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March 30th, 2011
Grijalva Congratulates University Medical Center on No. 1 Ranking in Tucson Area From U.S. News & World Report Hospital Guide

Washington, D.C.– University Medical Center (UMC) has been named the best hospital in the Tucson metro area in the newly released U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals metro area rankings. The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties.

“This is a reflection of the dedicated work being done every day by the men and women who make UMC such a special and effective place,” Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva said of the ranking. “Tucson is lucky to benefit from a world-class facility that keeps us healthy, does ground-breaking research and provides the kind of emergency response care our community so badly needed after the Jan. 8 tragedy.”

Grijalva visited UMC in late February to thank the staff for its work responding to the shooting rampage that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six Tucsonans. After that visit, the Arizona Daily Star highlighted his call for financially protecting the medical center from any potential budget cuts:

Although he conceded that might prove difficult with GOP lawmakers cutting state and federal budgets, he said, even fiscal hawks understand the importance of medical care. “At a time when people want to skirt the issue of who pays for what, I think it’s abundantly clear that there needs to be a joint effort.”

“Having UMC in the heart of Tucson makes the community stronger, safer and healthier, and this ranking is well deserved,” Grijalva said. “I’m going to continue to do everything I can to make sure we get the quality of care we need and Tucson’s medical infrastructure gets the public support it deserves.”

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