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
The hospital is situated on a 230-acre 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.
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
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.
1890 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718