District Medical Group Makes $1.75 Million Gift Supporting Critical Patient Care Needs at Valleywise Health
Physicians’ group serving Valleywise Health to recognize its providers in state-of-the-art facility opening in early 2024
PHOENIX – September 12, 2023
Valleywise Health Foundation is pleased to announce a $1.75 million gift from District Medical Group (DMG), the physician group serving all of Valleywise Health, for critical patient and program needs at Valleywise Health.
Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals in Arizona, DMG collaborates with Valleywise Health to facilitate more than 450,000 patient visits each year throughout its hospital and clinic network.
“On behalf of the more than 650 District Medical Group physicians and other providers serving in Valleywise Health facilities across Maricopa County, we are proud to pledge our financial support to critical programs for our community’s most vulnerable patients and recognize the exceptional DMG faculty providers practicing at the 16 Valleywise Health facilities throughout Maricopa County,” said DMG President and CEO Kote Chundu, MD, MMM. “While the District Medical Group recognition will appear at Valleywise Health Medical Center, it honors our patients and the DMG faculty providers throughout the Valleywise Health system.”
As a founding member of the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, DMG physicians and allied health providers serve the dual roles of providing patient care and serving as a training partner, along with Valleywise Health, Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Creighton University. Its purpose is to increase the number of physicians and other health professionals in Arizona by improving and expanding current health education programs.
“DMG physicians not only serve the health care needs of our community’s most vulnerable, but also share their expertise and passion as teaching faculty for tomorrow’s health care leaders,” said Valleywise Health President and CEO Steve Purves. “District Medical Group physicians have provided exceptional, compassionate care at Valleywise Health for nearly 30 years. We value their continued partnership and look forward to putting this significant financial gift to use as we transform our public teaching health system to better care for those who need us most. We are grateful for this partnership and very significant gift.”
“District Medical Group physicians oversee more than a dozen medical residency and fellowship programs, ranging from emergency medicine and burn critical care to psychiatry and family medicine,” said District Medical Group Board Chair Dan Hobohm, MD. “Through our partnership with Valleywise Health, DMG has produced more board-certified practicing physicians than any other organization in Arizona. We look forward to advancing both the clinical and teaching environments for our patients and learners with modern new facilities.”
The DMG gift was made as part of Valleywise Health Foundation’s $50 million ALL IN for Valleywise Campaign, culminating with the opening of the new 10-story Valleywise Health Medical Center, currently under construction and scheduled to open in early 2024. The new acute care hospital at 2601 E. Roosevelt Road in Phoenix will replace the current teaching hospital opened in 1971.
“District Medical Group plays such an important role as Valleywise Health’s sole physician group,” said Valleywise Health Foundation Board Chair Patti Gentry. “What many in the community might not know is the vital teaching role District Medical Group physicians at Valleywise Health fulfill, benefiting health systems throughout the Valley. Investment in programs to enhance patient care and help seasoned faculty teach future health care professionals who will practice throughout Arizona and the U.S. is critical. We are grateful for the expertise, compassion and care DMG providers invest each day, and are especially thankful for this truly impactful investment in Valleywise Health.”
District Medical Group (DMG) is a nonprofit entity made up of nearly 1,000 providers across all major medical and surgical specialties. The largest independent integrated medical group in the Phoenix metropolitan area, DMG staffs three psychiatric hospitals, a 450-bed acute care hospital, two emergency care centers, 11 community health centers, a nationally recognized burn center, and the largest Multi-Specialty Interdisciplinary Clinic (MSIC) for children in Arizona. In addition, DMG collaborates with community organizations and schools to provide primary care and other programs. With more than 220 residents in nine programs and 60 in affiliated programs, DMG is the largest teaching faculty in Phoenix. DMG is one of the founding partners of the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance, designed to develop new healthcare programs and increase the number of medical providers across specialties in Arizona. For more information, visit DMGAZ.org.
Valleywise Health Foundation is the Phoenix-based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing financial support for critical patient and program needs at Arizona’s public teaching health system, Valleywise Health. Named Arizona Business Magazine’s AzBusiness Angels Healthcare-focused Nonprofit of the Year in 2020 and in 2021, key funding areas include, burn survivorship care, innovative behavioral health programs, and teaching tomorrow’s health care professionals. The Valleywise Health mission is to provide exceptional care, without exception, every patient, every time – regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. More than 70 percent of Valleywise Health’s patients are financially vulnerable. To learn more and donate, visit Valleywisehealthfoundation.org
About Valleywise Health Located in Phoenix, Arizona and named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health in 2020, Valleywise Health has a proud tradition of being the public safety net health care system with a mission and commitment to serving the underserved. Valleywise Health consists of Valleywise Health Medical Center, Arizona’s only public teaching hospital, a Level I Trauma Center that treats adults and children and Arizona’s only nationally verified Burn Center serving the entire Southwestern United States. Other services include the McDowell Healthcare Center, the largest provider of HIV primary care in Arizona, the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic, three behavioral health hospitals, and a network of 11 community health centers located throughout Maricopa County. To learn more, please visit www.ValleywiseHealth.org.
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