel like what I do is particularly special. It feels like normal life: Something more like a neighborhood potluck than black-tie formal.

Just as opportunities within nursing are endless, the ability to support one another on those varied career paths is something we can do more often than we might realize.

Mentorships don’t have to be a formal relationship. There are formal mentoring programs, and we do them here at TMC, but for me, mentoring has broader applications.

Grandparents who make you a better person; parents who keep you motivated; older brothers who shared their career decisions; the seasoned nurse in ICU who took time to teach me skill sets and prompted me to think critically. Those are all forms of mentorship. It’s every time you gave words of encouragement, offered advice, or asked questions such as, “What are your goals? Where do you see yourself in five years?”

I think all of my bosses in one way or another have served as a mentor to me. Our interactions – whether good or bad – led me in different directions.  Early in my career, a charge nurse, who was a great mentor, gave me the confidence to know that I had the knowledge base to do critical care. A lot of what a mentor does is help you build the self-esteem you lack and get you to a place where you can say, “I can do this.”

Mentors don’t provide the answers. Mentors ask the right questions. They should get you thinking, stimulate the thought process, and provide feedback – not answer the question for you.

Help mentees find the source of their motivation. When people come to me and say they feel like they handled a situation badly and want to know how they could have handled it differently, we have a conversation. It’s important for them to figure out the “why” behind their response. What did the other person do or say – or what is it about them overall – that triggered that response? Once we get to the root of that, we can take a step back and think about how they might handle that situation differently in the future. You’ve got to have people in your life to serve as your sounding board, and provide honest feedback or you can’t improve.

Everyone is a mentor. For me, a mentor is a person you go to when you have a difficult decision to make and you are not sure which path to take. Every staff member here and every interaction can meet that definition if you take every opportunity to look for the positive outcomes and see how you might do things differently. Even when you’re a brand new nurse, you’re mentoring people. You’re mentoring your patients and family members to either help them get better or learn to deal with whatever it is life has given them that brought them into the hospital.

Leftover medications? Dispose of them safely at TMC for Seniors April 24

BDP34260_2400x1Having unused medications lying around can have serious unintended consequences.

  • It can be easy to confuse them with medications you’re currently taking.
  • Children who are visiting your home may get into them, leading to accidental poisoning.
  • Teens who use prescription drugs to get high often report obtaining them from friends or the family medicine cabinet.

Flushing those old medications down the toilet may pollute the water supply, since sewage treatment plants cannot remove all of the contaminants.

Similarly, putting them in the trash may put pets and wildlife at risk, even if mixed with coffee grounds, kitty litter or other undesirable substances to try to prevent them from consuming the medications.

On April 24, TMC for Seniors, in partnership with the Tucson Police Department, will host a Dispose-A-Med event, designed to help the community properly and safely dispose of prescription drugs, as well as over the counter medicines. The drugs will be incinerated in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The drop-off event runs from 10 a.m. – noon at the El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road.

Better yet, if you have questions about medications, come early at 9 a.m. for a Medication Safety presentation from a Tucson Medical Center pharmacist. One-to-one consultations will take place from 10:30 a.m. until noon for anyone wanting to discuss their individual medications. Please bring your current medication bottles with you.

Here are a few other tips to participate in Dispose-A-Med:

  • Bring your medications in their original bottles to speed up the process. Dispose-A-Med members will remove the labels for you to protect your privacy.
  • Liquids, inhalation aerosol bottles, syringes, epi pens and creams are not accepted.

“Medication safety is a serious issue and we’re pleased to play a role,” said Maya Luria, director of TMC for Seniors. “Awareness is critical in minimizing risk, so we’re looking forward to sharing information through our pharmacists, while providing a venue to help our community combat the potential of medication abuse and protect the environment at the same time.”


TMC celebrates National Donate Life Month with flag-raising, patio dedication

DonateLifeLogoDid you know a single organ donor can save up to eight lives?

Join Tucson Medical Center throughout April in recognizing National Donate Life month, part of an ongoing effort to build awareness about organ donation and its power to heal and save lives.

Last year at TMC, organ donors saved 18 lives and improved the quality of life for many others.

To mark the month, TMC invites the community to a ceremony at noon on April 28, in which the Donate Life flag will be raised, serving as a beacon of hope at the main entrance off of Grant Road.

TMC also in the coming year will be honoring organ donation by dedicating a patio to the lifesaving work done here and across the state. The Garden of Life will be TMC’s 36th patio, as part of a longstanding tradition of seeing the outdoors as a place of healing.

“We’re so pleased to be able to pay tribute to the advocacy around organ donation, as well as the generosity of those who have extended the gift of life to others in need,” said Joby Jacob, a nurse and the professional development specialist in critical care services at TMC.

TMC also is participating in the #HealthCare4HopeAZ donor registry challenge. Show your support for the more than 2,300 people in Arizona alone who are still waiting for a transplant.

“Despite the growing awareness about organ donation, the need is still great: Each year, thousands of people die while waiting for this life-saving gift,” said Chelsea Scheeler, the donor program development coordinator for Donor Network of Arizona.

