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Arizona hospitals use innovation to create better patient care

In the ever-changing face of healthcare, many Arizona hospitals have stepped up to the plate to provide some of the most innovative advances in treatment in an effort to provide patients with better care and better results.

Beyond better treatment, the impact of healthcare on Arizona’s economy is undeniable. Twelve of the 50 biggest employers in Arizona are healthcare-related businesses. In an industry that is constantly being asked to re-invent and redefine itself, the ability to innovate is what will make hospitals and healthcare a growing sector in Arizona’s economic landscape.

Want to know who some of those leaders in healthcare innovation are?

Az Business magazine takes an in-depth look at what four healthcare providers are doing.

Maricopa Integrated Health Systems (MIHS)
The Arizona Burn Center, under the umbrella of MIHS, is world renowned for its burn care and continued research to improve burn treatment. It is not only one of the largest burn centers but also the only one in Arizona to have received verification by the American Burn Association. The center is leading the charge when it comes to better solutions to heal burn victims and is on the cutting edge of two of the most promising new skin substitutes, a “skin spray” and lab-grown artificial skin.

“Our original intention for the skin spray, which has not yet been approved by the FDA and is undergoing trials, was to be used to treat relatively small burns, but we discovered it is much more useful for large burns,” says Kevin Foster, surgeon and medical director of the Arizona Burn Center. “With special approval from the FDA, and of course the patients, we have used it outside the study in three cases.”

The results of those cases were so promising that Foster says they changed the direction of the study to reflect the way the skin spray will ultimately be used, for large burns rather than small burns.

Foster calls a true artificial skin the “Holy Grail” of skin substitutes and notes that a product utilizing lab-grown cells is currently being developed by the University of Wisconsin. The Arizona Burn Center is the research site for that product.

Beyond the development of these new skin solutions, Arizona Burn Center is changing the way burn victims receive diagnosis and treatment. With telemedicine, Burn Center surgeons are available 24/7 via desktop or laptop to consult with emergency physicians at outlying hospitals. Burn specialists can “see” patients, assess the injuries and determine whether a patient can be treated locally or needs to be transported to the burn center.

Though admittedly very expensive to develop and use, these advances in technology are designed to return the patient to their normal lives sooner and with less rehabilitation, which is where the savings will result, says Foster.

“Ultimately, we want patients to get better sooner with less time spent in hospital,” Foster adds. “The skin spray and artificial skin will do that.”

Tucson Medical Center
While innovations in medicine and treatment are paramount, it is also crucial to keep up with the advancing technologies of daily operations within a healthcare organization to keep it running as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Tucson Medical Center (TMC) Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Elizabeth Maish says that 2015 has been focused on taking TMC’s operations to the next level, as it’s the foundation for all of the other improvements that need to occur within a healthcare organization.

“We placed great importance on our electronic medical records (EMR) at an early stage in the game,” Maish says. “While many organizations are just now really diving in, we began our journey in the early 2000s, even before the Affordable Care Act. This has allowed us to reach Stage 7 EMR, which very few hospitals in the U.S. have achieved.”

In addition, TMC has built several interactive, data-rich tools to improve operations, such as the Bed Board, which is an electronic board that allows for ultra-real time management of patients who are waiting for a bed, placed in a bed or discharged.

“This technology has reduced the amount of time that it takes us to get patients in a bed by 30 percent,” Maish adds.

TMC’s goal is to keep people “at home and healthy” versus being in the hospital, according to Maish. In an effort to improve care management and keep readmission rates low, the facility has become an Accountable Care Organization and established the Arizona Connect Care program, within which special measures are taken when discharging patients to ensure they have all the information they need to continue healing at home.

Maish feels that the innovations TMC is taking in the quest for operational excellence will yield better efficiencies and outcomes, which translate to dollars and an optimized bottom line. However, that is secondary.

“More importantly, adopting a steadfast approach toward improvements through innovative thinking, data use and clinical evidence can be the platform for untold financial strength and cultural transformation,” she says.

Mayo Clinic
Sometimes going forward to advance patient care requires reverting to basics. For the Mayo Clinic, that means going back 150 years to the team-based care initiated by the Mayo brothers. Dr. Richard S. Zimmerman, M.D., a professor of neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, says the organization “has a long tradition of innovation in healthcare built upon our core belief that the needs of the patient come first … yet only recently has this been emphasized that much better care occurs with this integrated care model.”

