Better Health Outcomes
In a new era of value-based care, Greater Phoenix is leading the transformation with better health outcomes through collaboration and innovation. By delivering technology and new innovative practices, our region’s health community is improving health outcomes and reducing costs.
BCBS Advantage and Blue Alliance
In 2012, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Banner Health partnered to expand Medicare services across Arizona. The BCBS Advantage HMO plan, currently rated 4.5/5 stars for quality by the Centers for Medicare Services was born. Additionally, BlueAlliance, is an insurance product offering lower premiums to small business employers through Banner’s provider network. Today, BCBS Advantage serves over 25,000 members across Maricopa County and recently expanded into Pinal County.
ASU Biodesign Institute
The Biodesign Institute at ASU created the world’s first mobile metabolism tracker and licensed unique nanopore technology to decode a person’s complete genome for less than $1,000. This year on its tenth anniversary, the Institute will be instrumental in developing a Campylobacter food safety vaccine by licensing technology to Anivax and Arizona Technology Enterprises.
Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium & MindCrowd
Greater Phoenix is a recognized center of excellence for the study and treatment of Alzheimer’s. The AAC is the nation’s leading model of statewide collaboration in Alzheimer’s disease research formed by 7 leading institutions. MindCrowd is a first in its kind project. Thousands of individuals are screened with a 10 minute online memory test. The objective is to identify genetic markers linked to memory and learning.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
CTCA at Western Regional Medical Center in Goodyear is beginning Phase II for an innovative, first in it class and only in the nation, clinical trial for cancer care. “PembroPlus” explores the possibility of achieving better outcomes for hard to treat cancers by adding a drug that can activate the patient’s immune system (pembrolizumab) to existing chemotherapy. PembroPlus will enroll up to 140 patients and focus on cancers not currently targeted elsewhere: advanced pancreatic, breast, connective-tissue, and small cell lung cancers.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
In partnership with ASU, Phoenix Children’s Hospital has created a first of its kind 3D Print Lab focused on rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing to create personalized heart models. Models are used to explain patient condition, review surgical planning and test procedures. The lab has collaborated with more than 15 institutions in six countries and is pioneering this methodology for pediatric patients.
Honor Health Research Institute
The Honor Health Research Institute performs all levels of clinical trials to advance treatment for Cancer and cardiovascular conditions. Currently pioneers care delivery that can drastically reduce the levels of radiation a patient is exposed to in a CAT Lab for treatment of arrhythmia and handling catheters at John C. Lincoln Medical Center. Another technology on trial at the Institute is a testing system that allows oncologists to determine whether treatment will be effective for their patient or not within 46 hours.
Dignity Health: Barrow Neurological Institute
Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center is nationally recognized as a center of excellence for neurology. Barrow has more certified neuroscience registered nurses than any other hospital in the country. Barrow also hosts one of the largest Epilepsy Monitoring Units in the U.S. It is one of few medical centers to offer intraoperative MRI technology, and non-invasive tools for submillimeter precision treatment of brain injuries.
Banner-Aetna Pioneer ACO
The Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, offers the Aetna Whole Health plans to employers and individuals in the Phoenix area providing them access to care across Banner Health Network. In August of 2014 Aetna and BHN announced that their accountable care collaboration resulted in shared savings of approximately $5 million on Aetna Whole Health fully-insured commercial membership in 2013 and a 5% decline in average medical cost on the members.
Visiongate’s proprietary sputum processing technology, combined with Cell-CT imaging has produced the world’s first non-invasive, take home test, for lung cancer. Turnaround time for results is 2 days, and patients no longer face the need to undergo a possibly unnecessary CAT-scan for diagnosis.
Sun Health Care Transitions
Through a partnership between Sun Health, Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, community physicians and other health providers, Care Transitions assists those living with chronic diseases in effectively self-managing their condition and, in turn, reducing hospitalizations. The program was recognized as the 2013 Case in Point Platinum Award Winner in the Transitions of Care Program category.
Personalized Medicine & Wellness
As personalized medicine aims to tailor care and wellness to individuals’ genetic, biological and genomic characteristics, collaborations in Greater Phoenix are leading the innovative efforts to customize healthcare.
The Hypothalamic Hamartoma Center
The only multidisciplinary program for this uncommon illness in the United States and one of few in the world. This rare, benign tumor affects 1 of every 200,000 people and patient complications include refractory epilepsy and disturbance of normal development. Barrow performs technical transcallosal surgery to remove hamartomas. The Center has implemented some of the most advanced technology available including intraoperative imaging to guide neurosurgeons in real time and laser generated precision targeting technology.
CTCA: Advanced Genomics Testing
As part of its integrative care model, Cancer Treatment Centers of America offers Advanced Genomics Testing on a case by case basis to identify abnormalities in each tumor’s DNA, per each individual patient. This sophisticated gene-mapping is recommended for patients whose cancer stopped responding or did not respond to conventional treatments.
Soon-Shiong Childrens Precision Medicine
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Nanthealth, LLC, and the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation have joined forces to create the Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medicine Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (CSSCPMI). This venture will give access to rapid whole genome sequencing, transcriptomics (RNA sequencing) and proteomics capabilities in a CLIA laboratory setting.
Mayo Clinic: International Services
Mayo Clinic welcomes out of state and foreign patients every year. To ensure each individual gets the best experience and care, foreign services at their locations include: interpreters for different languages, financial services, networks of international providers overseas, and an emergency air ambulance – Mayo MedAir – available 24/7, 365 to operate cross-country and internationally.
Banner Health: Patient Data Integration
On April 2nd, 2015 Banner partnered with Cerner Corp. Banner and Cerner have worked together previously for the electronic medical records product Millennium, which will remain in use system-wide while other features and programs are integrated to create a common platform for physicians, insurers, and patients to access and share information.
Triwest Healthcare Alliance
TriWest Healthcare Alliance serves our nation’s heroes as the partner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in administering the Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) and Veterans Choice Program (VCP). These programs help ensure Veterans receive quality health care when VA cannot see them within 30 days or a VA facility is greater than 40 miles from their residence. TriWest also provides behavioral health services to the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mercy Care Plan & Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care
Mercy Maricopa is the largest public managed care system in the U.S. to offer integrated behavioral and physical health care. It’s contracted by the state of Arizona as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority for Maricopa County and sponsored by Mercy Care Plan and Maricopa Integrated Health System. Both Mercy Maricopa and Mercy Care Plan are administered by Aetna Medicaid. Mercy Care, sponsored by Dignity Health and Carondelet Health Network, is a Medicaid/Medicare health plan with more than 300,000 members.
Honor Health: G-60 Geriatrics Trauma Services
G-60 is a program offered at Deer Valley and John C. Lincoln Medical Centers that includes an accelerated treatment plan, priority attention, and multidisciplinary focused team tailored to treat older trauma patients. Orthopedic surgeries for G-60 patients are scheduled within 48 hours. John C. Lincoln Medical center houses special rooms for geriatric patients that include built-in handles and fixtures, soft lighting, and larger clocks.
Saccadous: A BioAccel Company
A non-invasive eye-tracking software solution that can diagnose and track neurological diseases and conditions like Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to provide patient-specific treatment and constant monitoring. Saccadous was founded and awarded initial funding in January 2014, through the ASU SkySong Furnace. Intellectual property was developed and patented at Barrow Neurological Institute and BioAccel is a funding partner.
Sun Health Center for Health and Wellbeing
Sun Health, a NW Valley non-profit community asset serving the Sun Cities, Surprise and Litchfield Park has a mission to champion health living and superior health care. Sun Health’s Centers for Health & Wellbeing provides seniors with a wellness resource for monitoring and caring for chronic conditions. The center also provides 60+ health and wellness education and fitness classes monthly at low or no-cost.
Quality Job Growth
Industry job growth in Greater Phoenix is outpacing the national average. The healthcare and bioscience employment growth rate in Greater Phoenix is currently outpacing growth for the United States.
The City of Phoenix has created the Phoenix Healthcare Sector Partnership, a collaboration of more than 150 healthcare businesses, educational institutions, and community leaders formed to help the healthcare and biosciences industry grow through developing the region’s education and workforce capacity.
Community & Economic Impact
Healthcare in Greater Phoenix is a true driver of growth in the region. Through collaboration, innovation and leadership, we are delivering healthier communities and a stronger, more vibrant economy.
Market Growth Fueled by a Growing Population
Greater Phoenix’s population is 4.4 million — more than two-thirds of Arizona’s population and job base — and is expected to grow to 6.6 million within the next 20 years.
Strategic Investment in Research Infrastructure & Facilities
As a result of strategic investments, Greater Phoenix is equipped with state-of-the-art research infrastructure and facilities. In order to grow its research capabilities and support its emerging healthcare enterprise, the region’s investments equate to 10 years of completed and planned projects worth $1.3 billion.
of Regional Infrastructure Investments
TGen Research Facility
A state of the art space that brings researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to work together under one roof discovering treatments for cancer and other diseases.2005
ASU Biodesign Research Facility A
The 172,000 square feet facility represents a $69 million investment and is gold-level LEED certified.2005
Barrow Neurological Institute Neurosciences Tower
The 430,000 square-foot facility was the first hospital to install a 3-Tesla Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine in the country.2006
ASU Biodesign Institute Research Facility
This 175,000 square-foot facility represents an investment of $78.5 million and earned Arizona it’s first platinum-level LEED certification.2006
University of Arizona Medical School at Phoenix Biomedical Campus
The training center represented two years of development and an investment of $135M. Classes for medical programs from UA and NAU are offered.2007
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center at Banner Gateway Medical Center
The facility includes a 120,000-square-foot cancer outpatient center and is considered MD Anderson's most comprehensive extension of care out of Houston.2011
University of Arizona Pharmacy School at Phoenix Biomedical Campus
The inclusion of pharmacy students from UA’s Tucson campus has evolved into a now large class of 80 students enrolling per year.2012
Launch of the Scottsdale Cure Corridor
The major concentration of the bio-life sciences sector in Scottsdale is found from Shea Boulevard, north to the Scottsdale Airpark and south along Scottsdale Road to SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.
University of Arizona Cancer Center at Phoenix Biomedical Campus
The 220,000-square-foot, five-story, $100 million facility will offer comprehensive cancer services, as well as infusion, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopic/interventional radiology, patient wellness and support services, a prevention center, clinical lab space and other related support spaces.2015
Mayo Proton Beam Center
The $130 million new facility will add three additional floors and 217,200 sq ft of clinical and office space above the first level of Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Building on Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus.2016
University of Arizona Biosciences Partnership Building at Phoenix Biomedical Campus
The $136M, 10-story building is expected to be fully constructed by 2017 and will represent 245,000 square feet of working space for university researchers.2017
Mayo Clinic creates $150M Arizona branch
Mayo will transfer their Medical School to the Scottsdale Campus allowing medical students to train at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.2017
ASU and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong plan 7-acre expansion on approved city land for Phoenix Biomedical Campus
To create a technology-based healthcare research hub. NantWorks will invest at least $75 million in the first phase of the project.2018