Leading the Way on Never Settle - Dr. Joe G. N. 'Skip' Garcia

March 31, 2015

The recent merger of the University of Arizona Health Network and Phoenix-based Banner Health is expected to transform the health-care landscape in Arizona and enhance health education and research at the UA.

The resulting Banner – University Medicine division includes two Tucson hospitals and one Phoenix hospital, all of which will serve as teaching hospitals for students at the UA's two medical schools, the UA College of Medicine – Tucson and the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. The merger also establishes a $300 million academic enhancement fund to provide a $20 million annual revenue stream for faculty recruitment, program development and academic enhancements. In addition, Banner is providing $20 million annually toward UA research.

In this video, Dr. Joe G. N. "Skip" Garcia, UA senior vice president for health sciences, talks about some of the ways in which the Banner partnership will improve health-care delivery in Arizona and support the UA's teaching and research goals.

The UA's Never Settle plan outlines seven key research areas, four of which fall under the health sciences – population health and health outcomes, health care disparities, precision health and neuroscience. The Banner – University Medicine division will help the UA build on its strengths in all of these areas, Garcia says.

The merger also establishes for the first time a formal teaching hospital partner for the UA in Phoenix. In addition, it will allow for construction of a new 11-story tower at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson (formerly the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus). This will provide opportunities for students to train in state-of-the-art facilities.

"To be a premier academic health center you need to be linked to a premier highly functioning health-care delivery organization," Garcia says. "Banner Health system is exactly that."

Leading the Way on Never Settle: Dr. Joe G. N. 'Skip' Garcia