There is cause for hope, Scheeler noted: Last year, 614 lives were saved in Arizona thanks to 225 generous donors. And one donor can make a huge difference, since one tissue donor can heal up to 50 lives and one ocular donor can give the gift of sight to two people.

TMC is proud to participate in the Healthcare for Hope campaign, Jacob said. Those who want to register to be an organ/tissue donor are asked to sign up at https://register.donatelifeaz.org/register/ref/TMC

TMC Brain Week: Join us to learn ways to keep your brain healthy

BrainWeek_Gear2017Join Tucson Medical Center next week for a week-long series of discussions and activities designed to provide a better understanding of how the brain works and how best to protect it.

How does exercise affect the brain? What are the differences between normal aging and signs of dementia? What are treatment options for movement disorders or mild cognitive impairment?

All events are held at the El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road.

The following classes still have availability; please call 324-1960 to reserve a seat:

  • Monday, April 17, 10 a.m.; Golden Years, Golden Brain: Memory for Life. The golden years don’t have to mean the beginning of a slow decline of memory. Many things can help. Join Jill Jones as she shares some of the tips and techniques to use to keep your memory strong.
  • Monday, April 17, 2 p.m.; The Normal Brain vs. Dementia. Have you wondered if a “senior moment” could signal the beginning of cognitive or memory issues? Don’t worry needlessly; these could be just normal age-related issues. Join Heather Pederson, PhD, neuropsychologist with the Center for Neurosciences as she explains the normal memory issues we all face as we age vs. the telltale signs of dementia.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 10 a.m.; Mild Cognitive Impairment. Mild cognitive impairment can be an early sign of dementia, but some people never get worse, and a few even get better. Join Morgen Hartford, MSW, regional director for Alzheimer’s Southern Arizona, as he shares more information about this less-emphasized cognitive condition.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2 p.m.; The Brain-Exercise Connection. Did you know that regular physical activity benefits the brain? Studies show that people who are physically active are less likely to experience a decline in their mental function and have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Join Gene Alexander, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Department of Psychology Brain Imaging, Behavior and Aging Laboratory as he shares the latest research on this.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 10 a.m.; Brain Plasticity: The Key to Learning and Recovery. Research has shown that the brain continues to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life – allowing the brain to adjust for an injury and change with new situations. Existing areas of the brain can take over functions for damaged areas. Nadia Fike, M.D., PhD, neurologist and researcher with Center for Neurosciences explains how this happens and what it means for aging brains.
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m.; Surgical Intervention for Movement Disorders. Not all movement disorders are life-threatening, but they may impair the ability to function independently. Surgical interventions are used when medications and rehab strategies no longer manage symptoms. Join Thomas Norton, M.D., neurosurgeon with the Center for Neurosciences as he shares information on how this is done and how effective it can be.
  • Thursday, April 20, 10 a.m.; Traumatic Brain Injury. There are many ways to suffer a traumatic brain injury with the risk of brain damage increasing each time we hit our head – in a fall, with whiplash, etc. It can affect memory, organizational skills, emotions, behavior and more. Join Sarah Burger, PhD, neuropsychologist with the Center for Neurosciences to learn some of the non-physical issues to look for after a TBI and what can be done to help.
  • Thursday April 20; 2 p.m.; Tips to Keep Your Brain Healthy. Do you want to enjoy lifelong brain health? Research has shown that there are some specific things that will help keep your brain healthy. Adam Reynolds, M.D., neurologist with the Center for Neurosciences will explain what these are and how they can help.

Find more information at www.tmcaz.com or check out the TMC for Seniors calendar of events.

TMC, Mayo Clinic collaborate on Survive Well: Living with Cancer Symposium


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Tucson Medical Center, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, is pleased to offer the first Survive Well: Living with Cancer Symposium will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona. Attendance is FREE.

Living with cancer 2Patients and families living with and overcoming cancer often have questions about the best approaches and strategies for moving forward in treatment or in recovery.

The free event, which Mayo Clinic has successfully offered for the past eight years, is designed to share expertise from well-respected speakers, as well as provide a unique opportunity for supportive dialogue between patients, caregivers and family members. The broad-based symposium will include discussions on physical activity, complementary and integrative therapies and techniques to deal with the stress of these diseases.

Living with cancer 3As a member of the Mayo Clinical Care Network, TMC works with Mayo Clinic to better serve patients and their families, from collaborating on tumor boards, to having access to Mayo grand rounds, as well as sharing best practices. “This symposium is an exciting extension of the work we’re doing with Mayo Clinic, to ensure that our patients benefit from our collective knowledge, with their care as close to home as possible,” said Dr. Robert Brooks, medical director of oncology at TMC.

Dr. Ruben Mesa of Mayo Clinic explained the goal of the symposium is to provide comprehensive information about cancer in a way that is approachable and actionable for patients. “It is also an important opportunity for patients to hear information they may not discuss in the exam room,” he said, “with others who share similar concerns and questions.”

