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Hospitals embrace latest crop of ‘Volunteens’

Every summer, around 150 high school age students faithfully spend at least four hours a week volunteering at either Chandler Regional or Mercy Gilbert Medical Center as part of the hospitals’ Volunteen program. Some, like Lindsey Chew and Claire Mahaffy, both 17, are motivated to volunteer by their desire to work in the medical field […]

Community Action Agency campaign targets Tempe’s homeless

For Patrick Winters, working with the homeless is more than a job. It’s a calling. “I’ve worked with the homeless population for seven years now, and I just love it,” he said. “It’s a passion of mine.” Winters, who has worked as a case manager since 2010 at the Tempe Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program […]

Experts delve into myriad ways to guide kids’ success

Parents of school age children typically have a lot of questions. From wondering how to help their incoming kindergartener navigate the first few weeks of school to preventing an older child from using drugs or alcohol, parents often feel like they could use some guidance. Amanda Hamm, prevention manager for the Kyrene School District, is […]

Downtown Tempe eatery due to celebrate another anniversary

South Tempe residents Thom and Kathy Coker, owners of the popular T.C. Eggington’s restaurant in Mesa, will celebrate the second anniversary of their newest entrepreneurial venture, NCounter, later this year with a sense that they’ve encountered—and conquered—a restaurant’s traditional first-year challenges. The breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant, located on the ASU campus, appears to be […]

Trauma care could help offset changes in hospital economics

Thanks to constantly changing insurance andreimbursement programs, the economic environment at hospitals seems always to be in flux. According to Jane Hanson, the new chief operating officer at both Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, there are definitely some challenges to dealing with these ongoing changes. “In my role as chief operating officer, I […]

Gowns come out of the closet to give needy girls their night as “Cinderella”

Prom season is just around the corner, and around the east Valley teenage girls are already starting to think about which style of dress they want to wear for the big night. For some girls, though, the dream of buying a prom dress is out of reach financially. As anyone who has ever purchased one […]

“Out- of-school- time” program focused on providing safe, fun and structured places to go before or after classes for kindergarten through eighth-grade.

Every day throughout the year, kids from the 26 Kyrene campuses attend some type of “out- of-school- time” program, all different in content but all focused on providing safe, fun and structured places to go before or after kindergarten through eighth-grade classes. As assistant director of the Kyrene Community Education and Outreach Services Department in […]

Pediatrics practice grew from idea born during doctor’s earliest days

From the time she was a little girl, Dr. Julie Peterson has wanted to work with children: “I always knew from the beginning that I would do something with kids—either working in early elementary education or pediatrics.” Along the way, Peterson decided to focus on pediatrics. After graduating from medical school at the University of […]

‘Crisis point’ looms as obesity pedicted to surge by 2032

Spend just a few minutes researching obesity statistics, and it’s easy to see why so many health professionals are alarmed about the number of people who are overweight or obese. For example, according to a new report from the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, by 2030, 58.8 percent of adults in […]

A full stomach is best gift of all

The holiday season is just around the corner, and across the east Valley shoppers are already thinking about what to purchase for the many people on their gift lists. Instead of spending hours searching for the latest toy or electronic device that might get used for a few hours before getting lost in the shuffle, […]

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