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.
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.”