Dr. Patel returns to Tucson, providing pediatric endocrinology at TMCOne

Dr. Chetanbabu Patel returned to Tucson in June and joined the TMCOne location on 2380 N. Ferguson, across the street from the TMC main campus. While there are many great reasons for moving to Tucson, Dr. Patel summed it with just one. “The best care for the children we are treating,” he said. “This was […]

Make summer snacks fun, tasty and healthy

Summertime brings vacations, warm weather and great food. The TMC and TMCOne Clinical Dietician Kallie Siderewicz offers some tips to make summer food fun, tasty and healthy. Healthy doesn’t mean boring Try a peanut butter and low-fat Greek yogurt dip for fruit. Ranch seasoning also gives Greek yogurt the yum factor for dipping veggies. Other […]

Admissions nurse named ‘Heart of Hospice’

Karen Novak, R.N., with TMC Outpatient Hospice, was honored this morning at a quarterly recognition selected by her colleagues as the “Heart of Hospice.” Novak, who has been with Tucson Medical Center for more than 20 years, is the TMC Hospice liasion for the hospital. As a TMC Hospice admissions nurse, she works closely with […]

Community hospital works to reduce opioid use after surgery

Even as Gov. Ducey declared a public health state of emergency regarding the misuse and abuse of opioids, physicians practicing at Tucson Medical Center were already working to minimize the use of opioids for patients recovering from surgery. Physicians have several opportunities to manage the use of narcotics, particularly important as patients leave the hospital […]

TMC encourages community members to be cautious in sharing information to avoid phone scams

With local utilities recently warning customers of apparent phone scams in which payment is demanded over the phone, Tucson Medical Center is urging community members to be cautious in responding to such inquiries. TMC does have conversations over the phone with patients about payments and we will accept payment over the phone as well. What […]

Lovell Foundation, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona partner to award nearly $3 million for end-of-life care and planning services

The year leading up to death for those with chronic conditions can be emotionally difficult and stressful for patients and families. It’s also costly, with patients in that final year accounting for 25 percent of total Medicare spending on beneficiaries over the age of 65. There has to be a better way. The David and […]

Voting begins next week in the City of Tucson’s primary election

  A big thank you is in order to the four candidates running for a seat in the Ward 3 City Council race, who appeared at a candidate forum Tuesday night at Tucson Medical Center, sponsored by the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “The foundation for democracy is an engaged […]

TMC thanks, congratulates teacher in residence at close of program

Congratulations to Sheila Marquez, an anatomy teacher at Tucson High Magnet School, who finished her third summer working at Tucson Medical Center as part of the business-education partnership known as Teachers in Industry. The program allows businesses to gain valuable perspectives by employing teachers over the summer, and allows teachers a chance to see firsthand […]

TMC employee turns hardship into inspiration

At the age of 10, Donatian Mahanga became a refugee in the Congo, introduced to the overwhelming challenges of intense poverty, starvation, disease and political strife. There was a constant shortage of food and medicine. “We buried people every day because of starvation,” he said. Of his 32 aunts, only three survived. That incredible story […]

Food-safe grilling and picnicking

Food grilling safety tips

For heat-tolerant Arizonans, and for those visiting slightly cooler destinations, summer is a time for picnics and cookouts. Unfortunately, it can also be a prime time for foodborne illness (“food poisoning”) to hit. Although warm summer temperatures may make humans feel sluggish, bacteria are undeterred. In fact, most harmful bacteria reproduce faster at temperatures of […]

Cigna, March of Dimes and TMC share A Common Thread

Summertime in not usually when Tucsonans think about needing a knit-cap…unless they are a preemie. This summer, thousands of cute knit-caps are available for preemies thanks to Cigna volunteers, who donated the caps to TMC during national volunteer week. In April, Cigna volunteers traveled from Phoenix to deliver nearly 3,000 knit caps for NICU babies at Tucson Medical Center. […]

General contractor survives cardiac arrest; teaches July 27 class to show others how to save lives

When Gary Brauchla went into cardiac arrest before daybreak in September 2012, he survived because others didn’t give up on him. His wife kept up chest compressions until help came. First responders kept up CPR until they transported him to the hospital. Brauchla, now 72, is on a mission to show others how to save […]

TMC Offering FREE, Online Childbirth-Preparation Videos

Anyone who is bringing a new life into the world has questions about what is best for mom and baby. Tucson Medical Center now offers their FREE birthing presentations –online . Although informative and helpful, the online videos are best used for distance learners and a refresher for those who have previously taken a class. […]

Artwork at TMC Rincon Health Campus reflects Vail’s community connection and spirit

Vail – the town between the tracks – is a vibrant community resting in the foothills of the Rincon mountains on Tucson’s eastside. Along with its leading school system , picturesque landscapes and family-oriented neighborhoods, another of Vail’s greatest attributes is the community’s strong connection to the rich, cultural heritage of the area. The community […]

“Most Wired” designation shows TMC continues leading the way in information technology

