Tucson Medical Center President and CEO Judy Rich joined Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild yesterday to announce the launch of the Tucson Health Association – a public-private partnership to promote medical tourism in Southern Arizona.
Visit Tucson coordinated the initiative with the City of Tucson, Pima County and area hospitals.
“This new association will help promote Tucson as a health care and wellness destination to international visitors,” said Mayor Rothschild.
Health care providers have long been providing services to meet the needs of visitors from Mexico, and this effort helps make those services more formalized, collaborative and streamlined.
The collective focus is to share information with tourists about elective, nonemergency services. Such services include cardiac, orthopaedic (such as total knee replacement) and neurological services.
TMC values providing high-quality health-care that is culturally sensitive and welcoming. For many years, TMC has employed a dedicated team of medical-interpreters and has provided training for about 120 certified bilingual staff, ensuring safe communication with Spanish patients and families.
This important step meaningfully emphasizes our region’s greatest strengths – diversity, community and care, said Judy Rich.