District Medical Group (DMG) is pleased to welcome Michelle Martin, FNP-C. Michelle has been in nursing for over six years.

May 21, 2020

doctor with gloves and face mask

Valued DMG Patient:

As part of the District Medical Group (DMG) family, we want to ensure you know we are here for you. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, DMG locations across the Valley have remained open to support the health of our patients.

We understand you may have concerns about leaving your home right now, especially if you or a family member is not feeling well and needs medical care. We are employing safety measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect you and your family as well as our staff, including:

  • Safe screening practices for all patients and families prior to an in-person office visit
  • Availability of telehealth appointments, as appropriate, so you can meet with your DMG provider safelyand securely from home
  • Enhanced office cleaning and personal protection procedures, with hand sanitizer readily available inour locations
  • Social distancing measures at check-in, checkout and in our waiting rooms, including rapidly movingpatients that are sick to a private room
  • Use of masks and face shields by all providers and staff while caring for our patients,
  • Providing cloth facial coverings to patients and a required family member entering the clinics without acloth masksWhether you or a family member needs to visit a DMG primary care location for preventive care (i.e. annual exams, screenings or vaccines), treatment of seasonal allergies or illness, behavioral health support, or management of a chronic or complex condition, we are here for you, providing a safe, clean environment.Our DMG primary care and behavioral health locations are open and available for in-person and telehealth appointments.

Contact the desired location to get the care you need when you need it:


Behavioral Health

DMG Desert Horizon Integrative Medicine
840 E. McKellips Rd., Ste. 110
Mesa, AZ 85203
(602) 470-5520


Internal Medicine

District Medical Group- East Mesa
(formerly Arizona Center for Internal Medicine)
6315 E. Main St., Ste. 4
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 830-4164


Family Practice

District Medical Group- Anthem*
(formerly Choice Medical Walk-in)
3624 W. Anthem Wy.
Anthem, AZ 85086
(623) 434-5748

District Medical Group- Lake Pleasant*
(formerly Choice Medical Walk-in)
10144 W. Lake Pleasant Pkwy., Ste. 1110
Peoria, AZ 85382
(623) 434-5748

*Walk-in care available at these locations

District Medical Group- Arrowhead
(formerly M&M Medical)
15182 N. 75th Ave.
Peoria AZ 85381
(623) 487-3334


For more information on each location’s hours of operations, services, and providers, visit DMGAZ.org. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to call us. You are part of the DMG family, and we are here for you.

David Wisinger, MD
Chief Medical Officer
District Medical Group

DMG Children’s Rehabilitative Services continues presence at growing medical hub


PHOENIX, April 20, 2020 – Boutique metro Phoenix brokerage firm Citywide Commercial has completed a 56,000-square-foot lease renewal that keeps District Medical Group’s (DMG) Children’s Rehabilitative Services at Park Central, a rapidly emerging hub for medical education and services in Phoenix’s midtown submarket.

The lease will extend DMG’s presence at Park Central for 10 years and continue its participation in the revitalization of Park Central – an effort directed by Plaza Companies and Holualoa Companies to transform the city’s first large-scale mall into an almost 500,000-square-foot mixed-use project.

Most recently, this transformation has included a strong medical focus with the groundbreaking of a new $100 million Creighton University health sciences campus, able to support nearly 900 students, and activity by the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance. Supported by Creighton University, Dignity Health, Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System) and DMG, the Alliance is based out of Park Central and focuses on expanding physician education and training in the Valley.

“Park Central is quickly becoming a major new medical hub in Phoenix, both for education and for patient services,” said Citywide Commercial Senior Vice President Bo Sederstrom, who represented DMG in their lease negotiations. “This is great news for Phoenix, which consistently ranks as one of the fastest growing populations in the nation. Groups like DMG will help us to keep pace with that growth and the associated rise in demand for quality medical care.”

DMG Children’s Rehabilitative Services is the only multi-specialty interdisciplinary clinic in Maricopa County providing care to Arizona children with special needs. Located at 3141 N. 3rd Ave. in Phoenix, on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Osborn Road, the office serves infants through age 21 with over 85 medical providers and more than 25 pediatric specialties. It also provides services ranging from labs and x-rays to education and support. DMG has been a tenant at Park Central since 2013.

About Citywide CRE

Citywide Commercial Real Estate is a boutique commercial real estate firm specializing in commercial real estate properties within the greater Phoenix market. Under the direction of industry veterans, Citywide provides expertise in all stages of commercial real estate investment including site selection, investment strategies, leasing and property marketing. On each front, the company lives out its mission to provide innovative, results-oriented, customer-first services that maximize the potential of every industrial asset in its care. To learn more visit www.citywidecre.com.



Stacey Hershauer


Dr. Kevin Foster, head of the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix, was working on St. Patrick’s Day when the call came in.

There had been a horrible accident. As a family in Phoenix was getting ready for a neighborhood party, the father built a fire in a fire pit in his driveway. He had used gasoline to ignite it and it exploded.

He was burned badly and his 8-year-old daughter was engulfed in flames.

In the moment Foster saw Isabella McCune for the first time, saw how badly she was hurt, he thought of his daughter, Katie, who is a few years older than Isabella and also has dark hair and eyes.

He pushed the thought away and focused on the patient.

Foster put Isabella in a drug-induced coma almost immediately. A tube down her throat helped her breathe.

Third-degree burns covered her hands and arms, one side of her torso, her buttocks and legs, front and back. Her face was mostly spared.

Over the next three days, Foster would take Isabella into the operating room several times, slicing open her limbs to relieve pressure from swelling, cutting away the destroyed skin.

It was only the beginning. It would take months to repair the damage. Isabella would hurt all of the time, even with pain medication.

She was burned over 65 percent of her body. She would need extensive skin grafts.

Foster would use the unburned skin on her back, and he’d take more each time her back healed. Using her own skin meant there was less chance of rejection.

It would be harrowing for Isabella. It would be hard on her family. It would haunt Foster.

He focused on what he knew could be. Twenty years ago, Isabella would not have survived this. But Foster and his staff could fix her.

The day would come when Isabella would leave the hospital. She’d go back to school and gymnastics.

Foster would keep that picture in his mind. He’d try to make Isabella see it, too.

Her resilience and strength

In the first six weeks, Isabella underwent 10 surgeries. Skin grafts covered her hands and arms and one leg. Her other leg and buttocks were still raw muscle protected by bandages.

But Isabella worked hard in physical therapy, walking on legs thick with bandages, even through tears. Dr. Foster told her that the more she moved, the better she would heal.

She believed him.

“Isabella is something of an old soul, I think,” Foster said. “She seems to understand the big picture. As horrible as her stay here has been, she is graceful and grateful.”

Foster was in charge of Isabella’s treatment. He knew it would be excruciating.

“To make her better, I have to torture her,” Foster said.

Yet Isabella lit up every time she saw the doctor, even when the news was bad. He didn’t always feel like he deserved her devotion.

Foster might have left her in that medically-induced coma for longer — it is the best way to deal with the horrendous pain of an injury like this — but in her waking moments, Isabella had pointed at the intubation tube in her mouth and hooked her thumb to tell him to take it out.

Afterward, when Foster put her under to clean her wounds and change her dressings, something that had to be done every other day, in the twilight of anesthesia, Isabella sang Taylor Swift songs.

“I don’t know where that kind of resilience comes from,” Foster said. “I wish we could bottle it.”

Dr. Kevin Foster formed a unique bond while operating on 9-year-old Isabella McCune, who was badly burned in a home accident.Michael Chow, Arizona Republic

A terrible thing, but a hopeful one

In the evening before a surgery, on May 23, Isabella was drowsy and pale, worn out from a dressing change that morning. She sat in a wheelchair, wrapped in a Super Girl blanket.

She roused herself, eyelids flickering and then opening, when she heard her name and smiled.

After the surgery, Foster told her she would be intubated, which she still hated, for five days, kept unconscious to stay still so she could heal.

Foster hoped this might be her last surgery if he could get enough skin from her back to cover all the areas still exposed: most of her thighs and her backside.

The other areas had healed nicely.

Possibly,” Isabella emphasized. She didn’t want to get her hopes up just in case. “Dr. Foster said it could possibly be my last surgery.”

She had done this a half dozen times already. It didn’t get any easier.

Her mother smoothed the hair near her face. “Are you hot?” Lilly asked.

Isabella shook her head, no. Her tears dropped onto the blanket.

She had been in the hospital for 68 days. She was sitting on raw muscle cushioned with padding and dressings. Her dad asked a nurse for more pain medication.

Isabella hardly ever complained. She was not worried about the surgery.

“Dr. Foster will be there,” she said.

Foster was there in blue scrubs, his face covered by a mask. The operating room was warm, almost 100 degrees so Isabella wouldn’t get chilled. Without skin, burn victims have trouble regulating their body temperature.

Isabella lay on the surgical table, covered in drapes, just her back and her bare feet showing. An anesthesiologist sat near her head. The team lined up on either side.

Foster glanced at Isabella’s feet. The drapes help them focus on the task at hand.

“We concentrate on the area we are operating on, then it’s not Isabella,” Foster said. “It’s a back and that makes is easier.”

It was time to begin.

The team worked methodically, removing skin from Isabella’s back in strips, each a couple of inches wide and tissue-paper thin.

The skin grafts were handed down the table and draped over the edge of a bucket filled with saline solution to keep them moist.

Foster sat at a small metal table at the end and ran the strips through a small machine that looked like a pasta maker; it punched holes in the strips, creating a mesh like a fish-net stocking. The skin grafts stretch to cover more surface this way.

It might be enough.

Foster took a small piece of skin to a side table where he mixed it with enzymes that separate the skin cells into a spray solution. He was using an experimental skin spray called ReCell with special permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Spraying it over the mesh grafts would help Isabella heal more quickly and with less scarring.

Foster and another surgeon traded off, smoothing the grafts over the exposed areas and securing them to the tissue beneath with a staple gun, the sound sharp in the quiet operating room.

“We are going to do her backside now,” Foster said. He carefully lifted first one leg and then the other. Staff murmured to one another as they worked.

“We have enough, guys,” Foster said.

All exposed areas were covered. Finally.

It was 11:35 a.m. The surgery took four hours.

Foster stood back, his arms crossed, watching as the grafts were covered with dressings and then bandages and splints.

“This is an incredibly horrible invasive thing to do to a human being,” he said. “I can’t imagine what this must feel like.”

This was a tough surgery to go through once. Isabella had done it six or seven times.

“A single skin graft is difficult, yet she has to do it over and over,” Foster said. “It’s just remarkable how she has dealt with all this pain.”

He followed Isabella back to her room. A nurse called her mother and handed Foster the phone.

“Everything went great,” Foster told Lilly.

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Maybe by the Fourth of July

Isabella had the giggles, though she wasn’t sure what was so funny.

“I’m just so happy,” she said.

It had been almost three weeks since her last surgery. Her back hurt still, from where skin was taken for grafts.

But if it heals enough by Monday, she could have another surgery to patch a few holes.

“I don’t think it will be ready,” Isabella said. It turned out that she was right. The surgery would be postponed.

Isabella was ready to go home. Foster had told her maybe by the Fourth of July.

Isabella crinkled her nose and rubbed around the feeding tube that runs down her nostril. She ate a meatball sandwich from Red Devil Italian Restaurant earlier, but she still got about 80 percent of her calories through that tube.

Isabella had told Foster earlier that day that she wants to be a burn nurse.

“I’ve been through a lot, and I’ve had a hard time, so I know what it’s like,” she said.

“I want to help people that have to go through what I’ve been through. I’ll be able to tell them not to be scared,” she said.

“I’ll be able to tell them, ‘You’re going to get better someday,’ because I’m better now.”

A few weeks later, an infection caused Isabella to lose the new grafts, a heartbreaking setback.

Foster moved Isabella into isolation on another floor. The infection resisted antibiotics. She was there through July, August and into September.

On Sept. 10, Foster was stoic as he told Isabella that he was going to put her into another medically-induced coma the next day, intubate her, and instead of cleaning her wounds and changing her dressings every other day, he would do it twice a day.

Foster wanted the infection gone. She would miss her ninth birthday four days later.

“It’s all right,” Isabella told him. She would do whatever he thought was best.

“I’m like a daughter to him, so he does for me what he would do for his daughter,” Isabella said.

Foster marveled that Isabella seemed to grasp what needed to be done. Adults often don’t take it as well.

Isabella was glad the doctor was honest with her. “I would rather know what was going to happen,” she said.

If Isabella didn’t understand something, she would ask for Foster. He’d come see her as soon as he finished rounds or got out of the operating room.

“I knew I could believe him,” she said.

Nurses promised to bring in cupcakes to celebrate Isabella’s birthday early.

For Foster, it was the lowest time in her treatment. “This wasn’t just one step back,” he said. “It was a huge running leap backward.” He took it as hard as her family did.

Isabella’s mother watched Foster as he left her room that day. Once he was out in the hallway, she saw his shoulders drop.

An award, but a bittersweet moment

In November, when Foster was called into the packed hospital auditorium and surprised with the 2018 MIHS Physician of the Year award, Isabella was there, sitting in a wheelchair, grinning at him.

She had come to cheer him on. It was the first time he had seen her in regular clothes — not a hospital gown — over her bandages. Her hands had healed enough to clap for him. Hard.

Foster felt like a hypocrite, accepting the award, because he hadn’t fixed her yet. The infection she had been fighting for months was gone. She was scheduled again for surgery to replace the grafts she lost.

Isabella has been his most challenging case.

Foster thought about her constantly, what he could do differently or better. When he took a vacation to Montana last summer, as his kids picked out souvenirs of the trip, Foster bought a stuffed fox for Isabella.

“As much as I love having her here and taking care of her, I do want her to get better and get out of here,” he said.

“It’s kind of been a constant reminder of failure.”

Isabella didn’t see it that way. She has adjusted to life in the hospital, getting stickers for doing well in physical therapy and surgery to earn prizes. A small speaker. An American Girl doll.

She could wheel herself to the cafeteria for pizza.

“Dr. Foster is helping me get better,” Isabella said. “I couldn’t do all of this without him.”

Isabella was back in surgery the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but the skin grafts didn’t take.

The buttocks are one of the most difficult areas to graft because the blood supply is not good, the tissue underneath fatty and the skin typically thin. It is difficult to keep the graft immobilized long enough for the blood vessels to attach properly.

Three weeks later, Foster covered her rear end again and kept Isabella on her belly. This time, the grafts took.

Over the next few days, he removed her feeding tube and bladder catheter.

Her appetite was better. She was walking up and down the hallways with a walker and taking the stairs, one flight down and back up. Her pain was under control.

After more than 109 surgeries and procedures, if nothing else went wrong, Foster thought, she might be able to go home before Christmas.

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A night out, in style

On a Saturday evening, Isabella was surrounded by medical personnel, not because anything was wrong but because she was going out.

“It’s not for too long but at least I’m getting out,” Isabella said. “This is going to be so awesome. I’m so excited.”

Her parents and brother were attending the Arizona Burn Foundation’s annual holiday gala, but they didn’t know Isabella was coming. Her dad had just called to say he wished she could go.

“My parents are going to freak out,” Isabella said happily.

Two days earlier, Foster had asked Isabella if she wanted to go to the gala.

She knew he wasn’t kidding. “Dr. Foster doesn’t kid,” Isabella said.

Transforming her for a night out turned out to be a community effort.

Crystalynn Ramos, who was a licensed cosmetologist before she became a nurse, dabbed concealer under Isabella’s eyes.

“Your cheeks are so rosy already,” Ramos said, “and look at these eyelashes.” They had been singed off when Isabella was burned, but they had grown back long and thick.

Ramos applied mascara and shimmery gold eyeliner, tipping her lashes with it.

“You are going to sparkle,” Ramos said.

Her dress, hanging on the cabinet door, sparkled, too, ivory with lace, flowers and a tulle skirt.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” Isabella asked. She didn’t mind that it would show her scars. She was proud of them. They showed what she’d been through, how strong she was.

Nurse Brook Chavarria finished her shift and then came back in to do Isabella’s hair, bringing her dress and heels for the gala.

Isabella looked sideways at the flat iron Chavarria used to curl her hair. The heat coming off it made her nervous.

“I won’t burn you, I promise,” Chavarria said carefully releasing a ringlet. She had been on duty when Isabella first arrived in the emergency department.

Burn technician Erin O’Neill painted Isabella’s fingernails a shimmery rose gold.

Emily Helmick, a physician resident, had bought Isabella a pair of glittery purple flats and a matching purple clutch.

Isabella picked a lip color, Wet n Wild’s “Rose the Matter.”

Ramos clipped diamond clips into her hair like a crown.

Isabella carefully stood holding onto the back of her wheelchair while the bandage on her back was changed, the area still raw from where Foster had taken skin grafts for her last surgery.

Then, with O’Neill on one side and Helmick on the other, Isabella stepped into her dress.

O’Neill tied the bow on the back. Isabella turned from side to side, making the skirt swish, smiling.

“The shoes,” Isabella remembered. Helmick squatted down and gently guided her feet into the glittery flats.

They fit perfectly. Like Cinderella.

Nurse Dana Rogoveanu gave Isabella an oral dose of pain medication. It should last the evening.

