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North Mountain Hospital
By 2008, more than 80 years after what became the John C. Lincoln Health Network opened, John C. has grown to become a major health network and community service provider in the North Phoenix area. Shown above is John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital, with its state-of-the-art Emergency and Level I Trauma Center in the foreground.
Deer Valley Hospital
Remodeling at the John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital campus adds Mendy's Place, the North Valley's only pediatric emergency center; a new progressive cardiac care unit; expanded space for the intensive care and cardiac care units; and expanded emergency services.Foster G. McCaw Prize
John C. Lincoln Health Network is the only Arizona hospital organization ever to be nationally recognized with the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service. Read more about this award.

2009 - John C. Lincoln Health Network is named one of the Valley's "Best Places to Work," ranking second among the "Extra-Large Companies" category of area businesses with more than 3,000 employees. The award is given by the Best Places to Work in the Valley of the Sun, in partnership with the Phoenix Business Journal.

2009 - Magnet surveyors return to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital to complete a site visit required for the hospital's redesignation at a Magnet facility. North Mountain joins an elite group of hospitals that have been recertified as Magnet with patient care ranked in the top 2 percent of the nation's medical facilities.

2009 - John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital opens two new patient care units. A new Special Procedures lab features the Siemens Axion Artis dTA, a digital imaging system that combines CT scan and angiographic features with the ability to create detailed 3D images. The new Phoenix orthopedic unit on the fourth floor of Pavilion 2 includes 30 private rooms in 25,000 square feet of space.

2009 - New, noninvasive technology installed at Mendy's Place, John C. Lincoln's pediatric emergency center, uses near-infrared light with a digital video camera, image processing unit and digital projector to highlight the veins of young patients. The VeinViewer, designed to look like a small giraffe, makes it easier for health care personnel to locate and tap children's elusive and tiny veins for medical procedures.

2009 - John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition from the American Association for Respiratory Care, among only 700 of the nation's 6,000 hospitals to qualify for the designation.

2009 - Dan Coleman retires after 23 years as John C. Lincoln's president and CEO. Rhonda Forsyth is inaugurated as the Health Network's fourth president and CEO in its 82-year history.

2009 - John C. Lincoln's new Breast Health and Research Center opens in May, offering breast cancer patients a unified site where cancer can be diagnosed and support services offered.

2009 - John C. Lincoln's new Outpatient Medical Imaging center opens in North Mountain Hospital's new four-story Medical Office Building. Also opening in the MOB in May is John C. Lincoln's Center for Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery.

2009 - The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation grants National Program Certification to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital's Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

2009 - John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital's surgery department is honored by the Donor Network of Arizona for its concentrated efforts to promote organ and tissue donation. From January 2008 to August 2009, 524 people are saved because of the generosity of 197 organ donors.

2009 - The Intensive Care Unit at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital becomes Arizona's first hospital to earn a second Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Only an elite 158 of the nation's 6,000-plus critical care units have earned the Beacon Award, even once. North Mountain was the nation's 30th hospital critical care unit to earn a second Beacon Award.

2009 - The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations reaccredits John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital as a Primary Stroke Center.

2009 - Outpatient surgery at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is relocated to the new Outpatient Surgery Center on the ground floor of the new Medical Office Building at 9250 N. Third St., Phoenix.

2008 - On November 3, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital joins counterpart Deer Valley Hospital as an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as angioplasty), in recognition of rapid and effective medical care for heart patients. Both hospitals are also named Cardiac Arrest Centers by the state of Arizona, in acknowledgement of state-of-the-art treatment provided to patients whose hearts have stopped beating.

2008 - Deer Valley Hospital is honored by the Arizona State Quality Alliance with its prestigious Arizona Pioneer Award for Quality. The award honors organizations that have established and deployed fundamental quality systems within their operations, attaining high levels of performance excellence process implementation.

2008 - The capabilities of surgeons at North Mountain Hospital are enhanced by a robotic surgery partner. The $2 million da Vinci S Robotic Surgery System helps surgeons perform highly complex, minimally invasive prostatectomies and hysterectomies.

2008 - New construction and renovations bring advanced technologies to both John C. Lincoln hospitals. Construction helps Medical Imaging and Orthopedics departments grow at Deer Valley Hospital. Renovations at North Mountain Hospital's Lab help to expand the Microbiology unit by nearly 50 percent and more than triple Pharmacy space.

