Every year, valley fever debilitates thousands and kills dozens of Arizonans and their pets. All this suffering receives little national attention, however, because the disease is restricted almost entirely to the Southwest. In fact, more than two-thirds of all reported valley fever cases in the United States occur in Arizona.
The Valley Fever Center, a partnership established in 2012 among St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Valley Fever Alliance of Arizona Clinicians, is designed to increase our knowledge of valley fever and reduce its impact on our community.
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The center is lead by John Galgiani, MD, an expert of Valley Fever and other infectious diseases. He is a professor and director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is a member of the Coccidioidomycosis Study Group and a fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He is currently listed in “Best Doctors in America.”
As the Valley Fever Center in Phoenix grows, it will develop an outreach program to improve public awareness of the disease and provide training for medical professionals in the management of valley fever. The Valley Fever Center in Phoenix will also build upon established programs at the Valley Fever Center for Excellence in Tucson aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment, and developing a vaccination for this disease. The Valley Fever Center’s central location in Phoenix will increase the capacity for such research when it moves into clinical trials.
A successful Valley Fever Center in Phoenix will result in:
- Improved patient care, particularly for serious cases.
- Increased education for medical professionals and the general public.
- Continued research into better diagnostics and medicines.
- Ultimately, a vaccine to eliminate the disease entirely.
We need your help to continue to grow and succeed long-term. Please join your friends and fellow citizens in making a contribution to the Valley Fever Center at St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
The Arizona Community Foundation targets disease through grant to the Valley Fever Center.
Contact the foundation for more information about supporting this project at 602-406-3041.
To learn more about the center, refer a patient or to make an appointment, call 602-406-VALE (8253) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.