Isabella eased herself back into her wheelchair and fluffed out her skirt.

Her escorts were three firefighters who have volunteered to take Isabella in an ambulance. The gurney was draped with silver tinsel.

“You look so beautiful, honey,” Rich Lara said. “The shoes are the best.”

“We don’t get to take a princess out very often,” Kevin Duzy said.

“We’ll have her home by midnight,” Lara promised.

It was the first time Isabella had left the hospital in 268 days.

‘You’re going to forget about me’

Four days later, Isabella was still wearing the glittery purple flats with her pajamas.

The gala was fun, she said. Her parents were surprised to see her there. “My dad lost it,” she said, grinning.

Someone at the gala donated $1,500 to pay for Isabella to go to burn camp next summer.

Mark Dewane, head of the board that over sees the burn center as part of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, told Isabella her nursing school tuition would be paid if that’s what she decides to do.

The next day, Isabella texted Foster: “Hi, Dr. Foster. It’s Isabella. I hope you’re having a great day.”

He texted back: “I hope you are getting some rest after your big night.”

She took a picture of herself making a funny face and sent it to him, captioning it, “I woke up like this.”

Foster texted back: “Go back to sleep.”

Later that day, the doctor came in to tell Isabella that she would go home on Monday, nine months to the day she was admitted. She knew he wasn’t kidding.

“Dr. Foster is kind of a serious guy because he has a serious job,” Isabella said.

Now the doctor leaned into Room 9 and noticed Isabella’s shoes.

“If I had a pair of shoes like that, I’d wear them every day, too,” Foster said.

She told him that she had done her dressing change that morning with no intravenous pain medication, just 5 milligrams of oxycodone.

Isabella asked if she’d have to be sedated to remove the PICC line from her arm. “How will you guys take it out?” she asked.

He’ll tug it out, Foster told her. Isabella raised her eyebrows. “You’ll look out the window, and it will be out,” he said. “It’s a piece of cake compared to what you’ve been through.”

Isabella has a list of people she is going to miss when she leaves. She told Foster she would miss him the most.

“You’re going to forget about me the minute you walk out of here — and that’s the way it should be,” the doctor told her.

“But I’m never going to forget you.”

Reach Bland at karina.bland@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-8614. Read more at karinabland.azcentral.com.

By Nicholas Tanner, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist at DMG CRS
PHOENIXNovember 30, 2018 /AZLatinos.com/

Dr. Nick Tanner

As a parent of a child with health, developmental and/or behavioral differences, you become more than a parent- you are an advocate, a champion and your child’s loudest voice. Here’s three tips to help you and your child’s health and quality of life. And, never forget that your child’s care team at DMG Children’s Rehabilitative Services is here to support you every step of the way.

(1)  Advocate relentlessly.  Sometimes, your life may feel a little like it is “us against the world.” When parents have a kid with extra needs or differences, contentious situations and relationships can arise between parents and your child’s school, healthcare providers, and/or government agencies; never stop advocating as you know your child best.

As a pediatric psychologist, part of my job is encouraging parents to engage with these complex systems of care, help them navigate the procedural challenges inherent in these systems, and facilitate collaboration to help patients and families thrive. Although it’s important to have realistic expectations, the old saying is true- “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Families and parents who are persistent tend to be more successful in getting enhanced individualized and intensive attention. Though conflict can be uncomfortable, it’s important to be your child’s biggest champion; advocate relentlessly.

(2)   Focus on the big picture. Parents can understandably get caught up in what their children’s
limitations are- right now-in the present. They may lose sight of the long-term goals and potential of their child- what’s really important. Part of my job at DMG CRS is helping parents and families identify and connect with their values. Most parents want their children to live vital and meaningful lives, and sometimes an extra need or illness can make it hard to see what’s important in the long run.

Identifying values is one way to help figure out the big picture. Values can act as a compass, providing direction and assisting parents to move from a place of “My child can’t do this,” “What if they fail?” or “My child will never….” to a more productive vision of possibilities. My goal is to help parents begin to ask, “What can my kid do now?” “What do I hope they’ll be able to do in the future?” and “How can we help them get there?” Think about the long-term vision for your child’s life and his/her possibilities; dare to dream and focus on what’s important.

(3)  Take care of yourself. For good reason, many parents do not consider themselves or their well=being a priority or critical to their child’s outcome. On top of the already hectic demands of parenting, families of children with extra needs have additional financial and time requirements and/or strains. Many families I work with manage busy schedules that include juggling therapy appointments, doctor visits, school, parenting other children, and work.

Remember, there’s a reason the flight attendant tells parents to “put on your air masks before putting on your child’s air mask in the event of an emergency;” it’s impossible to help other people if you do not take care of yourself. Research shows that socially-isolated parents struggle to build fulfilling relationships with their children and are more likely to develop mental illnesses, including depression. It’s not “selfish” to take care of yourself; it is essential and necessary.  So, go ahead and make that therapy appointment for yourself, get a pedicure, or meet up with some supportive friends. It might be one of the  best things you can do for yourself and  your child.

SOURCE AZLatinos.com


PHOENIX (October 2, 2018) – District Medical Group Children’s Rehabilitative Services (DMG CRS) announced the addition of two pediatric specialty physicians serving patients at its multi-specialty interdisciplinary clinic (MSIC) located in Central Phoenix at 3141 N. 3rd Avenue in Park Central Mall. A first-of-its-kind MSIC in Maricopa County, DMG CRS has been the exclusive medical home for AHCCCS Complete Care patients since 2012.


Ashley Tian, MD


Kelvin S. Panesar, MD

The following pediatric specialists are serving patients at DMG CRS effective October 1, 2018, bringing the total number of pediatric medical providers at the Valley of the Sun’s only MSIC to 88 across more than 25 medical specialties.

