Learn more about the advances in hip and knee treatment with Dr. Dalal

Join Dr. Ali H. Dalal from the Tucson Orthopaedic Institute for a free interactive discussion highlighting current advancements in treating joint pain – from non-surgical treatment options to the latest Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted technology.

El DoradoFaster recovery and increased mobility are more accessible than ever before!

If you or a loved one is suffering from joint aches and pains and thinking about seeing a specialist – this discussion is for you.

The presentation and discussion will be held at 1400 N. Wilmot (El Dorado plaza) on April 12 at 5:30 p.m.

Attendance is free, but you must register by calling (520) 324-1960 or you can register online at TMC for Seniors. See you there!


Dalal3Dr. Dalal is a fellowship-trained hip and knee replacement surgeon at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology.  He received his M.D. from the University of California San Diego and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Illinois Chicago.  He completed a fellowship in hip and knee replacement at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute.



Now hear this: Loop donation enhances TMC Senior Services

Thanks to a facility upgrade donated by a local physician group, attendees at TMC Senior Services classroom events may now be able to hear what’s happening more clearly than ever.

TENT Loop 1An induction loop – also known as a hearing loop or room loop – has been installed at the Healthy Living Connections classroom at TMC Senior Services, 1400 N. Wilmot, on the El Dorado Health Campus.  The organization offers a wide range of lectures and activities for older adults throughout the year.

The generous support for the upgrade comes from Tucson Ear, Nose and Throat, a local practice founded in 1987 by a core group of leading otolaryngologists. The group includes seven physicians and five audiologists, plus more than 30 staff members.

A dedication was held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the classroom. Michael Duran, TMC Foundation vice president and chief development officer, officially thanked Tucson ENT for their generosity – adding that this really does reflect philanthropy throughout the community. He noted that the doctors saw a need among the patients they see and pooled their resources to make it better for the community.  Robert Dean, MD, treated the audience to an informative presentation on hearing loss. Members of the ALOHA (Adult Loss of Hearing Association) Board of Directors and volunteers were available to talk about support groups and other services for people with hearing loss.

L'Don Sawyer, TMC Senior Services; Michael Duran, TMC Foundation; Dr. Robert Dean, TENT; Stephanie Navarrete, TENT

L’Don Sawyer, TMC Senior Services; Michael Duran, TMC Foundation; Dr. Robert Dean, TENT; Stephanie Navarrete, TENT

The loop system employs a wire around the room and an amplifier to send an electromagnetic signal throughout the area. Hearing devices equipped with a telecoil will pick up the signal and convert it to audible sound.  Telecoils are tiny bundles of wire that are part of the mechanism inside many newer hearing aids and cochlear implants.  In addition, attendees may use special headphones provided at events to hear the amplified signal.TENT Loop 3

New Hyperbaric Chamber at TMC’s Wound Care Center

As diabetes continues to be on the rise, the need for comprehensive wound care also continues to grow in Tucson. In addition, the rising obesity epidemic and aging population will also contribute to the rising incidence of chronic wounds.

It was this obvious need that originally drove Tucson Medical Center to open an advanced wound care center in March of this year at its El Dorado Health Campus. When it opened, the 4,700 square-foot facility was equipped with two new hyperbaric chambers and five treatment rooms.

Since its opening, the center has experienced a flood of new patients and a rapid increase in procedures conducted.  In March the center completed 192 procedures, followed by 793 in July, and over 1056 in August.  As a result, the Wound Care Center is adding a third hyperbaric chamber to the facility.

Hyperbaric chambers help heal wounds by providing oxygen to the bloodstream and helping the patient heal from within.

What sets these chambers apart from others is their size.

“The reason why the size of a chamber is important is because a patient may spend as much as 2-2 ½ hours a day, five days a week, for six to eight week sessions in these enclosures. These chambers provide a comfort that is second to none and does not compare to smaller chambers,” explains Suzanne Pinon-Martinez, Program Director.

