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  • Eat Well … Be Well

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5396 | Feb 03, 2016

    Breakfast trays now arrive to Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) patients with something extra. Along with their morning meal, hospital patients receive a card that promotes the availability of home-delivered meals from Prescott Meals On Wheels following hospitalization.

    “Some people may need assistance with meals during their recovery so we want them to know that Prescott Meals On Wheels can be a tremendously valuable service to them,” said Jeanne Briggs, MA, RD, Director, Nutrition Services at YRMC.

    In addition to the meal tray cards, YRMC’s registered dietitians and Care Management team members ask patients how they will manage meal preparation once they leave the hospital. They also discuss Meals On Wheels as an option that ensures they have a balanced meal every day.

    “There’s a correlation between nutrition and health,” Briggs said. “Inability to consistently prepare healthy foods is one reason some individuals become malnourished, dehydrated and sometimes need additional hospitalization.”

    Prescott Meals On Wheels serves the city of Prescott. Other independent programs are located in Chino Valley, Prescott Valley, Mayer and Yarnell. Meals On Wheels team members – who undergo background checks and training – provide wellness checks during meal deliveries to ensure clients are safe and well.

    According to Bert Ijams, Executive Director, Prescott Meals On Wheels, the service can be short term as someone recovers from surgery or continue if the individual is homebound.

    “Prescott Meals On Wheels provides three fundamental services; a nutritious, home-delivered meal, a wellness check, and precious moments of conversation,” said Ijams. “Combined, these three services contribute to the ability to live independently for as long as possible with a sense of safety and security.”

    Prescott Meals On Wheels may be reached at (928) 445-7630.

  • Coyote Springs Elementary School Goes All Out for Go Noodle

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Feb 01, 2016
    On any given day, you can walk down the colorful, brightly lit halls of Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley, Arizona and hear students breathlessly shouting math facts amid cheering and clapping, or happily spelling this week’s vocabulary words aloud with an automated robot. How do the teachers at Coyote Springs elicit such enthusiasm from their students?

    Coyote Springs fourth grade teacher Brittany Kominska has the passion for teaching and the love for children that can inspire any room full of children. But Kominska says that her go-to resource for getting her students back on track during a long day is GoNoodle, a web-based suite of hundreds of movement games and videos that get kids dancing, running, jumping, stretching, deep breathing, and more. Launched in 2013, GoNoodle is used in 75% of the public elementary schools across the U.S.

    “There are so many reasons why I’ve incorporated GoNoodle in my classroom,” says Kominska, “Daily classroom life can be so monotonous. In a few short minutes, GoNoodle breaks up the boredom. The probability of my students retaining what I teach is slim if I just talk to them all day. It’s not always practical to take the time to go outside, so I’m so thankful we can just throw on a GoNoodle game. The kids are out of their seats right away, their blood is pumping and they’re ready to learn again. They think it’s super fun.”

    GoNoodle is a free resource for any educator in the Quad-City area, thanks to a sponsorship from Yavapai Regional Medical Center. 

    “GoNoodle aligns very well with our Vision of a Total Healing Environment which is based on caring for the body, mind and spirit. YRMC is proud to sponsor programs like GoNoodle, as well as Partners for Healthy Students and the YRMC Family Resource Center that enrich the lives of children and young families in our community,” states Robbie Nicol, Executive Director, Community Outreach and Philanthropy at YRMC.

    Coyote Springs principal Candice Blakely-Stump recognizes the value of this partnership. “The bottom line is that without community connections like our partnership with YRMC, we couldn’t do what we do,” says Blakely-Stump, “This relationship is vital. The phrase may be overused, but it’s very true. It does take a village to serve our children.”

    In addition to games and videos, the premium version of GoNoodle that YRMC provides, called GoNoodle Plus, gives teachers access to customizable programs. Teachers can input specific curriculum content as often as they’d like, making the games relevant to what the students are learning at any given time. “This is my favorite thing about GoNoodle,” says Kominska, “We’re not stopping the learning process at all.  I tell them, ‘I tricked you – you are actually still learning!’“ Teachers can also log and track students’ physical activity, providing incentives for exercise.

    GoNoodle Regional Community Manager Cameron Waldo recently visited Kominska’s class. The students demonstrated their favorite GoNoodle activities, and Waldo answered students’ questions about what it’s like to work at GoNoodle. 

