Gootter Grand Slam Earns Ink in BizTucson for Sarver Heart Center, Dr. Karl Kern

University of Arizona cardiologist Karl Kern, MD, and the Gootter Grand Slam Gala, which occurred this past weekend, are featured in the Winter 2017 issue of BizTucson magazine.

You can see photos from the 12th annual Gooter gala, Friday, March 3, at the Westin La Paloma, on the Steven M. Gootter Foundation website: The organization was founded in 2005 by the Gootter family following the death of its namesake local entrepreneur who died of sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 42 while jogging.

The foundation is dedicated to defeating sudden cardiac death by supporting increased awareness, education and scientific research—and the distribution of AEDs (automated external defibrillators). Money raised at this year’s gala goes to support Dr. Kern, co-director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, and the center’s 30-year-old mission to prevent and cure cardiovascular disease through research, education and patient care. Dr. Kern is also chair of the Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group and the Gordon A. Ewy, MD, Distinguished Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Medicine at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. This year's gala raised about $300,000. 

Honored at this year’s event was local attorney Elliot Glicksman, who has emceed the Gootter Grand Slam Gala since its inception. He was presented with the 2017 Philanthropic Award on March 3. Glicksman is the founder and president of Jazz in January and past president of the Arizona Association for Justice. The full article can be found on pp. 184-185 of the magazine.

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Also in this issue of BizTucson, you’ll find winners of the Common Ground Awards, which recognize collaboration in local development projects by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance. About 450 people attended the presentation in November at the J.W. Marriott Star Pass Resort. Among the winners was Banner – University Medical Center Tucson for a multi-prong approach to “reaching out” to the adjacent neighborhood associations regarding its $400-million new hospital tower development. City staff, elected officials and Banner representatives were all involved to make to negate negative impacts on area residents. The full article can be found on pp. 200-201.

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There are currently about $750 million in construction projects occurring in Tucson between Banner’s new hospital tower, a new $100-million Banner – UMC North campus outpatient center (adjacent to the UA Cancer Center Peter and Paula Fasseas clinic at 3838 N. Campbell Ave.), and the UA Health Sciences’ new Biosciences Research Laboratory and Health Sciences Innovation Building. For a UAHS construction status report and live webcams, click here: 

If you want to see the activity for the North campus project (pictured right), that webcam link is here.

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