Where We Teach And Train
Banner – University Medicine
This affiliation began in late February 2015 with the Arizona Board of Regents-approved merger of the University of Arizona Health Network with Banner Health. Banner is one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country with 29 acute-care hospitals and health-care facilities. With more than 47,000 employees, it’s the leading nonprofit provider of hospital services in all the communities it serves and the largest private employer in Arizona. The company has committed to spending at least $500 million in Tucson on capital improvements. This includes a new nine-story, state-of-the-art hospital tower next to the current Banner – University Medical Center (UMC) Tucson hospital and a three-story, 200,000-plus square feet outpatient ambulatory care facility adjacent to the UA Cancer Center – North campus.
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
With 479 licensed beds, this hospital is the only Level I Trauma Center designated in southern Arizona. It’s ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report in three adult specialties — geriatrics, nephrology and pulmonology (all in the UA Department of Medicine) — and high-performing in seven others (including three in the UA Department of Medicine — cancer care, diabetes and endocrinology, and gastroenterology and GI surgery). U.S. News also recognized the hospital as the No. 1 facility in Tucson and southeastern Arizona, and No. 3 in the state, behind its sister facility Banner – UMC Phoenix. The hospital also is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, Non-Invasive Vascular Lab by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC); Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, an NPF Referral Center by the National Pancreas Foundation, and a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Association. Its Interstitial Lung Disease Program, operated with the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, also was chosen as a member of the National Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Care Center Network. Its Petersen Clinics, operated with the UA Division of Infectious Diseases, are recognized by the University HealthSystem Consortium as rating No. 3 in the nation for HIV patient care. And it is designated as one of 55 Ebola Treatment Centers in the nation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Becker’s Hospital Review also named Banner – UMC Tucson one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America.”
Banner – University Medical Center South
With 245 licensed beds, this hospital in south Tucson is an accredited Cardiac Receiving Center by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Non-Invasive Vascular Lab by the IAC, a Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education Program by the American Diabetes Association, an Infectious Disease Treatment Center of Excellence by the ADHS, and a Senior Friendly Hospital by the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Program.
University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus
This 82,000-square-foot outpatient care facility opened in 2007 with state-of-the-art equipment and highly specialized professionals to diagnose and treat patients. Our multidisciplinary patient-care teams includes internationally-renowned medical, hematological, radiation and surgical oncologists as well as nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, research specialists, psychiatrists, social workers, patient advocates, nutritionists, pharmacists and genetic counselors. Its UA main campus research affiliate, the UA Cancer Center was created out of the Division of Hematology and Oncology in 1976, received its first support grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1978, became an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in 1990, is now one of 45 nationally and remains the only one with headquarters in Arizona. Drawing faculty from 14 academic departments and five colleges, the center has 73 research labs where about 300 physicians and scientists conduct collaborative research. It has developed a range of new cancer treatment and preventive agents and also has spun off more than 15 companies.
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
The VA Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., is the flagship facility for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS), which serves over 170,000 veterans in eight counties in southern Arizona and one county in western New Mexico. This 277-bed hospital provides training, primary care and sub-specialty health care for eligible veterans. Programs supported include medicine, surgery, neurology, mental health, geriatrics and advanced rehabilitation.
SAVAHCS is home to the nationally recognized Geriatrics and Rehabilitation Center, designated in 1999 as a VHA national center of excellence for geriatrics evaluation and management. It is the principal affiliate of the UA Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. It has affiliations with 70 academic institutions and trains more than 700 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and allied health students a year.
The SAVAHCS Research Service supports 70 principal investigators involved in more than 186 research projects in areas such as diabetes, colon cancer, Valley Fever, bone cancer, the biochemistry of depression, treatment for heart failure and pulmonary diseases such as asthma and emphysema.
The SAVAHCS has increased access for veterans by activating Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, northwest and southeast Tucson, and Yuma. It also has sharing agreements with Ft. Huachuca and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base to provide health-care services for active duty service members. SAVAHCS is a TRICARE and CHAMPVA provider for retirees and eligible family members. Additional sharing agreements exist with Banner – University Medical Center, the Indian Health Service and Tucson Medical Center.
SAVAHCS also was designated as a Polytrauma II Center in January 2006, serving veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Tucson Medical Center
Tucson Medical Center (TMC), licensed at 641 beds, is a locally governed nonprofit regional hospital. A Mayo Clinic Care Network member, TMC holds designation as a Neuroscience Center of Excellence (by NeuStrategy Inc.), certification as a Primary Stroke Center (by TJC) and accreditation as a Chest Pain Center (by SCPC). Truven Health Analytics also named it one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals.