Intensive Care Unit Opens at UPH Hospital at Kino Campus

UPH Hospital at Kino Campus has opened its newly refurbished and completely updated ICU.
University Physicians Healthcare Hospital at Kino Campus has opened its newly refurbished and completely updated intensive care unit. Initially, the 13-bed unit is open to a capacity of seven patients. Over the next few months, the unit will be open to full capacity. Fully trained and experienced ICU nurses will care for one to two patients each, depending on patient needs.
Steven Knoper, MD, pulmonologist and intensivist, is the medical director of the unit. In-hospital physician care for patients is provided 24 hours per day by both family practice and internal medicine hospitalists.

The new ICU is equipped with the latest technology, including the Philips Intellivue monitoring system for viewing, analyzing and printing patients' vital signs, radiology and laboratory results. This new system allows doctors and nurses immediate access at the patient's bedside and nurses station to X-ray results and laboratory data. Equipment and systems in other parts of the hospital have also been upgraded so that data can be shared across departments. New highly advanced beds in the ICU assist nurses in caring for the most critically ill patients.

"All area hospitals are expecting full ICUs this winter and spring," said Norm Botsford, president and CEO of University Physicians Healthcare. "We are confident that our opening the ICU now will help alleviate the strain on our community."

University Physicians Hospital at Kino is the only hospital serving southern Tucson. When UPI assumed management of Kino hospital in June 2004, its immediate goal was to re-establish the 200-bed facility as a full-service hospital and outpatient treatment facility. Primary care has expanded to include doctors in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Now there are more areas of specialty care, including new programs in audiology, additional doctors in general surgery, neurology and urology, and a new Stroke Clinic as part of the expanded neurology program.

University Physicians Healthcare is a non-profit corporation created in 1985 as the medical practice of the physicians of the UA College of Medicine. Together, UPH, the University of Arizona, UPH Hospital at Kino Campus and University Medical Center combine to care for patients, educate medical students, train young physicians and conduct clinical research. With 300 physicians and 1,200 staff, UPH is Arizona's largest physicians group.

Initially, the 13-bed unit is open to a capacity of seven patients. Over the next few months, the unit will be open to full capacity. Fully trained and experienced ICU nurses will care for one to two patients each, depending on patient needs.
Steven Knoper, MD, pulmonologist and intensivist, is the medical director of the unit. In-hospital physician care for patients is provided 24 hours per day by both family practice and internal medicine hospitalists.

The new ICU is equipped with the latest technology, including the Philips Intellivue monitoring system for viewing, analyzing and printing patients' vital signs, radiology and laboratory results. This new system allows doctors and nurses immediate access at the patient's bedside and nurses station to X-ray results and laboratory data. Equipment and systems in other parts of the hospital have also been upgraded so that data can be shared across departments. New highly advanced beds in the ICU assist nurses in caring for the most critically ill patients.

"All area hospitals are expecting full ICUs this winter and spring," said Norm Botsford, president and CEO of University Physicians Healthcare. "We are confident that our opening the ICU now will help alleviate the strain on our community."

University Physicians Hospital at Kino is the only hospital serving southern Tucson. When UPI assumed management of Kino hospital in June 2004, its immediate goal was to re-establish the 200-bed facility as a full-service hospital and outpatient treatment facility. Primary care has expanded to include doctors in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Now there are more areas of specialty care, including new programs in audiology, additional doctors in general surgery, neurology and urology, and a new Stroke Clinic as part of the expanded neurology program.

University Physicians Healthcare is a non-profit corporation created in 1985 as the medical practice of the physicians of the UA College of Medicine. Together, UPH, the University of Arizona, UPH Hospital at Kino Campus and University Medical Center combine to care for patients, educate medical students, train young physicians and conduct clinical research. With 300 physicians and 1,200 staff, UPH is Arizona's largest physicians group.