Opioid Help Line Launches in Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Poison and Drug Information Centers of Arizona teamed up earlier this year to offer the nation’s first 24/7 opioid helpline for health-care providers and Arizona residents. The Arizona Opioid Assistance and Referral (OAR)…

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ADH Issues Alert on Outbreak of Syphilis

On September 25, 2018 the Arizona Department of Health Services released a Health Alert Network Notification announcing that there is a statewide outbreak of syphilis in women and babies in Arizona. In response, the Pima County Health Department asks that…

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Dr. Wheelan name Banner UMC – Tucson CEO

Chad Whelan, MD, MHSA, has been named chief executive officer of Banner – University Medicine in Tucson, effective Sept. 26. Dr. Whelan will have oversight of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South, dozens of clinics,…

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Dr. Derksen to Address Future of Health Care at Free Event

The critical state of the U.S. health-care system and the potential impact of the mid-term elections will be the topic of a lecture by University of Arizona health-care policy expert Daniel Derksen, MD, onWednesday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., at Banner – University of…

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Robert J. Reilly 1931-2018

Robert J. Reilly MD, urologist and surgeon, passed away from bladder cancer in Tucson on August 14, 2018. He was 87. Reilly and partner Donald Gleason MD established Urological Associates of Southern Arizona. It continues to be one of the…

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Karl A. Gathof 1945-2018

Psychiatrist Karl Gathof MD passed away in Green Valley on June 19, 2018. He was 73. Gathof was born July 27, 1945 in Kahl am Main, Germany. He began his medical career in Canada graduating from the University of Toronto…

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Doc shortage has states reconsidering NP restrictions

Many states may reconsider laws restricting nurse practitioners’ ability to treat patients as the U.S. faces a growing shortage of primary care physicians. “If all States were to allow [nurse practitioners] to practice to the full extent of their graduate…

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