TMC for Children will partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, one of the 10 largest children’s hospitals in the country, for inpatient pediatric hospitalist and intensive care services beginning June 3.
“TMC for Children is committed to the children and families we serve,” said Judy Rich, TMC president and chief executive officer. “Our relationship with Phoenix Children’s builds upon a tradition of excellence and comprehensive, family-focused care that the community has come to expect from TMC for Children.”
Phoenix Children’s staff will be based in Pima County and call TMC their Tucson hospital home. They will assist in augmenting specialty services where gaps might exist in Tucson so families can access a broader spectrum of pediatric services closer to home and without having to travel to Phoenix.
“We’re excited to bring our special brand of pediatric care to TMC for Children,” said Ryan Bode, M.D., Hospitalist division chief, Phoenix Children’s. “This relationship will allow us to collaborate and consult with community pediatricians and pediatric specialists practicing in the Tucson area on the care of their patients and fill any gaps in pediatric specialty care that may exist in the region.”
Other long-standing pediatric relationships will remain the same. Pediatrix will continue to provide medical coverage to TMC’s newborn intensive care unit. The TMC Pediatric Emergency Department – the first in the region and the busiest in the city – will remain open 24/7 with the same dedicated staff.
Tucson Medical Center trying to become part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
The Mayo Clinic Care Network includes about 34 hospitals across the United States that have joined the network to improve clinical care, said Judy Rich, CEO of TMC .
“The goal is to share evidence-based medicine and to give our physicians here at TMC access to the care network,” Rich told the Star.
The collaboration is not an ownership change or an affiliation. TMC remains independent and locally owned.
Other Arizona hospitals in the Mayo network include ASU Health Services, Kingman Regional Medical Center and Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Once an anticipated merger between the University of Arizona Health Network and Phoenix-based Banner Health is completed next month, TMC will be the sole remaining acute-care community hospital in the city that is locally owned, the Star reported.
Judy Rich – President and CEO, TMC Healthcare
Rich has held roles in healthcare that range from staff nurse to CEO. Rich joined TMC HealthCare nearly 10 years ago and was COO for Tucson Medical Center until 2006 before she was named president and CEO of the 650-bed nonprofit hospital in 2007.
Surprising fact: “I often come to TMC on the weekends when my daughter is volunteering with Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids, introducing the ranch’s rabbits, chicks and other small animals to TMC’s pediatric patients.”
Biggest challenge: “As CEO, it’s important to zoom in to understand the seemingly minute details of operations, as well as zoom out to see the organization from the 10,000-foot level. Balancing between the two is challenging and takes discipline.”
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