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Creating an environment for healthy living through a unique wellness partnership

MESA, Ariz. – Valley of the Sun YMCA will celebrate the grand opening of the East Valley Family YMCA (EVFY) on the campus of A.T. Still University (ATSU) on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of activities are scheduled, including a drawing for a 32” flat screen TV, and attendees will be able to tour the new state-of-the-art facility and receive information about the YMCA’s programs and the benefits of membership. The event is free and open to the public.

The new facility, which is the seventh YMCA in the East Valley, will encompass 32,000 square feet and will feature amenities including a fitness center, teen center, gymnasium, 25-yard competitive lap/fitness pool, a family adventure aquatic area, and a Lifestyle Concierge who will assist members in determining their successful path to a healthier life. The EVFY, in partnership with ATSU, will offer unique life-enhancing programs and fitness facilities to East Valley community members as well as to University students, faculty, and staff. Through a partnership that began in 2002, ATSU and EVFY have focused on creating innovative, wellness-oriented programs that will eventually be utilized in YMCA’s across the Valley of the Sun.

“We are excited to have the YMCA on ATSU’s campus,” said ATSU Provost Craig Phelps, D.O. “We are collaborating with the YMCA on a number of unique programs that will improve the health status of its members and the greater East Valley communities. This partnership with the YMCA also allows ATSU to continue working within the community to improve health professions education opportunities for East Valley residents, our students, and programs.”

“We feel the EVFY benefits tremendously by having access to ATSU’s top-notch educators and students who are dedicated to serving the community’s health and wellness needs,” said Damon Olsen, East Valley Family YMCA Executive Director. “The ability to leverage the resources of the Arizona Health & Technology Park as well as Mesa’s ‘Power Road Knowledge Corridor’ will provide unprecedented growth possibilities to the EVFY and opportunities to our members.”

The EVFY, which began construction in August 2008, is the latest addition to the Arizona Health & Technology Park in Mesa, a 132-acre business park that currently includes ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, and School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, as well as HealthSouth’s 40-bed rehabilitation hospital which opened in August 2009. Future plans for expansion of the Arizona Health & Technology Park will include medical offices and health technology/biomedical research and development facilities.

“The University is very fortunate to have been able to partner with organizations within the Arizona Health & Technology Park that share our vision for keeping the community, students, faculty and staff focused on improving wellness,” said ATSU Assistant Provost Gary Cloud, Ph.D. “Healthy lifestyles matter to ATSU.”


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(c) Sean Egan/Artwerks Creative LLC A.T. Still University Provost Craig Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, speaks to attendees at the grand opening of HealthSouth hospital.

A.T. Still University Provost Craig Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, speaks to attendees at the grand opening of HealthSouth hospital. (c) Sean Egan/Artwerks Creative LLC

Mesa, Ariz. – More than 200 community members and health professionals gathered at HealthSouth on August 18 to welcome the rehabilitation hospital to the East Valley and celebrate the beginning of the hospital’s relationship with A.T. Still University.

Representatives from Arizona’s physicians community, East Valley leadership, non-profit organizations, insurance companies, and adult living centers toured the hospital; enjoyed a buffet created by HealthSouth’s own chef, Ted Reiley; and watched the official cutting of the ribbon.

Key speakers included Scott Smith, the mayor of Mesa; Timothy Poore, HealthSouth CEO; Jay Grinney, HealthSouth corporate president and CEO; and Craig Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, A.T. Still University (ATSU) provost. Each spoke to the attendees regarding the 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital and the great potential for the Arizona Health & Technology Park partners to work together and serve the community.

“East Valley citizens will benefit from this new community asset,” Dr. Phelps said. “ATSU looks forward to working with HealthSouth on new, innovative models to educate healthcare professionals and provide the highest quality healthcare to patients.”

The 47,500-square-foot rehabilitation hospital neighboring ATSU is a new addition to Mesa’s “Power Road Corridor.” The hospital will create approximately 130 new jobs and is the only free standing rehabilitation hospital in the East Valley.

“The addition of this hospital will allow us to provide high-quality and cost-effective inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to more patients in Mesa and the surrounding communities,” said Poore.

“The event was a wonderful success. It was a great opportunity to bring together everyone who will be touched by our new hospital,” says Julie Barth, OTR/L, MBA, director of marketing operations and admissions at HealthSouth East Valley. “Special new relationships will be with A.T. Still University and the new YMCA on campus.”


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (2-19-09) – The A.T. Still University (ATSU) Board of Trustees met in Mesa, Ariz., on February 7 for its first meeting of 2009. The board received copies of financial reports and the proposed 2009-10 operating budget.
Prior to Saturday’s meeting, the Board’s Investment and Finance Committees met on February 6 to discuss financial reports.

Tuition Adjustments

The board approved an overall 3.8 percent tuition increase for the entire University for the 2009-10 fiscal year, including its five schools on both its Missouri and Arizona campuses: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), School of Health Management (SHM), School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), and Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS).  Any increases in tuition were made to account for rising fixed costs, and no fees were raised.

Honorary Degrees

The board approved an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters (D.Hu.L.), for William Kohlhepp, D.H.Sc., PA-C, to be presented at ASHS’ commencement ceremony March 7 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The board also approved two honorary degrees to be presented May 16 at KCOM’s commencement ceremony at Truman State University’s Baldwin Hall Auditorium. The D.Hu.L. will be presented to Missouri Gov. Jeremiah W. “Jay” Nixon, and the Doctor of Osteopathic Education (D.O.Ed.) will be presented to Plato Varidin, D.O.

