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Getting the Vitals on Health Care

Mamerow_Adam CropBy Adam Mamerow
Wells Fargo

Class 29 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program. The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership.

Class 29 recently completed our Health Care Day at the Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center (thank you for your generous hospitality!).  We started out the day discussing resilience – which is basically defined as the ability to return to a previous position after deformation or stress.  The healthcare industry as a whole has most definitely been ‘deformed andstressed’ over the past several years.  With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), the medical community and IMG_6306ancillary businesses have had to show significant resilience to accommodate and adapt to these changes.  The day was a great opportunity to spend time with healthcare leaders to get a first hand look at how these changes affect us on a macro and local level.

Tom Sadvary, CEO, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network spoke about his career in the medical profession – including 29 years with Scottsdale Healthcare.  He discussed the three primary objectives of healthcare: 1) quality of care, 2) price/affordability, and 3) access of care.  One recent industry change has attempted to address these objectives – the Affordable Care Act.  It has provided more access to more individuals, but is it really the cure-all for all of the healthcare industry’s maladies?  There are still millions of citizens not covered despite the law’s mandate and the influx of new patients into the system has the potential to cause a disruption of care for the people who had healthcare coverage prior to the law.  Patients are expected to be better consumers, but specific price differences between providers are still not available.  Other issues that still need to be addressed include the disparity of treatment, physician shortages, and medical errors (25% of hospital admissions experience some error).  Resilience will definitely be required to find the right balance over time, but it is clear that the healthcare industry will continue to be stressed and it cannot be returned to its previous position.

IMG_6315Despite the pending issues, there are many positives here in Scottsdale!  Class 29 had the privilege to hear from local doctors leading the way in research:  Dr. Caselli; behavior Neurologist at Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Korn, Medical Director at Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center.  Dr. Caselli highlighted some of his work in pre-clinical Alzheimer’s – being able to determine the cause as early as possible could lead to improved care and a cure.  Mr. Korn discussed the RADAR program – Rapid Detection and Assessment of Response. This process allows doctors to quickly determine the effectiveness of cancer treatment to ensure the patient receives the right treatment at the right time.  The doctors were only two examples of the amazing work being conducted right here in Scottsdale.  Other examples of Scottsdale leading the way include: 37 new drugs currently being tested; 6 clinical trials starting over the next few years; the first MRI was in Scottsdale; and the prototype design for an angiography suite.  In addition, the City of Scottsdale is creating the Cure Corridor which includes a partnership between Scottsdale Healthcare, CVS, Mayo Clinic, and other entities.  The Cure Corridor’s objective is to promote medical research and attract other business in the medical field.  Ultimately, this collective innovation has led to cancer patients from 48 states and two dozen countries coming to Scottsdale for cancer treatment.

Obviously, there are concerns that still need to be addressed in the industry; but we should all really take pride in the amazing healthcare available to us locally.


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Economic Development… a Blood Sport?

Nick Molinari, Class 26
City of Scottsdale

The Class 26 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s core program. The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community.

I’m no expert, but I would guess that economic development is challenging work.  The economy is on shaky ground and there’s enormous competition from every direction for business and tax dollars.  Is economic development really a “blood sport”, as Dick Bowers, Scottsdale’s longest tenured former City Manager, recently told Scottsdale Leadership’s Class 26?  You might be surprised.  I sure was.  I mean, those economic vitality folks I’ve met working for the City of Scottsdale over the years didn’t wear gladiator outfits or look vicious in any way.

As I’ve talked to my fellow classmates over the last week, I think there’s general consensus that Economic Development Day put some things into perspective for us.  We’ve had some inspiring moments already, indeed.  Community stewardship, social services, education, youth issues, the arts… they’re all important – critical to the character of our city.  But when it comes right down to it, everything starts with economic development.  Schools, city services, streets, infrastructure, support for those in need… it all rests on our city’s ability to create sustained economic drivers to support the system.

So, what does it take to get the job done in the bloody arena of economic development?  A few things stood out!