    “Brittany's kids were great,” says Waldo, “They asked me a ton of questions and we danced, laughed, and had a goofy photo session. They were bright and curious! More and more educators like Brittany are finding out that investing in GoNoodle returns productive students with less behavior problems.”

    GoNoodle offers a free subscription for families so that parents and children can have access to ‘brain breaks’ and exercise videos at home. “Parents can feel good about their kids playing GoNoodle at home - it's a safe, interactive way to get moving beyond the classroom,” says Waldo.

    The home version also allows users to preview new GoNoodle programs and activities before they become available in the classroom. Nearly 1 million families across the country have signed up to use GoNoodle at home. More information and sign up can be accessed at www.GoNoodle.com.

    Coyote Springs fourth grader Alano uses GoNoodle at home. He says, “I like doing GoNoodle at home because it is fun to do with my family.” His classmate Kyla agrees, “I like doing GoNoodle at home because I thought that if it’s fun at school, why can’t it be fun at home? And sure enough it is fun!”

    Kominska describes what might be the most important feature of using GoNoodle in the classroom and at home, “What I am counting on is that by creating these positive experiences now, I am instilling a love of health and exercise that will continue throughout my students’ lives, long after they leave Coyote Springs.”

  • YRMC Introduces New MRI Digital Technology

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Jan 28, 2016

    Clear Images...Fast Exams...Comfortable Experience

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology in western Yavapai County will take a major leap forward when Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) introduces its new broadband digital system this spring.

    The MRI’s digital technology – located in a newly constructed MRI suite at YRMC West – will deliver:

    • Exceptional image clarity – This next generation of technology produces outstanding images, providing YRMC’s radiologists with more information and increased diagnostic confidence.
    • Faster exams – YRMC’s new MRI will perform most exams in half the time of older MRIs. This is particularly important to people who feel anxious about these exams.
    • Superior comfort – YRMC’s recently constructed MRI suite incorporates the Ambient Experience, developed by Philips, a leading healthcare technology company. The MRI suite includes soothing lights, image projection, calming sounds and an elevated ceiling. Combined, these features create a serene imaging experience for patients. YRMC’s MRI also has a “wide bore,” or opening, which helps people feel less confined.

    “From the selection of the MRI technology and the development of our new MRI suite, we’ve focused on enhancing the patient’s experience every step of the way,” said Mary Sterling, Director, Imaging Services at YRMC.

    The Ambient Experience gives patients the opportunity to actively participate in the imaging process. They can personalize their experience by selecting from a variety of themes using a touchscreen tablet. This immediately transforms the MRI suite with soothing lights, captivating visuals – dolphins, beaches, mountains and more – and calming music.

    The patient waiting area of YRMC’s new MRI suite also embraces this soothing environment by featuring a window that overlooks a healing garden.

     “For people who feel even the slightest anxiety about an MRI exam, YRMC West should be the place to go,” said Sterling. “The Ambient Experience, combined with our outstanding Imaging Services team, the shorter scan times and superior image quality will benefit all patients.”

    Find YRMC online at www.yrmc.org and connect with us on our Facebook and YouTube communities.
  • YRMC Orthopedic Surgeons: Computer-Assisted Navigation Technology Significantly Improves Knee and Hip Replacements

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Nov 16, 2015
    Orthopedic surgeons understand that precise alignment is key to successful joint replacement surgery. Thanks to its Computer-Assisted Navigation system, people undergoing hip and knee replacement at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) can experience the results of this exceptional accuracy: improved joint stability and better range of motion.

    Computer-Assisted Navigation technology achieves these excellent outcomes by creating a three-dimensional model of the patient’s hip or knee. Orthopedic surgeons use this information to align the artificial joint – hip or knee – with greater precision in the patient’s body. Accurate alignment not only is crucial to how the joint feels post-surgery, it also can help the joint replacement last longer.

    “I liken it to buying a new set of tires for your car,” said YRMC Orthopedic Surgeon Mark Davis, DO. “You can put the tires on your car, but proper alignment is what ensures the tires will operate well. Just like a tire, if the placement of an artificial hip or knee joint is off a few degrees, it doesn’t wear as well and, in the case of joint replacement, can be less comfortable.”

    How does Computer-Assisted Navigation work? An infrared camera, wireless instruments and a computer combine to work like the global positioning systems (GPS) used in cars.

    “The computer helps us make intraoperative adjustments that help us to align the knee correctly,” said Richard Bassett, DO, YRMC Orthopedic Surgeon.

    The infrared camera calculates and then monitors the location of markers and instruments the orthopedic surgeon places within the patient’s joint. The wireless instruments transfer the data to a computer in the YRMC operating room. This information is displayed on the computer monitor as a “blueprint” of the patient’s anatomy that the orthopedic surgeon uses to accurately align the hip or knee implant.

    “This information ensures the stability and range of motion needed for a successful joint replacement,” Dr. Bassett said.

    That’s good news for many people of western Yavapai County, who are eligible for this procedure.

    “Computer-Assisted Navigation is an excellent tool,” said Dr. Davis. “I combine it with other strategies – such as muscle-sparing techniques and encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyle changes – to ensure the best outcomes for patients.”

    To learn more about orthopedic surgeons at YRMC, visit www.yrmc.org/find-a-doctor and then go to “Medical Staff.”

  • Prescott Frontier Days and Wrangler’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Initiative Partner to Support The BreastCare Center at YRMC

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Nov 11, 2015
    Pink is the color typically associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, not with cowboys and rodeos. But that’s changing for The BreastCare Center at YRMC, thanks to Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. – host of the World’s Oldest Rodeo® – and its partnership with Wrangler’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink initiative. Together, the organizations recently presented The BreastCare Center at YRMC with a $2,500 donation.

    “We’re extremely pleased by this generous contribution from Prescott Frontier Days and Wrangler,” said John Amos, President and Chief Executive Officer, YRMC. “This gift will help women throughout our communities receive essential mammography services at YRMC’s BreastCare Center.”

    Founded in 2004, Tough Enough to Wear Pink supports rodeos – like Prescott’s World’s Oldest Rodeo – as they raise funds for community organizations dedicated to preventing, detecting and treating breast cancer, such as The BreastCare Center at YRMC.

    “Prescott Frontier Days was recognized by Wrangler,” said Mary Ann Suttles, Director, Prescott Frontier Days. “We wanted to do something lasting with the Wrangler funds so we donated it to YRMC’s BreastCare Center for free mammography services.”

    Additionally, Prescott Frontier Days sponsored a Tough Enough to Wear Pink booth where people could buy t-shirts, bracelets, bags, hats and other items during the Rodeo to support the cause.

    On May 16, Prescott Frontier Days sponsored a dinner and a silent auction at the Freeman Building on the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Proceeds from the event – combined with sales of Tough Enough to Wear Pink items – went to purchase grocery store gift cards for patients in need at The BreastCare Center at YRMC.

    “We work with YRMC’s BreastCare Center to identify people in our community who have breast cancer and need some extra help,” Suttles said. “They can use the gift cards for prescriptions, food, gas and other essential items they need.”

    According to Suttles, plans are underway for next year’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink fundraising dinner and silent auction. For more information, including the date and time, contact the Prescott Frontier Days office at (928) 445-3103.

  • Leading Healthcare Organizations Partner to Support Insurance Coverage in Yavapai County

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Oct 28, 2015

    Want help enrolling in health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov) or applying for AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid)? Two leading healthcare organizations have come together to offer Yavapai County residents assistance during open enrollment (November 1, 2015-January 31, 2016).

    Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) are partnering to provide enrollment assistance as a free community service. Certified Application Counselors (CACs) from both organizations are available to help enroll people in Health Insurance Marketplace health plans. They’re also able to assist people applying for AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System).

    “Finding health coverage that’s right for your family, or for you individually, is a critical decision,” said Robbie Nicol, Executive Director, YRMC Community Outreach and Philanthropy. “We’ve heard from many residents who are pleased that two local, trusted healthcare organizations are providing this service at no cost.”

