UnitedHealthcare Donates $125,000 to Three Arizona Medical Facilities to Help Improve Health Care Delivery for Local Resid

Grants for facilities in Tucson, Flagstaff and Yuma to improve care coordination, use of electronic medical records, among other efforts

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UnitedHealthcare of Arizona has donated $125,000 to three children’s medical facilities to help them expand and improve their electronic medical records systems, e-prescribing and practice management capabilities.

All three grant recipients are designated as Children’s Rehabilitative Services medical facilities: Tucson Children’s Clinics, Flagstaff Medical Center Children’s Health Center and Yuma Regional Medical Center Children’s Rehabilitative Services.

Pat Walz, president and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center, said the grant will spur technological improvements at the facility.

“This donation from UnitedHealthcare will help our organization invest in technology and process improvements that will enhance patient care and safety,” he said. “We appreciate this support and are excited about what this means for residents in Yuma and local children.”

“These three facilities provide crucial medical care to children with medically complex needs throughout Arizona,” said Jeri Jones, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual of Arizona. “We know these grants will further strengthen and enhance these organizations’ abilities to deliver high-quality medical care, service and innovation.”

“This donation will help improve the health and well-being of children and families in Tucson, and we look forward to enhancing our organization’s ability to provide high-quality health care services,” said Jill Bemis, CEO, Tucson Children’s Clinics, which provides care for children with complex health care needs, including a wide range of quality, family-centered services.

The grant will also benefit residents in Northern Arizona, where Flagstaff Medical Center Children’s Health Center will use the funds to expand use of electronic medical records.

“We are going to significantly update our current practice management system and implement an electronic medical record platform that will enable us to improve care to the patients we serve,” said Joanne Parkes, director of Flagstaff Medical Center Children’s Health Center. “We are pleased to work with UnitedHealthcare on such an important project.”

UnitedHealthcare of Arizona is one of the state’s largest health and well-being companies, serving 1.2 million Arizonans through a care provider network of 81 hospitals and nearly 10,000 physicians. UnitedHealthcare employs more than 2,200 people statewide.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.

About UnitedHealthcare Arizona Physicians IPA
Arizona Physicians IPA (APIPA) serves more than 310,000 Arizona residents in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pima and Yuma counties. APIPA also serves the state’s developmentally disabled members in all counties and implements the CRS program on behalf of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). The health plan is a unit of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, the public sector health care business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). UnitedHealth Group is a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. UnitedHealthcare Community & State serves more than 3 million people in government-sponsored health care programs in 24 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.UHCapipa.com.


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