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Phoenix Arizona Diabetes Expo by quotes
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ARIZONA Below is a possible opportunity for connecting to employers, volunteers and other job seekers on an upcoming weekend. Volunteering provides an opportunity to connect with lots of other people with similar interests and this particular event had about 5000 attendees last year.

Diabetes Expo

Diabetes Expo Phoenix – American Diabetes Expo

PHOENIX Arizona — On Saturday, April 26, 2008, the American Diabetes Association will once again host the free Diabetes Expo—an annual, one-day event showcasing the latest products and services for people affected by diabetes. This highly interactive Diabetes Expo event includes activities for people of all ages, including a fun Youth Zone with exciting activities and information for children with diabetes and their families. The Diabetes Expo also provides the public with a unique opportunity to talk with health care experts and obtain important medical and nutrition information.

“If you or a loved one has diabetes – or is at high risk of developing the disease – Diabetes Expo provides a fun, relaxed environment to learn a great deal about the important aspects of prevention and management of diabetes and its serious complications,” said Howard Shulman, DO, FACP, FACOI, Diabetes Expo Chair. “The Diabetes Expo is for all people affected by diabetes, as well as anyone interested in healthy eating and active living.”

Diabetes is the nation’s fifth deadliest disease, and it has no cure. In 2005, there were approximately 469,000 residents of Arizona who self-identified as having diabetes, nearly 7.5 percent of the total population (Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2005). Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to manage the disease and lower the risk of complications. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is critical. Unfortunately, many people living with diabetes do not even know it.

More than 75 exhibitors are participating in the 12th annual ADA Diabetes Expo in Phoenix, which will be held Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Phoenix Convention Center, Halls F & G (33 S. Third St. in Phoenix, Arizona 85004). Admission is Free. Stop by “ADA World” and participate in interactive cooking demonstrations, live Web site demonstrations, and find out how the American Diabetes Association is helping people with diabetes and their families in your community.

For more information about diabetes or the Diabetes Expo, call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit the Arizona Diabetes Expo site.

When: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Where: Phoenix Convention Center
Exhibit Halls F & G
33 S. Third St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85004 – Map and directions.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the Association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities.

Historic Phoenix Union High School Re-Opens as State-of-the-Art Biomedical Campus by quotes

Historic Phoenix Union High School Re-Opens as State-of-the-Art Biomedical Campus

The city of Phoenix in collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, the state of Arizona and Arizona State University opened the new Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

More here: Phoenix Biomedical Campus

Chemed Announces VITAS Exiting Phoenix Hospice Market by quotes

Chemed Announces

VITAS Exiting

Phoenix Hospice Market

Chemed Corporation (Chemed) (NYSE:CHE), which operates VITAS Healthcare Corporation (VITAS), the nations largest provider of end-of-life care, and Roto-Rooter, the nations largest commercial and residential plumbing and drain cleaning services provider, today reported on several issues impacting operating results for the third quarter of 2006.

The Company announced VITAS is exiting the hospice market in Phoenix, Arizona. VITAS has been successful in growing admissions of terminally ill patients who reside primarily in assisted living settings within the Phoenix community. Patients residing in these types of facilities tend to exit curative care and enter into hospice relatively early into their terminal illness diagnosis. The current Medicare hospice reimbursement program limits payment for hospice care when a significant portion of the patient census enters into hospice early into their terminal diagnosis. Although VITAS, on average, has relatively short average and median lengths-of-stay in the majority of its programs, each program is measured separately and cannot be considered in aggregate of its hospice programs under common control and ownership.

The Phoenix program currently provides hospice care to approximately 200 terminally ill patients per day. Revenue and operating losses for Phoenix in the first six months of 2006 aggregated $3.0 million and $0.9 million, respectively, including $1.7 million of revenue reduction for Medicare billing limitations, or Medicare Cap. Full-year revenue and operating loss projections for Phoenix are estimated at $3.7 million and $4.3 million, including $6.3 million in revenue reductions for Medicare Cap. The after-tax cost to exit the Phoenix market, excluding the operating losses noted above, is estimated to range from $4.5 to $5.5 million.

VITAS announced in the second quarter of 2006 that two programs, excluding Phoenix, were anticipated to be in contractual billing limitations with Medicare in calendar year 2006. Based upon current trends, the total Medicare Cap for these two programs in calendar year 2006 is estimated to range between $4.7 and $7.6 million, with $0.6 million being recorded in the second quarter of 2006, $2.0 million to $3.0 million estimated to be recorded in the third quarter of 2006 and $2.1 million to $4.0 million to be recorded in the fourth quarter of the year. These estimates assume a modest deterioration in admission and discharge metrics in these two programs through the end of 2006. These two programs are estimated to generate over $3 million in operating profit in 2006.