• Pediatric Neurosurgery: Ashley Tian, MD
• Pediatric Pulmonology: Kelvin S. Panesar, MD

Three to five more pediatric specialists are anticipated to be added by the end of 2018, and DMG CRS will continue to add specialists in 2019.

“Helping children with complex medical conditions have the highest possible quality of life is the reason I became a physician,“ said Ashley Tian, MD, a Banner Children’s pediatric neurosurgeon who treats patients at DMG CRS. “I chose to work at DMG CRS to be part of a team that coordinates care and supports, not just the patient, but the whole family, as part of the treatment plan.”

complete-careIn its commitment to providing coordinated care, DMG CRS also has primary care, dental, social workers, patient advocates, CRS enrollment specialists, child life and care coordinators and other services on-site to support patients and their families.

“Serving pediatric patients with complex medical conditions is what DMG CRS was specifically designed for; we are the only clinic in metropolitan Phoenix that provides coordinated care across medical specialties all in a one-story, easy-to-access clinic, “said Wendy Burkholder Chief Clinical Operating Officer for DMG. “Our patients rely on us to make care for complex conditions as easy and accessible as possible, and we are thrilled to have providers join our team that share our vision.”

Effective October 1, 2018, changes to AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) expanded services, enabling families with CRS patients to bring other children in the family to DMG CRS. For more information on ACC changes, visit DMGCRS.org/ACC.

Pediatric providers interested in serving patients at DMG CRS can call the director of operations at (602) 914- 1522 or email CRSProvider@DMGAZ.org.

About District Medical Group and DMG Children’s Rehabilitative Services (DMG CRS)

District Medical Group (DMG) is a nonprofit entity consisting of more than 650 providers representing all major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. DMG providers serve acute care and psychiatric hospitals, diagnostic centers, family health centers, an internationally-recognized burn center, and numerous outreach programs. DMG Children’s Rehabilitative Services (DMG CRS) is a first-of-its-kind clinic in the Phoenix area, serving AHCCCS Complete Care (ACC) pediatric patients with complex conditions and other children within the family. For more information visit DMGAZ.org.

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PHOENIXSept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire.com/ — Phoenix’s health care landscape is about to change dramatically — as is one of Phoenix’s most iconic properties.

Creighton University – a Jesuit, Catholic University located in Omaha, Nebraska – has reached an agreement on the construction of a new, nearly $100 million health sciences campus at Park Central in midtown Phoenix, a significant expansion of the University’s current presence in the state.

Phase one of the project includes a new building totaling 200,000 square feet and eventually will house nearly 800 Creighton health sciences students in Arizona. The expansion will include a four-year medical school, nursing school, occupational and physical therapy schools, pharmacy school, physician assistant school and emergency medical services program. A second building adjacent to the first may be added in the future.

The new building will be located along Central Avenue on the Park Central property, on land that is currently a parking lot. Construction on the new building will begin in spring 2019, the first on the Park Central site in decades, and is expected to be completed in spring 2021.

In the interim, Creighton University’s College of Nursing, which launched its first Phoenix-based Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in January, will move into a temporary home at Park Central effective January 2019. The School of Medicine, which first came to Phoenix in 2009, will continue operating its third- and fourth-year programs out of space adjacent to Dignity Heath St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center until construction is completed in Spring 2021.

The new Phoenix campus for Creighton will meet the University’s current needs while providing ample room for expansion in the future, and the central Phoenix location makes it convenient for students doing their residencies and other studies at nearby hospitals.

Creighton University is preparing for an exciting new era in Phoenix, one that combines our tradition for educational excellence in the health sciences with our distinctive Jesuit, Catholic mission,” said the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, president of Creighton University. “Creighton University has strong connections to the Arizona medical community, and we look forward to expanding our impact by educating many more exceptionally qualified health care professionals to serve the community moving forward.”

Creighton University’s presence in Phoenix is expanding to help meet the growing demand for health care professionals in the coming years. In June 2018, the Creighton University School of Medicine assumed sponsorship of physician graduate medical education training programs at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), in conjunction with District Medical Group (DMG), encompassing 11 programs with 325 residents and fellows.

Additionally, the four partners have formed the Creighton University-Arizona Health Education Alliance, which was officially launched on Sept. 1, 2017. It is designed to improve and expand current health education programs offered by each of the entities. The Alliance will also develop new academic and clinical education programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and allied health. The Alliance’s activities will also be based out of the new Park Central facility.

Governor Doug Ducey, who officially recognized Creighton University’s contributions to the State of Arizona with a proclamation, hailed the Creighton expansion as a significant addition to the state’s health care infrastructure.

“For more than a decade, Creighton University has been a key partner in helping Arizona train highly skilled health care professionals,” said Gov. Ducey.”Their significant new expansion and investment will help to meet our state’s growing need for health care professionals in the coming years, and it’s yet one more way that Arizona is solidifying its reputation as a premier destination for excellence in health care.”

The new Creighton University facility is also a significant boost for the revitalization of Park Central. Sharon Harper, president & CEO of Plaza Companies — which is redeveloping Park Central in partnership with Holualoa Companies — said Creighton is an ideal fit for the project.

“The new Park Central will have a focus not only on the creation of world-class office, retail and public spaces, but also on a commitment to health and innovation,” Harper said. “Creighton University’s commitment to innovating in health care education makes it a great partner, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have them join the Park Central family.”

Phoenix Mayor Thelda Williams welcomed Creighton’s expansion in Phoenix as a dramatic step to strengthen the region’s growing bioscience industry.

Creighton’s investment in our community will create new jobs and bring new life to a critical property in the heart of midtown Phoenix—but what’s more, it moves us closer to transforming our economy into one rooted in competitive, forward-thinking industries,” said Williams. “I want Phoenix to be a destination for world-class medical education, research, health care and solutions, and our growing partnership with Creighton University is going to help us get there.”

Creighton University has long had a presence in Greater Phoenix, but their decision to continue expanding here is an indication of the growth and demand we’re seeing in the industry regionally,” said Chris Camacho, president & CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “As one of the most innovative medical schools, graduates of their health sciences programs will continue to feed the rapidly growing health care sector.”

For more than a decade, Creighton University has been an academic mainstay in Phoenix, sending medical students to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center for rotations. That relationship expanded significantly in 2009 when the University and St. Joseph’s established a Creighton campus for third- and fourth-year medical students at the Phoenixhospital. The St. Joseph’s campus is home to approximately 100 Creighton medical students.

Creighton University, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. It enrolls 4,446 undergraduates and 4,464 graduate and professional students among nine schools and colleges. No other university its size offers students such a comprehensive academic environment with personal attention from faculty-mentors. Visit: www.creighton.edu

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Sydney Vail, MD, FACS, a well-known and widely respected name in the field of Trauma, named chairman of Valleywise Health’s Department of Surgery

Originally posted on MIHS.org on September 6, 2018  |  Contact:  Michael Murphy at 602-568-0010


sydney vail medical doctorSydney J. Vail, MD, FACS, has been named Chairman, Department of Surgery, at Valleywise Health, Maricopa County’s safety net system of care and public teaching hospital.

In this role, Dr. Vail will oversee all functions of Valleywise’s Department of Surgery, which is comprised of 16 divisions that include: general surgery (including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery), trauma, burn, hand, neurological, otorhinolaryngology, pediatric, plastic, thoracic, surgical critical care, urology, breast surgical oncology, podiatry, physical medicine & rehabilitation, ophthalmology and vascular surgery.

“Dr. Vail is a passionate and innovative professional who has been a national leader in trauma care for decades,” said Steve Purves, Valleywise President and CEO. “His skills and experience, combined with his deep appreciation for our health care system and the community at large, make him uniquely qualified to direct our leading-edge Department of Surgery.”

Dr. Vail has been chief of Valleywise Health’s Trauma Center since 2015, and has led a statewide “Stop the Bleed” campaign that has trained over 3000 Arizona residents, ranging from teachers to public defenders, on how to take action in a bleeding emergency before EMS arrives. Valleywise has the only trauma center in Arizona verified by the American College of Surgeons to treat both adult and pediatric trauma patients, keeping families together in their hour of need.

Dr. Vail is also a deploying team member of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s SWAT Team; EMS Program Director, U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson and Yuma sectors; EMS Medical Director, Arizona Department of Health Services; and Senior Medical Instructor, International School of Tactical Medicine.

Dr. Vail was the trauma director at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital during the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Dr. Vail earned his MD from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1989. His clinical training includes internship and residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia; and fellowships in Trauma & Emergency Surgery and surgical and trauma critical care at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Florida.

Dr. Vail is also chairman of the Disaster Preparedness Committee, Trauma Center Association of America and a member of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Emergency Preparedness Committee. He has been honored twice in the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Health Care Heroes” awards, and received the Golden Scalpel Award for excellence in teaching by the Department of Surgery Residency Program, Maricopa Medical Center.

Dr. Vail is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and a Fellow of the Advisory Board Company, in Executive Leadership.

About Valleywise Health Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa Integrated Health System has a proud tradition of being both the community safety net health care system, with a mission and commitment to serving the underserved and Arizona’s only public teaching hospital.

Valleywise consists of Maricopa Medical, the only Level I Trauma Center in Arizona verified by the American College of Surgeons to care for both adults and children, Arizona’s only nationally verified Burn Center serving the entire Southwestern United States, Valleywise’s McDowell Healthcare Center, which is the largest provider of HIV primary care in Arizona, the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, the Arizona Children’s Center, two behavioral health centers, and 13 neighborhood Community Health Centers. To learn more about Valleywise Health, please visit www.mihs.org.

We are excited to welcome Denise Atwood to the Risk Management team as DMG’s new CRO.

Denise brings many years of experience and expertise to DMG. She is a registered nurse, a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), and a licensed healthcare law attorney with a focus in healthcare law and hospital administration. Read more

Three DMG providers are finalists for the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2018 Health Care Hero Awards. They received a tremendous amount of submissions, so we are very proud!

The Phoenix Business Journal along with Abrazo Health Care, present these awards which recognize the outstanding contributions made in our community.

A panel of judges reviews the nominations and selects the finalists from each category. 
All finalists will be recognized and the winners will be announced at an awards breakfast on Thursday, August 23, at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch from 7am – 10am.

The finalists and winner for each category will also be featured in the Health Care Heroes special section to be included in the edition of the Business Journal.

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Creighton University-Arizona appoints executive director

Jacqueline A. Chadwick, M.D., has assumed the position of founding executive director of the Creighton University-Arizona Health Education Alliance.

The Alliance seeks to expand and improve health care education and training opportunities for medical students throughout the state.

The 35-year family physician and longtime medical educator and administrator’s new role took effect July 30. She is the former vice dean for Educational Affairs and Accreditation at the Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, and joins the Alliance as part of a distinguished career in education, administration and advocacy. Read more

Make-A-Wish Arizona, the local chapter of the international wish-granting organization, and District Medical Group(DMG), a Phoenix-based non-profit medical group comprised of more than 650 providers across medical specialties, are piloting a unique referral process to increase life-changing wish opportunities for eligible children receiving care at Arizona’s Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS), Phoenix.

The “Medical Champions” program was created by DMG using their electronic medical records (EMR) system to better identify and track children with critical illnesses who would qualify for a wish experience. Read more

Creighton University-Arizona Health Education Alliance Is One of the Largest Graduate Medical Education Providers in Arizona

fergusonPHOENIX (July 9, 2018) —Elizabeth Ferguson, MD, a highly regarded surgeon and educator at Maricopa Integrated Health System, has been named Designated Institutional Official (DIO) of the Creighton University–Arizona Health Education Alliance.

