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Ground broken for Green Valley hospital

Groundbreaking for the new $63 million Green Valley Hospital was Saturday. 

The 146,000 square-foot for-profit hospital is expected to open in 2015. The new CEO is David Wanger, former CEO of Gilbert Hospital. The hospital site is on 21 acres east of Interstate 19 and north of Canoa Ranch Drive.

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Reducing joint pain is focus of talk

A free 75-minute presentation about the latest treatments for joint pain is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7. 

Dr. Jeffrey R. Lisse, a rheumatologist with the University of Arizona Health Network, will be the speaker. His talk is titled “Oh My Aching Joints: Exploring the Latest Treatments for Joint Pain.”

The talk will be held in DuVal Auditorium at the UA Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 

Seating is limited and prior registration is requested. For more information or to register, please visit the University of Arizona Arthritis Center website or call 626-5040 or email 

The event is being held in conjunction with Arthritis Awareness Month and includes time for questions and answers. Light refreshments will be provided.

In his talk, Lisse will discuss the latest pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to reduce joint pain and inflammation and present the keys to longevity and improved function while dealing with stresses on joint cartilage.

Lisse joined the UA in 2000, when he was named the Ethel McChesney Bilby Endowed Chair for Osteoporosis and medical director of the osteoporosis program at the UA Arthritis Center. He served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the UA from 2004 to 2013 and previously served at the University of Texas for 17 years as chief of the Division of Rheumatology.

There is a parking fee of $1.50 per hour, cash only, in the UA Medical Centers visitor/patient parking garage.

Classes to provide training on car safety for children

A national standardized child passenger safety training class is available May 27-30 in Tucson. 

The four-day class covers the damage crash forces can cause to a child, the different types of seatbelts and restraints and the different challenges of installing a car seat with so many choices available,

The cost is open to anyone for an $85 fee and participants must attend all four days.

The class also covers the safest places for children in a vehicle, what to do if multiple children need to be secured, legally what you are allowed to do and not do when checking seats. And other topics.

The training is being offered through Safe Kids Pima County, as a program of Safe Kids Worldwide, and is considered the gold standard of child passenger safety. Space is limited.

National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training Class is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a hands-on demo on Friday. The classes will be held at the Tucson Police Department’s Miracle Mile Substation, 1310 W. Miracle Mile. 

To enroll go to:

Email Eric Bejarano, Safe Kids Pima County, Motor Vehicle Safety Rep. with questions: 

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