Audience Limited, Topics Weighty at Rescheduled UA-Banner AMC Town Hall

If you missed the Town Hall Meeting of the Academic Management Council, the UA-Banner entity formed as part of the academic affiliation agreement between Banner Health and the University of Arizona to oversee the Banner – University Medicine Division, you can view archived video of the event at the UA Health Sciences Webcast webpage.

To watch the video, click here (check your Banner email for the password).

The event was held at noon, April 24, in DuVal Auditorium. A panel provided a brief overview and then opened the floor for questions from the audience, which numbered about 65 people. The panel was made up of made up of Leigh Neumayer, MD, interim senior vice president, UA Health Sciences; Charles Cairns, MD, dean, UA College of Medicine – Tucson; Ken Ramos, MD, interim dean, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix; Kathy Bollinger, executive vice president, Banner – University Medicine; and John Hensing, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer, Banner Health. Dr. Neumayer and Bollinger are the AMC’s co-chairs.

Topics discussed included:

  • Progress to Date
  • Key Goals for 2017
  • Opportunities for Faculty Engagement
  • Structure of the AMC

A number of questions were asked from the audience including rationales for merging AMC committees, the physician compensation plan, Tucson health care market competition and perception, commitment to primary care, urgent care and changes in how patients may look for health care delivery in the future.

Among those from the UA Department of Medicine attending were Cardiology’s Frank Marcus, MD, Sarver Heart Center’s Art Sanders, MD, Nephrology’s Pradeep Kadambi, MD, and Pulmonary & Critical Care’s Gordon Carr, MD—CMO for Banner – UMC Tucson and South.

Banner Health’s academic medicine division was created with the merger of Banner and the University of Arizona Health Network, which was completed in late February 2015. The AMC oversees the activities and operations of the Banner – University Medicine Division statewide.

The town hall was previously scheduled for March 8, but was rescheduled to accommodate a campus visit by the finalist for the UA President position—Robert Robbins, MD, currently president and CEO of Texas Medical Center in Houston. Dr. Robbins is scheduled to start in his new role June 1. 

Release Date: 
04/25/2017 - 4:45pm