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healthcare Barrow Neurological Institute One of those is Barrow Neurological Institute, part of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix and internationally recognized as a leader in neurological research and patient care. It was established in 1962 and has been guided since the mid- 1980s by renowned neurosurgeon Robert Spetzler, M. D. Barrow treats patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including brain and spinal tumors, cerebrovascular conditions and neuromuscular disorders. Barrow Neuroscience Research Center The Barrow Neuroscience Research Center houses world- class research laboratories and lecture facilities. The 70,000- square- foot facil-ity was built in 1999 to forward the scope of research through advanced equipment and a highly specialized research staff. Investigators from around the globe conduct basic and clinical research that already has resulted in major breakthroughs, including gene discovery, underlying mechanisms of neurological diseases and the development of new surgical techniques. One such technique, called hypothermic circulatory arrest, is now used worldwide to treat complex aneurysms. The Barrow Neuroscience Research Center also offers physicians a variety of opportunities to learn new surgical procedures, perform diagnostic testing and evaluate equipment hands on before applying techniques to patient care. Banner Children's Hospital Banner Children's Hospital, based at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, is expected to open in the fall of 2009. The new facility will include a seven- story inpatient bed tower that will increase pediatric inpatient bed capacity to 248 beds with the capability to expand again with a second tower for a future total of 368 beds; an expanded neonatal intensive care unit that will connect with the Children's Hospital tower and will be accessible to Banner Desert's labor and delivery department; six new pediatric operating rooms; and a new and expanded pediatric emergency department. When Banner Children's Hospital opens — staffed with physicians in more than 20 different pediatric specialties — it will make the 80- acre Banner Desert campus at Dobson Road and Southern Avenue the state's largest medical complex. Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale is another jewel in the crown of Greater Phoenix health care institutions. It opened in 1987 as a premiere academic medical center where medical research and education are fully integrated with delivering the highest quality patient care. Leading the Way World- class medical facilities abound in the Valley of the Sun by Debra Gelbart W hen it comes to your health, you want the best care possible. Greater Phoenix continues to fortify its reputation as a metropolitan area with some of the best medical facilities anywhere. Despite the challenging economy, the Valley is " still a location where we have world class health care facilities and nationally renowned programs in several different areas," said John Rivers, president and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association in Phoenix. A nurse at Banner Children's Hospital in Mesa cares for a newborn. photos: The Arizona republic Continued on page 70

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