Five nonprofit hospitals launch new alliance to improve access to care, coordination

Five independent, nonprofit community hospitals today announced the formation of the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance to improve the health and well-being of the communities served.

The nonprofit Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance includes independent hospitals from Benson, Bisbee, Safford, Tucson and Willcox.  Participating hospitals will not only have stronger alignment to better serve patients, but will also allow for greater efficiencies in purchasing, insurance and electronic medical records.

AllianceLogoThe hospitals all remain independent entities.

“Through this Alliance, the Benson area will have expanded specialty physician coverage, thus eliminating long travel for many people to see a quality doctor,” said Rich Polheber, CEO of Benson Hospital and the Board Chairman for the Alliance. “To be aligned with an exceptional healthcare delivery system provides Benson Hospital with assistance in advancing our quality initiatives and expanding our clinical and operational best practices. Our board, medical staff and associates are excited in advancing all the potential opportunities in this relationship. “

Copy of TMC monument signResizedJudy Rich, President and CEO of the Alliance’s founding member, Tucson Medical Center agreed. “This Alliance will leverage existing relationships and enhance each of our unique strengths, while allowing us to improve clinical care coordination and access to a higher level of care throughout Southern Arizona. We’re stronger when we work together.”

Jim Dickson, the Chief Executive Officer of Copper Queen Community Hospital in Bisbee, agreed. “Through this Alliance, we hope to leverage best practices and resources while achieving economies of scale to improve patient care. We hope to keep healthcare under the control and ownership of each community.”

Mark Marchetti, Chief Executive Officer of Mount Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford, said he is delighted that relationships will be enhanced between hospitals that share a commitment to improving patient care throughout the region.

“For many years, Mount Graham Regional Medical Center has worked closely with Tucson Medical Center in addressing the healthcare needs of the citizens of the Gila Valley.  In a larger sense, this Alliance provides strength in numbers, from reducing costs, to sharing resources, and enhancing access to specialization.”

The future direction of healthcare requires stronger connections and collaboration, said Roland Knox, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Cochise Community Hospital. “Our membership in the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance is important to Northern Cochise Community Hospital’s efforts to remain an Independent community hospital. Through this Alliance, we have access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable to us. “

To read more about the Alliance, see the Arizona Daily Star’s coverage.

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