Tucson Medical Center intends to remain independent by employing a number of strategies, President and CEO Judy Rich shared at the nonprofit hospital’s annual report to the community Monday night.
“Our future is tied to our legacy and our legacy is what we do serve this community,” said Rich, who was joined at the podium by TMC Board Chairwoman Louise Francesconi. “We want to stay independent by staying focused on affiliating instead of buying, aligning instead of merging and partnering instead of purchasing. And, of course, it is critical we provide world-class healthcare.”
It was with intention that TMC chose to share its report under a tent at the construction site of the new Rincon Health Campus, currently under construction at the southeast corner of Houghton and Drexel and scheduled to open by the end of the year. “We can’t just be at Craycroft and Grant roads – and that’s the reason we asked you all to make the journey out here,” Rich said. “We have to be more than a single place where people come to get healthcare.” The new campus, representing an $11 million investment, will provide primary and family care, specialty care and an outpatient infusion clinic in 44,000 square feet.
Among the significant evolution in approaches last year, TMC:
- Formalized the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance, aligning with hospitals in Benson, Willcox, Safford and Bisbee to share best practices and resources;
- Joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network to build electronic connections between physicians affiliated with TMC and Mayo Clinic. The network has already produced tangible benefits, including assisting TMC with strategies and protocols to reduce the readmission rates for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a complex lung disease;
- Launched a new accountable care organization, Abacus Health, with Arizona Community Physicians. The effort builds on success TMC has had with its first accountable health organization, Arizona Connected Care, in improving the quality of care while reducing costs;
- Brought wellness into unexpected places, including at The Core at La Encantada, which has touched about 14,000 people, from lectures by physicians and health providers, to fitness classes designed to encourage active lifestyles. More recently, TMC announced a partnership with acclaimed chef Janos Wilder and his Carriage House, building on the model of The Core, but with a Downtown clientele.
Council member Shirley Scott helped celebrate TMC’s reach into the southeast, crediting the City Council with supporting the growth of local business. Scott noted when she took office, Ward 4 had no medical services within 100 square miles. “I’m very, very pleased this has come to fruition. We’ve wanted and needed this kind of facility and service in this community so desperately that I’m just thrilled to have you out here.”
Chief Operating Officer Karen Mlawsky thanked local dignitaries for their attendance, including Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll and Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker. “TMC is a nonprofit hospital and we take that obligation very seriously. We believe it is our purpose to serve the community and to collaborate with our partners to improve the community health and well-being.”
To read TMC’s annual report, please visit http://issuu.com/tucsonmedicalcenter/docs/2015_tucson_medical_center_report_t?e=3088006/35728869