Arizona Health Sciences Center Clinical Affiliations

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TO: Campus Community
FROM: President Ann Weaver Hart
DATE: Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Arizona Health Sciences Center Clinical Affiliations     

 

I am very pleased to announce that the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) Board of Directors and the Arizona Board of Regents have given preliminary approval for negotiations to combine UAHN with Banner Health (Banner), an Arizona-based and nationally-recognized leader in patient care. 

The agreement signed today guides discussions that will take place over the next several months, and we expect to announce definitive agreements sometime in September. These agreements will create a statewide healthcare organization that will drive the future of biomedical and biosciences research in Arizona, provide the means to meet the state’s healthcare workforce and patient care needs, and help transform the UA’s two Colleges of Medicine into nationally-leading academic medical centers.

As the UA’s Arizona Health Sciences Center’s clinical collaborator, Banner’s network will sustain the vibrant academic clinical practice here in southern Arizona and the relationship will result in significant new capital investment. With the transformation, the University of Arizona Medical Center will continue developing its capabilities for complex medical programs like heart and lung transplants, genomics, geriatrics, and pediatrics through participation in Banner’s statewide network of patient care locations. The relationship will also provide resources for improved hospital infrastructure, including a new multi-specialty outpatient clinic in Tucson.

Our ultimate goal with this collaboration is to create a statewide academic health sciences center that will serve all of Arizona’s 21st century healthcare needs while also meeting the research and teaching goals of our Never Settle academic strategic plan. In particular, the scope of Banner’s clinical operation and its experience as an important affiliate in the UA’s graduate medical education programs will enable clinically-based research priorities in population health, health disparities and other areas that are at the heart of the biosciences component of the Never Settle plan. With this focus, the UA will achieve the $220 million expansion of biomedical research that is a key component of meeting our ABOR enterprise goals for research expenditures and, more importantly, our faculty will have the resources to make new discoveries and develop new clinical practices for the good of Arizona and populations around the world.

With this affiliation, the UA’s College of Medicine-Tucson and College of Medicine-Phoenix will remain part of the UA’s Arizona Health Sciences Center, and we will maintain clinical affiliations with other teaching hospitals throughout the state. There will also be no disruptions in UA health plans. The University will issue a press release shortly with other details about the plan, and I encourage you to read it at http://uanews.arizona.edu/UAHealthBanner.

I look forward to updating you on our progress with this important relationship. Thank you for your support and for your dedication to the UA.