    CACs from both organizations are scheduling appointments for application assistance:

    YRMC West – Prescott
    By appointment:
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
    (928) 771-5108
    1003 Willow Creek Road
    Prescott, AZ

    YRMC East – Prescott Valley
    By appointment:
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
    (928) 442-8187 or (928) 759-5960
    7700 E. Florentine Road
    Prescott Valley, AZ

    YCCHS – Prescott
    By appointment:
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    (928) 442-5208
    1090 Commerce Drive
    Prescott, AZ

    YCCHS – Prescott Valley
    By appointment:
    Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    (928) 442-5208
    3212 Windsong Drive
    Prescott Valley, AZ

    Additionally, YCCHS will host a free Health Insurance Enrollment Event on:

    Friday, November 13, 2:00-7:00 pm
    YCCHS Insurance Enrollment Event
    3212 N. Windsong Drive
    Prescott Valley, AZ
    Schedule an appointment
    : (928) 442-5208

    “With all of these opportunities, we’re hoping that people will avoid the new, higher penalties for not enrolling in coverage,” said David McAtee, YCCHS Public Information Officer. “We also want folks to take advantage of the important preventive healthcare services available through Health Insurance Marketplace plans.”

    People who don’t enroll for health insurance coverage by January 31, 2016, could receive a penalty when they pay their 2016 taxes. The penalty has increased to $695 for every adult in the family and $347.50 for every child or 2.5 percent of their annual income, whichever is most significant. The penalty does not apply to people who receive healthcare services through AHCCCS.

  • U.S. Healthcare System Introduces New Clinical Code

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Oct 01, 2015

    Patients May Need to Update Medical Orders

    On October 1, the nation’s healthcare system converted to a new clinical coding system. The change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is a requirement for healthcare providers and payers.

    “There has been extensive nationwide coordination among all segments of healthcare, including physicians, hospitals, payers and others for the change to ICD-10,” said Dee Betts, Director, Health Information Management at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC).

    U.S. healthcare providers and payers – government and private – use the same clinical coding system. This provides a common language with regard to patients’ diagnoses and treatments as well as payment for services. The new ICD-10 coding system updates the 36-year-old ICD-9, which no longer meets the demands of today’s healthcare system.

    How will this change impact patients? According to Betts, the transition will be invisible to most patients. However, people with orders for medical services – regular laboratory work, for example – written before the October 1 ICD-10 launch, may need to contact their physician or other healthcare provider for an update.  

    “Doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are the only healthcare providers in Arizona who are allowed to write medical orders,” Betts said. “Your provider knows your diagnosis and the treatment he or she is prescribing so that individual needs to update any medical orders.”

  • YRMC Adds Three New Cooking Show Episodes to Your Healthy Kitchen

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Sep 30, 2015

    Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has added three new episodes to its popular online cooking series, Your Healthy Kitchen. ​

    Hosted by YRMC Registered Dietician Rita Carey-Rubin, Your Healthy Kitchen delivers healthy, delicious and affordable cooking tips, recipes and education free of charge to viewers anywhere with an Internet connection. From www.yrmc.org, follow the HealthConnect link to Your Healthy Kitchen.

    In Heart Healthy Cooking with Dr. Pierre Tibi, Rita is joined by Dr. Tibi, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at YRMC. They prepare a fresh pasta dish while Dr. Tibi discusses the health benefits of wine. Dr. Tibi and Rita also discuss the newest addition to the James Family Heart Center, the state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Suite.

    In Cooking with Kale, Rita describes the various types of Kale and demonstrates several affordable, tasty recipes including Massaged Kale Salad, Zesty Kale Chips and a Powerful Green Smoothie.

    Cooking to Prevent Cancer outlines ten cancer prevention tips from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research. “There really are a lot of things we can do every day to protect ourselves and our families from cancer,” states Carey-Rubin. “This includes eating delicious meals that include a lot of healthy plant-based foods. Cruciferous vegetables especially contain lots of anti-cancer nutrients.”

    In this episode, Rita shares a list of other top plant-based foods that are proven to help protect against cancer along with some simple, delicious recipes. She also demonstrates how to grow your own broccoli sprouts.

    For more information on Your Healthy Kitchen or other Community Outreach programs at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, please contact the YRMC Community Outreach Department at (928) 771-5738. 
  • What Does the New U.S. Medical Coding System Mean to You?

