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St. Joseph's Hospital, University of Arizona Create Valley Fever Center in Phoenix
Date:10/4/2011

PHOENIX, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix today announced an agreement to create the Valley Fever Center based at the hospital.  The center will be directed by John Galgiani, MD, who has more than 30 years of experience in treating and researching Valley Fever and founded the Valley Fever Center of Excellence in Tucson in 1996.

The center plans to see patients by the beginning of 2012, said Linda Hunt, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph's Hospital, and Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the College of Medicine - Phoenix, in announcing the agreement on Tuesday.

"Valley Fever has been a serious problem for so long.  It's truly Arizona's disease," says Hunt.. "This partnership will create a place to coordinate comprehensive care for patients, educate doctors, and support research to improve the care of Valley Fever and eventually cure and prevent the disease altogether."

Dr. Flynn added, "We are very fortunate that we have this renowned center from which to draw great Valley Fever treatment and research. This new program in Phoenix is a milestone because there will be an academic focus where most of the affected patients are located."

There are approximately 150,000 new Valley Fever infections annually in the United States.  Fully two-thirds of these affect Arizonans, mostly in Maricopa County.  Pets, especially dogs, are also susceptible. Some patients take up to many months to recover and each year Valley Fever is responsible for several dozen deaths. This new center gives Phoenix-area patients the best available treatment options. It will also serve to coordinate interdisciplinary care by clinicians throughout Maricopa County and even across the state.  

"St. Joseph's Hospital is an outstanding medical facility with nationally recognized neurosurgical expertise in the Barrow Neurological Inst
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