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Dignity Health and the Arizona State Physicians Association (ASPA) have come together to create the Phoenix Connected Community. The collaboration will provide area physicians with a comprehensive solution to their health information technology needs as dictated by federal requirements for accountable care. The collaboration allows physicians to retain their independence while realizing the benefits of group membership. Participants will benefit from the combined vision and resources of ASPA and Dignity Health as they adopt technology that will allow participation in health care reform-driven payment programs and clinically integrated payer negotiations.
Mercy Care Plan is a not-for-profit health plan serving over 350,000 Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. Established in Phoenix, Arizona in 1985, Mercy Care is jointly sponsored in Phoenix by St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (a member of Dignity Health) and, in Tucson, by Carondelet Health Network (a member of Ascension Health). The plan is fully administered by Aetna.
A clinical collaboration exists with CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic, the retail healthcare division of the company. This partnership allows for high quality, affordable healthcare services in 10 walk-in medical clinics within the Valley. As part of the agreement, Dignity Health collaborates on patient education and disease management initiatives. If the level of care is beyond what can be taken care of at the clinic, Dignity Health accepts the patient referrals. MinuteClinics are staffed by nurse practitioners who specialize in family healthcare.
In June 2011, St. Joseph’s transitioned its pediatric services to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH). In accordance with the strategic alliance between the two organizations, St. Joseph’s will no longer care for pediatric inpatients that are 14 and younger. St. Joseph’s will continue to provide care for adolescents 15 and older, neonatal patients and maternity patients. In addition, pediatric patients will continue to be cared for in all Dignity Health Arizona hospital’s Emergency Departments and in several of the hospital’s outpatient clinics. This alliance takes advantage of the combined expertise of both organizations and establishes Phoenix Children’s as one of the nation’s top-tier children’s hospitals in the nation. Dignity Health holds a minority interest in the hospital and has representation on the PCH Board of Directors.
Dignity Health is a majority partner with SimonMed to provide outpatient imaging to the communities we serve. SimonMed Imaging, Inc. was established in 2003 by John Simon, MD, with the mission to give patients and referring physicians the most thorough and reliable radiology results possible. This partnership provides more convenience to our patients, with 28 outpatient imaging sites across the Valley and provides SimonMed with a place to refer people with more complex imaging needs.
Dignity Health is a partner with United Surgical Partners International with a number of outpatient surgery centers throughout Maricopa County. One of these facilities is OASIS Hospital, a 94,000 square-foot surgical hospital that features 64 inpatient patient rooms, eight operating rooms, a lab and pharmacy. The hospital delivers high levels of inpatient surgical care while striving to support the initiative of reducing the costs of healthcare delivery. During the first two quarters of 2012, more adults elected to have their inpatient orthopedic surgeries at OASIS Hospital than at any other hospital in Maricopa County.
In December 2011, St. Joseph’s and The University of Arizona Cancer Center entered into an agreement to form an innovative collaboration in Phoenix. The two organizations created an affiliation – in collaboration with community–based oncologists - to transform the delivery of cancer care and establish a premiere center for ambulatory and inpatient oncology. Under the agreement, St. Joseph’s now serves as The University of Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix’s primary inpatient clinical site. St. Joseph’s also provides outpatient clinical facilities, with eventual expansion of activities to an outpatient center that will be constructed on the downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus. The vision of both organizations is to create an international model of integrated healthcare to fight cancer.
Dignity Health has acquired U.S. Healthworks, the largest independent operator of occupational medicine and urgent care centers in the United States. Dignity Health is extending its mission into new care settings in order to deliver quality care more efficiently and improve the overall health status of the communities it serves. The acquisition reflects the organization's vision to become a national, integrated delivery network by 2020. U.S. Healthworks operates in 172 locations nationwide – including six locations in Arizona – and has a network of more than 2,700 employees, including approximately 800 medical providers who deliver quality care to more than 12,000 patients each day.
Two of the state’s largest hospital and health care organizations, Dignity Health and Vanguard Health Systems, which owns Abrazo Health Care, announced the intention to create a joint Accountable Care Organization (ACO). This alliance will involve more than 700 physicians throughout Maricopa County. The ACO will support enhanced clinical collaboration and care improvements for Medicare patients in the Valley. Developing the accountable care enterprise will better position the two organizations, physicians and other partner organizations to respond to the expanded requirements and processes within the changing healthcare environment. Dignity Health and Abrazo also will be working together to increase the number of Arizona physicians affiliated with their combined ACO.