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Sep 14, 2015
    Do you have a “standing order” for blood work at a local laboratory? Has your healthcare provider recently written you an order for medical services you may not use until after October 1st? If so, you may want to contact your provider – physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant – to request an order with the new diagnostic code that will be launched nationwide on October 1st.

    On that date, healthcare providers in the U.S. – including physicians, hospitals and other medical practitioners – are required to convert to a new diagnostic coding system. ICD-10, as it’s called, will replace ICD-9 as the “clinical code set” healthcare providers use for healthcare service orders and medical records. These codes ensure patients are receiving the prescribed treatment for their respective conditions and allow providers to be paid for the services they deliver.

    According to Dee Betts, Director, Health Information Management at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC), healthcare providers and payers (health insurance companies) nationwide have been preparing for this change for several years. However, because it’s new information for most consumers she wants western Yavapai County residents to be aware that converting a medical order from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is not a simple translation.

    “When you translate from one language to another, it’s not a 100 percent exact match,” Betts said. “However, with more information you can translate and communicate effectively. The ICD-9 to ICD-10 change is no different. Some diagnoses will translate directly, but there are many conditions that will require additional information in order to select the appropriate code.”

    For example, under ICD-9, a fracture of the tibia (leg) is a single code. With ICD-10, the code for that same injury includes information on whether the left or right leg is fractured and what portion of the tibia – top, middle, bottom – is injured.

    Here’s some tips from Betts on how you can determine if your medical order is written in ICD-9 or ICD-10 code:

    • Look for letters—ICD-9 codes are numeric while ICD-10 diagnostic codes begin with a letter.
    • Count the numbers—ICD-9 codes have a maximum of five digits and may include a decimal point. For ICD-10, the maximum code is seven digits and there also is a decimal point. Be aware that both code sets may use only three digits.

    Do you have an old ICD-9 medical order? Betts advises you to call the office of the physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant who wrote the order and ask for a new order.

    “Doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are the only healthcare providers in Arizona who are allowed to write medical orders,” Betts said. “Your provider knows your diagnosis and the treatment he or she is prescribing so that individual needs to update any medical orders.”

    Betts said the healthcare community nationwide is ready for the October 1st change and most people won’t even notice the conversion.

  • YRMC BreastCare Center Expands Mammography Service Days

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Sep 11, 2015

    For many women, their weeks are so full with family, work and other commitments that it’s a challenge to find time for an annual screening mammogram. The team at the BreastCare Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has a solution. Beginning October 10, the Center will offer screening mammography services the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

    “Some women delay their annual breast screenings because of their hectic schedules,” said Nancy Ledoyen, RN, Director, The BreastCare Center at YRMC. “By offering Saturday screening once a month, we’re knocking down a barrier to breast screening for many women in our communities.”

    Women interested in scheduling Saturday screening mammography should:

    • Call The BreastCare Center at YRMC (928) 442-8900 or 1-877-436-5290
    • Obtain an “order” from their healthcare provider – physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant – for a screening mammogram

    Cost is another barrier for some women. The Community BreastCare Fund – managed by YRMC – provides free screening mammography to women throughout western Yavapai County who lack adequate health insurance as well as those with high co-pays or deductibles.

    The new Saturday hours begin during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and coincide with the launch of YRMC’s Share the Care initiative. The goal of Share the Care is to lower Yavapai County’s incidence of breast cancer, in part by promoting the importance of annual screening mammography.

    The new schedule may be expanded to include additional Saturdays, if there is significant community demand. To schedule a screening mammography, contact The BreastCare Center at YRMC at (928) 442-8900 or 1-877-436-5290.

  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center Announces New Patient Financial Assistance Policy

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Sep 08, 2015
    Consistent with Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC) not-for-profit Mission, YRMC has announced a new Patient Financial Assistance Policy to assist patients who are underinsured, uninsured or unable to pay for medical care received at YRMC hospitals or through YRMC’s employed physician network, YRMC PhysicianCare.  

    “We believe that healthcare is a basic pillar for human dignity and we are committed to providing advanced healthcare services that meet our patients needs regardless of their ability to pay,” states John Amos, YRMC President and Chief Executive Officer. “YRMC’s new Patient Financial Assistance Policy sets clear guidelines that allow us to work closely with our patients to identify responsible financial solutions that meet their individual circumstances.”