Mayo Clinic has advanced medical research with the goal of providing the best possible care for patients. Some of its most recent areas of innovation include cancer care, with its upcoming Proton Beam facility — the first and only one of its kind in Arizona and scheduled to open in February 2016; medical education; telemedicine; genomic research; personalized medicine; regenerative medicine; and the science of healthcare delivery.

“The needs of patients drive research at Mayo Clinic,”  Zimmerman says. “As doctors treat patients and see opportunities for advancing patient care, they work together with Mayo scientists and research teams to develop new and improved diagnostic tools, medications, devices, treatment protocols and more.”

Another major innovation at the Mayo Clinic is the development of The Mayo Medical School — Arizona Campus, which will include a key collaboration with Arizona State University. A major differentiating feature resulting from this new branch of Mayo Medical School is that all students will complete a specialized certification in the Science of Health Care Delivery concurrently with their medical degree. Zimmerman believes Mayo Medical School is the first to offer such a program.

“The science of healthcare delivery focuses on how patients actually receive care,” Zimmerman says. “From using engineering principles to determine the most efficient way to schedule patient appointments to research focusing on the most successful, cost-effective means for delivering treatment, this discipline’s aim is to enhance the patient’s health care experience by improving quality, outcomes and cost.”

Flagstaff Medical Center
Donated to the Flagstaff community in 1955 by Dr. Charles Sechrist as Flagstaff Hospital, the not-for-profit healthcare organization, now known as Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC), has one very unique aspect — its staff treats every patient, whether or not they are able to pay for their care.

FMC, which is DNV Healthcare accredited, also has a special partnership with Northern Arizona tribes, such as the Navajo, to provide care to those with limited access. This exemplifies the true spirit of healthcare leaders, refocusing efforts back on patient care and satisfaction.

The big picture
Based on the innovative efforts of Arizona hospitals and healthcare organizations, patient care has never been more of a priority. This focus has caused an interesting new trend of collaboration, according to Joan Koerber-Walker, president and CEO of the Arizona BioIndustry Association.

“Patients are now receiving the highest level of care, not only by today’s standards but by tomorrow’s as well,” Koerber-Walker says. “This is a result of collaborations of hospitals with other hospitals, universities, entrepreneurs and global leaders. Arizona has a true collaborative spirit and, with that, we’re seeing great things.”

Koerber-Walker cites the Arizona Alzheimer’s Association as an example of multiple organizations working toward a common good.

“TGen, UofA, ASU, Banner, Mayo and Barrow are all working together on this project and we’re seeing how the best of each of these institutions can come together to end this disease,” Koerber-Walker says, noting that Arizona is receiving global attention for its collaborative effort on Alzheimer’s research.

Koerber-Walker believes strongly in the recent innovations such as telemedicine and collaborative research will continue to result in better patient care and ultimately prevent readmissions that hurt hospitals’ bottom lines.

“Innovation is not only making patients’ lives better, it’s improving quality of care,” she says.

Sun Health

Tucson Medical Center may join Mayo network

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.




RED AWARDS 2014: Healthcare Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 9th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2013 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and more than 100 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. Click here to view all 2014 RED Awards Winners.‎

Tucson Medical Center
Developer: Tucson Medical Center
Contractor: J.E. Dunn Construction
Architect: Hobbs + Black Architects
Brokerage: Hill International
Size: 218,930 SF
Location: 5301 E. Grant Rd., Tucson
Completed: April 2013

tucson-medical-centerOriginally intended to be a series of complex renovations, Tucson Medical Center added a four-story orthopedic and surgical tower to its campus that meets the increasing needs of the growing community. The tower replaced 18 existing operating rooms and added much more, including a dedicated pediatric surgery area. The new tower also adds 14 surgical suites, two hybrid rooms and 40 private patient rooms. The new tower add-on also included renovations to the building, such as shades for the windows to ward away the sun’s discomfort and an upgrade on the chilling and heating water systems. The new tower also blends in with the original design of the medical center, with native stone and copper integrated into the architecture, creating the appearance that it has always been there. During construction, the hospital 
did not experience any planned or unplanned interruptions in patient care.

Judy Rich

Judy Rich – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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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Green Valley gets 1st emergency room, hospital

The southern Arizona town of Green Valley is getting its first emergency room and hospital, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

A $52 million hospital with an ER is expected to open in Green Valley by the year 2014.

Tucson Medical Center officials announced Thursday that they entered a “memorandum of understanding” to develop and operate the new hospital with Scottsdale-based McDowell Enterprises.

TMC is non-profit but the new Green Valley hospital will be for-profit.

Tucson Medical Center officials say it’s too early in the process to know how much money they will invest in building the hospital.