For more information or to save your spot, please visit https://www.tmcaz.com/survivewell17

HealthOn Broadway hosts grand opening celebration, poised to serve downtown community

HealthOn Boradway ribbon cutting.jpgA unique patient experience awaits at HealthOn Broadway, which hosted its grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting today at 1 W. Broadway.

A collaboration between El Rio Health and Tucson Medical Center, the creative space at HealthOn not only features modern traditional treatment rooms, but offers dialogue rooms meant for comfortable interactions for health coaching sessions, as well as areas for fitness classes and lectures designed to engage and empower patients in taking charge of their own health. The center soon will also feature virtual visits for its established patients.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild noted when he first heard about the plan to bring the center downtown, he had one word: Perfect. “And it is perfect because it is another piece of downtown redevelopment. The whole idea is to create a complete community downtown,” he said.BDP38673

“We have a grocery store; we have a lot of people living and working downtown. One of the things people who live and work downtown want is health care and this center brings two of our finest community partners together for wellness care, integrated care downtown.”

Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez, who was born at TMC, said health care is important to Pima County, as the largest employer in downtown Tucson. “Health care is an important service and is one of those pillars of the community. This center will help ensure that no matter what part of the community we’re in, this is a healthy community.”

BDP38645Judy Rich, the president and chief executive of TMC HealthCare, thanked the local leaders who have played a role in making downtown alive and vibrant. In addition to being part of economic development downtown, Rich said, “We’re going to take care of people here, we’re going to talk about being healthy and we’re going to offer primary care.”

The center is conveniently located in the heart of the commercial and residential boom and on the modern streetcar line. It will build on TMC’s longstanding efforts downtown, from Meet Me At Maynards events to a partnership with the Chef Janos Wilder’s Carriage House, as well as building on El Rio’s downtown clinical and administrative presence.

Nancy Johnson, chief executive officer of El Rio Health, noted that with expanded weekday and Saturday hours, HealthOn will offer an option for downtown employees and residents – either as a medical home, or for episodic acute care needs that will then be shared electronically with their primary care physician.

“We share a mission and a passion for community health and we could not be more excited about serving our downtown community with this new state-of-the-art facility,” Johnson said.

For more information, check us out on facebook or http://www.elrio.org/location/healthon-broadway/ and read a recent Arizona Daily Star story here http://tucson.com/news/local/new-downtown-tucson-health-clinic-offers-a-different-patient-experience/article_e28afb80-5f60-5c77-9d56-6c1e9159d862.html.

Over the Edge for Girl Scouts – Cindy Qu

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Cindy Qu – Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Education manager

Cindy Qu, manager of Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Education for TMC, is a long-time supporter of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. This year she’s taking her support to new heights and will be going Over the Edge to raise money for the organization.

Qu, along with TMC’s Frank Marini and 78 other participants, will rappel down the 17 stories of 5151 E. Broadway Blvd. “Cindy is embodying the Girl Scout’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character; girls who make the world a better place, by modelling the courage and strength we hope to build in young girls in community,” said Julia Strange, vice president of TMC Community Benefit and a board member of the local Girl Scout council.

Until 24 hours ago Qu and Marini lead the Over the Edge fund-raising tally, when they were overtaken. While Marini still leads the pair, Qu has made headway and is now within $200 of Marini’s leading total. When asked if he was worried that Qu might topple him from his position on the fundraising total, Marini said, “I’m immensely proud of TMC’s representation at this event, and if a little competition between Cindy and me results in more programming for the Girl Scouts in our community then we’re all winners.”

Go Team TMC! To support Cindy Qu check out her Over the Edge fund-raising page.

All donations are 100 percent tax deductible and will support the Girl Scouts’ programming to more than 7,000 girls across Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Greenlee, Graham and Yuma counties.


TMC, Mayo Clinic collaborate on Survive Well: Living with Cancer Symposium

TMC Mayo Clinic offer symposium for patients with cancerPatients and families living with and overcoming cancer often have questions about the best approaches and strategies for moving forward in treatment or in recovery.

Tucson Medical Center, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, is pleased to offer the first Survive Well: Living with Cancer Symposium, designed to share expertise from well-respected speakers, as well as provide a unique opportunity for supportive dialogue between patients, caregivers and family members. The broad-based symposium will include discussions on physical activity, complementary and integrative therapies and techniques to deal with the stress of these diseases.

The free event, which Mayo Clinic has successfully offered for the past eight years, will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Arizona.

As a member of the Mayo Clinical Care Network, TMC works with Mayo Clinic to better serve patients and their families, from collaborating on tumor boards, to having access to Mayo grand rounds, as well as sharing best practices. “This symposium is an exciting extension of the work we’re doing with Mayo Clinic, to ensure that our patients benefit from our collective knowledge, with their care as close to home as possible,” said Dr. Robert Brooks, medical director of oncology at TMC.

Dr. Ruben Mesa of Mayo Clinic explained the goal of the symposium is to provide comprehensive information about cancer in a way that is approachable and actionable for patients. “It is also an important opportunity for patients to hear information they may not discuss in the exam room,” he said, “with others who share similar concerns and questions.”

