Listen as Birdman chats with Ron McArthur, CEO of Summit Healthcare and Keith Cannon, Medical Director of Mayo Clinic about the addition of Summit to the Mayo Clinic Care Network. 

This brings better care and attention to Summit patients with no additional cost.


December 7, 2016 -- SHOW LOW, Ariz. — Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center and Mayo Clinic announced today that Summit Healthcare has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a growing network of organizations committed to working together in the best interests of their patients. 

Summit Healthcare remains independent, but as a member of the network, it has access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and resources to complement its expertise and enhance its local care. Physicians at Summit Healthcare and Mayo Clinic can collaborate – with no additional charge to patients – so that more patients can receive their care close to home while gaining additional peace of mind.

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This Episode of Summit Cares Birdman talks to Dawn Marino RN and Julie Jackson RN about the Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation and how it helps patients to recover and live better lives.

Help people who have a history of or are at risk for heart disease (cardiovascular disease) or are living with lung disease (pulmonary disease). People with heart disease can improve their health and reduce their risk of future cardiovascular disease, medical complications, and future hospitalizations. People with lung disease can learn to manage their disease well and reduce the risk of hospitalization.  The programs offered are designed to support a patient’s physical, emotional and social needs and include support for their families.

Summit Healthcare CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation programs serve Northeastern Arizona and use the guidelines of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. These programs include a specialized plan of care developed by our team of experienced, advanced life support certified, registered nurses and licensed respiratory therapists.

In the CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Services department, cardiologists and pulmonologists work with a multidisciplinary team to manage your care. The team may include:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Nurse Educator
  • Pharmacist
  • Registered Dieticians/Diabetic Educators
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Medical Technician

Programs offered by Summit Healthcare CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation:


Hospitalized patients receive a personal visit from one of our staff to explain the rehabilitation programs, their benefits, and how to get involved. Medicare and most other insurances cover the program for specific conditions.


On your first visit a registered nurse or licensed respiratory therapist does an evaluation. Patients receive a six (6) minute walking or seated exercise test to assess fitness.  Together the patient and staff make a personalized plan of care that includes exercise and learning. This plan is updated throughout the program.  The program lasts up to 36 sessions of exercise and education.  Patients get a wide variety of classes about how to manage their disease including: managing stress; proper medication use; how to shop, cook, and eat healthy; how to relax for better heart and lung function; how to manage heart and lung emergencies; how to manage weight loss; understanding asthma, emphysema, and COPD; and how to do daily activity without getting too worn out.


Designed for people who have suffered a heart attack, coronary bypass (CABG), heart valve replacement, coronary stent, heart failure, or have stable angina. The program requires a healthcare provider’s referral.  Surgical notes, an EKG, and and echocardiogram (if available) should be sent with the order.  Monitoring during exercise sessions includes continuous telemetry (heart monitoring), periodic oximetry (oxygen measurements), and blood pressure checks.  At the end of 36 sessions, patients will have a better understanding of heart problems and how to keep themselves in the best possible health.


Is designed for people suffering with lung problems from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) including: bronchiectasis, chronic persistent asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and emphysema.  The program requires a health care provider’s referral, and the results of a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) should be sent with the order.  Each session of monitored exercise includes periodic oximetry (oxygen measurements), and blood pressure checks.  Sessions also include staff instruction on use and cleaning of home equipment, oxygen use, and proper use of an inhaler.  Patients’ are taught “pursed lip breathing” to help them feel less winded.  At the end of 36 sessions, clients will have a better understanding of lung problems and how to keep themselves in the best possible health.


Is for patients who have completed Phase II and for members of the community who want to exercise in a group setting with nurses available.  This maintenance program is for independent exercise.  Blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen checks are available on request.  This is usually not covered by insurance (clients are self pay).