The Arizona Daily Star says the hospital will give Green Valley and nearby Sahuarita residents their first emergency room.

Residents must now travel 30 miles when they have a medical emergency.

Construction Project News, Florence Hospital, AZRE May/June 2011

Construction: Project News, May/June 2011

Florence Hospital at Anthem reaches halfway point

Construction at the 96,000 SF Florence Hospital at Anthem (in Florence) recently reached the halfway point with the topping out of the final steel beam. When it opens in 4Q 2011, the hospital will have a $15M payroll and 225 jobs. It will be a 58-bed facility with 20 emergency beds, 34 multi-purpose beds, and 4 ICU beds. The hospital will also include a full-service laboratory, blood bank and pharmacy, and will incorporate a completely electronic medical record system. SWA is the architect and Layton Construction is the general contractor.

DPR busy with healthcare projects

DPR Construction is busy with healthcare related projects — including several at the Banner Gateway campus in Gilbert. DPR is converting a 24,700 SF exiting pediatric unit into a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) unit at the BG Medical Center (BGMC). The $2.6M project includes installation of new patient lifts and upgraded mechanical systems to increase air exchanges. DPR also is renovating and expanding ($2.2M, 14,3338 SF) operations in the Microbiology and Laboratory Dept. at BGMC. The architect is Cannon Design|OWP/P and subcontractors include Delta Diversified, Bellaire Mechanical and RCI. Expected completion for both projects is 3Q 2011. DPR just completed a $5.3M, 31,045 SF, 3-story core and shell medical office building on the Banner campus. In Mesa, DPR is renovating the Hospice of Arizona Greenfield House. The $1.8M, 12,064 SF project will include a healing garden dedicated to former Gov. Rose Mofford. SmithGroup is the architect and subs include RML Electric, Ganado Painting, Hardrock Concrete, KTI Tile, Phoenix Wall, Pioneer Masonry, Sunstate Plumbing, Spectrum Mechanical, Styles Brothers and Twin City Hardware. Expected completion is 2Q 2011.

Arizona Experience Museum to be ready by state’s centennial

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on the Arizona Experience Museum, one of the state’s centennial projects. Plans call for enhancing and transforming the current Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum at 15th Ave. and Washington St. in Phoenix. The new museum will be an interactive, technology-driven venue showcasing Arizona’s past, present and future. Plans are on track for the museum’s renovations, with completion expected by 2012, Arizona’s Centennial. The museum will include a new main entrance on Washington, new main lobby, gift shop and reception area, and orientation theater. Museum designer is Gallagher & Associates, architect is Westlake Reed Leskosky, general contractor is Mortenson Construction, and construction consultant is Rider Levett Bucknell.

First Solar to break ground on new plant

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2Q 2011 at the Mesa Proving Grounds for the first phase of First Solar’s next solar module fabrication plant and future expansion. First Solar is acquiring 135 acres at the site from DMB Associates. The manufacturing facility will generate 600 clean-tech jobs for the region in its first phase. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2012. Approximately 400 to 500 jobs will be created during the construction of the project. First Solar considered a number of locations around the country before focusing on the Mesa property. Company officials credit the newly formed Arizona Commerce Authority for helping put the deal together. The 3,200-acre site is located at the SEC of Elliot and Ellsworth roads in Mesa. It was acquired by DMB in 2006

New Westin adheres to call for adaptive re-use

The Westin Phoenix Downtown at the Freeport McMoRan Center is a prime example of adaptive re-use in an urban setting. The Westin, which opened in March, occupies the 11th through 18th floors at 333 N. Central Ave., a 26-floor building originally named One Central Park East. It was originally designed as a mixed-use project with condominiums and academic space for Arizona State’s downtown campus. The plan was modified in 2006 due to budgetary constraints and ASU’s tight timetable to open the School of Journalism by August 2008. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold opened its offices there in 2009. General contractor for the Westin was Perini Building Co., the architect was SmithGroup and interior design was completed by Gensler and a Westin interior design team.

Intel plant to bring thousands of construction jobs to Arizona

Intel Corporation’s announcement that it plans to invest more than $5B to build a new chip manufacturing facility in Chandler could mean thousands of construction jobs for Arizona once the project is completed in 4Q 2013. The new factory, designated Fab 42, will be 200,000 SF of cleanroom space located at 4500 S. Dobson Rd. The developer, general contractor and architect have yet to be selected.

