Three Arizona hospitals have invested a combined $250,000 to build a new trauma bay, intensive-care unit and emergency room at Hospital General SEMESON in Nogales, Mexico, just south of the Mexican border. The three hospitals -- 457-bed Tucson (Ariz.) Medical Center; 279-bed University Medical Center, also in Tucson; and 80-bed Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital, Nogales, Ariz. -- said they took the step to give Mexicans access to emergency care in their own town so they won't have to travel to Arizona hospitals, which are overburdened. University Medical is gearing up to take on all top-level trauma care in southern Arizona as Tucson Medical prepares to drop trauma services by year-end. Last year, University Medical and Tucson Medical provided $6.5 million and $3 million in uncompensated emergency and trauma care, respectively. -- by Laura B. Benko
Ariz. hospitals fund expansion at Mexico hospital
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