Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center postponed plans to build a clinic about 15 miles southeast of the hospital in a fast-growing area of the high desert community after Davis-Monthan Air Force Base objected that the site was too close to its flight path. Tucson Medical Center, owned by TMC HealthCare, had hoped to eventually develop an acute-care hospital on the site. "We've pulled back to reassess the location. We're still hoping to bring healthcare resources and services to this underserved area," hospital spokesman Michael Letson said. U.S. Air Force Major Gary Carruthers said the base had apprised Tucson city officials of the hazards involved in locating a hospital or busy clinic near the flight path of military jets carrying live explosives. "We didn't think it would be a good idea to put a large population off a runway," he said. -- by Mark Taylor
Military redirects hospital's construction plan
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