The CAPD (Cardiac and Pulmonary Discussion) group meets weekly to talk about ways of dealing with chronic heart and lung disease.  This casual meeting lets patients meet others with problems like theirs.  Spouse or one support person is welcome. It creates a support network for patients and family members. MEETINGS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

To learn more about Summit Healthcare CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation Services call 928-532-1150.


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In this Episode Fredda Kermes, Director Clinical Projects and Telemedicine of Summit Healthcare tells Birdman all about the new eICU program and how it will increase the attention given to ICU patients and help ease the minds of families who have loved ones in that Unit.

Video Overview @

Take a quick look at how Summit Healthcare is bring innovation and better overall patient care to the mountain with its TeleMedicine Program.

This time with the eICU program that offers 24/7 monitoring and assistance to the staff on the floor of Summit's ICU Unit.


Direct download: Summit_eICU_Final.mp3
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This Episode Birdman chats with Cristin Conner of the Director of Occupational Health for Summit Healthcare about the Flu Season and Flu Shot.

Learn the truth past all the myths and understand why getting the Flu Shot Save you Time and Money.


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Summit Healthcare Flu 2016 Community Events:

All Events are for adults 18and over only!

All Events asking for one non-perishable food item/vaccine


October 21st Friday 8am-Noon Timber Mesa Community Event at the Show Low LDS Stake Center (Open to all Community at no cost) 18+ only

October 22nd Saturday 7am-Noon Lakeside Fire Department. Community Event at the Lakeside Fire Station (Open to all Community at no cost) 18+ only

October 28th Friday 7am-Noon Heber/Overgaard Fire Department. Community Event at the Heber/Overgaard Fire Dept. (Open to all Community at no cost) 18+ only

November 5th Saturday 7am-Noon Pinetop Fire Department Community Event (Open to all Community at no cost) 18+ only

November 11th Friday 7am-Noon Snowflake Fire Department Community event at Station #2


For More info Call  855-768-4968 0r visit


Direct download: Summit_Flu_2016_Final.mp3
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Angie Fabian (formerly Kolling) chats with Birdman about the 50/50 Raffle.


Buy Tickets Today -


Summit Healthcare's 50/50 Raffle

You have a chance to win up to $15,000 in cash!

Half the money goes to you and half the money goes to the expansion of Summit Healthcare's Telemedicine Program. Telemdicine gives patients the opportunity to see healthcare specialists that may not be available in their communities..
Telemedicine is changing the face of healthcare for rural communities by providing real-time access to medical specialties. Placing telemedicine equipment in specialty clinics, primary clinics, schools and jails we can offer quality care right here at home.

What is Telemedicine?
Click to Learn More


Turn $50 into $15,000!

No more than 800 tickets will be sold!

Get your tickets today for a chance to win great prizes and a grand prize of up to $15,000 in cash!

First Bonus Raffle

The drawing will be held on September 30, 2016.
Two winners will receive an iPad Pro (256GB, Wi-Fi, retail value: $1,099). Tickets must be purchased September 1 - September 30

Second Bonus Raffle

Drawing will be held on November 30, 2016.
One winner will receive a 12" MacBook (512GB, retail value: $1,599). Tickets must be purchased October 1 - November 30

Grand Prize
All tickets will be entered into the drawing for the 50/50 Cash Prize of up to $15,000!


$50 for 1 ticket

$100 for 3 tickets

$200 for 7 tickets

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This Episode - Sepsis, the mostly costly thing you can be admitted into a hospital and also the most likely.

Most people have no clue what Sepsis is, let alone would they be able o name the symptoms of Sepsis, but did you know that Sepsis is the leading case of Admittance into our local Hospital?

Listem as Fredda Kermes the Director of Professional Development and Head of Telemedicine of Summit Healthcare talks to us about the dangerous condition know as Sepsis.

What it is, how to know the symptoms and more importantly, how to stay healthy (hint, wash your hands!)


For more information be sure to check out



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This Episode listen as Birdman chats with the newest employee of Summit Healthcare Dr Bentley, a Family Practice Doctor who is ready to help all his patients live a better life in the White Mountains.

Garrett Bentley was born in Phoenix Arizona, and raised in Sandy Utah. He attended college at Utah State University where he majored in Biology and double minor in Portuguese and chemistry. Went to Medical School at Des Moines University in Iowa. Family Medicine residency was completed in South Bend Indiana at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

He began working at Summit Healthcare on Aug. 1st 2016. Currently taking patients-- all ages.
He loves to work with pediatrics, and Obstetrical care,including Pre-natal, and post-partum care.

He is married with 3 kids. (We are expecting our 4th at the end of September) Two girls ages 6 and 3, a boy age 2 and another girl arriving sometime in September.

Hobbies -
When he am not spending time with my family he enjoys playing disc golf, making stained glass windows, and reading science fiction.



Summit Healthcare Family Medicine
2963 W. White Mountain Blvd
Lakeside, AZ 85929
Phone: (928) 537-5437
Fax: N/A Hours: Monday:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Language(s) spoken: English
Gender: Male
Year Began Practicing: 2016 (0 years)
Accepting New Patients: Yes

Family Medicine (Board Certified)

Medical School
College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery Des Moines University
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

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Birdman and Angie talk about the Gala and how things went.

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Guitars Under the Stars


Angela Kolling from Summit Healthcare and Nicole Edgington from Cellular One talk about Ladies Day the Golf the Summit Event and the Dark Skies and Black Ties Event "Guitars Under The Stars" featuring Diamond Rio.

928-537-6829 for tickets 

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Angie Kolling talks about the July Gala and related events.

This is a one of a kind unique event for the White Mountains and shouldn't be missed.


Name: Summit Healthcare's Dark Skies and Black Ties Guitars Under the Stars Gala
Date: July 16, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM CDT
Event Description:
Summit Healthcare's Dark Skies and Black Ties Guitars Under the Stars Gala. This is Summit Healthcare's Annual fundraiser. As a not-for-profit hospital, Summit Healthcare is committed to providing state-of-the-art healthcare services to the communities it serves. This event allows Summit Healthcare to purchase telemedicine equipment and software for outpatient clinics.
Hon-Dah Resort and Conference Center
Date/Time Information:
July 16, 2016
Contact Information:
Angie Kolling, Chief Marketing & Development Officer
$250 / ticket $2500 / table of 10 Sponsorship Packages available


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Come on down to Summit Healthcare on June 11th from 9 am to 1 pm and not only find out about all the Health Services in the area from over 30 vendors, but get FREE Health Screenings as well.

The event will be held at Summit Healthcare at 2200 E Show Low Lake Rd, Show Low, AZ 85901 outside under a very large tent you just can't miss.

Listen as Angie Kolling of Summit Healthcare talks all about the fair and some other events going on the day.



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Daran Wilson / Director of Medical Surgical Services Telemetry Unit

Daran joined Summit Healthcare in December of 2009 as the Director of the Med Surg Telemetry Unit.  After spending the last 30 +  summers vacationing in the White Mountains, she and her husband Mark, a retired Tucson Police Officer decided to relocate to the area they love.


Daran graduated with her BSN from the University of Arizona. Bear Down Wildcats! She was an Emergency Department charge nurse at University Medical Center Tucson from 1976- 2000. She also worked concurrently as a charge nurse at Northwest Medical Center ED  Tucson from 1987-1991. From 2000-2009 she was the Urgent Care NCL then the Clinic Director at the Northwest Medical Center’s Rancho Vistoso Outpatient Clinic where she was responsible for the day to day functions of Urgent Care, Lab, Imaging, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Mammography, Ambulatory Services including IV Therapy and a rotating specialty physician clinic.

Daran is very happy to be living in the White Mtns where she enjoys hiking with her friends, fishing with her husband and looking forward to visits from her grandsons who love coming to Grandma’s house!


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