Tucson hospital leaders endorse AHCCCS expansion - Tucson News Now

Tucson hospital leaders endorse AHCCCS expansion

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Hospital Chiefs of Staff across Tucson joined today to endorse Gov. Jan Brewer's proposition to restore and expand AHCCCS to protect hospitals, emergency rooms and the community, according to a news release.

Pima Medical Society, Doctors for Responsible Health Care and the Chiefs of Staff and Chief Medical Officers, from Northwest Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, University of Arizona Medical Center, and Tucson Medical Center stated the importance of AHCCCS expansion.  

 "Today our hospitals and emergency rooms are in critical condition," said Dr. Manny Arreguin, President of Doctors for Responsible Healthcare. "Many rural hospitals are on the verge of bankruptcy and Tucson area hospitals are losing tens of millions of dollars due to uncompensated care."

Dr. Charles Katzenberg, President of Pima Medical Society said hospital restoration and expansion is necessary  so that emergency rooms will maintain their current levels of preparedness and can meet community needs.

"Failing to act will impact everyone in our community" said Dr. George Bradbury, Chief of Staff of St. Joseph's Hospital. He expressed the importance of maintaining cutting edge technology and patient care.

Dr. Richard Chua, Chief of Staff of Northwest Hospital said families are at risk of long emergency room waiting periods without this expansion.

"Last year, we provided nearly $47 million in uncompensated care," said Dr. Herb McReynolds, Chief of Staff of St. Mary's Hospital. "AHCCCS will ensure that every child, parent and family can obtain quality health care to meet their needs when they need it."

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