For more information or to save your spot, please visit https://www.tmcaz.com/survivewell17

TMC, Pima Animal Care Center team up for first Paws on the Run 5k on April 8

running-with-shelter-pets-at-pima-animal-care-centerThose who love shelter pets – and enjoy an active lifestyle – can now unleash their passion for both!

Tucson Medical Center and Pima Animal Care Center have teamed up to offer the inaugural Paws on the Run, a 5k run on April 8 supporting the community’s only open-admission shelter. Proceeds also support Girls on the Run, a positive youth development program teaching life skills to girls through physical activity.

The top 10 donors who contribute beyond the affordable $20 race entry fee will get to run with a shelter dog! In addition, pet adoptions are free all day for race participants.

“TMC has long been committed to supporting activities that allow members of the community to be engaged partners in their own health and wellbeing,” said Julia Strange, vice president of community benefit for TMC. “At the same time, we’ve always appreciated the role that Pima Animal Care Center plays in supporting and protecting public health.”

“TMC has been a tremendous partner with PACC, and they always support our mission to build a compassionate and healthy community for people and pets,” agreed Justin Gallick, director of community engagement at Pima Animal Care Center. “This run will help keep our deserving pets healthy while they wait for forever home.”
The 5K run course at Christopher Columbus Park is around scenic Silverbell Lake and is untimed so everyone can safely negotiate the terrain.

The race, which begins at 7:30 a.m., precedes the Girls on the Run 5k at 8:30 a.m., and the Fit Kidz 1 mile Fun Run for children 12 and under at 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

For more information or to register, please visit http://bit.ly/PawsontheRun5k

Stroke Prevention Saturday April 15 at TMC

Are you at risk for a stroke? Join TMC and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson for the annual free Stroke Prevention Saturday, April 15, 7 a.m. to noon at TMC Marshall Conference Center.

Free testing for:

  • Height, weight and body mass index
  • Blood pressure and oxygen saturation
  • Glucose and cholesterol measurements
  • Carotid Doppler ultrasound to look for blockages or narrowing
  • Electrocardiogram

A physician will review your results with you.

The screening is recommended for those 50 years and older. For best results, an eight-hour fast is recommended.

In addition, to learning about their risk for stroke, participants will also receive information on recognizing the signs of a stroke and how to control risk facts and the signs of a stroke.

No appointment necessary. Please allow 45 minutes for screening.

Light snacks will be available.

Click for a flier with map and, also, a Spanish-language version.

Booster seats, bike helmets & ChooChoo Soul! TMC’s 13th annual Be Safe Saturday: March 18

Be Safe Saturday 045Becoming a parent brings a new focus to child safety.

Suddenly, you see your vehicle and your neighborhood swimming pool through a new prism. The same goes for bicycles and scooters and even everyday areas in your home.

TMC’s Be Safe Saturday, now in its 13th year, is designed to help parents and guardians create the safest environment for their children.

It will run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on March 18 on the TMC campus,  parking lot #11.

The event typically draws 13,000 people and provides families with free bike helmets and booster seats, as well as roughly 100 interactive booths to provide education and resources to help improve safety. Safe Kids Pima County and the Tucson Police Department will offer car seat checks from 9 a.m. to noon to make sure they are properly installed.

As a special treat, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve will be performing throughout the event and food trucks will be on hand for families looking to purchase delectable goodies from a variety of mobile kitchens. A “happiness wall” will also allow families to pledge small, simple acts of kindness they can perform to give meaning to the upcoming International Day of Happiness on March 20.

“TMC is here to provide care when you need it, but our commitment is to empower the community to be partners in wellness and safety,” said Hope Thomas, director of community programs at TMC. “Events like this one are one of the many ways TMC shows its dedication to serving as this region’s community hospital.”



March forth into Spring at the Women’s Wellness Camp

join-tmc-at-the-womens-wellness-camp-march-4Spring means the start of longer days and the rebirth of motivation.

What better way to revitalize your body and mind – and rejuvenate your spirit – than joining women of all ages and fitness levels at a half-day wellness camp?

The event, which takes place Saturday, March 4 on the campus of Tucson Medical Center, is designed to be fun, challenging and motivating and will help you to stay on track with your health goals.

Wellness experts will lead you through a schedule of activities that include:

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Finding Your Center, discussion
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Cardio + strength, exercise session
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Core strength, exercise session
  • 11 a.m. – noon Eat Purposefully discussion, with lunch
  • Noon – 12:45 p.m. Flexibility of Mind and Body, discussion
  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Yoga

The $40 price of the program includes lunch, a T-shirt and a wellness manual, complete with goal-setting tools and useful health information.

Register online at http://bit.ly/TMCWomensWellnessCamp

Call 324-4163 for more information or email wellness@tmcaz.com

Do you know someone who has been on this earth 100 years?

Help celebrate the lives of 100 year olds at the annual Centenarian event.jpgHelp us celebrate their life at the annual Salute to Centenarians!

Every year, Tucson Medical Center and Pima Council on Aging join forces to create the nation’s largest known annual party for those who are 99 and older.

