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St. Joseph’s Medical Group Gets a New Name April 11, 2014

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Many of have pursued management of your hormonal disturbances from Laura Knecht, MD, Medical Director of the Barrow Pituitary Center, who was part of the former Internal Medicine Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

The name of Joseph’s Hospital Medical Group has changed its’ name to Dignity Health Medical Group. The new name better reflects the group of employed physicians who serve Dignity Health’s Arizona health care organizations, which include St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center, and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. Dignity Health Medical Group employs more than 250 providers and 400 support staff covering a wide range of specialties and more than 70 subspecialties.

Dr. Knecht has not left. Only her practice name has changed.

 

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Barrow Pituitary Center Support Group Meeting March 17, 2014

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Please join us on April 25, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM for another Barrow Pituitary Center Support Group Meeting. Dr. William White will discuss the indications for surgical removal of pituitary tumors. There will be an opportunity following the presentation for patients & caregivers to mingle with each other and share similar experiences. This meeting will be held in the Sonntag Academic Pavilion at Barrow Neurological Institute. Check back soon for details!

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Pituitary Centers of Excellence February 27, 2014

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Pituitary disorders are often complex and difficult to diagnose.  A variety of highly skilled doctors who collaborate and communicate about what is in your best interest is of utmost importance. Subspecialty programs like the Barrow Pituitary Center create a union of numerous disciplines to encompass diagnostic testing, treatment planning, and evaluation.

We are one of the few institutions throughout the country that can offer such comprehensive services to the members in its community as well as worldwide. This creates a reputation for Barrow as a “Center of Excellence” for pituitary disorders.

The graph below demonstrates the disparity of experience for treatment of pituitary disorders in Arizona and further supports the need for formal centers of excellence.

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Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

Pituitary Stalk Tumors February 19, 2014

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Under the direction of Drs. William White, Andrew Little, and Laura Knecht, the Barrow Pituitary Center offers educational talks the third Tuesday of each month lead by Barrow residents and endocrine fellows affiliated with the VA Endocrine Program. Literature reviews and case presentations are discussed focusing on topics such as Cushing’s disease, Acromegaly, Pituitary Adenomas, and other pituitary related disorders.

The most recent talk available is Pituitary Stalk Tumors recorded during the December Neuroendocrine Conference. Our speaker, Dr. Sammy Kalb, is highly respected for his work in this field. Keep in mind this presentation is intended for an audience of medical professionals.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

 

Managing Cushing’s Disease February 12, 2014

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The Barrow Pituitary Center will host Novel Medical Managements for Cushing’s Disease on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Join Sammy Kalb, MD, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the 4th Floor Neuroscience Conference Room.

This presentation is intended for an audience of medical professionals and may contain elaborate medical terminology. All community endocrinologists and other interested medical specialists are welcome to attend.

Please contact Maggie Bobrowitz, RN for more Information about this presentation.

Access to view online is not restricted or password protected and will be available on this blog in a couple of weeks.

Regards,
Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
Office: (602) 406-7585
margaret.bobowitz@dignityhealth.org

 

How Should I Choose My Surgeon? February 3, 2014

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I often find patients in pursuit of the latest surgical procedure or technological advancement that has been discussed in new reports or blogs.

Although new technology and surgical techniques often provide enhanced patient care and faster recovery, a superior outcome is not guaranteed. Patients today have an abundance of information available to help them find the best medical care.  It is essential, however, to validate the source of your research.  The expertise of your medical team, including the neurosurgeon and the endocrinologist, is crucial to a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

Seeking treatment at a facility which is a Center of Excellence in pituitary disorders will ensure they have the ability to offer the full array of treatment options for your condition. When you receive a recommendation for treatment from a Center of Excellence you can be assured that you are receiving the option best suited for your condition and overall health rather than restricted to the expertise of a surgeon or facility with limited resources.

The Barrow Pituitary Center is the oldest and most experienced facility in the Southwest offering patient-centered care to individuals requiring treatment for complex pituitary disorders. The range of symptoms that patients with pituitary disorders suffer from is broad and the consequence of hormonal and neurological complications can severely diminish one’s quality of life. Our physicians, including Drs. William White, Andrew Little, and Laura Knecht, understand the value of a “medical home” for patients and provide ongoing neurological and endocrine care throughout one’s lifetime.

Barrow is one of the few institutions throughout the country that can offer such comprehensive services. This creates a reputation for Barrow as a “Center of Excellence” for pituitary disorders.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

Hello Human Kindness January 15, 2014

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Sometimes, good health care goes beyond making sure you feel better when you leave the hospital.  Please click on the link below to watch videos that touch upon one or more of the humankindness tenants: listening, empathy, respect, and kindness.

Hellohumankindness.org

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

January 9, 2014

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The Barrow Pituitary Center is hosting our third medical conference on November 15, 2014. This event will focus on various pituitary conditions and be formatted to meet the educational needs of medical professionals. This event is not intended for the general public due to the scientific approach of the lectures.

If you are currently suffering from a pituitary disorder, tell your physicians (primary care physician, neurologist, endocrinologist, gynecologist, and their office staff) to save this date and learn about effective diagnostic tests and the most advanced treatment options. Invited guests and specific agenda  details will be available soon.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

Inferior Petrosal Sinus Sampling (IPSS) December 24, 2013

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Under the direction of Drs. William White, Andrew Little, and Laura Knecht, the Barrow Pituitary Center offers educational talks the third Tuesday of each month lead by Barrow neurosurgical residents and endocrine fellows affiliated with the VA Endocrine Program. Literature reviews and case presentations are discussed focusing on topics such as Cushing’s disease, Acromegaly, Pituitary Adenomas and other pituitary related disorders.

Inferior Petrosal Sinus Sampling was recorded during the December Neuroendocrine Conference. Our speaker, Dr. Celene Mulholland, is highly respected for her work in this field. Keep in mind this presentation is intended for an audience of medical professionals and contains real surgical footage.

Regards,
Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

Radiotherapy for Pituitary Adenomas December 18, 2013

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Barrow Neurological Institute offers conferences each week that cover various medical conditions. Under the direction of Drs. William White, Andrew Little, and Laura Knecht, the Barrow Pituitary Center offers educational talks on the third Tuesday of each month led by our neurosurgical residents and endocrine fellows affiliated with the VA Endocrine Program. Literature reviews and case presentations are discussed focusing on topics such as Cushing’s disease, Acromegaly, Pituitary Adenomas and other pituitary related disorders.

Radiotherapy for Pituitary Adenomas was recorded at our November Neuroendocrine Conference. The speaker, Dr. David Xu, is highly respected for his work in this field. Keep in mind this presentation is intended for an audience of medical professionals and contains graphic representation of surgical techniques. If you have any questions about the talk, please post them to this blog and I will do my best to answer them.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

 

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