Benson Hospital set sights on healthy future


Benson Hospital sets sights on healthy future

Benson Hospital is launching its new “Your Health Starts Here” campaign, which is designed to highlight the value of having healthcare close to home for the residents of the San Pedro Valley.

As part of that effort, Benson Hospital invites the community to the hospital campus for a free Health and Wellness Fair on March 2. More than 50 vendors will share information and resources available on Health and Wellness. TMC HealthCare will be onsite as well, giving out free helmets and booster seats. This year’s health fair will highlight existing programs and services, engage consumers in their health, and expanding programs and services through a new strategic alignment with TMC HealthCare.

Leadership Changes 

The hospital board recently announced Julia Strange as chief executive officer and Bret Hicks as interim chief financial officer. Rich Polheber, who served as Benson Hospital CEO for six years, continues to support the hospital’s mission in the role of community advisor.

“We are pleased that Julia and Bret have been able to join the Benson Hospital leadership team so that we can continue to meet our mission to deliver quality medical care to the communities we serve,” said Ann MacInnes Cook, chair, Benson Hospital Board of Directors. “And, of course, we are pleased that Rich remains part of our team.”

Alignment with TMC HealthCare

Benson Hospital has a legacy of serving the diverse needs of the San Pedro Valley.  The Emergency Department is staffed with physicians 24/7 and inpatient/skilled nursing care consistently earns high scores for quality and patient experience. A critical access hospital, Benson Hospital is a well-equipped to address many healthcare needs and is experienced at being a link to a higher level of care when needed.

“Strategic alignment with TMC HealthCare creates opportunities for Benson Hospital to build upon the legacy of care the community has come to trust,” Strange said, noting that the relationship between the two health systems dates back years. Both hospitals were founding members of the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance. TMC Hospice also has established an inpatient hospice within Benson Hospital that received significant philanthropic support for room upgrades from the TMC Foundation last year.

Benson Hospital has invested in expanding its primary and outpatient care to bring more healthcare close to home, said Strange. And, collaborations with Alliance partners in Willcox, Bisbee and Safford, as well as with the Chiricahua Community Health Centers, are critical to expanding access to care in Southeast Arizona.