Our goal is to identify as many folks as possible in this impressive – and exclusive – club to celebrate their collective history, their memories and their wisdom. This year is also a special time as we celebrate our own milestone: 30 years of hosting the free event.

The event takes place Friday, May 5 at the TMC Marshall Conference Center, 5301 E Grant Road.

Please help us make sure we don’t miss anyone! The deadline to submit someone’s name is March 10, 2017. Please contact Jan baker at Pima Council on Aging at 790-0504 or email jbaker@pcoa.org

Run Well: How to fuel (and refuel) for intense training, endurance events

Making our community a healthier place is a goal shared by the Tucson Medical Center and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners. TMC is excited to partner with SAR to bring you regular features and wellness tips designed to make your running the best it can be.

Join us as we sponsor – and host! – the TMC BE Tucson Women’s 5k and Men’s Mile on the TMC campus on Feb. 19. The race will start and finish at the newly christened Joel M. Childers, M.D., Women’s Center.

tmc-shares-how-to-fuel-and-refuel-for-training-and-race-eventsWhile a varied and healthy diet helps maintain optimal health and performance on a daily basis, high intensity training and endurance events demand more attention to the timing and content of fueling.

Race day isn’t the time to try something new. Fueling for a strong race day starts back in training. Read on for more tips:

During Training

  • Try new methods of fueling and hydrating one at a time, so you can tell how each change affects you.
  • Experiment with energy and recovery drinks. How does your body feel with each one? How do they affect your hydration status?
  • As your training grows more intense, notice your energy levels during and after your workouts. Do you feel energetic or exhausted? If you are completely spent, then you need to eat more easily-digestible food either before or during your workout.
  • In general, you’re aiming for 60-70 percent of calories from carbohydrates during endurance training, with protein recommendations of about 1.2- 1.4 g/kg of body weight.
  • Once you have a regimen that works, stick with it! Use this same fueling pattern when you perform in an event.

Before an Endurance Event

  • Up to two hours before the big event, sip on a carb-containing sports beverage or nibble high-carb, low-fiber food with water. Too much carbohydrate can cause GI distress or reactive hypoglycemia, while too much fiber, protein or fat can slow digestion and possibly cause GI problems later.
  • About two hours prior to an event, drink 16 ounces of fluid. Limit caffeine and alcoholic beverages, because they act as a diuretic.
  • Immediately prior, drink 4-8 oz fluid, or sip fluid during the hour before the event

During an Endurance Event

  • Drink as frequently and as much volume as tolerated to prevent dehydration. Aim for 4-8 ounces every 10-20 minutes.
  • Avoid plain water if the event lasts longer than 60 minutes. Aim for 6-8 percent carbohydrate solution, and 100-200mg sodium per cup.
  • Avoid fructose-only or lactose-containing beverages, as they may cause GI distress.

After an Endurance Event

  • Along with rest and recovery, your body needs to begin replacing water loss immediately and replenish lost sodium and potassium, at a rate of about 1 cup of fluid every 15 minutes over the next three hours. You may drink more if tolerated and needed.
  • Eat a larger meal within two hours of an event to assure energy storage replacement. You’re looking for a 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio, with at least 25g of protein to help repair muscle fibers.
  • Fat is not an immediate need and may cause GI distress.

For personalized nutrition recommendations, contact Wellness@tmcaz.com

Mary Atkinson, a registered dietitian and the Director of Wellness at Tucson Medical Center, has been with TMC for 17 years.  After working in the clinical setting for many years, she found a passion for helping people prevent disease before they are in acute distress.

Three-week conversation series on compassion launches Jan. 25

compassion-series-kicks-off-jan-25When life brings personal pain, cultivating self-compassion can shape our response.

When caring for others, learning self-regulation skills can help sustain us and temper burnout.

And in difficult exchanges, positive communication skills can help bridge divides.

Tucson Medical Center is pleased to once again join the University of Arizona Center for Compassion Studies in providing a free series of thought-provoking conversations on compassion.

The three-week series begins Jan. 25 at The Core, TMC’s health and wellness center at La Encantada Shopping Center.

“Last year, there was a real focus on taking a global perspective and looking at ways we might impact those larger issues through compassion,” said Tara Bruce, assistant manager of retail & wellness outreach at TMC. “This year’s lecture series really focuses on the tools we as individuals can use in our everyday lives to better navigate life’s challenges, whether it’s how we talk to one another or the self-talk we engage in.”

“So often we are able to have compassion towards others,” Bruce added, “but often many of us struggle to show compassion to ourselves in the same manner.”

Leslie Langbert, executive director of the Center for Compassion Studies, agreed, explaining the intention of this year’s series is to explore self-compassion through the perspectives of psychology, relationships and communication. “Especially now, these conversations are important to offer ways in which we can better care for ourselves and strengthen our compassion for others,” she said.