Increasingly, technology is helping patients become more engaged in their own wellness and more active in their care. For the sixth year running, Tucson Medical Center has secured a place among America’s “Most Wired” hospitals. The distinction recognizes hospitals that leverage information technology to provide stronger care for patients, to improve quality, to reduce costs […]

Southern Arizona hospital coalition addresses opioid misuse in rural areas

A coalition of five independent Southern Arizona hospitals this week secured a federal grant to diminish opioid misuse and dependence across rural communities in Southern Arizona. The Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant, which provides about $100,000 in support to the effort, comes through the federal Health Resources & Services Administration. The grant aims to: […]

Doctors, nurses share implications of federal health reform (BCRA)

What our health care providers are saying about BCRA

The medical community has not had any substantive role in drafting the proposed health care reform legislation in Washington, D.C. Doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses who practice at Tucson Medical Center have created videos to directly share their perspectives and concerns on behalf of patients who would be affected by changes to Medicaid as envisioned […]

TMC Lactation Services receives prestigious award for breastfeeding support

Tucson Medical Center was recognized for excellence in lactation care recently by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and International Lactation Consultant Association. Only those programs that employ lactation consultants five to seven days a week and provide yearly education to medical staff based on evidence-based guidelines are eligible for the recognition. In addition, […]

Comprehensive Weight-Loss Program now available at TMC

TMC Comprehensive Weight0Loss Program

TMC follows up on questions from overflow crowd at June 26 health forum

Tucson Medical Center on Monday held a health care forum designed to share information about the impacts and implications of federal health care reform proposals. The panel, which included health care experts in the areas of pediatrics, public health, rural health, primary care and hospitals, answered as many audience questions as they could within the […]

Downtown discussion: Healthy strategies for the grocery store

Sometimes we forget what a miracle – and a trap – the grocery store really is. It can be a place of wondrous nutritional bounty. It can also be a place where healthy lifestyles go to get derailed. If you’ve got 45 minutes over the lunch hour Thursday, July 6, pop over to HealthOn Broadway […]

Staying active in the Arizona heat

swimming in the summer to keep cool

“At least it is a dry heat.” Whether it is a dry heat or not, it is still getting hot out there! This is the time of year that most year-round Tucsonans try to hide from the heat by staying indoors as much as possible. This seems like a good practice, but it can hinder […]

Temps are rising and the pool is beckoning – do you know your water safety?

Is it hot enough yet? With Tucson temperatures exceeding 115 degrees for three straight days, many families will be heading for the pool this weekend. It’s no surprise why swimming is a summer favorite. Parents get a chance to cool-off, kids max out on fun and families make memories. With the summertime exuberance of visiting, […]

TMCOne opens specialty clinic on NW side, providing quality care and convenience

TMCOne opens specialty clinic on NW side, providing quality care and convenience

Safe Kids Pima County – keeping kids safe through education and advocacy

Plenty of us have practice patching up the skinned knees and elbows of active children in our lives. Unfortunately, though, accidents are too often far more serious than bumps and scrapes. In fact, accidents are the leading cause of death for ages 0 to 19 – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

TMC Sponsors June 26 Forum on Health Care Reform: What it Means to Providers and Patients

Tucson Medical Center is conducting a series of health forums to help inform the Southern Arizona community on current health care legislation and other federal actions. Please join us at our next Health Care Town Hall: Health Care Reform and What it Means to Providers and Patients. Come be part of the conversation and hear […]

We Are Tucson – We Are Family

For Edward, Matthew, and Melissa Dominguez – working at Tucson Medical Center is literally a family affair. About a year ago, Matthew Dominguez began working in the laundry department at TMC and has recently moved into grounds-keeping. The job is more than an eight-to-five for the young man; it’s a legacy. “My grandfather, Keith Biggs […]

Wound Care Awareness Week – celebrating treatments that are changing lives

In early 2016, Herman’s dermatologist referred her to the TMC Wound Clinic. “Everyone from the desk clerk to the nurses did a wonderful job of making me feel comfortable and at ease.”

Osteoporosis: “The most important factor is prevention”

Osteoporosis: “The most important factor is prevention”

American Health Care Act could devastate health care system, panelists say

Tucson Medical Center  – as well as other hospitals and health institutions across the country – will be under threat if 23 million people lose their insurance in the coming decade under the American Health Care Act. That was the consensus of panelists at the Mayor’s Health Forum Tuesday, part of a series of forums […]

TMC now offering scheduled appointments for Pediatric Emergency Department visitors

Emergencies and convenience don’t often intersect – but for those who can wait to seek medical care, Tucson Medical Center now offers scheduled pediatric appointments to make emergencies just a little easier. Emergency Department appointments are not appropriate for those children with emergent medical conditions. But for others, the new service offers a convenient alternative […]

We Are Champions initiative boosting community’s health care knowledge

We Are Champions initiative boosting community’s health care knowledge

TMC celebrates 200 TAVR procedures – Tucson visitor thankful for life-saving technique

