Monday 10 a.m. News Conference Features UA College of Medicine Physicians

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am


UA College of Medicine Physicians to Voice Opposition to Amendment to HB2067; Support Plan for World-Class Academic Health Center at UA

Physicians at the University of Arizona College of Medicine will voice their opposition to a surprise amendment to HB2067 that would cause great harm to the UA College of Medicine and damage the UA’s long-term efforts to create a world-class academic health center for the people of Arizona.

The proposed legislation would remove control of UA Healthcare (the new company formed last summer by the integration of University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare) away from the Arizona Board of Regents and the UA.

All 14 clinical department heads at the UA College of Medicine strongly oppose the bill. “We believe efforts to sever UA Healthcare’s relationship to the Arizona Board of Regents and the University would be devastating to the company’s future success,” the department chairs wrote in a joint letter. “This integration has been discussed publicly for more than two years, and the time has come to take key actions to realize the new company’s full potential so that we can better serve the people of Arizona.”

If allowed to go forward, UA Healthcare promises to expand leading-edge patient care and medical research and deliver a much-needed future generation of health care professionals for our state. By better aligning the patient-care enterprise affiliated with the UA College of Medicine, UA Healthcare seeks to develop groundbreaking new approaches to health-care delivery.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Steve Goldschmid, MD, Dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and Vice Chair of the UA Healthcare Board of Directors, will make a brief statement, as will other physician leaders at the UA College of Medicine. They will be available for questions.