New Banner – UMC Tucson Hospital Tower Opens Today

Teaser image for new hospital tower at Banner – UMC TucsonBanner – University Medical Center Tucson opens its new nine-story, $446 million hospital tower (Tower 1) to patients and the public today, Monday, April 22.

In a recent leadership message, Banner – University Medicine CEO Chad Whelan, MD, and Sarah Frost, CEO of Banner – UMC Tucson and South, said, “We are just a few days away from officially opening our doors to the new hospital! This incredible project has been four and a half years in the making, and we are thrilled the time has finally come. We hope you have enjoyed all the celebrations hosted to thank you and Tucson for supporting this monumental investment. We have more plans in the works to continue the momentum of excitement—stay tuned.”

Directions to UAHS Plaza and old BUMCT hospital main entrance Refer to maps at right (click to enlarge) or the links below. BUMCT public parking map

Please note these important changes affecting the University of Arizona Health Sciences community:

  • The hospital’s main lobby entrance will shift to The Pavilion in Tower 1. This Parking Map shows parking for this new entrance, which also will have valet parking service for patients.
  • Beginning today, access from the old hospital to the new tower is available on the 2nd and 4th floors of the Diamond Children’s tower (now also known as Tower 2). 
  • The old hospital lobby entrance near DuVal Auditorium will remain open for about a week. UA Health Sciences employees may prefer to use the UA College of Medicine – Tucson building entrance off the UAHS Plaza (see this map).
  • The hospital’s cafeteria has moved to the ground floor of Tower 1.
  • As a reminder, vertical badges WILL NOT work in the new building effective Monday, April 22. Please visit the security office ASAP to get a horizontal badge.

As of today, the hospital also has a new address:

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson
1625 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Questions? Please send inquiries, concerns and compliments to for a prompt reply.

[The two hyperlinks in the paragraph below go to Banner intranet sites, so require a Banner sign-in or access from a Banner computer.]
For any issues during the move, two systems are in place to report problems. Safety and regulatory issues take priority. For life safety, fire safety and immediate issues, Incident Command will be available for all departments on their unit floor during patient moves. For all other issues, please fill out a TMA work order request; Facility Services is for non-clinical equipment, and Technology Management is in place for medical equipment repairs, clinical and non-clinical patient care technology consulting and support. Please review this list of action items the leadership team has completed or planned to safeguard a seamless move. If you have any further questions, please reach out to your team leader.

“Ribbon-Cutting Signals Final Moves for New BUMCT Hospital Tower Opening” | Posted April 12, 2019
“New Banner-UMC tower to open, focuses on technology, patient comfort” | (Arizona Daily Star) Posted April 8, 2019
“New Hospital Tower Galleries Showcase Open House Photo Op, Prelude to Public Preview” | Posted April 5, 2019
“Banner – UMC Tucson Hospital Cafeteria Services Moving to New Tower—Last Full Day April 18!” | Posted April 4, 2019

Release Date: 
04/22/2019 - 8:45am
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