  • Economic development demands risk
  • Economic development requires a “get it done attitude”
  • Economic development is not a set of rules, but instead an idea and a vision

Scottsdale has some distinct advantages over other communities.  It isn’t difficult to tout our quality of life to prospective industries.  Our proximity to ASU and world class healthcare systems like Mayo Clinic and Scottsdale Healthcare make us a prime destination for a multitude of businesses. But, Scottsdale is a premier city because we take risks.  The Indian Bend Wash could have been a concrete drainage system, but instead is considered “an engineering wonder of the world” that defines our great city. To remain a leading destination for investment, we must continue to take those calculated risks in areas like the McDowell Road Corridor.  We must continue to be proactive and not reactive.

So, here are a couple of New Year’s resolutions for 2012 that I’ll be working on.

  • INFECT OTHERS!  Be advocates for our community, on any level you can. An advocate for Scottsdale as a destination – a destination for tourism, investment and growth.
  • GET INVOLVED!  If you think bold ideas will help mold our community to be better positioned for the future, let your voice be heard.  We certainly know what many think about a broad range of issues.  More power to them!  They go to City Council meetings, write articles to the newspaper and ensure their opinions are heard.  If you have ideas about bold initiatives, don’t stand on the sidelines.
  • SHOP SCOTTSDALE!  Sound easy breezy?  It should be, but actually it takes just a bit of thought.  If you live in south Scottsdale or the Downtown area, it’s pretty easy to drift into the Pavillions or Tempe Marketplace to shop.  If you are more of a northern bird, Kierland can be enticing.  While some of these areas may have a Scottsdale mailing address, none are actually in our city.  Scottsdale depends on that revenue to maintain the unique character of our city.  This is one thing you can do today that will have an immediate impact on our community.

To sum up his presentation, Mr. Bowers fittingly quoted Mary Kay Ash.  “There are three kinds of organizations.  Those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.”  Scottsdale must continue to be a community that makes things happen!

What are your New Year’s resolutions to make the City of Scottsdale a more sustained economic destination?

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Leadership Out Loud: Medical Military Simulation

Would you like a glimpse into medical care on the battlefield and simulations with state of the art technology used by medical personal to care for our wounded warriors?

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scottsdale Healthcare Military Partnership Trauma Simulation Center! Not offered to the general public, this opportunity is limited to Scottsdale Leadership Alumni and guests only and space is very limited. Register now to assure your spot!

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Location: Scottsdale Healthcare, 7301 E. 4th Street
Tickets:  $25; $20 for dues-paid alumni

Purchase tickets by calling 480-627-6710 or online at www.scottsdaleleadership.org/events

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Leadership Out Loud

Eat, Drink and Sleep—The State of the Restaurant and Travel Industry in Scottsdale

Join Scottsdale Leadership as we gather for an exclusive preview of the hottest food week in the Valley. Award Winning Chef Chuck Wiley of Cafe Zuzu has agreed to taste us through his Restaurant Week menu a week before the general public sinks their teeth into his delectable eats. Click here to view the exclusive Cafe ZuZu Restaurant Week Menu

Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $55; $45 dues-paid alumni
Location: Cafe ZuZu, Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 East Main Street

Enjoy a 3-course dinner and a glass of wine while you socialize with other alumni and learn about the history and impact the Hotel Valley Ho has had on tourism in Scottsdale. You will also hear from the Scottsdale CVB on the current state of the restaurant and tourism industry in our city.

Limited tickets available! Register online at scottsdaleleadership.org by September 9 or call 480-627-6710.

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Scottsdale Healthcare partners with the US military

Ryan O'DanielRyan O’Daniel, Class 25
Political Consultant, Kyle Moyer & Company

On Wednesday, January 19th, I attended the grand opening of Scottsdale Healthcare’s Military Training Center, located in Old Town Scottsdale, on the Scottsdale Healthcare medical campus. The event was accompanied by a press conference in order to announce the operation of the new facility.  It was interesting to see the dynamic between the public, elected officials, and event security in the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson.  With Governor Brewer, Mayor Jim Lane, and the Honorable Harry Mitchell all in attendance, security was heightened.  While personnel kept a relatively low profile, choosing not to implement metal detectors or any intrusively visible measures, their presence was certainly felt.

This private/public partnership is a dynamic relationship between Scottsdale Healthcare and the US Military.  The mission of the facility is to help train and better prepare our military servicemen and women for medical combat.  While Scottsdale Healthcare has a long history of partnering with our armed services, this state of the art facility will enable our military to be better equipped for combat missions.

Scottsdale Healthcare is a leader in the medical field and has grown from one campus on Osborn in Old Town Scottsdale, to three campuses city-wide.  As the company has grown, so has their influence within the community.  Aside from being a healthcare leader, Scottsdale Healthcare has clearly demonstrated their impact and growing relevance both inside and outside the city of Scottsdale.  Taking a leadership role in an area of expertise is often overlooked by local business, but it can be the distinguishing factor between simply being a part of an industry, and leading it.

Scottsdale Healthcare can benefit from strong leadership in a variety of ways.  Since Scottsdale Healthcare is a non-profit, their success is based largely on strong leadership.  Vision through thoughtful leadership is what has guided and will continue to guide organizations like Scottsdale Healthcare.  In addition the medical provider relies heavily on volunteers.  Volunteering is certainly an area where strong leadership is necessary to the overall mission of providing the highest quality medical care.

While outside leadership is important to the success of Scottsdale Healthcare, the internal leadership is pivotal as well.  It is clear that the guidance of the executive staff filters through the ranks of employees to positively impact every staff member.  From the nurses to the doctors, from security staff to the board of directors, leadership is prevalent throughout each and every facility.  Without the leadership of Thomas Sadvary, Scottsdale Healthcare would simply be another hospital.  Today, however, Scottsdale Healthcare is a market innovator as a result of the leaders that guide based on resolve in the best interest of their business, staff, and community.

Overall, the event was a great experience.  The audience was engaged and the speakers were welcoming.  The facility is an amazing addition to Scottsdale Healthcare’s campus and will be a great support facility for the military.

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How Healthy is Our Community?

Katherine Yu

Katherine Yu, Class 25 Class Blogger
Sr. Scientist – Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.

The Class 25 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s seventeen core program days.  The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community.

For me, the best part of going through the Scottsdale Leadership program is the exposure to so many different perspectives and realities. Each class day allows me to remove myself from my everyday life to see how others experience their jobs and the community we share. As I progress, it becomes more apparent how diverse and complex the issues that Scottsdale faces. However, it also reinforces how uniquely beautiful and intriguing Scottsdale remains.

On this Scottsdale Leadership program day we focused on building a healthy community. The healthcare industry is particularly interesting because it is unlike any other. It directly affects every person, truly regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, background, and any other differences. I came away from this day with a reinforced awareness to stay engaged, a sense of pride for the level of quality healthcare our community enjoys, and a greater appreciation for healthcare professionals.

Healthcare finance and reform are daunting topics to explain. However, I appreciated both Brian Steines and Michelle Pabis from Scottsdale Healthcare in how they presented the topics. Both were articulate and knowledgeable and clearly communicated many of the issues and complexities. It is evident that the landscape of healthcare finance is changing and individuals have a responsibility to stay engaged in those developments.

I was also surprised and reassured to see the quality of healthcare in Scottsdale. Clearly the primary objective is patient and employee satisfaction. Scottsdale Healthcare and Mayo Clinic serve as role models for other communities, and focus on individual holistic care. I appreciate the sense of community and collaboration in improving the health of Scottsdale as a common goal.

