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New thoracic surgeon treats hard-to-diagnose condition

Brett Broussard, MD, a newly hired fellow- ship-trained thoracic sur- geon at Banner MD An- derson Cancer Center at Boswell Medical Center, specializes in thoracic outlet syndrome and is believed to be one of the few surgeons in the metro Phoenix area who has been trained in this field. TOS symptoms include severe neck pain, shooting pain down the arm or numb- ness or tingling in the hand. Patients often have been to specialists who couldn’t pinpoint the exact cause of their discomfort. “Diagnosing thoracic out- let syndrome can be difficult because there can be a great variety of symptoms people can experience,” Mr. Brous- sard stated. “The severity of the symptoms can vary as well from patient to patient. But with a correct diagno- sis, we can really help peo- ple avoid any more pain and suffering.” The thoracic outlet is the region between the neck and the shoulder where key blood vessels and nerves are located. Muscles, ligaments or bones can compress this area, resulting in pain. TOS can affect younger people, especially those who play sports that involve re- petitive overhead motions such as pitching a baseball. The condition can also hurt people who perform a lot of physical labor in their job. Surgery, combined with physical therapy before and after the procedure, has been shown to be effective for many TOS patients. “The key is really get- ting the correct diagnosis and from there, we try to get people back on the right track,” Mr. Broussard stat- ed. In addition to his TOS ex- pertise, Broussard also pro- vides open and minimally in- vasive surgical approaches, such as endoscopic, laparo- scopic, VATS/thoracoscopic and robotic, for the manage-

ment of other benign and malignant thoracic and up- per abdominal issues. Mr. Broussard earned his medical degree at Louisiana State University in New Or- leans. He completed his gen- eral surgery training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed

a surgical oncology research

fellowship during that time. Afterwards, he complet- ed a fellowship in thorac-

ic surgery at Massachusetts

General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is certi- fied through the American Board of Surgery.


Couple gets another shot at life together

Don Miller says he died

June 5, 2018. He collapsed at home and wife Candy tried

in vain to give CPR until help

arrived. Some 20 minutes later — with no pulse — he was in the Emergency Department at Abrazo West Campus where hospital staff simply wouldn’t give up on him. “The amazing trauma team at Abrazo West per- formed miracles,” Ms. Miller

stated. “It was a grueling cou- ple of hours before I received word from one of the medi- cal team members that they were able to stabilize Don and would be transporting him to the ICU.” Ten days later, Don went home. Today, Avondale residents

Don and Candy Miller are hospital volunteer ambassa- dors at Abrazo West, grateful for Mr. Miller’s care and cele-

brating the first year of a sec- ond chance at life. As volunteers, they visit with heart patients, greet vis- itors at the hospital’s infor- mation desk and even serve coffee in the hospital’s new bistro. “They told me I was dead for 20 minutes, but later I heard it was nearly an hour,” said Mr. Miller, now 76. “Right after my recovery I began to start thinking we need to do something to give back. One

of the things we wanted to do is tell patients there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that here is hope after a cardiac event.” A week after his release, the Millers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversa- ry. They started volunteer- ing at the hospital just three months after his heart attack.

at the hospital just three months after his heart attack. Avondale residents Candy Miller, left, and

Avondale residents Candy Miller, left, and Don Miller, right, are hospital volunteer ambassadors at Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear after Mr. Miller’s near death in 2018. [Submitted photo]

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“We share our experience with everybody. How much we appreciate the care and culture here, and how thankful we are that the am- bulance took Don to Abra- zo West. It just really struck me how the people here re- ally love their jobs,” Ms. Mill- er stated. They added that hospi- tal staff told them that even though they see ill and in- jured patients every day, be- ing a part of Mr. Miller’s care team and seeing his re- covery was a great reminder of how valuable they are as caregivers. “Abrazo West has an amazing team of caregiv- ers, support staff and vol- unteers. Don’s story is just one example of the great things happening in our hos- pital every day. We are very proud of our ability to posi- tively impact so many peo- ple’s lives in our community,” said Abrazo West Campus CEO Christina Oh.


Google facility coming to Valley

The Mesa City Council approved a development agreement with the multi- national technology and In- ternet services giant Goo-

gle. That agreement outlines

a potential project which

would include a data cen- ter and accessory office fa- cilities. “Mesa would be pleased to welcome a global leader in

innovation like Google to our community. They would be

a great match for the Elliot

Road Technology Corridor,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said in a release. “There is still much to be done but we are

excited to be working with another ‘Big Four’ technolo- gy company and the future prospects.” Google, which specializ- es in Internet-related ser- vices and products including online advertising technol-

ogies, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware, is exploring the acquisition of 187 acres in Mesa’s Council District 6 just northwest of Phoe- nix-Mesa Gateway Airport, according to the release. “I’m happy that Goo- gle will be joining our busi- ness community.” District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson said in the re- lease. “This will be a win for Mesa, our citizens and the entire region. I look forward to working with them.” At this time, specific de- tails have not been final- ized. While the development agreement contemplates milestone minimums which Google must achieve, they do not reflect the actual project scope, according to the release.


New special agent in charge appointed

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named Sean L. Kaul as the special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office. Mr. Kaul has served as a special agent in charge of the Honolulu Field Office since 2017. He started his career

as an FBI special agent in 2000. He was first assigned to the Bakersfield Resident Agency of the Sacramento Field Office in California. Mr. Kaul worked multi- ple programs in Bakers- field and was both a mem-

ber of the SWAT team and

a special agent bomb tech-

nician. He later transferred

to the Atlanta Field Office, where he served as a full- time bomb technician on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2007, Mr. Kaul was pro-

moted to a supervisor in the Executive Development and Selection Program Section


the Human Resources

Division at FBI Headquar- ters in Washington, D.C. He was later promoted to unit chief in 2009. He was select- ed as a supervisory special agent in 2011 for the Wash- ington Field Office, where he led the Northern Virginia Violent Crimes Task Force. He received an Attorney General’s Award for Dis- tinguished Service while in that assignment. In 2013, Mr. Kaul was ap- pointed as an assistant spe- cial agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Office, where he led the criminal branch and four Indian Country resident agencies. He was also in charge of the field office’s response programs and its Evidence Response Team. He was promoted to sec- tion chief in the Counter- terrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in 2016, then to special agent in charge of the Honolulu Field Office in 2017. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Kaul served as a captain in the U.S. Army. He has a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State Uni- versity and a master’s de- gree from Georgetown Uni- versity.


Ozone advisory

in effect

The Arizona Depart- ment of Environmental Quality is issuing a Health Watch for ozone effective today in the Phoenix area. The ADEQ recommends people limit outdoor activ-

ity while the watch is in ef- fect, especially children and adults with respirato- ry problems. Ground level ozone forms when two types of pollutants — volatile or- ganic compounds and ni- trogen oxides — react in sunlight. These pollutants come primarily from auto-

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