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  • Board approves continued partnership with Banner South Campus

    Apr 19, 2016 | Read More News
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    On Tuesday, April 19, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved 4-1 to renew its partnership with Banner-University Medical Center South Campus through June 2017 for $15 million.

    Banner UMCThis agreement will provide for the continued operation of Banner’s South Campus and a means to expand the community’s medical workforce through the University of Arizona’s Graduate Medical Education Program

    “Banner South Campus is a critical component that ensures the health and wellness of this county,” said Jan Lesher, deputy county administrator.

    Pima County first entered into this partnership in 2004 with University Physicians, Inc., which at that time was the physician faculty practice for the UA’s College of Medicine. While the hospital may have changed names a couple of times since, the purpose of this agreement remains to provide quality healthcare and strengthen Pima County’s health workforce industry.

    “Banner Health’s mission is to make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care. Our relationship with Pima County to operate Banner University Medical Center South allows us to continue serving our community and fulfilling our mission in Tucson,” said Sarah Frost, chief operating officer with Banner Health. 

    Banner South Campus is now a modern full-service hospital that offers emergency department services, acute medical and surgical services, and clinical visits. Since the transition in 2004, the hospital has seen a 225 percent increase in clinic visits, 61 percent more emergency visits, and a 348 percent increase in total number of surgical procedures. In addition, its UA Graduate Program has expanded from 17 residents in fiscal year 2009 to 110 residents in fiscal year 2014.

    “This is a safety net facility that provides highly specialized services, particularly behavioral health, and we are grateful to the Board of Supervisors for reaffirming their support of this important financial commitment,” Frost said.

    As part of this agreement, the county will continue to oversee the hospital’s operations to ensure it’s run efficiently, effectively, and that it fulfills its commitment to provide quality healthcare to the community.


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