press releases


February 19, 2009

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For additional information, contact Mike Albertson at
602-357-3266 or malbertson@hsami.com

 

ARIZONA RURAL HOSPITAL STUDY PROJECTS NEED FOR ADDITIONAL BEDS AND PHYSICIANS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS

PHOENIX, ARIZ./Health Solutions and Market Intelligence, Inc. (HSAMI) and the Rural Health Office of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health have released a report calling for 290 additional hospital beds, 230 additional physicians, and $2.1 billion in capital for new hospital construction, renovation, and equipment to serve the growing health needs of Arizona’s rural population. 

The report, Arizona Rural Hospital Facilities and Market Study, sponsored by the Arizona Health Facilities Authority (AHFA), is the most comprehensive study of rural hospital facility needs ever conducted in Arizona.  All of Arizona’s 34 rural hospitals participated in the study, including those managed by the Indian Health Service (IHS) and two by Arizona Indian nations.  The study examined key issues facing rural hospitals: strategic planning, facility development, financial and capital position, human resource and workforce challenges, community leadership support, and the adoption of health information technology applications.

Among the recommendations included in the report, were calls for the AHFA to support replacement facilities or renovation projects for the state’s small/critical access hospitals, including those operated by IHS and tribal-affiliated organizations.  The report indicated that financial viability and market growth should not be major considerations when determining support for facility replacement or renovation projects.

The report also presented several calls to action for the Arizona State Legislature including developing a technical assistance program for critical access hospitals that need new facilities, examining new methods for providing incentives to physicians and nurses willing to practice in Arizona’s rural and frontier areas, and increasing the funding pool for critical access hospitals proportionate with the increasing number of rural hospitals that receive this designation.  The report urges Arizona’s Congressional delegation to provide leadership in urging Congress to increase appropriations for the Indian Health Service facility capital budget.

To view a copy of Arizona Rural Hospital Facilities and Market Study, please go to:  http://www.hsami.com/resources.htm

About HSAMI
Health Solutions and Market Intelligence, Inc., headquartered in Phoenix, is the Southwest’s largest healthcare management and strategy firm.  HSAMI assists health systems, hospitals, physician groups, payors, and government agencies with strategic planning and business development, cost reduction and revenue enhancement strategies, product and service line development, operational and clinical assessments and performance improvement plans, physician partnering strategies, and facility planning.


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