The third-quarter 2006 Medicare Cap accrual will also include an additional $1.0 million for estimated prior-year billing limitations resulting from the Fiscal Intermediary reallocating admissions for deceased Medicare patients who received hospice care from multiple providers. Of this prior-year billing, $0.5 million is for one of the programs noted above and $0.5 million is estimated for a program not anticipated to have a billing restriction in calendar year 2006.

VITAS also released interim third quarter operating metrics. Through July and August 2006, VITAS had an Average Daily Census of 11,194, an increase of 9.7%, and admissions growth of 4.2%, when compared to the equivalent prior year period. August 2006 year-to-date ADC and admissions, excluding Phoenix, have increased 10.6% and 5.3%, respectively.

Chemed announced that it has reached a preliminary agreement in regard to litigation related to the divestiture of its Patient Care business segment. As part of this agreement, the company will convert $2.6 million of the current receivable due from Patient Care into a promissory note due October 2007. This note will bear interest quarterly at a 9.5% annual interest rate. The company will take an after-tax charge of $1.7 million representing a write-off of the remaining receivable balance as well as costs associated with certain contingent insurance claims and other items related to the Patient Care business. Chemed received Patient Care warrants with a value of $1.4 million at the time of the divestiture. The company has determined the valuation of these warrants is impaired. This impairment will result in a third quarter 2006 after-tax charge of $0.9 million.

Guidance for 2006

VITAS is estimated to generate full-year revenue growth from continuing operations, prior to Medicare Cap, of 14.0% to 14.5%, increased admissions of 5.0% to 5.5%, increased ADC of 10.0% to 11.0% and adjusted EBITDA margins, prior to Medicare Cap, of 12.9% to 13.2%. This guidance assumes a Medicare price increase that will average 3.8% in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Full-year Medicare contractual billing limitations, excluding Phoenix, which is anticipated to be classified as a discontinued operation in 2006, are estimated to range from $5.7 million to $8.6 million, which equates to revenue reduction of 80 to 120 basis points.

Roto-Rooter is estimated to generate a 6.0% to 7.0% increase in revenue in 2006, job count growth between 0.5% and 1.0% and adjusted EBITDA margins averaging between 16.5% and 17.0%.

Based upon these factors, an effective tax rate of 39% and average diluted share count of 26.7 million in the second half of 2006, our expectation is that full-year 2006 earnings per diluted share from continuing operations, excluding any charges or credits not indicative of ongoing operations, and excluding expense for stock options, will be in the range of $2.00 to $2.10. This earnings per share guidance includes $.13 to $.20 for the after-tax impact of Medicare Cap related to continuing operations.

Conference Call

Chemed will host a conference call and webcast at 9:00 a.m., ET, on Friday, September 29, 2006, to discuss this press release and provide an update on its business. The dial-in number for the conference call is (800) 561-2601 for U.S. and Canadian participants and (617) 614-3518 for international participants. The participant pass code is 50409048. A live webcast of the call can be accessed on Chemed’s website at by clicking on Investor Relations Home.

A taped replay of the conference call will be available beginning approximately two hours after the call’s conclusion. It can be accessed by dialing (888) 286-8010 for U.S. and Canadian callers and (617) 801-6888 for international callers and will be available for one week following the live call. The replay pass code is 79291237. An archived webcast will also be available at and will remain available for 14 days following the live call.

Chemed Corporation operates in the healthcare field through its VITAS Healthcare Corporation subsidiary. VITAS provides daily hospice services to over 11,000 patients with severe, life-limiting illnesses. This type of care is focused on making the terminally ill patient’s final days as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Chemed operates in the residential and commercial plumbing and drain cleaning industry under the brand name Roto-Rooter. Roto-Rooter provides plumbing and drain service through company-owned branches, independent contractors and franchisees in the United States and Canada. Roto-Rooter also has licensed master franchisees in Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release and the accompanying tables are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “expect,” “hope,” “anticipate,” “plan” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Chemed does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and involve various risks and uncertainties, which could cause Chemed’s actual results to differ from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties arise from, among other things, possible changes in regulations governing the hospice care or plumbing and drain cleaning industries; periodic changes in reimbursement levels and procedures under Medicare and Medicaid programs; difficulties predicting patient length of stay and estimating potential Medicare reimbursement obligations; challenges inherent in Chemed’s growth strategy; the current shortage of qualified nurses, other healthcare professionals and licensed plumbing and drain cleaning technicians; Chemeds dependence on patient referral sources; and other factors detailed under the caption “Description of Business by Segment” or “Risk Factors” in Chemeds most recent report on form 10-Q or 10-K and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements and there are no assurances that the matters contained in such statements will be achieved.