In her new position, Dr. Ferguson will supervise all Graduate Medical Education programs under the Alliance, a collaboration of MIHS, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, District Medical Group, Inc., and Creighton University School of Medicine. Read more

You should put sunscreen on your kids even if they’re playing outside in the shade. – Paul Bradbury, Getty Images

Mansi Sarihan, MD  |  Contributor
As originally published USAToday.com 9:20 p.m. June 18, 2018

Question: Do you need to wear sunscreen if you’re outside in the shade?

Answer: I receive this question often and every time I answer:

Definitely yes!

You may think you’ve got it made in the shade, but you can still be hit by harmful UV rays that bounce off the sand, sidewalk, pool or ocean. They can even bounce off grass!

Even under an umbrella or a shade structure, UV rays can slink through the fabric and cause skin damage.

Yes, shade is a blessing. But if you’re relying on it to protect your skin from sunburn, you may be very disappointed. That’s why you’ll want to apply sunscreen before you step outside, even if you’ll stay in the shade.

Here’s the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from direct and indirect UV rays:

  1. Use sunscreen of at least SPF 50 or higher, with full UV spectrum. Find a brand that you like – you’ll be more likely to use it. Reapply sunscreen every two hours you’re outside.
  2. Wear wide-brimmed hats (at least 3 inches of brim all around the head) and UV protective clothing.
  3. Avoiding the sun during peak hours is essential. From around 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., try not to go outside. Or, stick to shaded areas such as swimming at times when the pool is out of the direct sun.
  4. Get in the habit of applying sunscreen. Daily application of sunscreen in the morning, regardless of your activities during the day (even just driving in the car), can yield healthier and happier skin.

Follow these rules and your skin will thank you.

Mansi Sarihan, MD, is chief of dermatology at Maricopa Integrated Health System and Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix.

As originally published USAToday.com 9:20 p.m. June 18, 2018

As originally posted on AZBigMedia.com June 20, 2018


An alliance between some of the most respected names in healthcare in Arizona will become one of the largest providers of graduate medical education and physician training in the state.

The Creighton University-Arizona Health Education Alliance will now oversee the Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs for two of the Valley’s largest healthcare institutions — Maricopa Integrated Health System and Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, as well as the program for District Medical Group.

The consolidation, which was effective June 1, will mean that 325 GME residents will be under the Alliance’s umbrella. The move will make the Alliance the second largest provider of Graduate Medical Education programs in the state of Arizona behind the University of Arizona, which is the only state school with GME programming. Neuroscience residents and fellows will remain under St. Joseph’s sponsorship.

The transition is part of the formation of the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, an initiative formed last fall between Creighton, MIHS, Dignity Health and District Medical Group aimed at increasing the number of doctors and other health professionals in Arizona.

The formation of the Alliance and the sponsorship of the GME programs represents an expansion of Creighton’s impact on the Arizona medical community. The Jesuit, Catholic university has had a presence in Arizona for over a decade. More than 250 Creighton-trained doctors are currently practicing in Arizona, and the St. Joseph’s campus alone is currently home to more than 100 Creighton medical and nursing students.

Patty White, President & CEO of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, said the partnership grew from a successful decade-long track record between Dignity Health and Creighton.

“Our organizations all benefit from access to the most highly trained health care professionals available,” White said. “The alliance allows us to take proactive steps to improve educational opportunities in health care in Arizona, which in turn provides us the opportunity to increase the number of doctors in the state and provide better care to our patients.”

Arizona currently ranks 32nd in the nation for the number of active physicians per 100,000 population.

“We are very pleased to be able to work with these outstanding medical providers to enhance the graduate medical education programs offered in Arizona,” said Creighton University President Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ, PhD. “It is an honor to work with these three exceptional healthcare institutions and provide our students with a superior environment for learning medicine in Arizona.”

The Creighton University-Arizona Health Education Alliance, which was officially launched on Sept. 1, 2017, is designed to improve and expand current health education programs offered by each of the entities. The alliance will also develop new academic and clinical education programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health.

Steve Purves, president and CEO of Maricopa Integrated Health System underscored that the Creighton University-Arizona Health Education Alliance will expand current health education programs offered by each of the entities and will also develop new academic and clinical education programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health.

“Like many places across the country, Arizona faces a shortage of talented medical professionals as the population in need of medical care ages over time,” Purves said. “Alliances such as this one help meet the needs of our communities and enhance the level of care available to all Arizonans.”

“Our organizations each make a positive contribution to the Valley’s healthcare, but we truly are stronger when we work together,” said Dr. Kote Chundu, President and CEO, of District Medical Group. “This alliance will not only help those who work for us or are educated as part of the GME programs, they make our community’s health care better in the process.”

Original article published on posted on AZBigMedia.com June 20, 2018

Seven DMG providers were recognized through
2018 Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doctors list

Top Doctors is an annual survey of health care professionals conducted by PHOENIX magazine. This peer-selected list of the Valley’s best physicians s used by the public to make important decisions about their medical care. Congratulations! 

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DMG is now offering the benefits of HIMSS membership to all of its staff through the HIMSS Organizational Affiliate program. 

HIMSS, or the Health Information Management Systems Society, is the worldwide professional organization for Healthcare Information Technology professionals. HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy and events to over 68,000 individuals, 630 corporations and 450 non-profit organizations throughout the US and Canada.  Read more

As originally posted on AZBigMedia.com May 11, 2018

A celebratory crowd filled the ballroom at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Thursday night to honor the finalists and winners of the 2018 Healthcare Leadership Awards.

“While many issues and concerns and crises compete for the public’s attention, healthcare headlines are the ones that hit home the most because they are the ones that impact our wellness,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “They are the ones that impact the well-being of those we love. That’s why more than half of all Arizonans say healthcare is their top concern in 2018. And that’s why the people we are honoring tonight are so special.”

Sponsors of the event included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Arizona Medical Association and Merestone.