Arizona Campus Housing Project

The board addressed several proposals for the Intergenerational Village for Healthy Living, a concept to explore new, meaningful, and mutually beneficial ways ATSU and the Mesa community can interact. The concept is one of an active, learning centered, intergenerational, residential, urban village built upon interactions within the Arizona Campus and the Arizona Health & Technology Park. The village will include student and senior housing, as well as a YMCA currently under construction.

Proposed educational projects for the Intergenerational Village for Healthy Living include educating youth coaches on care of athletes, fall prevention for seniors, community health surveys and screenings, geriatric exposure and experience for health professions students, and public education on ATSU, osteopathic medicine, healthy lifestyles, and more.

The next ATSU Board of Trustees meeting will be held May 8-9 in Mesa, Ariz.


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Students will serve America’s most vulnerable populations

MESA, Ariz. (Sept. 18, 2006 ) – The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation has awarded provisional accreditation to A.T. Still University’s new college of osteopathic medicine in Mesa, Ariz. This represents the highest accreditation possible at this phase of development. The school’s unique curriculum will emphasize delivering whole person, compassionate care and cutting-edge science and technology. In addition, students will spend three of their four years in community health centers located in underserved communities.

The inaugural class of 100 students will enter the school in July 2007. The new medical school will operate in a 100,000-square-foot building on the 50-acre campus of A.T. Still University in Mesa, which is the anchor of the Arizona Health & Technology Park, a 132-acre, half-billion dollar education, healthcare, and technology park owned by the University and Vanguard Health Systems. The master plan for the new park includes hospitals, long-term and acute care facilities, student and senior housing, professional offices, a YMCA, and product development research facilities.

“By starting a school without old presumptions, we have an opportunity to use new medical research findings and technologies, as well as the latest cognitive principles,” says James J. McGovern, Ph.D., president of A.T. Still University.

“In the U.S., our current medical system is perceived as expensive, impersonal, and inefficient,” McGovern explains. “To solve these problems, we need to challenge the status quo, beginning with the way doctors are trained. We need to educate our new doctors to treat the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and to practice cost-effectively with integrity, compassion, and the latest technology. We also need to encourage them to be lifelong learners because the basis of knowledge is increasing every year.”

The newly named dean of the medical school, Douglas L. Wood, D.O., Ph.D., is the former president of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. He explains that the learning environment at the yet unnamed medical school will highlight a humanistic approach to education and healthcare. “Small study groups and problem solving will receive greater emphasis than lectures. Students will be educated in community health centers with wonderfully high ratios of physicians to students.”

Meeting a Growing Need

The new medical school will help meet a growing need for more physicians. Studies have estimated there will be a national shortage of as many as 200,000 physicians by 2020. This is due to several factors such as the growing number of people in their 70s, 80s, and 90s, the need for older people to see doctors more often, and the increasing number of physicians, especially women, taking early retirement.

The new school’s geographic location is also significant. Arizona has one of the fastest growing populations in the country and ranks near last in terms of medical school slots per capita. No one knows this better than Craig M. Phelps, D.O., FAOASM, who serves as provost of A. T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences and Arizona School of Dentistry, as well as primary care team physician to college and professional teams including the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

According to Dr. Phelps, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) helped provide the impetus for this new college. “Working with the Centers, we realized the critical shortage of doctors in underserved urban and rural areas. This will become even more critical as the physician shortage increases. The new medical school will partner with NACHC by utilizing Community Health Center sites across the nation as rotation destinations for medical students.” Dr. Phelps believes many of A.T. Still University’s students will return to communities of need and play a leading role in helping underserved individuals and neighborhoods.

“Medicine needs to reintroduce the concept of compassion,” says Phelps. “We have new knowledge and new technology, but unless today’s medical students understand the importance of compassion and the physician-patient relationship, America’s healthcare system will never meet patients’ real needs.”


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MESA, Ariz. (June 8, 2006 ) – A.T. Still University (ATSU) recently completed participation in the Governor’s Conference on Aging 2006, and was the lead institution of higher education in delivering influential presentations to the Arizona community on geriatric care and health while also offering free health screenings.

“Working with the Governor’s Office to benefit geriatric healthcare and aging is an important partnership beneficial to the entire state,” says Craig Phelps, D.O., and Provost of the ATSU-Mesa campus. “We are developing a new generation of health professionals with a passion for improving the quality of life for older adults.”

The theme of the biannual Governor’s Conference on Aging 2006 was Life Transitions and featured world renown broadcaster and journalist Hugh Downs, as well as Governor Janet Napolitano herself sharing her vision for Arizona’s aging population.

ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health delivered a presentation titled, “Age-Related Dental Problems,” that covered age-related changes in the mouth and other oral health concerns related to older adults. ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences presented “Working with Your Healthcare Specialist,” which featured the Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy departments leading the Collaborative In-Home Post-Stroke Care program and the Audiology department leading the popular program, “Addressing the Myths and Realities of Hearing Loss.”

Health screenings featured evaluations on hearing, skin cancer, blood pressure, oral health and fall prevention.

“The future of our Arizona Health & Technology Park adjacent to the ATSU-Mesa campus incorporates a residential village where our students will be able to care for and interact with mature adults in a real-life environment,” Phelps says.


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