Skip to Main Content
Skip to Main Content

MIHS and Johns Hopkins University Awarded $4.2 Million Grant

November 15, 2016
MIHS

Researchers at Maricopa Integrated Health System and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have been awarded a $4.2 million federal grant to study whether Emergency Departments can be used to quickly identify, evaluate and treat patients during a public health emergency.

The project’s goal is to determine whether Emergency Departments can be used to evaluate drug therapies and new treatments during an emerging infectious disease outbreak like Zika or during a bioterrorism event, said Dr. Frank LoVecchio, Research Director at MIHS’s Maricopa Medical Center.

“This is an important step forward in how we prepare for an emerging infectious disease,” LoVecchio said. “It’s a testament to the caliber of the influenza research we’ve been doing here at MIHS for a number of years.”

“From development to testing to approval, the process for bringing a new drug to patients can take years,” says Richard Rothman, MD, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator and Professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which serves as the Lead and Coordinating Center for the project. “Since emergency departments are often considered the front door to the U.S. health care system, the goal of this research is to determine whether we can expedite the testing phase, particularly in the face of a public health emergency.”

The grant is funded by the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority (BARDA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The organization's mission is to develop, manufacture and acquire medical countermeasures, including vaccines and medication, and to address public health threats, including chemical, biological and nuclear incidents, pandemic influenza and emerging infectious diseases.

Research will take place this flu season in the Emergency Departments at MIHS and The Johns Hopkins Hospital Researchers will be determining whether they can effectively identify and enroll patients in the Emergency Departments with confirmed influenza into a study testing oral and IV influenza therapeutics that have already been proven to be helpful treatments for influenza. Researchers will then follow the patients, checking their progress on a daily basis up to a month.

“This award is testament to the caliber of the outstanding team of physicians and researchers here at Maricopa Medical Center and MIHS,” said Steve Purves, President and CEO.

About Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS)

Located in Phoenix, Ariz., Maricopa Integrated Health System has a proud tradition of being both the community safety net health care system, with a mission and commitment to serving the underserved and Arizona’s only public teaching hospital. MIHS consists of Maricopa Medical, the only Level I Trauma Center in Arizona verified by the American College of Surgeons to care for both adults and children, Arizona’s only nationally verified Burn Center serving the entire Southwestern United States, MIHS’s McDowell Healthcare Center, which is the largest provider of HIV primary care in Arizona, the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, the Arizona Children’s Center, two behavioral health centers, and 13 neighborhood Family Health Centers. To learn more about MIHS, please visit www.mihs.org.

Access MyChart

Your Secure Online Health Connection

Connect Now

NEED QUICK HELP?

Use the drop down for access to contact numbers or Contact Us via email>>

RECENT NEWS

View All News >>
  • January 03, 2018
    Psychiatrist: How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

    Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Sticking with them is hard. Dr. Carol Olson, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Maricopa Integrated Health System, offers tips to help you increase ... Read More

  • January 02, 2018
    MIHS Names New Chief Financial Officer

    Maricopa Integrated Health System, our community’s public teaching hospital and safety net system of care, has named Richard “Rich” Mutarelli as its new Chief Financial Officer. He r... Read More

  • December 20, 2017
    Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Level I Trauma Center Receives National Verification

    Only Trauma Center verified by ACS to provide adult and pediatric trauma services. Read More

  • December 12, 2017
    Susan Gerard Re-elected Chairman of MIHS Board

    Susan Gerard, a former state lawmaker, state Health Director and one of Arizona’s leading health policy experts, has been re-elected chairman of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District ... Read More