TMC extends congratulations to the winners of the Influential Health and Medical Leaders awards

2015 Influential Health and Medical Leaders Awards

Pal Evans, M.D., left, receives Lifetime Achievement in Health Care award from Steve Pope, general manager, Arizona Local Media

Tucson Medical Center congratulates Palmer “Pal” Evans, M.D., for recognition of his Lifetime Achievement in Health Care by Tucson Local Media.

Dr. Evans, who was honored at an awards dinner Sept. 23, knew as a high school freshman that he would become a physician. He served as a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in Tucson from 1974 to 1999, before launching his administrative career in 1996. He retired in 2005 as the former Vice President for Medical Affairs at TMC.

“Dr. Evans had a simple goal that was profoundly difficult at the same time: doing the right thing for patients, every time,” said Michael Duran, Vice President and Chief Development Officer for TMC. “The trajectory of his career reflects deep community involvement, an unflagging compassion for patients and an insatiable curiosity about improvement processes and health care models.”

Called into service again, Palmer returned as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in 2007 at the request of TMC HealthCare’s Board of Trustees.

As Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Evans led quality of care improvement efforts and oversaw the hospital’s participation in a national pilot study of what was then an innovative health care model, an accountable care organization.

He retired again in July 2010 – but seemingly only to redouble his community involvement.

Not only does Dr. Evans continue to serve in a senior advisory role to TMC and as Board Chairman of Arizona Connected Care, the first accountable care organization in Southern Arizona, but he continues to serve on the board of the TMC Foundation and is past Chair of the Pima Council on Aging. He serves as executive-in-Residence for The Center for Management Innovations in Health Care at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. He is a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Francisco García, director of the Pima County Health Department, left, is recognized as Outstanding Health Care Executive from Steve Pope, General Manager, Arizona Local Media.

Francisco García, M.D., director of the Pima County Health Department, left, is recognized as Outstanding Health Care Executive from Steve Pope, general manager, Arizona Local Media

TMC also extends congratulations to Dr. Francisco García, the Director of the Pima County Health Department, who received recognition for Outstanding Health Care Executive.

“This is an exciting time in health care and Dr. García’s tenure has been marked by a commitment to collaboration, service and community outreach,” said Julia Strange, vice president of Community Benefit for Tucson Medical Center. “His leadership has really been defined by his passion for community and the belief that making Pima County a healthier place will demand a team approach.”

TMC is also pleased that the Save the Cord Foundation was honored with an award for Achievement in Community Outreach. The Tucson-based non-profit foundation works to advance umbilical cord blood advocacy and education globally. It serves as the educational arm for the Arizona Public Cord Blood Program, which TMC is proud to be a part of.

TMC is currently the only hospital in Southern Arizona to offer expectant parents the opstcf_logo_smallportunity to donate their baby’s umbilical cord blood to the Be The Match national registry as part of this program. Donating is free, easy and doesn’t hurt the mom or baby. Additionally, it does not change a woman’s labor or delivery.

TMC recently collected cord blood unit  number 900. So far, since the program started, 22 cord blood units have been selected for transplant into people with life-threatening diseases.

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