University Physicians Hospital at Kino Earns Full JCAHO Accreditation

The JCAHO has awarded accreditation to University Physicians Hospital at Kino.

University Physicians Hospital at Kino Earns Full JCAHO Accreditation

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has awarded accreditation to University Physicians Hospital at Kino.
The accreditation was the final step for University Physicians, Inc., to assume complete management of the facility. Pima County transferred control of the hospital to University Physicians at midnight, June 15, 2004. Under a two-part, 50-year agreement with Pima County, UPI will manage the 200-bed acute care facility. The county will provide $127 million in funding over the first 10 years to help re-establish UPH as a full-service hospital and outpatient treatment center. The county also has pledged 17 acres around the hospital to UPI to build a medical campus.

"We have the opportunity to bring needed health care services to the south-side community and a large part of Pima County that is underserved, and build our educational and training programs with the University of Arizona," said Norm Botsford, President and CEO of University Physicians, Inc. "The hospital and campus at Kino will allow us to build and expand our treatment, teaching and research programs dramatically. We hope to double our base at University Medical Center with increases in physicians, primary care, specialty-based treatment programs and resident training."

JCAHO completed its survey of UPH, Friday, June 18, and issued its final report Wednesday, June 23.

"We are very excited to receive such an encouraging finding from the Joint Commission," Botsford said. "The final report was favorable, and UPH received accreditation for three years. JCAHO granted accreditation on the earliest date possible - June 19. As a result, UPH can begin billing Medicare, AHCCCS and commercial insurance plans effective June 19."

UPH now is providing general surgery, gynecological and ophthalmic surgery, GI services, inpatient care, psychiatric services, emergency department and urgent care treatment. Outpatient clinics include the Children's Center, Women & Families Health Center, eye care for adults and children, and adult health services in 10 specialty areas.

University Physicians Hospital at Kino also is a satellite facility for the University of Arizona National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, an academic medical center combining patient care, education and research.

Plans call for a medical complex to build up around the hospital in years to come. Clinics, teaching facilities, research and specialty centers will be built on the campus. The UA College of Medicine and UPI will work closely to best utilize the resources available at both UPH and UMC.

A dedication ceremony will be held this fall and will include announcements on the future of UPH.

University Physicians, Inc., is a non-profit corporation created in 1985 as the medical practice for the faculty doctors of the UA College of Medicine. Together, University Physicians, the University of Arizona 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, UPI is Arizona's largest physicians group.

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