Fiat ‘salon’ added at Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Construction on a $1M, 4,547 SF Fiat “salon” at Airpark Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Scottsdale is scheduled to be completed by October. The project is an addition of a showroom for the Fiat brand to the existing dealership at 16301 N. 78th St. in Scottsdale. An original plan called for the salon to be housed at a temporary facility near Hayden and Raintree roads. However, Fiat officials scrapped those plans. Developer is the Van Tuyl Group and the architect is John Mahoney Architect. A general contractor had not been selected at press time.

Jones Lang LaSalle selected for Salvation Army project

The Salvation Army retained Jones Lang LaSalle to provide real estate advisory and development management services for a new social service and administration campus. The redevelopment, which will take place on The Salvation Army Herberger campus at 2707 E. Van Buren St. in Phoenix, will replace 160,000 SF of failing space with two new buildings and a renovated warehouse. The redevelopment also opens 6 acres at the SWC of 28th and Van Buren streets, within the Herberger campus, for new, like-minded development. Phase I runs 1Q 2011 to 1Q 2012 and includes a 40,000 SF divisional headquarters and a 30,000 SF social services building at the site of the current Salvation Army property. Phase II includes 6 acres of land at the SEC of 28th and Van Buren streets. Project architect is Deutsch Architecture Group of Phoenix. The general contractor is Nitti Graycor of Tempe.

Adolfson & Peterson completes shopping center site work

Site work for Phase 1 of Paseo Lindo, a shopping center at the NEC of Arizona Ave. and Ocotillo in Chandler, will be completed in July by general contractor Adolfson & Peterson. The 47-acre site will be anchored by a Target store. Developer of the project is RED Development. For Phase 1, Butler Design Group is the architect and Olsson is the civil architect. For the Target store, general contractor is Ryan Companies US and the architect is RSP Architects. Subcontractors include Sandstrom (earthwork), Juarez (wet utilities), AME (electrical) and Gothic (landscaping).

Struggling Gilbert building lands two popular eateries

Two popular Valley dining establishments have signed leases as the new tenants of a struggling Downtown Gilbert commercial building with plans to open their doors in 4Q 2011. Postino Winecafe and Barrio Café will occupy the former Mahogany Run-Gonzo’s-GrainBelt building in Gilbert. Postino East will occupy 2,500 SF and owner Craig DeMarco plans to spend $500,000 on its construction. Silvana Salcido Esparza, owner of Barrio Café, plans to spend a little less than that transforming the 2,000 SF dining room and 2,000 SF patio.

Construction Project News, AZRE May/June 2011

Photo: Kling Stubbins

NASA-themed dome highlights eyecare project

A 30-foot NASA-themed dome is the focal point of a $490,000 construction project inside Family Eyecare of Glendale at Citadelle Plaza. The dome sits 30 feet above the boutique and includes a night sky, hanging “starburst” chandeliers, “planet” pendant lighting and large photo murals of NASA astronauts on the moon. It was designed in partnership with Zeiss, the German maker of optical instruments used for moon landings. General contractor is Bjerk Builders, architect is Kling Stubbins of Philadelphia, and brokerage firm is GPE Commercial Advisors. The official opening of Family Eyecare is early May.

First phase of $120M renovation at TMC completed

The first phase of a $120M renovation project at Tucson Medical Center was recently completed as pediatric patients moved into a new wing. The highlight of the $13.6M, 66,000 SF unit, the TMC Pediatric & Mother Baby Center, is a separate entrance and lobby that includes shades of orange, yellow, blue and green. Additional renovation will include two 500-space parking garages and a 3-story, 60-foot patient room tower. General contractor is Lloyd Construction of Tucson and the architect is Hobbs+Black Architects of Scottsdale. Hobbs+Black also has been awarded TMC’s West Hospital project. It consists of multiple projects including construction of a new West Hospital, and redevelopment of the west side of the 122-acre campus, including a new parking structure.

Utah general contractor to build Gilbert rehab center

Rimrock Construction of Draper, Utah, is the general contractor for a 28,000 SF, 32-bed rehabilitation center being built in Gilbert. The developer, Menlo DevCo, received an $8.2M FHA/HUD loan to build the facility. The project will include a 5,000 SF therapy area, a locker area and therapy pool. The Wellness Therapy Center will be located at 3319 S. Mercy Rd., near Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. It is expected to open in 4Q 2011. Advantage Architects of Idaho Falls, Idaho, is the architect.

