Before the advent of state-of-the-art medical facilities, the climate
- the dry desert air of Arizona - was recommended by doctors across
the country for patients with respiratory problems. Today, however,
Tucson boasts of some of the most sophisticated health care available
anywhere. The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and the
Tucson Medical Center along with other full-service hospitals are
a testimony to this feeling.
Southern Arizona's largest hospital is Tucson Medical Center,
5301 E. Grant Road, 520/327-5461, with 631 beds. The original buildings
were once a private tuberculosis sanatorium, the Desert San, which
was established in 1927. Tucson Medical Center came into existence
as a community, not-forprofit hospital in 1943 when the grounds
and building of the sanatorium were donated to the Tucson community.
Today, more than 1,100 staff physicians represent 60 specialties.
Complete inpatient and outpatient services are offered including
cardiovascular, neurological, orthopedic, oncological and neonatal
intensive care. Besides the 24-hour emergency rooms, Tucson Medical
Center has been designated a Level I Regional Trauma Center and
is the base for the Arizona DPS Air Rescue helicopter. Other unique
features include a hyperbaric chamber to treat conditions such as
carbon monoxide poisoning, a Therasonic Lithotripsy Treatment System
to treat kidney and gallstones and a Remote Afterloader for treatment
of cancerous tissue.
Southern Arizona Rehabilitation Hospital is located on the
campus of Northwest Hospital in its own 55,000 square-foot facility
and is accredited by both CARF and JCAHO. SARH was constructed to
serve the specialized needs of severely injured or disabled individuals.
SARH physically changes lives in a cheerful, caring environment.
They are having excellent results with patients who have experienced
a stroke, amputation, spinal cord or traumatic brain injury, chronic
pain, hip fracture, joint replacement, arthritis, as well as those
with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease.
Carondelet Health System operates two not-for-profit hospitals
in Tucson-St. Mary's and St. Joseph's. St. Mary's Hospital,
1601 W. St. Mary's Road, 520/622-5833, has 374 beds and is a multi-specialty,
acute-care facility. Southern Arizona's only burn center is located
here, along with a network for cardiac care. Orthopedic-sports medicine,
behavioral health care and rehab-industrial medicine are other specialties
of the hospital. Its network of fourteen community health centers
provides care from hospital to home. St. Mary's also serves as the
base for the Medivac emergency response helicopter program.
St. Joseph's Hospital, 350 N. Wilmot Road, 520/296-3211,
has 320 beds and is a general, acute care hospital emphasizing outpatient
care. The Regional Eye Center is located within the hospital. A
diabetes care center, a regional hand center and Great Expectations
(obstetrics), are other programs. St. Joseph's O'Reilly Care Center
deals with chemical dependency and co-dependency. Full diagnostic
service is available through the Imaging Center.
Health Trust, Inc. has two affiliated hospitals in Tucson
- El Dorado Hospital and Medical Center and Northwest Hospital.
El Dorado Hospital and Medical Center, 1400 W. Wilmot Road
(one block north of Speedway Boulevard), 520/886-6361, is an adult
medical/surgical hospital with 166 beds. Complete cardiac care,
orthopedics, neurology and pulmonary care are among the specialties
offered here. Complete diagnostic services including Magnetic Resonance
Imaging and CT scanning and a full-service laboratory are also available.
Seniority is a special health-benefit membership program for those
55 and older. Also there is 24-hour emergency and urgent care.
Northwest Hospital, 6200 N. La Cholla Boulevard (at Orange
Grove Road), 520/742-9000, is an acute care hospital with 130 beds.
Outpatient surgery and primary care/ family practice are the main
areas of specialties of the 500-member staff of physicians and surgeons.
The Northwest Cancer Center, the Northwest Breast Center and the
Southwest Radiation Facility combine to provide full treatment for
cancer. Complete diagnostic facilities and a 24-hour emergency room
are some of the other services offered at Northwest.
The hospital is situated on a 230acre medical campus shared with
the Sonora Desert Psychiatric Hospital, Desert Life Healthcare
Center, Life Care Center of Tucson, The Fountains at La Cholla,
the Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern Arizona and Desert Life
Medical offices. A full-service hospital, Kino Community Hospital,
2800 E. Ajo Way, 520/294-4471, has 213 beds. Its outpatient clinic
offers general medical/surgical, OB/GYN and pediatric care. The
same specialties are offered as inpatient services along with psychiatric
care. Physical and respiratory therapy and 24-hour emergency services
round out Kino Community.
Another full-service, acute-care facility is the 237-bed Tucson
General Hospital, 3838 N. Campbell Avenue, 520/327-5431. Tucson
General is an accredited training hospital with both intern and
residency programs in all specialties. Comprehensive medical/surgical
care, the Family Maternity Center, the Laser Center, complete diagnostic
services and 24-hour emergency services are all offered here along
with free health screenings. Summit Senior Golden CARE Program is
Tucson General's 55 and over membership program. Also located here
is Westcenter, a full service rehabilitation center.
University of Arizona's University Medical Center, 1501 N.
Campbell Avenue, 520/694-01 1 1, is the 300-bed teaching and research
hospital of the Arizona Health Sciences Center. It is the region's
major referral center with extensive specialized services for inpatients
and outpatients in the areas of obstetrics, gynecology, neuroscience,
oncology, geriatrics, cardiology, pediatrics, psychiatry, urology
and organ transplantation. The medical center has been designated
a Level I Trauma Center with AirCare, an aeromedical transport system.
Twenty-four hour emergency care is also available. The hospital
offers the only bone marrow transplant program in the Southwest.
Besides the hospital, the Arizona Health Sciences Center operates
seven specialty research and treatment facilities known as Centers
Steele Memorial Children's Research Center, 520/626-6053.
Arizona Cancer Center, 520/ 626-2900.
Arizona Arthritis Center, 520/ 626-7527.
University Heart Center, 520/ 626-4145.
Division of Respiratory Sciences, 520/626-6387.
Arizona Center on Aging, 520/ 626-6854.
Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center, 520/626-6312.