TMC celebrates 200 TAVR – patient thankful for life-saving tecnique

Services Thursday for cardiologist Marius Wagner

Marius Wagner, M.D, was known by many at Tucson Medical Center as a talented healer. With a lifelong sense of duty to care for the sick, he practiced interventional cardiology as a partner at Pima Heart Associates for 30 years. “Dr. Wagner was a great cardiologist and friend to many,” said Anita Bach, TMC’s Cardiovascular […]

TMC receives prestigious Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

American Heart Association recognizes TMC’s commitment to quality stroke care Tucson Medical Center is pleased to announce that our hospital was recently honored with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes TMC’s commitment to providing the most appropriate […]

TMC participates in compression-only World CPR challenge May 25

When real estate broker Gary Brauchla’s heart stopped in 2012, his wife knew to immediately begin CPR until rescuers could arrive. “At 3 a.m., when I went into Cardiac Arrest and died:  If Kathie would have waited just the six minutes until the first responders arrived, I would not have survived,” Brauchla said. “Instead, she […]

Tired of renting? TMC hosts Homebuyer Expo May 31

Dozens of lenders and housing professionals will be available to provide free information to those exploring the path to homeownership at an upcoming event designed specifically for homebuyers. The Expo, organized through the office of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, will be held Wednesday, May 31, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in TMC’s Marshall Conference […]

TMC adopts new testing system to rapidly identify infections, allow targeted antibiotic treatment

TMC adopts new testing system to rapidly identify infections, allow targeted antibiotic treatment

During National Donate Life Month, organ donation impacted TMC family

During National Donate Life Month, organ donation impacted TMC family

TMC celebrates the economic impact of hospitals in building healthy communities, healthy economy

What does $740 million in total economic impact look like? It comes in the form of: Salaries for 5,800 jobs Vast deliveries of office supplies and medical equipment Nutritious ingredients for 3,200 meals served each and every day Technological innovation and capital investment In short, it looks like Tucson Medical Center – the area’s sixth […]

TMC: Telemedicine receiving strong praise in rural Arizona

When endocrinologist Shubh Kaur, MD, was first approached to consider telehealth visits with patients in the Douglas and Safford area, she was immediately intrigued. It seemed an appropriate solution for patients whose zip codes made it difficult to get specialty care without a lengthy drive. But she was also new to the technology. “I had […]

Every interaction a mentoring opportunity to help others build confidence, find success

Cheryl Young, the Lean Transformation Officer at Tucson Medical Center, was recently named Most Inspirational Mentor of the Year by the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation, an award that promotes the growth and support of professional nurses in the community. As one nomination notes: “Her belief is that nurses should be teaching on a daily basis, […]

New manager called out by her peers for being the Heart of Hospice

Unbeknownst to the new TMC Hospice manager, many of her colleagues had already tossed her name into the hat for the program’s quarterly recognition award. “She holds the bar to the highest level and is always there to help you,” said Alicia Ferguson, director of TMC Hospice. After a blind judging, Ferguson explained, Stephanie Carter, […]

Conquering my first marathon – and a few tips I’ve learned along the way

Had you asked me two years ago, I never would have told you that running a marathon was something I would one day accomplish.  Like many, I assumed marathons were for dedicated athletes and super humans – my 3-5 leisurely miles a week didn’t qualify me as either. When I signed up for the TMC […]

National Volunteer Week: TMC volunteer receives prestigious award

For many years, Nancie Roahrig has provided equine-assisted therapy at TMC Hospice and TMC for Children. Her company, Step Up to T.L.C., Inc., has received numerous accolades for bringing peace and happiness to patients when they need it most. Recently, Roahrig received a KOLD Hero Award – a special recognition presented by Heather Rowe, news anchor at […]

Meet Holli, a TMC Hospice home care volunteer

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Tucson Medical Center celebrates the passionate work of nearly 700 volunteers in TMC Hospice, TMC for Senior, Pet Therapy and the TMC Auxiliary. The dedicated patrons log more than 90,000 hours every year helping TMC patients have the most comfortable and pleasant experience possible, whether in the hospital […]

National Volunteer Week: TMC Auxiliary volunteer receives “more than expected”

In honor of National Volunteer Week, Tucson Medical Center is celebrating the passionate work of nearly 700 volunteers in TMC Hospice, senior services, pet therapy and the TMC Auxiliary. The dedicated patrons log more than 90,000 hours every year helping TMC patients have the most comfortable and pleasant hospital stay possible. If you visit TMC, […]

Leftover medications? Dispose of them safely at TMC for Seniors April 24

Having unused medications lying around can have serious unintended consequences. It can be easy to confuse them with medications you’re currently taking. Children who are visiting your home may get into them, leading to accidental poisoning. Teens who use prescription drugs to get high often report obtaining them from friends or the family medicine cabinet. […]

TMC celebrates National Donate Life Month with flag-raising, patio dedication

Did you know a single organ donor can save up to eight lives? Join Tucson Medical Center throughout April in recognizing National Donate Life month, part of an ongoing effort to build awareness about organ donation and its power to heal and save lives. Last year at TMC, organ donors saved 18 lives and improved […]

TMC takes pivotal role in Tucson Health Association

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 […]

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