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Major Storm Rips Through Phoenix Leaving Thousands Without Power

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

The city of Phoenix is still in recovery mode after a massive storm decimated the surrounding area last Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands without power for more than a day. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a severe monsoon swept through central Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale just after sundown on Sept. 1. Winds of up to 65 MPH were recorded while flooding reached a whopping one-and-a-half inches, making travel almost impossible. The Arizona Public Service Co., which provides power to a majority of those affected, said in a statement that it first focused on clearing downed lines and restoring service to essential facilities such as schools and hospitals. Despite the power company’s efforts, several schools were closed the day after the storm. Even a local foodbank, St. Mary’s Food Alliance, had to borrow refrigeration trucks to preserve what was left...

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Arizona State Parks Make Camping Easy With New Classes

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Americans love going camping, and even spent a total of 516.6 million days doing so back in 2013. However, not everyone knows how to go camping, or even has the equipment to do so. Camping isn’t much fun if you can’t properly pitch a tent, build a fire, or cook outdoors. Luckily, the Arizona Family Campout program can help. Arizona State Parks’ new program introduces families who have no — or next to no — experience camping with the great outdoors. It’s so basic, a tent isn’t even needed. For just $70, trained coordinators from Arizona State Parks will teach a family of four campers (an additional five dollars per person for larger groups) how to set up a tent, build a fire, cook, shoot archery, mountain bike, hike, fish, and geocache. Everything is provided, too — tents, sleeping...

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Tucson Hospitals Switching Electronic Health Records System as Nation Grows More Dissatisfied With Software

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Hospitals in Tucson are getting rid of their $115 million electronic health records system as clinicians across the nation grow more and more dissatisfied with electronic health record systems. The Arizona Daily Star reports that Banner Health announced two hospitals will not keep the Epic system, because the electronic health records system was one of the key reasons for struggle in 2014. Instead, Banner will transition both Banner-University Medical Center Tucson and Banner-University Medical Center South to a system called Cerner. The investment in Epic turned out to be so expensive that the University of Arizona Health Network — which Banner acquired in March — experienced unprecedented operating losses in the 2014 fiscal year, including about $32 million in unbudgeted costs. According to a financial report to the UA Board of Directors from April of that year, about $6.8...

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Growth of Urgent Care Facilities Illustrated in Arizona

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Currently, there are approximately 20,000 physicians practicing urgent care medicine, and that number is only expected to increase — especially in the West. According to Yourwestvalley.com, Peoria, AZ will be the location of a new multi-specialty medical center opening under Cigna Medical Group. A MedPost Urgent Care center soon-to-be-constructed in Avondale, AZ, as reported by azcentral.com, signifies that the healthcare industry is continuing to move towards the walk-in emergency care style. The facility designed by the developer Irgens and Cigna will cover 60,000 square feet, have two floors, and a drive-in patients can be dropped off at. The President and General Manager of Cigna in Arizona, Edward Kim, spoke at the initial groundbreaking of the site on Tuesday: “We could not be more excited. This will be a state-of-the-art facility (that) really symbolizes our mission: to improve the health,...

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Two Arizona Men Arrested in Oklahoma Drug Bust

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Local News | 0 comments

Canadian County, OK, sheriffs recently arrested two Arizona men after discovering 15 pounds of cocaine and 1.2 pounds of black-tar heroin in the trunk of their vehicle. According to NewsOn6.com, a sheriff’s deputy stopped the car’s driver, Rafael Luna of Glendale, after observing him driving erratically on Interstate 40. Luna, 56, is a fourth grade school teacher. Luna and his passenger, Jose A. Lopez, 50, of Phoenix, told deputies they were traveling to Missouri for Luna’s son’s U.S. Army training graduation. However, officers noticed inconsistencies in the two men’s stories, leading them to suspect criminal activity. Officers brought Drug Detector K9 “Pickles” to the scene to sniff around the vehicle. The canine alerted the deputies to the presence of narcotics in the trunk of the silver 2000 Mercedes Benz. Deputies immediately took the two suspects into custody, and the...

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