Our Investing Partners are leaders, organizations, and individuals who are passionate about end-of-life care in our community. They share a financial commitment to fundamentally change the way we talk about death by providing services, leadership, and funding.
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
As the anchor organization for the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona leads this collaborative effort through its mission to build a thriving community by uniting people, ideas and resources.
The Anchor Team provides the connective infrastructure by convening Partners and stakeholders, promoting the work of all Partners, and creating a hub for end-of-life resources. The role of the Anchor Team is to coordinate community actions toward shared measurable outcomes and social change, to break down silos, and to create a sense of true collaboration
Banner-University Medical Center
Banner-University Medical Center Tucson specializes in comprehensive heart and cancer care, advanced neuroscience techniques, care and treatment for stroke, and multi-organ transplants. Banner-University Medical Center Tucson is Southern Arizona's only Level I Trauma Center, providing care for the most critically injured patients. Banner-University Medical Center Tucson was the first in Arizona to receive Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing. This designation is a testament to the innovative, safe and thoughtful care that their professional nurses provide patients every day. ...learn more
Banner-University Medical Center Tucson is a Certified Primary Stroke Center with a program that begins in the emergency room and continues throughout the hospital stay extending to Banner-University Rehabilitation department. This includes administration of tPA, advanced imaging for emergent intervention, neurosurgical procedures, medication management, multidisciplinary treatment team, and assessment for rehabilitation needs or other services after discharge. The overarching mission of Banner-University Medical Center is to make healthcare easier so life can be better.
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
CFSA connects donors to the causes that they care about by serving as a vital link between philanthropy and the needs of the community. Since it was founded in 1980, hundreds of individuals, families, and businesses have established funds at the Community Foundation, building a philanthropic community of over 500 funds. To date, these funds have provided nearly $200 million to nonprofit organizations and scholars. The work of CFSA touches every aspect of daily life, including end of life, animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, and health and human services. ...learn more
In the role as convener, facilitator, collaborator, and educator, CFSA works directly with nonprofits, local government, the business community, and other community partners to inspire and enact long-term solutions. Since 2012, through the legacy of the Shaaron Kent Endowment, the Community Foundation has been supporting programs that help ease the transition from life to death. These programs encourage discussion and subsequent action around end-of-life issues and educate individuals, caregivers, medical personnel, family members, and the general community about the needs of the dying and the choices available to them.
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Established in 1994, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation supports work in areas of mental health, integrative health and wellness, including end-of-life care and planning, youth access to the arts, and gender parity. In its first twenty-five years, the Foundation has invested over $26 million in 120 nonprofit organizations for local, regional, and national projects that support people and initiatives, empower lives, provide opportunities, improve conditions, and advance community. ...learn more
Today, the Foundation is propelled by the passions of the second and third generations of the Lovell family and their trusted advisors. The Arizona End of Life Care Partnership is of special interest to the Lovell family because of David’s own end-of-life experience. The initial grant to the Partnership was made in 2017 and funded ten community organizations, thereby launching this important work focusing on end-of-life care in Southern Arizona.
Health Current, a Contexture organization, is the health information exchange (HIE) that helps partners transform care by bringing together communities and information across Arizona. Since 2007, Health Current has worked to become Arizona’s primary resource for information technology and data exchange, integrating information with the delivery of care to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Health Current is a trusted partner that gives providers the information they need to make better clinical decisions and keep people healthy.
Health Current now also houses the Arizona Advance Directives Registry (AzHDR). During the 2019 legislative session, Arizona Senate Bill 1352 was passed giving health care providers the ability to have real-time access to patients’ healthcare wishes as documented in their advance directives. The bill enhances provider access to advance directives by moving the registry from its current location within the Secretary of State’s office to Health Current.
The AzHDR is designed to help honor patients’ end-of-life health care wishes by providing seamless access to advance directives, documents that outline a person’s healthcare preferences, across the continuum of care.
The AzHDR provides a safe place to complete, store and make advance directive documents accessible to Arizonans, so that end-of-life care will be guided by one’s wishes. The secure registry is available at no cost, provides peace of mind to registrants, and offers easy access to health care providers. Registering health care advance directives with the Arizona Healthcare Directives Registry will ensure wishes documented are wishes honored.
Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona
In May 2013, using the assets of Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona was initiated. Described as a Health Conversion Foundation, the Legacy Foundation began with a corpus of approximately $60 million.
The Mission Vision and Shared Values of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona were designed and adopted to reflect the rich history of Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. The mission is to promote population health and community wellness throughout Southeast Arizona with a vision of making Southeast Arizona the health and wellness model for the nation. ...learn more
With these ambitious goals, the Legacy Foundation incorporates the shared values of collaboration, innovation, integrity, respect, stewardship, and knowledge. Serving the communities in Cochise and Eastern Santa Cruz Counties, including Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca, Tombstone, Bisbee, Douglas, Benson, Willcox, and Sonoita, the Legacy Foundation prioritizes community collaboration and innovation, community wellness, and community capacity building.
The Legacy Foundation promotes community collaboration and innovation by partnering in programs such as Community Coalition for End of Life Care. The goal of the Coalition is to provide countywide education on end-of-life documentation and care. Coalition partners include Canyon Vista Medical Center, Valor Hospice, Fry Fire District, SEAGO Area Agency on Aging, Cochise College of Nursing and Allied Health, Veteran’s Administration, medical professionals, faith-based organizations, and community members. The Legacy Foundation promotes capacity building by offering funds in the form of a Fast Pitch grant designated to build organizational capacity through education. Additionally, the Legacy Foundation promotes capacity building by offering free monthly nonprofit workshops to area nonprofit organizations. Topics such as fundraising, Board development, strategic planning, and media and marketing are examples of classes offered.
At TMC HealthCare, life is considered a sacred journey of transformation, personal growth, and discovery. At the core of this belief is that each individual has the right to die pain-free, with dignity, and in a manner that respects their wishes. Whether through the hospice program, advanced-care initiatives, or hospital-based palliative care efforts, TMC abides by this guiding principle. As an investing partner in the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, TMC works to ensure that families receive the support that they need to help their loved one through their path. ...learn more
TMC Hospice cares for people with a life-limiting illness once they decide that medical care to cure the underlying disease is no longer the best path. TMC Hospice offers the only inpatient hospice facility for children in Southern Arizona and cares for about 300 veterans each year. TMC works to provide evidence-based patient and provider education and informational resources to primary care practices, hospital case management, and volunteer organizations to improve the ability to have end-of-life care planning discussions with adults and their caregivers. TMC for Seniors provides individual advance care planning consultations as well as lectures and workshops for adults of any age.
Vitalyst Health Foundation
From the beginning, Vitalyst has pursued how to best leverage available resources and assets in concert with those of the community and partners. Today, their work coalesces into five overarching goals: Access to Care and Coverage, Healthy Community Design, Community Capacity Building, Transformative Grantmaking, and Civic Health. From beginning to end, we all benefit from a healthcare system that’s designed to produce health with the fundamental understanding that health is created everywhere we live, work, learn, and play. Skilled, adaptive, and resilient leaders, organizations, and coalitions are crucial catalysts towards this effort. Policies and systems are transformed for the better by aligning insightful partners and taking significant risks. ...learn more
Increased civic participation for inclusive decision-making advances health equity for all. Over its history, Vitalyst has invested nearly $125 million into Arizona health, in areas ranging from statewide health policy to local community gardens. Along the way, the organization has established itself as a thought leader, convener, framer, and catalyst of key health initiatives and coalitions.
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