By Michelle Ye Hee Lee for The Arizona Republic
Original Headline: Maricopa County Nixes Hospital-Tax Vote
The board of directors of the Maricopa Integrated Health System on July 20th rejected the staff proposal for a $950M bond measure on this year’s general-election ballot. It would have asked voters for a $950M bond to pay for a new county hospital and improvements to existing facilities.
Administrators will not begin detailed architectural design and planning until voter approval is in hand.
Instead, the board decided to vote next month on whether to start a public outreach for a new county hospitalto also serve as the UofA Phoenix College of Medicine clinical and academic research facility.
Next month’s vote may direct staff to begin the public review process. The planning would be done with hopes to place the item on the 2013 or 2014 ballot, Bayless said.
Several top hospital officials supported Bayless’ initial proposal, among them UA College of Medicine Dean Dr. Stuart Flynn and Dr. Kote Chundu. Chundu is president of MIHS’ not-for-profit physician group and chief executive officer at the Maricopa Medical Center.
Maricopa Medical Center, MIHS’ main facility near Roosevelt and 24th streets, is about 40 years old. MIHS is a publicly funded health system that provides a safety net for many of the county’s poorest residents.
He said a new hospital and better facilities could help teach and retain more medical residents, helping overcome Arizona’s physician shortage.
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