Higley looking to future construction of two schools

The Higley Unified School District is looking at 23 acres it has in Sossaman Estates near Power and Queen Creek roads and 21 acres it owns at Elona Dr. and Recker Rd. as it considers the future construction of two middle schools over the next few years. The plan was to build one elementary school, but the area is growing so fast that two middle schools may be needed first. Higley has $71.5M in bond money, but under current law the school district cannot spend it, as assessed home valuations in the area have dipped significantly.

Construction P & Z

Town of Paradise Valley

The Town of Paradise Valley has begun a one-year review process to update its general plan. The update is currently in the initial visioning process.

City of Surprise

The City of Surprise General Plan is in the amendment process to add a Wildlife Linkages Map. The amendment will be presented to the Planning Commission on May 19 and June 9.

City of Goodyear

The City of Goodyear is currently in the process of updating its residential, commercial and industrial design guidelines approved in February 2001. For more information about the proposed changes, please visit the City of Goodyear website.

Town of Gilbert

The Town of Gilbert has drafted an amendment to its medical marijuana regulations in the Land Development Code. The Planning Commission Hearing is scheduled for May 4.

Maricopa County

On May 25, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors reviewed a proposed Stormwater Quality Management and Discharge Control Regulation amendment, including approval and permitting fee adjustments.

On Feb. 8, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors amended the Sign Regulations of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance. On April 13, the Board of Supervisors revisited the amendment to consider changes to off-site (billboard) sign regulations.

City of Mesa

The City of Mesa is updating its Zoning Ordinance based on the Mesa 2050 General Plan. A draft of the Zoning Ordinance update is located on the City’s website.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2011

Good Samaritan Hospital - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Arizona’s Health Care Industry Has Flourished From Cottages To World-Class Facilities

A Century of Care

From cottages to world-class facilities, Arizona’s health care industry has flourished

Mayo Clinic Hospital - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 In the nearly 100 years since Arizona became a state, the health care sector has become a powerful economic force.

According to a study by Arizona State University’s L. William Seidman Research Institute, Arizona’s hospital community alone employs more than 80,000 people and contributes $11.5 billion to the gross state product. Indirectly, hospitals create about 120,000 additional jobs, more than the combined populations of Coconino, Graham and Santa Cruz counties.

Sisters of Mercy

It all started some 17 years before statehood in January 1895, when the Sisters of Mercy had collected enough money to rent a six-bedroom cottage at Fourth and Polk streets in Downtown Phoenix. Each room was equipped with two beds for TB patients, and thus was born St. Joseph’s Sanitarium, predecessor of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and the first hospital in Phoenix. Downtown Phoenix 1900s - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

In the mid-1940s, the nuns purchased 10 acres at Third Avenue and Thomas Road, which was part of an old dairy farm. Today, St. Joseph’s is a 670-bed, not-for-profit hospital that is one of the cornerstones of the state’s health care industry.

A second giant in health care, Good Samaritan Hospital of Phoenix, launched its first facility in an apartment building at Third Street near Van Buren in 1911. Initially incorporated as the Arizona Deaconess Hospital and Home, it opened with 15 beds.

One-hundred years later, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Downtown Phoenix is the flagship of Banner Health, with more than 662 licensed patient care beds. Banner Good Samaritan employs more than 4,200 health care professionals and support staff. Nearly 1,700 physicians representing more than 50 specialties work with Banner Good Samaritan staff to care for more than 43,000 inpatients a year.

Another early entry in the health care scene was the State Asylum for the Insane, which was rebuilt after a fire in 1911. In 1924, the asylum was informally renamed Arizona State Hospital.

Established in 1943 as a community hospital, Tucson Medical Center is among the 300 largest hospitals in the country. It is licensed for 650 adult and skilled nursing beds, and serves more than 30,000 inpatients and 122,000 outpatients a year.

St. Luke Hospital - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011In 1971, University Medical Center — a private, nonprofit hospital located at the Arizona Health Sciences Center adjacent to the University of Arizona in Tucson — was established. UMC is Arizona’s only academic medical center, and earlier this year it became an international focal point for neurosurgery and trauma care after a gunman shot and wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and killed six people.

In Northern Arizona, the Flagstaff Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital, was founded in 1936. A part of the Northern Arizona Healthcare family, it has some 270 beds and its medical staff includes about 200 physicians. Among its specialties are cancer, heart and sports medicine.

Health care continues to be a concern on Indian reservations throughout Arizona, particularly in some of the remote regions. A relatively new program, the American Indian Research Center for Health is designed to improve the health status of Native Americans and increase the number of Native American scientists and health professionals engaged in research. Classes for the student-training component of the program are held at the University of Arizona.

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