Expanding Delivery

by RaeAnne Marsh

The new name of Abrazo Community Health Network better expresses the sense of caring that underlies the philosophy of the healthcare system that has evolved from what was previously a hospital system (“abrazo” means “embrace” in Spanish), explains Kat Rondeau, chief business development officer. “The new brand rolled out in May was the result of research regarding what a community looks for in a health system” — which is not just hospitals but an integrated healthcare delivery system.

Abrazo also is embracing the future of healthcare in Arizona by expanding the depth and breadth of its resources. Since 2014, Abrazo has invested $100 million in new technologies to allow for better integration of medical records. “Last September, we started to invest in these technologies and roll out systems so we would be in a better position to be a partner with other providers and health systems,” Rondeau says.

Orthopedics is a major focus across the Abrazo network, with first-to-Arizona procedures like Mazor spine surgery, along with MAKOplasty robotic surgery. In addition, Abrazo West Campus opened the only Level 1 Trauma Center to serve the burgeoning West Valley, and Abrazo Central Campus became the only Arizona hospital to have the Brainpath system, enabling minimally invasive surgery to remove deep brain tumors.

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