Saturday, May 13, 2017

Arizona Hospitals/Health Systems Contacted

(Updated 2/18/2020)

I continue to read personal testimonies from members of our corn allergy support groups documenting that medical personnel continue to administer dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients in direct violation of the contraindication warning on the package insert.  It is also apparent that too many medical professionals do not understand the critical difference between dextrose and corn-derived dextrose, citric acid and corn-derived citric acid, ascorbic acid and corn-derived ascorbic acid, etc.  Anything derived from corn can prove fatal to the anaphylactic corn-allergic patient.  The most heartbreaking testimonies are from parents of corn-allergic infants, many of whom have been diagnosed with "failure to thrive" due to the lack of corn-free infant formulas.  Hospitals have NO alternative safe sources of corn-free nutrition to feed to these struggling babies, and their pediatricians/dietitians cannot offer any assistance to parents of corn-allergic infants. 

In summary, the corn allergy population can consume very few processed foods; and no commercially-processed non-organic meat, poultry, seafood, produce, or fruit due to government-authorized corn-derived acid washes.  Many corn-allergic patients must have their medications compounded to exclude corn; and since tap water may contain corn due to corn-derived purification chemicals, many are forced to purchase other sources of corn-free water.  In addition, it is difficult trying to find a water filtration system that is not manufactured with corn-derived components.

Therefore, the primary message I am sharing with these hospitals/health systems is that it will now be their responsibility to provide corn-free foods, fluids, and medications (compounded to exclude corn-derived ingredients) to corn-allergic patients.  Otherwise, it could be interpreted that hospitals are discriminating against the corn allergy community.

After one of the state hospital associations informed me that it was not their responsibility to contact their member hospitals with our corn allergy awareness message/documentation, and instructed me to contact every hospital within the United States; I have been contacting hospitals/health systems in each state on behalf of the corn-allergic patients.

Abrazo Health (6 locations), Phoenix, @AbrazoHealth
American Medical Association, @AmerMedicalAssn
American Red Cross, USA, @RedCross
Ascension, USA, @Ascensionorg
Banner Health (numerous affiliations/locations), @BannerHealth
Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, @BarrowNeuro
Cancer Research Institute, USA, @CancerResearch
Canyon Vista Medical Center, Sierra Vista, online contact form
Carondelet Health Network, Southern AZ, @Carondelet_CHN
Children's Hospital Association, USA, @hospitals4kids
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, USA, @cmnnj
Copper Queen Community Hospital, Bisbee, @CQCHBisbeeAZ
Cornerstone Healthcare Group (CHG), multi-state, @CHGHosp

Dignity Health (numerous affiliations/locations), @DignityHealthAZ
Ernest Health (multi-state), online contact form
FastMed Urgent Care (AZ, TX, NC), @FastMedClinics
Fort Defiance Indian Hospital, Fort Defiance, online contact form
Gila River Health Care, Sacaton, @Gilariverhealth
Gilbert Hospital, Gilbert, Email:
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern Arizona, online contact form
Honor Health (numerous affiliations/locations), @HonorHealth
Hopi Health Care Center, Polacca, online contact form
IASIS Healthcare (multi-state), @iasishealthcare
Kingman Regional Medical Center, Kingman, @AZKRMC
Little Colorado Medical Center, Winslow, online contact form
Luke AFB USAF Hospital, Phoenix, @LukeAFB
Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, @MIHS_AZ
Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, @MayoClinic
Mount Graham Regional Medical Center (MGRMC), Safford, Email:
Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, Prescott Valley (see Ernest Health)
Mountain Vista Medical Center, Mesa, @mvmc
NextCare Urgent Care (AZ, CO, NC, NM, OK, TX, VA, KS, MO), @NextCare
Northwest Medical Center, Tucson, online contact form
Oro Valley Hospital, Tucson, online contact form
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, @PhxChildrens
Phoenix VA Health Care System, @DepVetAffairs
Prescott VA Medical Center, @DepVetAffairs
Promise Healthcare, Inc. (multi-state), @Promise_Health
Promise Hospital of Phoenix, Phoenix (see Promise Healthcare, Inc.)
RCCH HealthCare Partners (13 states), online contact form
Rehabilitation Hospital of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff (see Ernest Health)
Sage Memorial Hospital, Ganado, @SageMemorial
Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA, Canada, Mexico, @shrinershosp
Sierra Tucson, Tucson, @Sierra_Tucson
St. Luke's Medical Center, Phoenix, @stlukesmedical
Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, @SummitHealthAZ
Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, Tempe, @TempeHospital
Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, @tmcaznews
Tucson VA Medical Center, @DepVetAffairs
Universal Health Services, Inc. (multi-state), @UHS_Inc
Western Arizona Regional Medical Center, Bullhead City, online contact form
White Mountain Regional Medical Center, Springerville, @WMRMC
Wickenburg Community Hospital, Wickenburg, @WickHosp
Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Prescott, @YRMCquadcities
Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, @YumaRegional

Published Corn Allergy Studies/Statistics  (“. . . Maize major allergen . . .”)

Baxter Labs specifically warns about administering dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients.

 "Solutions containing dextrose should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with known allergy to corn or corn products." - Page 3

"Probable anaphylactic reaction to corn-derived dextrose solution."

BCPharmacists, "Warning: corn-related allergens . . ."


“Corn Products and Derivatives List,” Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), 6/6/17

Corn Allergy Statistics (Monthly)

Diane H., Corn Allergy Advocate

Corn Allergy Advocacy/Resources


“List of hospitals in Arizona,” Wikipedia

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