Two Arizona Banner facilities have been recognized as being in the top 100 greatest U.S. hospitals. Health University Medical Center in Tucson and Phoenix were included on Becker’s Hospital Review, which was published April 20.

In March, Banner and the UA entered a 30-year academic affiliation deal with which Banner became the primary clinical partner of the College of Medicine.

The University of Arizona Medical Center was recognized for its research, teaching and high quality patient care by the U.S. News & World Report as No. 2 in Arizona. UMC, now titled Banner — Health University Medical Center, is also recognized as being the only Level I trauma center in Southern Arizona.

Banner hospitals have been recognized as being among the top 100 greatest hospitals in the U.S. In March, the UA and Banner entered a 30-year academic affiliation deal. According to Katie Riley, director of Media and Corporate Communications at the UA Health Network, there are future plans on building an 11-story hospital tower that is slated to open in 2019.

“We hope to break ground at the end of the year, pending some zoning permissions,” Riley said. “The merger of the UA Health Network into Banner Health this spring, plus the 30-year academic affiliation agreement between Banner and the UA, is bringing millions of dollars into the UA for research, faculty recruitment, program enhancement and improved facilities. It is hard to overestimate the benefits of this investment to our students, researchers, faculty and patients.”

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