“The new chamber will allow TMC’s Wound Care Center to meet the increasing demand of this kind of treatment in the Southern Arizona community,” says TMC Chief Operations Officer Linda Wojtowicz.

In addition to hyperbaric treatments, the Wound Care Center also performs the employs the latest methods in skin substitute and debridement procedures.  It is one of more than 500 Healogics facilities staffed with highly trained physicians and clinicians who treat chronic wounds through a multidisciplinary approach and advanced treatments.

“We are truly on the breaking edge of wound care technology,” notes Pinon-Martinez.

New to Memory Loss? TMC Senior Services Can Help

Make a mental note that the Alzheimer’s Association designates Sept. 21 as World Alzheimer’s Day.  In fact, all of September is officially World Alzheimer’s Month, with a  purple “END ALZ” theme to push for solutions to the problem.

Programs offered year-round by Tucson Medical Center’s Senior Services help those dealing with dementia-related challenges, including an active Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Project.

A special introductory session – “New to Memory Loss” – is offered periodically for those dealing with new memory-related diagnoses in themselves or their loved ones.  This talk is open to the public and, for those who are eligible, the session leads into a six-week Self Management Course on Memory Loss.

“Thank you so much for having a class on memory loss,” wrote one woman whose husband had been struggling with memory issues. “During the class he kept saying, ‘That’s me, I do that, I say that.’  My husband right away said he would like to take the workshop.  He went through two interviews and was accepted.

“It has helped him tremendously.  He is a different person.  He says he has learned what is happening to him and what is in the future.  I have my old husband back.  He still has memory loss, but he understands.”

The one-hour introductory session on memory loss, open to the public, is Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. at the TMC Senior Services Classroom, El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot.  Then, for those who are eligible, a six-week Self Management Course on Memory Loss starts Thursday, Sept 27.  The full course, with limited enrollment, requires a pre-registration interview and diagnosis of memory impairment.

For more information and registration on this session or other future offerings, contact TMC Senior Services, 324-1960.

Comprehensive Wound Care Provided Across the Continuum of Care

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Hard-to-heal wounds,  such as diabetic foot ulcers, can take more than a year to heal, said vascular surgeon Michael Lavor, M.D., last night during the open house for TMC’s new Wound Care Center. But coordinated, evidenced-based treatment across the continuum of care — from the hospital setting to the outpatient setting — can dramatically cut down on the healing time and prevent major complications.

“Above the knee amputations have a 60 percent mortality rate,” he told community physicians, medical office staff, wound care center staff and TMC officials. “It is much better to not have to amputate at all.”

The new Wound Care Center at the El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road, allows TMC to offer a comprehensive wound care program to manage chronic and non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and other conditions.

The advanced wound care center, which opened March 5, houses two new hyperbaric chambers and five treatment rooms in the 4,700 square-foot facility.

With diabetes on the rise, the need for comprehensive wound care is only expected to grow, noted TMC Chief Operations Officer Linda Wojtowicz. Twenty-four million people in the United States have the disease, with an estimated 60,000  in Pima County. “And a quarter of those can expect to have complications, including foot ulcers,” she said. “There’s a huge need in our community for this type of service.”

In addition, the rising obesity epidemic and aging population will also contribute to the rising incidence of chronic wounds, according to TMC partner,  Healogics Inc., a national leader in wound-care management. TMC’s wound care center is one of more than 500 Healogics facilities staffed with highly trained physicians and clinicians who treat chronic wounds through a multidisciplinary approach and advanced treatments.

In 2011 alone, the Healogics network cared for more than one million wounds that had failed to heal using conventional methods, achieving a healing rate of 89 percent for these wounds.

“Healogics is committed to advancing wound healing by creating, sharing, and activating wound prevention and care expertise,” said Richard Vandever, Healogics senior vice president. “”Simply put, this means healing more wounds that otherwise wouldn’t heal, thereby preventing amputation for thousands of patients.”

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