Banner UMC

Tucson must have been good this year as Banner-University Medical Group and the University of Arizona roll out their new $100 million outpatient facility just in time for the new year.

The new hospital was designed with the patient experience in mind, said Banner-University Medicine President Kathy Bollinger. New clinics, made to replace the dated infrastructure of the current Banner-University Medical Center, will have multiple disciplines on each floor so patients can see multiple doctors during their visit.

“This one-stop location was designed entirely around the needs of patients,” Bollinger said in a press release. “With its spacious, welcoming interiors, mid-town location and ample free parking, Banner – University Medicine North will provide a much more convenient and accessible experience for Southern Arizonans seeking treatment from university specialists.”

A three-story parking structure sits right outside the front door, and patient-only first-floor parking is intended to provide easy access to the facility. The interior design features wide open spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows creating a less stressful environment for patients during their visits.

The multidisciplinary approach will not only ensure patients have access to the medical attention they seek, but encourage collaboration between medical personnel, further enhancing treatment.

Currently, patients seen at UA Cancer Center next door must travel two-miles south to UMC for tests and treatment. The new center will allow patients to eliminate that travel time as new equipment for treatment is installed just minutes away.

A small gift shop on the first floor of the hospital will sell products specifically tailored to illnesses treated at the facility, such as custom-fitted wigs and undergarments for patients undergoing chemotherapy and various ointments and lotions.

The new facility will also better serve residents completing their medical education. New 750-square-foot operation rooms will allow students a better view of the action as they’re taking notes.

“We really want them to learn in an environment that’s state of the art,” Bollinger said.

With updated design and technology, the new clinics will more closely resemble the environments in which future doctors will work.

While most of services will be available by Jan. 4, Bollinger said it will take about a year before the site is completely outfitted.

Bollinger also hopes the new-approach facility will help decrease healthcare costs to patients by zeroing in on necessary treatments. With easy access to multiple doctors, Bollinger believes doctors will be able to more quickly and accurately identify patient treatments.

Banner already takes steps to try and reduce patient costs, such as trying to reduce the amount of turnover among personnel and buying equipment for its multi-state medical network in bulk.

Banner-University Medicine North will complement a new nine-story structure meant to house inpatients currently under construction at the midtown site with an open date sometime in April 2019. The tower will allow each patient their own room, simultaneously enhancing patient privacy and minimize the transmission of harmful illnesses.

With the new facility, Bollinger said she’s “happy to give staff and patients a building they can be proud to walk into.”

The 208,000-square-foot facility is located at 3838 N. Campbell Ave. and will open its doors to patients beginning Dec. 28.