MesaCAN receives community action agency designation by quotes

MesaCAN receives community action agency designation

Mesa Community Action Network, Inc. (MesaCAN) has been awarded the Community Action Agency (CAA) designation by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).  When the CAA designation becomes effective on Oct. 1, MesaCAN will directly receive Federal and State funding to provide services that assist low-income individuals and families in Mesa to move out of poverty toward economic self-sufficiency.  Previously, services and funds were provided to MesaCAN through the City of Mesa.

“This is one of the agency’s most significant milestones,” according to Pat Gilbert, MesaCAN Executive Director.  “MesaCAN is excited about the opportunities ahead as it moves forward as the community action agency.  Without the help of city staff in this achievement, MesaCAN could not have accomplished this goal.”  

The City of Mesa has been the CAA since 1996, however the Mesa City Council voted to relinquish that designation in Aug. 2005 in order to allow a private nonprofit organization the opportunity to obtain the designation.

“The City has long recognized that nonprofit agencies are vital community partners that provide invaluable services to Mesa residents and we are very pleased that MesaCAN received this designation,” said Kit Kelly, Community Revitalization Director.

MesaCAN brings significant knowledge and expertise in serving low-income individuals and families, and presently provides an array of services including case management services, emergency services, and utility assistance, transitional living facility for homeless men, tax preparation assistance, individual development account programs, emergency food box services, clothing bank and a thrift store.

Healthy Lifestyles Promoted at Phoenix’s Brindar a tu Salud (Cheers to Your Health) by quotes

Healthy Lifestyles Promoted at Phoenix’s Brindar a tu Salud (Cheers to Your Health)The city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s Washington Adult Center will be hosting a free family health and safety fair titled Brindar a tu Salud (Cheers to Your Health) on Aug. 5 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Washington Adult Center is located at 2240 W. Citrus Way (near the intersection of Glendale and 21st avenues).

Brindar a tu Salud will feature free medical screenings and information booths with nutritional fun facts and summer survival techniques. Individuals attending the event also will be able to get free immunizations, refreshments and learn CPR and water safety.

The event also will feature fun activities that will get children involved in, and excited about their own health and nutrition including fingerprinting, safety tips, and fun food games involving gelatos, Jell-O eating, a gigantic food pyramid game, and fruit faces.

Event participants will receive free raffle tickets that are good for free visits to the Walk-In Medical Clinic and discount coupons that may be used at the clinic for school and sports physicals. The entire family is invited to come out and learn the easy steps to having a happy, healthy summer.

Those interested can call 602-262-6971 for more information.

Phoenix Youth Earn While They Learn in Summer Health Care Training Program by quotes

Phoenix Youth Earn While They Learn in Summer Health Care Training ProgramToday, students of the Summer Youth Health Care Initiative participated in a graduation ceremony marking the completion of a five-week Summer Youth Work Experience Program (SYWEP), which offered academic and work experience training in the health care field.

The program, hosted by the city’s Community and Economic Development and Human Services departments, reached out to youth to generate interest in pursuing health care careers.

The program promotes health care occupations by providing professional and educational opportunities for youth in a classroom setting and at health care facilities. The youth also were encouraged to pursue higher education to achieve their career goals.

“These students are the future of Phoenix,” said Councilman Greg Stanton, who chairs the City Council Education Subcommittee. “Getting our young people experience in this crucial career field will lead to a better-trained workforce, while boosting the region’s economy.”

Students attended classes at Gateway Community College and at the Goodwill Industries of Central Arizona and worked at Valley hospitals, including St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Maricopa Medical Center, Arizona Heart Institute and John C. Lincoln Hospital.

Funded by SYWEP and the Phoenix Workforce Connection, this program enabled students to earn five college credits by completing coursework for Introduction to Health Care and Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers, in addition to receiving 100 hours of paid work experience.

For more information about youth career resources and programs, visit and click on youth or call 602-262-6776.