Finally, this day made me think back to all the times when a nurse or doctor has touched my life. Nurses, doctors, hospital administrators, and other healthcare professionals are extraordinary individuals whose careers are based on taking care of others. These are special people that thrive on the human experience, and specialize in maintaining dignity in the most vulnerable of times. Every person in the room could testify to an experience where a doctor or nurse made a difference in their life. My mother has been a NICU nurse for over 35 years. She is a remarkable woman who not only worked night shifts just so she could pick me up from school each day, but I think of all the miracles she helped facilitate as parents were able to bring their babies home. I am extremely grateful and humbled by this astonishing group of people.

When has a healthcare professional touched your life?

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Seeing the big picture is hard – but necessary

By Katy Kelewae, Class 22
STARS, Development Associate & Volunteer Coordinator

Looking at a present situation and deciding to take a leadership role in wherever your passion lies may seem daunting task. It is often hard, if not impossible, to visualize what the end result may look like. I am fortunate enough to know one amazing individual who took her passion from the very starting point to what is today the non-profit, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services or STARS.

Mary King had just moved to Scottsdale, in 1973 and was working part time in the City Manager’s office. She was given the task of researching what programs and services were available to adults with intellectual disabilities in the Scottsdale area. She found none. With the support of Scottsdale elected officials, including Mayor Herb Drinkwater, Mary began to pull together other passionate individuals and groups who all wanted the same result – employment opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities.

For the past 38 years, Mary has stayed by STARS’ side through many changes including adopting the name STARS, the opening of new facilities and the closing of others. If asked in 1973 if she thought one project at her part time job would change the lives of so many people, she probably would have said “no.” Mary saw an underserved population, knew that something had to be done to make their lives better, and kept going by taking it one day, task, challenge at a time. Today, STARS serves 180 adults with intellectual disabilities and their family’s everyday because of her dedication and focus.

Looking into 2011 and beyond, we see others setting a course for the future of STARS, a future that may not be fully realized for years. In 1973 the shift for individuals with disabilities was from institutionalization, to programs and services. Today, the shift is from sheltered employment to full integration into the community. Scottsdale Unified School District took a big step in 2010 towards creating the next phase of services for individuals with intellectual disabilities by partnering with STARS and creating the Cholla Special Needs Community Campus. Companies such as Fry’s and Scottsdale Healthcare are leading the way locally by creating the employment future for adults with disabilities along with STARS and others who continue onward by taking it one day at a time.

One person was able to look ahead and take action, where do you think you can make a difference?

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WineStyles Evening this Saturday

By Katy Kelewae
STARS Development Associate & Volunteer Coordinator

As any nonprofit can attest, the current economy isn’t making the business of charity any easier. Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), a local nonprofit serving adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities for nearly 40 years, is appealing to individuals social side to raise money after the heavily-government funded nonprofit suffered significant cuts during the past year.

Scottsdale Leadership alumna Virginia Korte, Class 3 is the current President/CEO of STARS. Alumni that currently serve on the board of directors for STARS include:
Katherine Hutton, Class 19, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Carder Hunt, Class 7, Retired
Senator Carolyn Allen, Class 1, District 8 Senator
Hanna Khleif, Class 15, Chaparral Suites
Wendy Lyons, Class 13, Community Stewardship Scottsdale Healthcare
Alesia Martin, class 22, Scottsdale Insurance Company
Willie McDonald, Class 23, City of Scottsdale

This Saturday, May 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., WineStyles at Tatum and Shea is donating portions of sales to STARS. WineStyles offers five wine tastings for only $15 – but from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, $10 of every tasting goes directly to STARS. Likewise, 20 percent of all wine sales will be donated as well.

What could be easier than bringing out some friends to enjoy some great wine and support a local nonprofit?

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Healthcare: Rushed to the ER!

2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the fifth of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

It hurts…it might be broken …someone, please help.” Although these are the words of someone being rushed into the emergency room, this is actually our healthcare system crying out for life support!

On November 6th Scottsdale Leadership Class 24 ventured into a lively discussion on healthcare co-sponsored by Scottsdale Healthcare and the Mayo Clinic.

To read the rest of Suzanne’s blog click here.

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