2008 - Over the summer, John C. Lincoln Health Network purchases 20 acres and three buildings near Deer Valley Hospital, on West Utopia Road, near I-17. The additional space enables the Network to relocate and unify administrative functions.

2008 - The Intensive Care Unit at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital becomes the first in Arizona to earn the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. Critical care units that receive the Beacon Award exhibit high quality standards, from exceptional care of patients and their families to healthy work environments.

2007 - John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital receives accreditation as a Chest Pain Center, with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, by the Society of Chest Pain Centers on October 22, 2007. The accreditation acknowledges the hospital's excellence in assessing and treating emergency chest pain patients. Deer Valley Hospital regularly exceeds the national 90-minute standard for heart patients called "door-to-balloon" — the amount of time elapsing from the moment a heart attack victim enters the emergency department, is assessed and diagnosed, and receives appropriate treatment.

2007 - After years of planning and hard work, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital on October 11, 2007 unveils its state-of-the-art, 36,000 square-feet Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center. Nurses shape the design process of the new facility, which offers two new helipads, private patient rooms, four trauma bays, seven fast-track rooms and specialized rooms for stroke and heart attack patients.

2007 - In September 2007, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. North Mountain is lauded for following national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

2007 - In an employee satisfaction survey by Morehead Associates, John C. Lincoln's hospitals and other health care facilities rank higher than 97 percent of the hospitals and health care organizations throughout the United States. And once again, John C. Lincoln Health Network is named one of the Best Places to Work in the metro-Phoenix area.

2007 - The American Cancer Society announces that cancer deaths have declined in the United States for two consecutive years. There were 3,014 fewer cancer deaths in 2004, the latest year for which statistics are available, than in 2003. John C. Lincoln plays an active role in reducing cancer deaths through early detection and awareness programs such as Buddy Check 12.

2006 - Mendy's Place, the North Valley's only children's emergency center, reaches several milestones. In October 2006, Mendy's expands its hours to 24/7 to better serve families in our community. Independent patient satisfaction surveys also demonstrate parents' approval: Mendy's Place scores rank in the nation's top 1 percent for patient satisfaction.

Mendy's Place caps the year by earning a 2006 Showcase in Excellence Award from the Arizona Quality Alliance. Mendy's Place is selected based on the improvements it made in how care is delivered to Mendy's young patients.

2006 - John C. Lincoln Health Network is once again named one of the Best Places to Work in the Valley of the Sun by The Business Journal. The Network ranks seventh among large employers in the Valley. In 2003, the Network ranked 15th on the list.

2006 - A new Progressive Cardiac Care Unit (PCCU) opens on the third floor of Pavilion 2 at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital. The new unit expands the hospital's PCCU patient rooms from 10 to 30 and also includes a four-bed dialysis unit.

2006 - The national spotlight shines on the Level I Trauma Center at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. A production crew from The Learning Channel visits to film an episode of "Untold Stories of the ER," which features a case involving John C. Lincoln's Trauma Center team.

2005 - Hurricane Katrina wreaks havoc in the Gulf Coast region, flooding New Orleans and leaving more than 1,300 people dead in four states. John C. Lincoln physicians and health care workers play a vital role in disaster relief by treating some of the thousands of evacuees who come to Phoenix through a relief center based in Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

2005 - A new Outpatient Center opened at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, marking completion of the first phase of the hospital's $48 million expansion project. The center provides convenient and efficient care to patients who need services such as biopsies and IV therapy.

2005 - Mendy’s Place expands from 7 to 12 beds. Its remodeled interior creates a comforting, friendly environment for children, including cheerful wall murals that include a life-size, three-dimensional tree.

2005 - John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix is ranked 39th among America's 6,007 medical centers in treating respiratory disorders, according to U.S. News and World Report's guide to "Best Hospitals 2005."

According to U.S. News, the North Mountain medical facility is part of "an elite group." Only 176 of the nation's hospitals scored well enough to rank in any of the 17 medical specialties listed in 2005.

2004 - The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGEN) and the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) moves into state-of-the-art headquarters in downtown Phoenix, establishing a cornerstone for the city's efforts to become a bioscience hub. TGEN is the vision of Dr. Jeffrey Trent, an internationally renowned scientist. The goal of the institute is to attract world-class scientists who will turn genetic research breakthroughs into medical advances that benefit patients.

