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Connection newsletter –Syntellis Hospital Vitals Report, AzCHER response training and AHCCCS begins disenrolling non-compliant providers

Read on to learn more about AzCHER hospital emergency response training and Syntellis Hospital Vitals in its Q2 2022 Report. The Connection will take a break next week for AzHHA’s 2022 Annual Leadership Conference in Tucson.

AzCHER provided hospital emergency response training at Tucson Medical Center

The Arizona Coalition of Healthcare Emergency Response (AzCHER) conducted a Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Events on Oct. 7 with equipment for demonstrations and training site provided by Tucson Medical Center (TMC). The training included an overview of decontamination personal protective equipment, how to set up an emergency treatment area and patient triage considerations. Upon completion of the course, TMC has an additional 13 individuals trained as a member of their hospital decontamination team. The Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System also participants, receive unique instruction and testimonials from experienced hospital decontamination experts and receive certifications from the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

For more information about hosting your own HERT class with AzCHER, please email Jamie Beauvais at [email protected].

Syntellis Hospital Vitals: Financial and Operational Trends Q2 2022 Report

Syntellis, which surveyed over 1,300 hospitals and health systems noted a number of trends in its Q2 2022 Report. Compared to pre-pandemic levels:

  • Labor expense per discharge rose by 23%
  • Nursing labor per discharge increased by 35%
  • Median hourly pay for hospital workers increased 23%
  • Average length of stay rose by 6%

This report is one of many that highlight the financial challenges that hospitals are facing in 2022. For Arizona-specific trends, view the 2022 AzHHA Quarterly Financial Analysis.

Collaborative finalizes national plan, seven priority areas for health workforce well-being

The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience finalized its National Plan for Health Workforce Well-Being on Oct. 3, which builds on six years of work among 200 participants, including the American Hospital Association (AHA), by providing seven areas to prioritize in this effort.

AHCCCS begins the disenrollment process for non-compliant providers

Last week Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) announced it would begin a 10-month disenrollment process for providers who have not complied with multiple re-registration requests. During Arizona’s public health emergency. AHCCCS suspended the enrollment requirements for providers who did not fulfill the revalidation process. Now that the state public health emergency is over, AHCCCS will notify non-compliant providers they will be disenrolled.

AHEC receives $7.2 million in funding for healthcare in rural communities

A grant of $7.2 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration will go to the University of Arizona’s Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC) over the next five years. AHEC provides healthcare professionals with training and resources in rural and underserved communities. To get involved and learn more visit here.

Connection schedule change 

The AzHHA Connection will take a break next week for AzHHA’s 2022 Annual Leadership Conference. Look for your next issue in your inbox on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2022. If you have any questions or member needs in the meantime, contact us at [email protected].

2022 United Against the Flu Campaign

The AHA continues its annual health initiative aligned with national healthcare and the CDC to highlight the importance of vaccinations. United Against the Flu campaign delivers the importance of influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations. Visit United Against the Flu Campaign for materials and additional information.

Use the CDC’s website to search by zip code for a COVID-19 vaccine booster near you and visit United Against the Flu | AHA to find a flu shot near you.


October 2-29 – Virtual Run into Fall 5K Walk and Run

Participate in Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc. Tsehootsooi Medical Center Virtual Run into Fall 5k Walk and Run Series from Oct. 2-29, 2022. Contact Danelle Lee, HPDP Specialist at 928-729-8874 or [email protected] for more information.

October 14-15 – CardioVascular Interventions Summit

The CardioVascular Symposium is now the CardioVascular Interventions Summit (CVIS) on Oct. 14-15, 2022, at El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort. CVIS 2022 will provide comprehensive updates on the management of cardiovascular disease and will review the latest evidence-based research from Tucson Medical Center and others. Register and learn more about the event here.

October 19-21 – 2022 Annual Leadership Conference

AzHHA’s premiere event - the 2022 Annual Leadership Conference Oct. 19-21, 2022, at the majestic Lowes Ventana Canyon in Tucson. The AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference brings together healthcare CEOs, leaders, legislators and community partners from across the state for two and a half days of education, recognition and networking. Learn more about the conference here.

October 26–28 - National Pediatric Disaster Conference – California Earthquake Response

This two-day Significant Event Readiness Forum (or SERF) will provide an environment for exploring opportunities along the disaster response continuum. SERFs are not exercises. However, objectives and evolving scenarios foster needed discourse. This year’s conference will be virtual. Click here to learn more about the event and register.

November 1 – Introduction to POLST workshops

Join Physician orders for life-sustaining treatment paradigm (POLST) for their one-hour virtual workshops equipping healthcare professionals with knowledge and resources to begin using POLST in Arizona. The objectives are to describe what POLST is at the state and national level, explain why POLST is important, define the population for POLST, when to begin the conversation and who completes POLST, describe the process for completing, reviewing and updating POLST, and learn the process of submitting healthcare planning documents to the Arizona Healthcare Directive Registry.

Register for these virtual workshops below:

Nov. 1, 2022, at 10 a.m.

Dec. 13, 2022, at 10 a.m.

Jan. 18, 2023, at 10 a.m.

November 6 – 18th Annual Run for Ryan House

Runners, walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, dogs, teams & virtual runners are all welcome to the 18th Annual Run for Ryan House featuring a 10K, 5K and 1 mile fun run on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, at Mesa Riverview Park. This signature event is meaningful to Ryan House families and loved ones as it provides them with a special opportunity to honor and remember Ryan House kids by creating teams of friends and family. Register and learn more about the event here.

November 10-13 – 19th Annual Amigos Trail Ride and Drive

Attend the Wickenburg Community Hospital Foundation 19th Annual Amigos Trail Ride and Drive Nov. 10-13, 2022, at Boyd Ranch, Wickenburg. The event offers four days of guided trails, gymkhana, trail-trial challenge and trail ride options. Email [email protected] or call 928-668-1812 for more information. Registration may be found here.


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