Ari­zona hospi­tal group los­ing three of its largest mem­bers

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Three of the big­gest mem­bers of the Ari­zona Hospi­tal and Health­care As­so­ci­a­tion all told the or­ga­ni­za­tion on the same day that they plan to leave. Sys­tem ex­ec­u­tives called the as­so­ci­a­tion Jan. 26 to tell them the news. Ban­ner Health, Phoenix, op­er­ates 21 hos­pi­tals to­tal, with 11 in Ari­zona. Dig­nity Health, a 38-hospi­tal sys­tem based in San Fran­cisco (un­til re­cently called Catholic Health­care West—see story, p. 6), op­er­ates three in Ari­zona. Abrazo Health Care, a di­vi­sion of 18hos­pi­tal Van­guard Health Sys­tems, Nashville, op­er­ates five hos­pi­tals in Ari­zona. All three or­ga­ni­za­tions will now work to­gether and ad­dress is­sues of “mu­tual con­cern,” said Ban­ner spokesman Bill By­ron. The No. 1 is­sue is deal­ing with the ris­ing costs in un­com­pen­sated care, he added. The de­tails of the new col­lab­o­ra­tion have yet to be worked out, but the spokesman said that leav­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion gave the sys­tems a more ef­fi­cient way of ad­dress­ing their prob­lems. AZHHA spokesman Pete Wertheim said the sys­tems didn’t ex­plain their rea­son for quit­ting the as­so­ci­a­tion. “I would have to de­fer to them for the steps that led up to it,” he said. He added that he hopes the depar­tures are only tem­po­rary, and he said it’s too early to draw par­al­lels with a re­cent de­vel­op­ment in Mas­sachusetts, where Stew­ard Health Care Sys­tem left the Mas­sachusetts Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion.

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