    YRMC patients are encouraged to communicate with their YRMC financial counselor if they anticipate difficulty paying their portion of their hospital bill. YRMC counselors make every effort to help patients who face financial challenges that may prevent them from paying for their healthcare services. Counselors may assist patients in applying for appropriate insurance coverage, setting up an extended payment plan, or applying for YRMC charity care.

    Patients who wish to apply for financial assistance must complete a Patient Financial Assistance Application within 30 days of discharge. A copy of the complete Patient Financial Assistance Policy and the application can be obtained from YRMC’s website at www.yrmc.org/patient-financial-services/financial-assistance or by contacting the YRMC Business Office anytime at (928) 771-5151.

  • YRMC Welcomes Cardiac Electrophysiologist

    by Community Outreach and Philanthropy, (928) 771-5686 | Sep 04, 2015

    Subspecialist Treats Arrhythmia and Other Heart Conditions

     Western Yavapai County residents of all ages who suffer from heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) now may receive specialized treatment from Cardiac Electrophysiologist Nisha Tung-Takher, MD, who recently joined Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) PhysicianCare Cardiology.

    “Cardiac Electrophysiology is a very specialized area of Cardiology,” said Dr. Tung-Takher. “It’s also very challenging and gratifying. Patients may come to me with heart palpitations, which are frightening and debilitating, and I’m able to diagnose and correct their conditions. This is life-changing for people.”

    Dr. Tung-Takher’s move to the community coincides with the recent opening of the state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Room (OR) located in the James Family Heart Center at YRMC West. The Hybrid OR allows Dr. Tung-Takher to diagnose patients using permanently integrated imaging equipment and then immediately follow this with a therapeutic procedure.

    Using 3-D mapping, intracardiac echocardiography and other electrophysiology techniques, Dr. Tung-Takher diagnoses people with a variety of arrhythmias, including:

    • Atrial fibrillation—An irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow.
    • Ventricular tachycardia—A very fast heartbeat caused by a malfunction in one of the heart’s ventricles.
    • Atrial flutter—An arrhythmia that occurs when the heart’s upper chambers (the atria) beat too fast and complicates the heart rhythm.
    • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)-An arrhythmia very commonly diagnosed as anxiety disorder due to rapid heart racing that causes the patient to have symptoms.
    • Bradycardia—An abnormally slow heart rate (below 60 beats per minute).
    • Sudden cardiac arrest—A condition that causes the heart to suddenly and unexpectedly stop beating.

    Following the diagnosis, Dr. Tung-Takher may use a variety of therapies to treat the patient in the Hybrid OR. Those include implanting devices – such as pacemakers or implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy – for heart failure management.

    Many arrhythmias also are corrected using a procedure Dr. Tung-Takher conducts in the Hybrid OR called cardiac ablation. She does this by introducing a long, slender, flexible tube (catheter) into a vein through a very tiny incision and threading it to the heart. She then uses either cold (cryoablation) or heat (radiofrequency ablation) to destroy the tissue that generates irregular heartbeats the patient was experiencing.

    “There are not many physicians or centers in Phoenix or the country that use both cryoablation and radiofrequency ablation,” Dr. Tung-Takher said.

    Dr. Tung-Takher commuted between the Quad Cities and the Phoenix area for more than three years before permanently choosing YRMC.

    “Everybody at YRMC, from the administration to the physicians to the nurses to the technicians to the office staff are 100 percent patient oriented,” she said. “They approach everything with the best outcome for the patient in mind.”

    Dr. Tung-Takher calls the community an “excellent fit” for her family. She enjoys the many outdoor activities available in the area, including hiking, mountain biking and tennis.

    “Most of all, I love the people and my patients,” she said. “When I was commuting between here and Phoenix, I had patients who would offer to open their homes to me so I wouldn’t have to drive back to the Valley after a long day. It was so heartwarming. It’s like a big family here.”

    Dr. Tung-Takher pursued a Cardiology fellowship at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Phoenix and an Electrophysiology fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Harbor Medical Center. She had medical residencies at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Dr. Tung-Takher graduated from Government Medical College, Punjabi University in India, where she also completed an internship.

    For more information about Dr. Tung-Takher, or to schedule an appointment, call YRMC PhysicianCare Cardiology at (928) 445-6025.