New Hospital Tower Galleries Showcase Open House Photo Op, Prelude to Public Preview

Facebook post for Banner – UMC Tucson new hospital tower open house photo galleries - Morning SessionWith two open house sessions for physicians, faculty and staff of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Tucson complete on April 4, plans move on to the public preview, which coincides with Cyclovia’s April 7 event in central Tucson; a VIP event on April 11, and the official grand opening for patient care on April 22.

Cyclovia activities preview for April 7, 2019The UA Health Sciences community, neighbors and the public at large are welcome to enjoy the Cyclovia/Living Streets Alliance festivities, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., which begin and end at the front entrance to the hospital’s new nine-story tower, completed at a cost of $446 million.

Banner – University Medicine is the lead sponsor for Cyclovia’s three-mile, car-free bike and walking route to the Arts Warehouse District and back. In addition to tours of the new tower, there will be live music, food, a zip line and a host of family-friendly activities as part of this ever-popular community event with the Living Streets Alliance. Click here for a map for the event.

Facebook post for Banner – UMC Tucson new hospital tower open house photo galleries - Evening SessionWith the 670,000-square-foot tower expansion, Banner – UMC Tucson’s capacity increases from 479 to 649 licensed beds. Adult intensive care unit (ICU) beds, always in high demand at the hospital, increase by 96 new beds.

The new tower, which includes $50 million in new patient-care equipment and computer technology, replaces older sections of the original hospital building, which opened in 1971 as University Hospital.

Learn more about the grand opening at the UA/Banner press release at this link.

For the UA/Banner staff open house on April 4, a morning session ran from 7-10 a.m. and an evening session from 5-9 p.m. The new cafeteria provided a variety of refreshments and beverages, visitors got to sign a large poster of the new tower and take part in a photo booth, T-shirts were passed out, and tours were provided on the second, third, fifth and eight floors. Musical entertainment was provided by Mariachi Tesoro de Tucson in the morning and the Heart & Soul band in the evening.

For photos of UA Department of Medicine faculty and staff, see the mini-gallery below (click image to enlarge):

Staff head to and from new Banner – UMC Tucson hospital tower morning open house Welcome to new Banner – UMC Tucson hospital tower morning open house Executives greet attendees beneath balloons at new Banner – UMC Tucson hospital tower morning open house  New Banner – UMC Tucson hospital tower morning open house

Dr. Gordon Carr and other Banner executives greet new hospital tower open house attendees Dr. Paul Fenster (right) at new Banner – UMC Tucson hospital tower with Sandra Garcia, ACNPC-AG, CCRN Irma Sanchez at the photo booth! Nephrology's Gina Favela and Jackie May, NP

Tracy Rios, division manager; Karen Railey, senior accountant, and Luly Ortiz, assistant division manager (looking rightward) Ana Florea, MPH, senior research specialist, Division of Nephrology, and Connor (research coordinator, Pediatrics) Dr. James Knepler, director of Interventional Pulmonology, and Pulmonology and Critical Care Fellowship Program Cardiology crew – Christeana Castro, Dominica Padilla, Devan Lodge, RN, and Monique Crawford, RN

Carmen Mendoza and Irene Robles GGP's Brandi Stuckrath, Laura Vitkus and Jordan Elias  GGP and UA Center on Aging crew Brandi Stuckrath, Laura Vitkus and Jordan Elias

T-Rx Pharmacy staff from Petersen HIV Clinics (Kristen Ellis, PharmD, Larry York, PharmD, and pharmacy resident Andrea) Laura Vitkus, Brandi Stuckrath and Jordan Elias Devan Lodge, RN, and Monique Crawford, RN GI staff, Linda Gonzalez (left), Lisa Laughlin and Katherine Sepulveda (right)

 Lisa Laughlin, Linda Gonzalez, and Katherine Sepulveda Larry York, PharmD, right Cindy Larson and Sharon Lobo, senior accountants

Greg Davis, assistant division manager, and Brian Morton, division manager Gina Favela (left) and Jackie May, NP (right) Carmen Mendoza, Jackie May, NP, Katherine Sepulveda and Irene Robles 

In the waterfall room on 5th floor: Katherine Sepulveda, Irene Robles, Lisa Laughlin, Linda Gonzalez and Carmine Mendoza Standing, center: Kim Cota-Robles (in blue) and Kara Balliet (maroon) at the signature wall for new hospital tower Terri Buchanan and Cynthia Campas, Personnel assistant coordinator and manager HR/Personnel's Terri Buchanan and Cynthia Campas

Sleep Medicine's Drs. Daniel Combs and Salma Patel Tracy Rios, division manager, and senior accountants, Karen Railey and Krystal Knox Dr. Hemanth Gavini and colleagues approach Dr. Hemanth Gavini (right)

Dr. Gordon Carr (upper left) and Dr. Hemanth Gavini (center, top) Banner - UMC Tucson CEO Sarah Frost (left) and Dr. Hemanth Gavini (center, top)  Banner - UMC Tucson CMO Gordon Carr (right) in cafeteria Cardiology Fellow Dr. Jennifer Huang-Tsang (right)

Dr. Gordon Carr (CMO), Catherine Townsend (CNO), Dr. Chad Whelan (CEO - Banner University Medicine) and Sarah Frost (CEO - Banner – UMC Tucson) UA Arthritis Center's Tracy Shake and Dr. Randy Horwitz, medical director for Integrative Medicine  Integrative Medicine's Dr. Randy Horwitz (left)

  Dr. Randy Horwitz leads tour Dr. Kevin Moynahan joins Dr. Randy Horwitz's tour

Cardiology's Dr. Rupa Bala speaks with Dr. Chad Whelan (center) Cardiology's Dr. Paul Fenster (right) and Sandra Garcia, NP On the tour with Dr. Hemanth Gavini (left) Hospitalist Dr. Ali Raoof, Division of Inpatient Medicine

Dr. Kevin Moynahan leads a tour  Dr. Kevin Moynahan leads a tour of patient rooms Dr. Kevin Moynahan leads a tour of patient rooms  Pulmonary's Dr. James Knepler in the cafeteria

“Photos: Cyclovia 2019” (Arizona Daily Star/ | Posted April 8, 2019
“Banner – UMC Tucson Hospital Cafeteria Services Moving to New Tower—Last Full Day April 18!” | Posted April 4, 2019
“New Patient Tower to Open at Banner – UMC Tucson” | Posted March 26, 2019

Release Date: 
04/05/2019 - 8:00pm