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RED Looks Good on You... Wear Red on February 7th

There is a startling reality surrounding heart disease in the United States. Did you know that it is the number one killer of both men and women in this country? Were you aware that one out of every four women will die of this disease? And most are unaware of the risk factors?

Get a head start on your health in 2020 and learn about heart disease risk factors, by attending the Dignity Health Heart Health Fair on February 7th from 8 a.m. to noon at the Healing Garden at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. Thanks to generous donations, the attendance is complimentary and will feature free screening and educational opportunities such as cholesterol screening, blood glucose level, blood pressure check, body mass index (BMI) and much more. We will also be introducing the Women and Children’s Pavilion and Women’s Heart Health Program. So wear RED and be good to your heart. It will be good to you!

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Human Trafficking Awareness  

It is not always easy to know what lies behind the face of a human trafficking victim. According to a 2014 study, 88% of trafficking survivors had contact with the health care system, but were not identified as victims.

Indeed, the prevalence of human trafficking in Arizona poses challenges to victims and health care providers alike. Victims face medical, emotional and mental health challenges such as sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and malnutrition, while health care providers face difficulties in identifying these victims among the patient population. As a result of this challenge, a system-wide initiative, Dignity Health’s Human Trafficking Response Program, was launched to recognize exploited persons and provide targeted care. To date, Dignity Health has invested over $1million in training staff to recognize victims and educate our professionals on how to best assist them.

This incredible project is led by program director, Holly Austin Gibbs, a nationally recognized advocate and former trafficking victim. Our commitment to this project remains steadfast. We are focused on training more staff and establishing more community partnerships that will reach more victims. In order to continue this vital work, however, we need the support of both donors and Dignity Health employees. Your gift in any amount is extremely valuable and will be applied directly to this program to save more victims. 

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The Maynards Give Back 

Mikey Maynard felt helpless and frightened the morning of July 9, 2019. A ruptured colon had sent him into a sudden downward spiral!

After an emergency flight from San Francisco to Phoenix, Mikey was taken to Arizona General, Dignity Health’s newest hospital in the East Valley, where the emergency department team sprung into action. Once he was stabilized, Mikey was transported to Chandler Regional Medical Center where four clinical experts awaited his arrival. Ultimately, the surgical team led by Dr. Stevenson completed major organ repair during a six hour surgery.

By the beginning of September, Mikey was given a clean bill of health. He attributes his amazing outcome to the skilled doctors and staff of Dignity Health. However, one thing still bothered Mikey. He saw how hospitals, although state-of-the-art, lack capacity. So, now he and his wife Mikki are on a mission to raise funds through our Dignity Rising campaign that will facilitate expansion at our medical centers. More operating rooms and bigger facilities will help prevent long, life threatening waits for treatment, tests and surgery.

We thank the Maynards for raising awareness and funds in 2020. 

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Swaddles of Comfort and Love 

Having a premature newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be both heart wrenching and stressful for new parents who cannot bring their sweet bundle home right away. As a hypnobirthing specialist, mother of two who delivered at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and Aunt of a preemie, Hayley Benjamin wanted to give back to the place her children were born and to the people that nurtured her nephew, Lincoln, born prematurely four years ago. Hayley is doing this through her new organization Beholdbabies. The small business provided Dignity Health hospitals in the East Valley with swaddles, blankets and wraps for preemies. “I am just a tiny shop, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make a big difference!”exclaims Hayley. “I am hoping that our swaddles bring some comfort to the parents whose babies are in the NICU,” We are grateful for the comfort and love that Beholdbabies provides to our most precious little patients. To learn more about ther swaddles go to

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Giving Teens are Kind

Some amazing teens in our community spread holiday cheer and humankindness this Christmas season with special projects for our patients. Many thanks go to the Pom Line at Casteel High School for their lovingly decorated Christmas trees given to those who were hospitalized during the holidays. We are also grateful to Riley Thompson, a lovely young lady who created a coloring book entitled “Hello Humankindness" with her family and friends. We also thank DCS Contracting for funding the printing of the coloring book and to Competition Printing for their expert printwork. We are extremely grateful for your support.

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Golfing For Great Causes

Arizona is the perfect place for golfing almost year-round and Dignity Health Foundation-sponsored tournaments are a great way to support worthy causes in our community. Our first tournament of the year, the Faith, Hope and Love Brain Tumor Golf Classic 2020 will be held February 21 at the Arizona Grand Golf Course. Proceeds from this tourney will provide support to brain tumor patients and their families and fund research to find a cure for this frightening disease. For tournament details and sponsorship opportunities.
Springtime will bring us the 18th Annual George Rozsa Golf Classic on Thursday, April 9th at the Whirlwind Golf Club. Last year over 300 folks came out to play. This classic will feature many super fun events from a $1 Million Shoot Out to a Cornhole Tournament, a beer garden, and many more opportunities to win some amazing prizes. 

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Upcoming events

Go Red For Women
Mark your calendar now for a heart healthy event with Dignity Health on national Go Red for Women day. We will be promoting healthy living and our new Women's and Children's Pavilion.  

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Faith Hope and Love Golf Tournament
Buy tickets today for a wonderful day on the links benefitting brain tumor patients and their families, plus supporting research to find a cure for this devastating illness.   

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Power of the Purse Membership Reception If you are looking for a way to give back to your community while enjoying the fellowship of dynamic ladies, the Power of the Purse is the place for you to belong! The start of the new year is the perfect time for the Foundation’s ladies’ philanthropic group to launch is annual Membership Drive. This year’s event will take place on February 26th at 5 pm at a member’s private residence. Come learn about the Power of the Purse and the wonderful projects and activities planned for this year. 

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