Phoenix Launches COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van to Reach Underserved Communities

City of Phoenix

The city of Phoenix, in partnership with local healthcare company Vincere Cancer Center, will officially launch its new mobile COVID-19 testing van on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the U-haul parking lot located 2727 N. Central Ave. The testing van provides easy access to COVID-19 tests at no out-of-pocket costs to the Phoenix community and is the first of its kind in Arizona. The … [More]

Medical Network Launches Certification Program to Establish and Sustain Healthy, Safe, and Productive Workplaces

Matrix Medical Network

Scottsdale-based Matrix Medical Network® announced a certification program to assist businesses and organizations assess, address, certify, and monitor work environments to help minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The certification developed in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic brings together the Matrix risk assessment and COVID-19 experience and the deep clinical … [More]

Vaccine-Delivery Innovation for the Needle-Phobic

by Scott E. McFarland, J.D.

It wasn’t long after my coughing and fever started that a nasal swab test from a Phoenix pharmacy confirmed what I’d suspected: Like 7.8 million other Americans (as of this writing), I’d become infected with COVID-19. Soon, my fever shot up to 101 degrees Fahrenheit, I lost my sense of taste, and I began experiencing night sweats and vivid, lucid, technicolor dreams. While … [More]

Purification Innovates Use of UVC Lights for Safety 

by Jamie Killin

Sanitation has taken on a new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic, with new companies forming to help address how to destroy harmful, virus-spreading pathogens to help keep community members safe and healthy.  One of these is Purification, LLC — an innovative, Tempe-based company that’s harnessing the power of CDC-approved UVC lights to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses … [More]

COVID-19 Self-Ordered Diagnostic Testing and Expanded Sample Collection Locations Now Available

Sonora Quest Laboratories

Sonora Quest Laboratories, the market share leader in diagnostic laboratory testing in Arizona, has announced expansions to its COVID-19 diagnostic testing and services. Patients are now able to utilize their local Patient Service Center for the collection of COVID-19 samples. Services are provided carside and inside select Sonora Quest locations. Patients are now also able to … [More]

Real Estate Company Partners With Local Testing Provider ‘COVID Testing To You,” Offering Drive-Thru Tests

COVID Testing To You

With COVID-19 cases spiking and the holidays imminent, a YAM properties has partnered with local testing provider COVID Testing To You to offer drive-thru tests. YAM Properties will begin offering COVID-19 testing at its Scottsdale 101 shopping center beginning Tuesday. It will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., except for Thanksgiving day, when testing will be … [More]

Arizona Department of Health Services Strengthens Mask Wearing Requirement for Schools

Arizona Department of Health Services

To protect the health of our school communities, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today issued an emergency measure requiring district and charter schools to immediately mandate that masks are worn on school campuses, on school buses and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors. “Keeping kids and … [More]

Menu of Health Tips for Safer Holiday Gatherings

Arizona Department of Health Services

Your menu may be the same this year, but other aspects of Thanksgiving may need to be different to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. That’s why the Arizona Department of Health Services has developed a menu of precautions to take during holiday gatherings. Doing one makes your family and your guests safer. Doing more is even better. “It’s an unfortunate reality … [More]

2021 Open Enrollment Is Upon Us: Do You Have the Right Insurance Broker?

by Anthony Waters

2020’s open enrollment is in mid-swing and, as a business owner, employer or HR professional, you’ve most likely started to consider your organization’s benefits plan and what you might be looking to adjust in 2021. As you begin to outline what you’re searching for, you’ll probably have a lot of questions and concerns due to the unprecedented nature of 2020. Did your rates … [More]

5 Ways Leaders Can Eliminate Stress and Reboot for Change in 2021

As a challenging year winds down, companies are sifting through what worked and what didn’t as they prepare to reboot for 2021 after dealing with the many difficulties brought on by the pandemic. And if a business is planning significant changes in its operations in the New Year, the leadership team’s empathy for the workforce is vital in the process, says Joel Patterson, a … [More]

Their Take: Lives and Livelihoods Meet at the Mask

by Pam Kehaly

When a public health emergency was declared in Arizona on March 11, followed by school closures, teleworking, limited gatherings, business closures, elective surgery postponements, and, 20 days later, a stay at home order, Arizonans experienced a double-whammy. Both personal safety and economic security were under siege. Our daily lives changed tremendously nearly … [More]

Healthcare Co. Offers Mental Health Resources During the Holiday Season

Magellan Healthcare, Inc.

