TMC Firsts 1998 – Present

Tucson Medical Center has been a hospital leader in Southern Arizona for more than 65 years. Below are some of the notable “firsts” that TMC brought to Tucson from 1998 – present.

  • First in Arizona with a hospital-based welfare-to-work program, “Learn, Earn, Advance and Prosper” (1998)
  • First in Southern Arizona with a boutique dedicated to breastfeeding support and supplies, the Desert Cradle (1999)
  • First in Arizona to use digital photo system for newborn portraits, offering proofs and prints to families before they leave the hospital (2000)
  • First in Southern Arizona to air fundraising Radiothon (Children’s Miracle Network) (2001)
  • First in Southern Arizona to open a Children’s Emergency Center with dedicated facilities and staff (2001)
  • First in Southern Arizona to join Andrea’s Closet, a Phoenix-based charity that connects pediatric patients with a new toy (2003)
  • First in Arizona with an endoscopy surgical suite for GYN surgery integrating all surgical and communications devices into a seamless operating suite (2004)
  • First in Tucson to create a free family event, Be Safe Saturday, to offer vital safety information with community partners (2004)
  • First in Arizona to use the BidShift web-based system to give nurses more control over their scheduling (2005)
  • First in Arizona to establish employer-assisted housing project with local Habitat for Humanity (2005)
  • First in Southern Arizona with associate membership in the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (2007)
  • First in Southern Arizona designated a Neuroscience Center of Excellence by NeuStrategy (2008)
  • First in Arizona with Electrophysiology Stereotaxis technology that uses magnet navigation to guide catheters to treat cardiac arrhythmias (2009)
  • First in Arizona to establish Accountable Care Organization, working with Dartmouth University and the Brookings Institution (2009)
  • First in Tucson to implement a completely paperless electronic medical record (2010)
  • First in Southern Arizona to join a NICU quality initiative applying evidence-based practices to improve care for 100,000 premature babies nationwide (2010)
  • First in Southern Arizona to join Cord Blood Registry program “Newborn Possibilities,” which saves cord blood of at-risk newborns for potential treatment of neurological injury (2010)
  • First in Arizona to reach highest level (Stage 7) on HIMSS Analytics Database for use of electronic medical record (2011)
  • First in Tucson to earn American Heart Assn / American Stroke Assn ‘Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke’ Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award (2011)
  • First in Southern Arizona to earn the Care Award from the International Lactation Consultant Association for support of breastfeeding (2011)

For more information about our “firsts” dating back to 1944, please visit www.tmcaz.com

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