Johnny Bench Talks Medical Advances at Tech Council Expo

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Johnny Bench Talks Medical Advances at Tech Council Expo.

Phoenix Business Journal - by Patrick O'Grady

Johnny Bench is a believer in the power of medical technology.

A Hall-of-Fame catcher who spent his career with the Cincinnati Reds, Bench has more than average wear and tear on his joints. On Thursday he will provide the keynote at lunch during the Arizona Health and Medical Technology Expo, the first such event being organized by the Arizona Technology Council.

"It's just another area of technology that if they think about something, they can do it," Bench said.

Bench, who played with the Reds full time from 1968 until 1983, had his right hip replaced six years ago after he endured pain he said wouldn't let him sleep or do most physical activities. He spent a year trying to find out what was wrong until a doctor friend saw him walking on a golf course.

"He looked at me and said, 'You know that hip is going,'" Bench said. "We scheduled it and seven weeks later I was back playing golf, back to sleeping at night, really doing everything I used to do."

Bench said his new right hip is made of a ceramic-on-ceramic connection designed to last longer than older model artificial hips. His right hip, replaced late last year, is an even newer design from Stryker called the ADM X3, giving him more flexibility and longer life for the joint.

Since the first operation, Bench has been a spokesman for Stryker Orthopaedics, which manufactured both of his artificial hips, and a proponent of advanced medical technology in joint replacements in particular. He's speaking at the AZHMT expo as a way to be an example of someone who has received a better quality of life through medical technology.

The expo will feature topics about advanced technology in medical use and feature a number of Valley providers including the Arizona Telemedicine Program, Hospice of the Valley, Logistixs Group LLC, Translational Geneomics Institute and The CORE Institute.

"By launching our first annual Health & Medical Technology Expo, we are broadening our focus on health care and life sciences because ultimately, technology can help manage cost and efficiency and improve patient care," said Steven Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "The work of our member companies encompasses a wide range of products and services and we felt it was important to share the latest health care innovations with the Arizona community at large."

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. in Glendale. Admission is $10 for the expo, $40 for lunch for AZTC members and $50 for nonmembers. For more: