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Carrasco honored as “Health Care Hero”

Berdette Carrasco.

Berdette Carrasco, a registered nurse at Arrowhead Hospital in Glendale, was honored as a “Health Care Hero” Aug. 18 at the 10th annual Health Care Hero Awards breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

The event, sponsored by the Phoenix Business Journal and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, honors “the Valley medical community’s best of the best.”

Carrasco was named 2011’s Health Care Hero in the category of Community Outreach for her work with the MISS Foundation’s CARES (Comfort and Resource Enhancement Services) Program. Carrasco works with colleague Dana Southworth to support families expecting babies with life-limiting health problems, offering perinatal hospice services throughout one of life’s most difficult and tragic experiences.

The loss of her 5-year old son Jacob in 2007 from a brain condition inspired Carrasco to help other families facing such challenges. In her acceptance speech, Carrasco thanked her husband along with her three living children “for sharing their mommy with other families in need.”

Carrasco went on to cite her reasons for choosing a career in health care, adding, “For me, to accept the loss of my child as part of a bigger plan has been a difficult journey. I have come to understand that without the experience of caring for my child with special needs…I would not understand the needs of the families I service to the extend that I do. I am proud to say that because of Jacob, I stand before you today.”

Carrasco has been featured in two articles for Raising Arizona Kids: “House of Hope,” about Ryan House (October 2008) and “Finding Purpose in Grief” When Birth and Death Merge”, about perinatal hospice (March 2011).

Finalists and winners were chosen from several other categories, including Physician, Education, Nursing, Dental and Researcher/Innovator and more.

The staff of Raising Arizona Kids extends gratitude and congratulations to Carrasco and all of her fellow 2011 Health Care Heroes for their tireless efforts and dedication to make a difference in the Valley’s medical community. — Mary Ann Bashaw


Nominations sought for Nurse of the Year

Tomorrow is the deadline for nominations to the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. The nomination process is an easy opportunity for healthcare colleagues, patients, friends and family to honor the state’s outstanding nurses.

Nurses throughout Arizona may be nominated in one or more of 14 different categories, including Academic Education, Advocacy for Patients, Clinical Education, Community Service, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Mentoring, Military, Patient Care, Prenatal/Pediatric, Research/Advancing the Profession, Rising Star, Student Nurse and Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

The March of Dimes 8th Annual 2011 Nurse of the Year Awards Gala, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the University of Phoenix, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27 that the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Ave. This year’s theme, “Arizona Salutes Nursing,” will pay tribute to nurses throughout Arizona who continue to deliver the highest standard of care to their patients.

In its eighth year, the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Gala was established to bring awareness to the critical nursing shortage throughout Arizona as well as support future nurses through scholarship funding. In the past six years, the March of Dimes has presented more than $100,000 in scholarship dollars to nursing colleges at Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa County Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College and the University of Arizona.

For the fourth year, University of Phoenix, in partnership with the March of Dimes Arizona Chapter, will be offering two full-tuition scholarships to nurses pursuing advanced degrees. One scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing an LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LPN to BSN) and one scholarship will be awarded to an individual pursuing a Masters of Science in Nursing/Health Care Education (MSN/ED).

Nomination forms are available at marchofdimes.com/Arizona. For more information on Nurse of the Year Awards Gala, contact Nicole Moyer at 602-287-9923 or nmoyer@marchofdimes.com.

So many (fun)draisers this weekend!

All of the following events take place this Saturday, May 7:


The Arthritis Foundation Greater Southwest Chapter is hosting its annual Walk with me to Cure Arthritis event to raise awareness about arthritis. The leisurely 1.1 mile-walk around the Phoenix Zoo concludes with a DJ, Massage Envy massage chairs and GoDaddy photo opportunity with a motorcycle and a GoDaddy Girl. Registration (free, donations welcome) begins at 7am; walk begins at 8am. Participation gives you free access to the zoo for the rest of the day. 455 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix.


Easter Seals Southwest Human Development hosts Arizona’s third annual Walk With Me event to benefit children with disabilities and support a wide array of developmental programs, therapies and activities for thousands of Arizona children. The 1.25-mile community walk will be followed by a fun-filled morning of entertainment, food and family activities. Registration begins at 7am; walk begins at 8am. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. Learn more.


Xavier College Preparatory will present a special benefit classical concert, “Pray for Japan—Sound of Cherry Blossom.” The two-hour concert features Naoko Garrison and her friends in a classic concert including a piano solo, piano duo, small ensemble and voice solo. 7pm in the Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center at Xavier College Preparatory. $15 minimum donation for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under. All proceeds will be donated to Catholic Relief Services to help the victims of the earthquake in Japan.


From 1 to 4:30pm the Kentucky Derby will be coming to Arizona as Homeward Bound hosts its 7th Annual “A Derby Affair.” The Derby Lawn of the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa will be transformed into a day of grand traditions and fashionable hats for this event featuring the South’s finest fare, beverages and the best attire this side of the Mississippi. Money raised will support Homeward Bound’s work with families coping with homelessness and domestic violence.

Guests will mingle in “millionaires’ row” while feasting on southern culinary delights, “betting” on horse races throughout the day, taking part in a “Best Dressed” and “Best Hat” competition, enjoying the cigar lounge, bidding in the silent auction and taking photo ops with the on-site equine. The event will culminate with the Kentucky Derby’s Run for the Roses, which will be simulcast on large screens placed throughout the Derby Lawn for all to enjoy.

Tickets range from $350 to $5,000. ) Learn more. and for more information on Homeward Bound.