The series, which is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. each session, includes:

  • Jan. 25, 2017: Compassion and the caregiver; Mary-Frances O’Connor, Department of Psychology. Caregivers include family members, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and chaplains. Fatigue and burnout can hit anyone in a caregiver role who takes on this very important task in the lives of loved ones and patients. Dr. O’Connor will discuss the difficulties faced by caregivers, but more importantly will discuss compassion as the overarching motivation for this difficult work.
  • Feb. 1, 2017: Digging out of a mess: self-compassion as a way forward; Dave Sbarra, Department of Psychology. A key question for living a happier existence is ‘how to prevent suffering in the face of life’s inevitable pain?’ Dr. Sbarra shares how self-compassion shapes responses to marital separation and divorce, and how this can inform the ways in which we can move through other challenging experiences.
  • Feb. 8, 2017: Compassion through positive communication; Maggie Jane Pitts, Department of Communication. Compassion for self and others occurs through acts of positive communication. Dr. Pitts introduces the principles of positive communication that elevate and enhance our lived experiences, focusing specifically on savoring communication. Learn how we can increase our ability to be present in everyday encounters, and open space for compassionate engagement, especially in difficult communication exchanges.

Admission is free for all of the lectures, but RSVP is recommended at www.thecoretmc.com. For more information please visit www.compassioncenter.arizona.edu

TMC thanks UnitedHealthcare, presenting sponsor of 2016 Girls on the Run 5K

gotrSince 2010, hundreds of girls across Tucson in third through eighth grade have been inspired by Girls on the Run, a unique youth-development program that teaches life skills and builds confidence.

Culminating in a 5K run, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, the goal of the program is to unleash a sense of accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Tucson Medical Center is proud to welcome UnitedHealthcare as the presenting sponsor of the event, which will draw more than 200 girls from 17 elementary and middle schools to the downtown Tucson course.

“These are key years for girls as they begin to be more concerned about peer opinions and perceived social expectations about appearance,” said Julia Strange, TMC vice president of community benefit. “UnitedHealthcare’s focus on health and wellness makes it an ideal partner in helping us empower girls to develop healthy habits and foster pride in their accomplishments.”

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Girls on the Run and 5K race, which will help young girls live healthier lives and learn how to become strong, independent and confident women,” said David Allazetta of UnitedHealthcare.

In addition to having a new presenting sponsor, the race also has a new location. Girls on the Run will be included in the 2016 TMC Get Moving Tucson weekend, taking place in downtown Tucson and starting on Church Street immediately north of Congress.

The day will kick off at 7:30 a.m. with the Tucson Lifestyle 5K Run/Walk for all ages, followed by the Girls on the Run 5K at 8:30 a.m. and the 9:30 a.m. Cox Charities Fit Kids One Mile for children under 12.

The following day, the TMC A-Mountain Half-Marathon – the final event of the 2016 Gabe Zimmerman Triple Crown – begins at 7 a.m.

“This new format lets girls experience a much broader wellness event in which people are there to support each other and build a stronger Tucson,” said Mary Atkinson, TMC’s director of wellness.

“There’s really nothing like the buzz of race day, and I’m thrilled the community will be there to cheer for these girls as they pursue their goals.”

Proceeds from the TMC Get Moving Tucson Weekend will fund local charities, including Cox Charities, Team Hoyt Arizona, Reid Park Zoo, Child and Family Resources, and the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joins students, Safe Kids Pima County and FedEx on International Walk to School Day

mayorwalks1More than 100 Whitmore Elementary students learned about safe walking this morning from Safe Kids Pima County, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, motorcycle officers from the Tucson Police Department, and volunteers from FedEx and Tucson Medical Center.

The event, as part of International Walk to School Day, was designed to raise awareness about pedestrian safety and to encourage the creation of safe walking environments.

“We had a great event today celebrating International Walk to School Day,” said Jessica Mitchell, coordinator of Safe Kids Pima County and a community outreach specialist at TMC. “Every day, 44 children get hit by a car in the United States. By walking with students on International Walk to School Day, we can show them how to walk safely.”

Mayor Rothschild handed out neon yellow shoelaces to Whitmore Elementary students gathered at Fort Lowell Park, to thank them for their participation.

mayorwalks2The mayor told the students that walking is not only great exercise, but a good activity to share with their friends. He also shared safe walking tips, including using crosswalks and looking both ways when crossing streets.

In 2000, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians, and to create safer, more walkable communities.  Safe Kids and FedEx address the issue through research, physical improvements to school zones, and education and awareness campaigns throughout the year, such as International Walk to School Day.

Safe Kids coalitions across the country worked with more than 600 elementary schools around International Walk to School Day to hold events for children to teach them how to walk safely and recognize pedestrian dangers.

“International Walk to School Day is a big day at FedEx,” said Rose Flenorl, manager of FedEx Global Citizenship. “In hundreds of cities around the world FedEx safety experts, drivers and other volunteers work with Safe Kids to reach and teach tens of thousands of children about road safety. Our team members are passionate about volunteering to help keep kids and communities safe.”

Free film about love at any age showing at TMC

theageoflove_2016_postcard_backAn inventive new documentary, “The Age of Love,” billed as a “story of the universality of love and desire, regardless of age” will have a special showing in the Marshall Conference Center at Tucson Medical Center this Friday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m.

