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April 21: Banner Good Samaritan Psychiatry

Steve Narang  

Did you know that every day we have 20 outstanding Psychiatry residents from all over the country who chose Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center for their training? Under Dr. Jim McCloone and Nancy Sylvester’s incredible leadership with more than 20 faculty and many multi-disciplinary teams, this talented group has created a destination for the region’s most complex patients.

As we continue to discuss BGSMC’s transformation into a nationally recognized teaching hospital that delivers highly coordinated, differentiated care in an environment of teaching, scholarship and performance improvement, it should not be a surprise to anyone that every day a member of our Psychiatry program is contributing to improving the care of these complex patients by contributing to research and scholarship in multiple areas.

Below is a brief sample of some of this exciting work that has been presented in posters, publications and grand rounds. As you read about these projects, think about the story it tell us — that right here at 12th and McDowell are world class faculty and clinical care teams creating new knowledge that directly impacts care for our patients.

This is just one of the many reasons your neighbors, family members and friends drive to 12th and McDowell — to experience a unique product that integrates the best minds into a highly coordinated experience for our patients.

Thank you Dr. McLoone, Nancy  and your teams for fostering and supporting this culture of scholarship, improvement  and inquiry. The clear "why" of Banner Good Sam.

Steve Narang, MD, is the chief executive officer at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Recent Poster Presentations (Academic Excellence Day, APA, etc.), Publications and Grand Rounds Applicable to General Public

By Dr. Jim McCloone

  • Quality of Life and Smoking: The association between quality of life and smoking initiation, smoking and cessation.  Matt Goldenberg, et al.
  • “Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness in the U.S.  This study identified that both a low quality of life and depression are associated with starting to smoke as a teenager.”
  • Quality of Life of Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: The impact of ADHD on quality of life for adults and for those treated.  Matt Goldenberg, et al.
  • “ADHD is typically associated with children but many symptoms and behaviors continue as adults.  Treatment of adults with ADHD can improve their quality of life.”
  • Methamphetamine Induced Schizophrenia:  The unmasking of a serious lifelong Psychiatric illness by a commonly used street drug.  Sasha Hamdani, Sandra MacDonald, et al.
  • “Schizophrenia occurs in 1% of the population typically first manifest in the late teen years.  Use of the street drug ‘meth’ can trigger the onset of this debilitating illness.”
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac) Induced Psychosis: The potential emergence of psychotic symptoms following use of a commonly prescribed antidepressant.  Mona Amini.
  • “Antidepressant medications such as fluoxetine (Prozac) have helped literally millions of people suffering from depression.  Although not common, sometimes these types of medications can worsen mental symptoms including causing psychosis.”
  • Levamisole Laced Methamphetamine and Cocaine Resulting in Agranulocytosis:  The adulteration of commonly abused drugs with an FDA withdrawn medication for arthritis and cancer resulting in potentially deadly low blood counts.  Kinjal Patel, Ryan Wilke, Sandra Macdonald, et al. 
  • “Drug dealers can’t be trusted for many reasons, one being their addition of unexpected medications that can cause deadly consequences.  An example is lacing methamphetamines and cocaine with the banned cancer medication levamisole resulting in a dangerously low blood count.”
  • The Relationship of Serious Mental Illness and Obesity, Alena Petty
  • “A sedentary lifestyle, high carbohydrate diet and medications that slow down metabolism is a perfect storm for the seriously mentally ill to become morbidly obese.” 
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1111 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
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