Here are the winners of the 2018 Healthcare Leadership Awards:


Crista-Johnson-Agbakwu• Outstanding Physician: Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu (pictured left), founding director of the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic at District Medical Group and Maricopa Integrated Health System. Dr. Johnson-Abgakwu began the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic in 2008 to provide a culturally grounded, patient-centered medical home for the growing refugee community in Maricopa County. Dr. Johnson-Agbakwu has developed MIHS’s Refugee Women’s Health Clinic into the only one of its kind in the nation dedicated to reaching out to the refugee women and children.

• Community Impact: Dr. Carie Barlow, Volunteer Physician at Mission of Mercy Arizona. Dr. Barlow felt a strong desire to try to help those who were less fortunate and did not have access to quality healthcare. So since 2014, she has used her background in internal medicine background to help Mission of Mercy’s patient population, many of whom have gone years without any medical care. 

• Outstanding Healthcare Design: Orcutt | Winslow. As a homegrown firm, Orcutt | Winslow’s healthcare design studio has contributed to the planning, architecture and interior design of more than 30 major hospital campuses in Arizona, including the design of some firsts — the Surgical Transitional Intensive Care Unit at Banner Desert, the Healing Garden at Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix and Desert Pain Institute’s fully sustainable facility for pain management and outpatient care.

• Outstanding Achievement in Behavioral Health Management or Treatment: Southwest Behavioral & Health Services. When Gov. Doug Ducey declared a health emergency over the number of people dying from opioid addiction, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services helped provide the framework for the governor’s executive order. SB&H is working tirelessly to stay abreast of the national trends to improve the outcomes for opioid addicts, to save lives and to help alleviate the opioid crisis through its four statewide opioid replacement clinics.

• Outstanding Healthcare Facility: Cigna Medical Group Phoenix Central Multi-Specialty Center. Patients can see their doctor, get lab work, have an X-ray and pick up a prescription all at the Phoenix Central office. More than 6,500 patients call the Phoenix Central office their medical home, nearly 500 patients visit the center every day and 95 percent of them and extremely or very likely to recommend their doctor, according to a survey.

• Outstanding Achievement in Healthcare Delivery: Advinow Medical. James Bates and the AdviNow team developed artificial intelligence that reads medical textbooks, research and existing medical records to create the world’s most automated medical visit. The provider time, including all documentation, per patient is reduced from 20 minutes to three minutes while improving patient satisfaction and outcomes. This unique technology could change the way patients and physicians interact from now to the future.

• Outstanding Healthcare Innovator or Researcher: Dr. Michael Kruer, Neurologist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kruer is leading the way to finding a cure for children with cerebral palsy. He founded the Cerebral Palsy Genetic Research Network that connects physicians and researchers worldwide. Through his leadership, his team collects DNA and cell samples and performs whole exome or whole genome sequencing to identify the genetic basis of disease, hoping it unlocks a cure to this complex disorder.

• Outstanding Healthcare Executive: Peggy Chase, president and CEO of Terros Health. Chase analyzed the way providers care for patients and the way patients receive care, discovering that physical and mental health conditions are often treated in silos. Chase changed that with specialists who treat the mind and body as one. This groundbreaking model of care is yielding better patient outcomes and the community is reaping the rewards of better treatment.

• Lifetime Achievement Award: Jimmy Walker, founder of Celebrity Fight Night. Walker has helped raise more than $100 million for Arizona nonprofits. He helped build the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorder Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute. And he enlisted Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion, Tom Brady, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Jennifer Lopez, President Donald Trump and hundreds of other A-list celebrities to help him accomplish his philanthropic work.

Original article published on MIHS Website can be found here:

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Linda Thunn

CRS partners with SBAAZ to encourage best mobility in young patients

SCOOOT provides an early experience of independence for kids with mobility challenges. It frees them to explore their home, play, chase and race friends and siblings without any help. Expert clinicians, designers and engineers worked hard to create a device that will help kids discover new skills as well as new pals. The potential for physical and cognitive development was a key factor in every element of the design.

Spina Bifida Association of Arizona Inc. (SBAAZ), an organization committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by spina bifida in Arizona, was awarded a grant from the PayPal Gives Corporate Advised Fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant was recommended by PayPal’s employee-volunteer led Chandler, AZ GIVE Team.

The SCOOOT program idea was presented to the SBAAZ by CRS’s Myelomeningocele Planning Clinic Lead Physician Pamela S. Murphy, MD, FAAP. The program was coordinated by Sharri Runnels, executive director of the SBAAZ, along with SBAAZ board member Linda Thunn, PT, DPT who is also the Myelomeningocele Planning Clinic physical therapist at CRS.

The CRS Myelomeningocele Planning Clinic occurs every Friday, and they see approximately seven patients for all day clinic, visiting up to 13 different providers, having blood work drawn, and if necessary they will get casted for their orthotics and/or have x-rays. SBAAZ provides lunch and signs people up for their medical alert bracelets. Free Arts of AZ is there for the kids to create projects at lunch time.

The SCOOOT program involves readiness assessments, equipment placement, activities and progress checks that will empower ‘toddlers’ to keep pace with their siblings and peers as they establish a sense of mastery over their world. The mobility device, resembling a toy more than a piece of medical equipment, allows children to reach items from the floor, ambulate, and enter/exit the seat safely at will.

“CRS is a great partnership for SBAAZ as we are able to share resources with clients and assess needs over lunch with families that are served by the fantastic care team brought together by District Medical Group,” stated Runnels, “SBAAZ is very grateful for the relationship with DMG and wanted to share the first SCOOOT placement with their staff as they pour so much into the kiddos!”

Spina bifida (Myelomeningocele) is a birth defect in which the spinal canal and the backbone don’t close before the baby is born. This type of birth defect is also called a neural tube defect.

The SCOOOT Earliest Mobility Program kicked off was on Friday, November 10, 2017 with placements being made at the CRS Myelomeningocele Planning Clinic.