The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus Earns Cardiac Receiving Center Designation

The Arizona Department of Health Services has recognized The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus as a Cardiac Receiving Center. This designation by the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System’s SHARE (Saving Hearts in Arizona Registry and Education) Program identifies facilities that provide advanced care to cardiac arrest patients who survive initial resuscitation. It is a statewide program developed in collaboration with the UA Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group.
“We are excited to announce that The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus has just been granted cardiac receiving center status,” said Cardiology Medical Director Kwan Lee, MD. “It indicates our continued efforts to elevate the standard of acute cardiac care for Southern Arizona,” he said.
A key component of the designation requirement is the use of therapeutic hypothermia – a method used to lower a patient’s body temperature in order to help reduce the risk of lasting brain damage following cardiac arrest. Studies, including those conducted at UAMC-University Campus by the Resuscitation Research Group, have demonstrated that patients at risk for lasting brain injuries have better outcomes if treated with such a hypothermia (cooling) protocol.
Sudden cardiac arrest is a major public health problem that claims almost 300,000 lives each year in the United States. Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center, estimates that if the chest-compression-only CPR protocols developed by the Resuscitation Research Group were implemented nationally, an additional 11,000 lives could be saved each year in the United States alone.
You can learn about chest-compression-only CPR by visiting the UA Sarver Heart Center website: and click on “Learn CPR.” In addition, UAMC – South Campus is planning to offer free chest-compression-only CPR training for the community in the near future.
The SHARE Program’s designation as a cardiac receiving center means the hospital is staffed and equipped to care for the most critical cardiac cases without delay. The SHARE Program promotes a comprehensive, standardized system of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest care throughout Arizona. They partner with other agencies and organizations to promote evidence-based treatment and improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
“We are proud to have joined this state-wide effort, overseen by the SHARE Program and administered by AZDHS, which is working to study and improve all links in the chain of survival for patients suffering from acute heart attacks or cardiac arrest. This designation is a great accomplishment and reflects our commitment toward providing the highest level of cardiac care for our patients,” said Dr. Lee.
“This is a great accomplishment for The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus,” said Hospital Administrator Sarah Frost. “We have a great team of physicians and staff who are instrumental in saving lives. It demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of cardiac arrest care on evidence-based practice that is proven to increase survival,” she said.
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About UAMC-South Campus
The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, formerly known as University Physicians Healthcare Hospital, is part of The University of Arizona Health Network, the state’s premier academic medical system with hundreds of physicians, 6,000 employees, two hospitals and dozens of clinics in Southern Arizona. The 245-bed teaching hospital and physician offices at UAMC-South Campus, 2700 E. Ajo Way, are managed by The University of Arizona Health Network under a long-term agreement with Pima County. Its mission is Advancing Health and Wellness through Education, Research and Patient Care.