Magellan Healthcare, the behavioral and specialty health subsidiary of Magellan Health, Inc., announced programs and resources to support individuals as they manage the holidays amidst a global pandemic. “COVID-19 has dramatically changed how we typically celebrate holidays, special events and celebrations. For many people, cherished traditions and religious events … [More]

AstraZeneca Partners with CCT to Conduct COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials in Arizona

CCT Research

CCT Research (CCT), a leader in community-based, embedded clinical research, today announced its partnership with AstraZeneca to advance COVID-19 research. Together with local healthcare providers, CCT will facilitate clinical trials for the AZD1222 COVID-19 VACCINE, an investigational vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. CCT is recruiting eligible study participants who … [More]

ALERT: Free COVID-19 Testing Available

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

The Arizona Department of Health Services and ASU Biodesign have partnered to make available COVID-19 saliva testing for Arizonans. It’s quick, easy and free. In addition, COVID-19 testing is available at nearly 500 sites across Arizona. Details including locations, hours of operation and contact information can be found HERE. Upcoming saliva testing opportunities … [More]

Valleywise Health Expands Diabetes Management Programming through Education and Prevention, Food Pharmacy

Valleywise Health

 According to a report published by the CDC in 2020, 34.2 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 88 million with prediabetes. In Arizona, statistics show that roughly 806,000 individuals live with diabetes. As November is American Diabetes Awareness Month, Valleywise Health continues its education and prevention efforts in Maricopa County throughout the … [More]

2020 Has Been a Year of Change — Open Enrollment Will Be No Different

by Lina Tonk

Before the coronavirus pandemic, many employers were still relying on outdated methods for open enrollment, requiring endless stacks of paperwork and small windows of time for employees to choose benefits. Add in a worldwide health crisis, and the process of open enrollment has become that much more complicated. In fact, for small and midsize businesses, addressing employee … [More]

Workplace Stressor: Deviant Behavior in Healthcare

Healthy Workforce Institute

Nurses, physicians, and technicians can be so caring and compassionate to their patients, yet they can be cruel towards each other. Surprisingly, there are more bullying and deviant behaviors in healthcare than in any other industry. Healthcare tolerates disruptive behaviors, even though study after study shows the negative impact on employee retention and patient outcomes. The … [More]

Texas Healthcare Co. to Open New Community Hospitals throughout Arizona

Exceptional Healthcare

Exceptional Healthcare is entering Arizona with its first facility in the City of Maricopa, in the Phoenix metro region. The 20,000-square-foot Phase 1 of the facility will be located in the heart of Maricopa on State Route 347, and will be the first facility of its kind in the community. The state-of-the-art facility includes a specialty internal medicine … [More]

As Business Changes, So Will Our Healthcare

by RaeAnne Marsh

Only a few years ago, the big issue regarding healthcare was how much responsibility an employer should or could take for his or her employees. Insofar as its economic impact registered, the focus was on small-business owners. The current pandemic has pushed healthcare issues into broader debate: impact on and responsibility of the individual; impact on and responsibility of … [More]

Pandemic Emphasizes Importance of Employee Wellness Programs

by Brian Elisco

Employers know that healthy employees are a company’s best ambassadors in the community. Whether a business is large or small, a strong employee wellness and safety program is paramount to a productive work force. At Abrazo Health, we’ve always had a comprehensive benefits program that supported employee wellness, and have offered resources for crisis support for individuals … [More]