The film follows the comic and poignant adventures of 30 seniors who attend a first-of-its-kind Speed Dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds, and discover how the search for love changes—or doesn’t change—from first love to the far reaches of life.

This special event, sponsored by the Senior Support Alliance, has limited seating, so RSVP to lauren.lovato@tmcaz.com or call 314-1011 soon. Free parking and shuttle service from Lot 29 (across from Peppi’s House) is available.

Are you prepared to help a grieving family?

Bereavement1Helping families through bereavement is challenging, even for the most experienced medical professionals. What should be done? What are the right things to say? What if the loss is a child or infant?

Tucson Medical Center is partnering with Gundersen Health to host the Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Bereavement Training.

The RTS presentations will provide the education, awareness and skills to confidently work with families who have lost a loved one. More than 35,000 professionals have attended the comprehensive trainings covering the latest, evidence-based practices in perinatal, pediatric and adult bereavement care.

The seminar also includes important aspects that are often overlooked, including self-coping techniques for medical staff and care takers. The seminars are open to the public, but geared for professionals.

The complete training is segmented over five days, with each day focusing on a particular bereavement topic. Learn more about the trainings and view the calendar schedule here.

The trainings will be held at:
Tucson Medical Center
August 29 – September 2
 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  (4:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 and Sept. 1)
Breakfast and lunch are provided

Attendees must register online: http://www.gundersenhealth.org/rts. Seating is limited!
Receive a $100 DISCOUNT with the registration code COTMC16. Materials are included.
Discount rates are available for groups of three or larger.
Continuing education credits are included.
Please call (800) 362-9567 with any questions.

What happens when your inner artist meets your inner philanthropist? The May 24 Creative You Art Party!

Creative ArtHelp lift the spirits of patients while enjoying a free evening of creativity, wine and fun.

As a hospital participating in the Bens’ Bells Kind Colleagues program, staff members at Tucson Medical Center know the power of random acts of kindness.

And as a hospital with a Healing Art Program, we also know the potential of art to encourage and cheer patients.

Join TMC Women & Children’s Services staff Tuesday,  May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in making a piece of art that will be donated to a patient in one of our programs, whether that’s a pregnant mom in one of our support groups, a new mother learning about breastfeeding or a mother who donates life-saving cord blood to save another child’s life.

Along with light snacks and wine, The Core will provide all of the items you’ll need to complete an art project that will make a difference in the lives of the patients we serve.

“This is one of those opportunities where everyone will feel better at the end: Not only will our guests have a great time, but they’ll have an opportunity to make someone’s day who might need a little cheering up,” said Tim Bentley, retail outreach manager at The Core at La Encantada.

Space is limited, so please register for this class at www.thecoretmc.com or visit for a full calendar of fitness classes, health lectures and wellness events.

Tango, Diapers, and Community

Mimi Coomler learning to tango

Mimi Coomler learning to tango

Can you remember your first ballet or tap shoes? How thrilling it was to put on the costume for your first dance performance?

Mimi Coomler, CEO of Children’s Clinics and former director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Tucson Medical Center, has no such memories. Coomler never took dance lessons as a child nor as an adult, at least not until recently. “Dance is brand new to me – I have never taken a single lesson before this. It has been an amazing experience. Learning to tango has been an opportunity to be vulnerable and try something completely new. While it is scary, it is also exhilarating.”

In just a few short weeks Coomler steps out onto the dance floor in front of an audience of 500 and tangos to raise money for a cause close to her heart: the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.

We asked Coomler just what it was about this cause that persuaded her to step way outside her comfort zone and commit considerable time to practice after a very full day at the clinic, “The Children’s Clinics (where I work) is so fortunate to be a Diaper Bank distribution site.  The Diaper Bank helps us fulfill our mission of supporting the special needs of children families who are dealing with complex health care needs.” By having distribution sites, like the Children’s Clinics, across southern Arizona the Diaper Bank helps close the diaper gap where those with diaper needs are. Like Children’s Clinics, the distribution sites reflect a much more complex and wider need than the general population often considers from the very young, to the medically compromised, to the elderly, the Diaper Bank serves all age groups.

The annual Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser is based on the wildly popular ABC series “Dancing with the Stars,” but Coomler swears she isn’t looking at the current series for inspiration, “I have not been watching the current season of Dancing with the Stars, but I have watched many of the tango performances from years passed on YouTube. The level of dancing can be intimidating to watch, but my teacher reminds me they practice eight hours per day.”

When she considers who is her biggest challenger among the fellow contestants, she singles out TMC Chief of Staff J. Manny Arreguin, M.D., with El Rio OB/GYN Associates. “I think Dr Arreguin is a real contender. He’s been practicing hard and I know he believes in the mission of the Diaper Bank. My strategy is to practice hard and pack sequins onto my dress to sparkle my way to the win.”

“My instructor, Miro Tymosiak, is fantastic and he corrects me – often – as I am learning. My kids have been to a few lessons, and they think it’s hilarious that I get scolded occasionally – just like they do.”