2004 - Pavilion II opens at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital, featuring a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit. Both feature all private rooms, enabling Deer Valley to provide patients with the highest level of privacy possible among all Valley hospitals.

2004 - John C. Lincoln nurses receive the highest national designation for excellence in patient care when John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is granted "Magnet" status. The American Nurses Association awards the designation, which places the hospital among the nation's top 2 percent of hospitals for nursing care. All Magnet hospitals must earn the status by meeting 14 rigorous standards shown to improve patient care and outcomes.

The term "Magnet" is associated with the designation when it was discovered that hospitals meeting the Magnet standards had the ability to "attract" and retain the most qualified nurses, even as the quality of health care is endangered by a national nursing shortage.

2003 - John C. Lincoln Health Network is named one of the best 15 companies to work for in the Valley.

2003 - John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is named one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation. For more than a decade, the Thomson 100 Top Hospitals®: Benchmarks for Success program has set the standard for hospital performance by identifying the top achievers in the industry using a national comparative balanced-scorecard approach. This National Benchmarks for Success study identifies industry benchmarks and recognizes hospitals that demonstrate superior clinical, operational and financial performance in overall service.

2003 - Scientists complete a 13-year effort to identify all human genes and determine the complete sequence of the 3 billion DNA subunits. The work of the Human Genome Project will aid scientists in their research of human health, diseases and effective treatments.

2003 - John C. Lincoln Health Network is honored for honesty as one of the 2003 winners of the Better Business Bureau of Central/Northern Arizona's Ethics Award.

2003 - On Dec. 1, John C. Lincoln Health Center at Anthem opens, extending the network's healthcare services into the northern-most portion of Maricopa County and bringing urgent care, radiology and family practice services to the master-planned Anthem community for the first time.

2003 - John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital continues its rapid growth with the construction of a new wing to include additional patient care rooms and expanded emergency services.

2003 - The American Hospital Association announces John C. Lincoln Health Network won the Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service.

2002 - John C. Lincoln Health Network celebrates its 75th anniversary.

2002 - John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital Health Auxiliary celebrates its 50th anniversary.


erin's poem
Erin, whose family was helped by Marley House, wrote this moving poem about what it means to give back. She posed for this photograph in the shadow of the events surrounding Sept. 11.

Right now we live in poverty.

Right now people act and think negatively.

However, there are a few people who go out of their way to help someone.

The things they do are never completely done.

Instead of being negative and hateful, these people make someone else grateful.

And when they help someone, that someone tends to help someone too.

And before you know it someone's helping you.

So if we can make this helping circle last,

Can you imagine how much better this world would get so fast?

Special thanks to anyone who has donated or helped those in need.

Especially anyone who has ever helped my family or me.

— Erin J.


2001 - As young families continue to flock to the North Phoenix community, the need for pediatric care increases. John C. Lincoln Hospital — Deer Valley forms its children's programs into a Virginia G. Piper Pediatric Center of Excellence, including KidsZone (inpatient pediatric care), Mendy's Place (children's emergency center) and Lincoln C.A.R.E.S. (children's asthma relief education).

2001 - The board of directors of the Sunnyslope Village Revitalization organization asks John C. Lincoln Health Network to take over the non-profit community development corporation. Sunnyslope Village Revitalization, Inc. develops affordable housing by building single-family housing and rehabilitating existing housing in Sunnyslope.

2001 - On Sept 11, al Qaeda terrorists fly two hijacked American commercial airplanes directly into the World Trade Center towers, resulting in their implosion and collapse and the death of nearly 3,000 people. A third hijacked airplane crashes into the Pentagon, killing 189 people. A fourth attack on an unknown target is thwarted by American heroes, who force the crash of the last hijacked plane in an empty field in Pennsylvania, killing all 44 passengers aboard.

2001 - Ground is broken for a new four-story medical office building across 27th Avenue from John C. Lincoln Hospital - Deer Valley. Plans are announced for a major hospital expansion to meet the healthcare needs of the rapidly growing North Valley.

2000 - To better meet the needs of seniors in the Sunnyslope community, Hancox Desert Lodge becomes an assisted living facility and is renamed John C. Lincoln Senior Apartments.

2000 - John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital opens an expanded emergency department.

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