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UA seeks new downtown Phoenix partner as St. Joe’s links with Creighton

[Source: Angela Gonzales, Phoenix Business Journal] — The University of Arizona is canceling talks with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center to jointly develop a cancer center in downtown Phoenix now that St. Joe’s has forged a solid academic affiliation with Creighton University School of Medicine.  Dr. William Crist, UA’s vice president for health affairs, said he is concerned there won’t be enough room for UA medical students because St. Joe’s agreed to make Creighton’s 84 medical students a priority.  “We’re not mad,” he said.  “We’re still friends.  But there can only be one primary affiliate partner.”

Suzanne Pfister, vice president of external affairs for St. Joe’s, said she’s disappointed.  “But we’ve still got a number of collaborations with them,” she said, adding that St. Joe’s will continue to grow its cancer program.

Crist said UA has solid partnerships with the majority of the Valley’s hospitals, including Banner Health, Carl T. Hayden Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Mayo Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Scottsdale Healthcare.  His job will be to see which of those facilities will be willing to partner with UA to help finance the expansion of its cancer center in Phoenix.  “Plenty of people are interested,” Crist said.  “We are talking to a lot of people to get the best plan.”

He said the cancer center most likely would be built near the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which houses the medical school and the Translational Genomics Research Institute.  He envisions an outpatient center that would be anywhere from 200,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet, offering medical oncology, laboratory testing, imaging and radiation therapy.  “We have relationships with almost every health system in town in terms of rotating medical students,” Crist said.  “The only question is who has the capacity to be a primary affiliate partner when we expand and develop more than ever before.”  [Note: Read the full article at UA seeks new downtown Phoenix partner as St. Joe’s links with Creighton.]

Downtown Phoenix hospital talks revived

[Source: Angela Gonzales, Phoenix Business Journal] — University of Arizona and Maricopa Integrated Health System officials have resumed talks to create a clinical partnership that could lead to a new hospital on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus.  UA has been looking for a hospital partner ever since Banner Health in January 2008 walked away from its plan to build a hospital on the campus.  For years, UA has sent its medical school students from Tucson for clinical rotations at MIHS’ Maricopa Medical Center, but the most recent discussions are to create a formal agreement.

Betsey Bayless, CEO of MIHS, confirmed those discussions were taking place.  She will be meeting with the MIHS board later this month to determine if members want her to move forward with negotiations.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

UA solicits plans for downtown Phoenix hospital

[Source: Ken Alltucker, Arizona Republic] — The University of Arizona has contacted nearly every major hospital in the Phoenix area with one major request: Send us your ideas for a new downtown teaching hospital.  The call for ideas comes after talks between UA and Banner Health failed to a yield a deal to build a new teaching hospital that would anchor Phoenix’s emerging biomedical campus.  Arizona leaders envision a downtown hospital that trains doctors, advances medical technology, and provides a setting for cutting-edge medical techniques that spin out of such nearby research institutions as TGen.

UA has solicited proposals from Maricopa Integrated Health System, Catholic Healthcare West, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Banner Health, Sun Health, Mayo Clinic, and other hospital groups.  The university also plans to ask out-of-state hospitals to submit ideas, but no paperwork has been forwarded to non-Arizona hospitals.  UA will begin reviewing proposals March 1.  The process amounts to a brainstorming session.  UA and the Arizona Board of Regents want new, fresh ideas in an era when academic hospitals are difficult to build because of limited federal and state funds for such a project. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]