Show Mimi and the Diaper Bank your support with a vote for Mimi and Miro. Each vote costs just $10 and along with the prestige it brings to the winning dance couple, the Diaper Bank is able to distribute $30 worth of incontinence supplies to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Tucson Medical Center is the proud title sponsor of the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona’s Dancing With Our Stars.



Family friendly World Cup Soccer Games!


Join The Core as we telecast the American team’s journey through the  Women’s World Cup on our 9’ X 12’ television screen. Cheer your favorite players, while you urge our favorite players to victory! It’s a World Cup viewing party at The Core at La Encantada. No charge, just bring your passion and love of the game!

In addition to the games, we’ll have Wii Games on the big screen, hula hoop contests and free information about keeping your brain in the game. Here are some of the proposed dates. Yes, we’re thinking positive!

*June 21               USA Quarterfinals. Soccer Cage. Brain Games. Wii Contests and more!

*June 27               USA Semi-finals. Brian Games. Wii Contests and more!

*July 5                  World Cup Finals!

*All games subject to change based on schedule and USA results

Check The Core’s website for full schedule of events.

photo credit: IMG_4059 via photopin (license)

Building a healthy brain for baby – and other women’s health conversations this month at The Core

Even though pregnant women are essentially building their baby’s brain from scratch, it’s a stunningly fast process.TheCore_HealthyPregClass_RGB

By Day 20 – before most women even know they’re pregnant – the neural tube begins to form, which will ultimately develop into the brain and spinal cord, said board-certified pediatric neurologist Nadia Fike, who will be co-presenting “Healthy Moms Build Healthy Brains” at Tucson Medical Center’s The Core at La Encantada on Friday, May 15.

The first part of the 90-minute presentation, which begins at 2 p.m., will examine the development of the structure and function of the growing brain. “One of our goals is to make sure people know how cool this whole process is,” said Dr. Fike, who has been with the Center for Neurosciences since 2006. “There is a lot of interest in how we can help along this incredible development during pregnancy, but there is also a lot of misinformation that exists about how we can make it turn out better.”

For Dr. Fike, it’s not about playing classical music or buying the latest prenatal education system. First and foremost, it’s about mom being her healthiest self – eating nutritious meals, getting appropriate rest, exercising and steering clear of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Planned pregnancies should, however, include supplementing with folic acid, since that helps guard against neural tube defects.

“The marketing claims out there about how you can make a smarter baby are neither useful nor proven,” Dr. Fike said. “As amazing as this process is, it has been honed over time by evolution. The bottom line is if moms are generally making healthy choices and taking care of themselves, things will most likely be OK.”

In the second part of the May 15 presentation, Dr. Jyotsna Sahni will talk about how to get better sleep – something helpful for new parents, clearly, but also for a larger audience. Dr. Sahni’s multiple board certifications in a number of specialties, including geriatric, internal, nutritional, and sleep medicines, allow her to view sleep disorders in a unique, comprehensive way.

The presentation is part of a month-long series of expert conversations on women’s health, including:

  • Oh Baby! What you need to know to keep your new family healthy and well
  • Financial Fitness
  • The Power Asana Lifestyle
  • Women, Wellness and Wine; addressing changing hormones other concerns
  • It’s a Date! Women’s health, including breast health information
  • Gluten Free At Home: navigating the grocer as a gluten-free cook

There will also be a fun Mother’s Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, with free photo booth pictures, flowers and other giveaways.core

In addition to the calendar of events, The Core also offers a full slate of fitness classes at its storefront location in La Encantada retail center, Campbell Avenue and Skyline Drive.

Check out the offerings for the month or registration for events at www.thecoretmc.com/calendar.php

No appointment needed for free Stroke Check April 12

TMC and other local hospitals will provide free stroke screenings for the annual community-wide Stroke Check, coming up Saturday, April 12. 

At TMC, walk-in screenings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to noon (last intake 11:30) in Marshall Conference Center, with results evaluated on-site and available for private discussion.

Screenings may vary at different sites.  The TMC site offers a comprehensive list of screenings, including some that are unique to TMC-Stroke Check SS_2014
• Carotid Doppler
• Cholesterol
• Blood Pressure
• Glucose (for best results, fast for 8 hrs)

Stroke is one of America’s top killers, and those who survive may face significant physical and mental challenges.

In an effort to educate the community on stroke prevention, many local hospitals are partnering to provide these free Stroke Check screenings to the public on April 12. In addition to TMC, participating hospitals include Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital and both the University and South campuses of University of Arizona Medical Center. Other partners in this community-wide effort include HealthSouth rehabilitation centers and the sponsoring local chapter of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The walk-in screenings typically take up to an hour. Many Stroke Check participants in past years have been identified as being in immediate danger of suffering a stroke. Their lives have likely been saved by taking time to be screened.

More information is available through TMC Senior Services, 324-1960, or through the community Stroke Check info line, 872-4344.

TMC Neurologist Dr. David Teeple, with the Center for Neurosciences, explains who should be screened for stroke, and why this service is so beneficial.

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