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State gets go-ahead for more Medicaid changes

The federal government Friday approved a handful of changes to Arizona’s Medicaid program that state officials said could help extend health coverage to more than 20,000 low-income children.... Read more»

National Day of Solidarity for Compassionate Patient Care

Human chain honors Giffords' doctor

Over 100 people gathered to form a human chain at University Medical Center at noon on Valentine's Day to recognize the humanism and compassion shown by Dr. Randall Friese, who cared for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the emergency ward.... Read more»

National Prayer Breakfast

Mark Kelly: 'Gabby survives'

"I hadn't been a big believer in fate until recently. I thought the world just spins and the clock just ticks," astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, at the National Prayer Breakfast. "Thankfully, miraculously, Gabby survives." (with video)... Read more»1

Giffords trying to speak, faces 'long road' in rehab

Thanking Tucsonans for their "love and support" for his wife and family, astronaut Mark Kelly said U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be moved to a Houston rehab facility on Friday. Giffords "is a fighter like no one else I know," he said. She is trying to speak, using an iPad, and stood with assistance, he said.... Read more»1

Giffords taken off ventilator

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was taken off a ventilator Saturday, University Medical Center said. A tracheotomy was performed on the congresswoman.... Read more»

UMC workers fired for violating patient privacy after Sat. shooting

A breach of patient privacy rights has led to the firing of three employees of Tucson's University Medical Center, hospital officials said.... Read more»

Doc: Giffords '100 percent' certain to survive

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is "100 percent" certain to survive, said Dr. Peter Rhee, a surgeon treating her for a gunshot wound to the head. "As a physician I'm going to get into a lot of trouble for this, but her prognosis for survival is 100 percent." Rhee told Britain's Channel 4 News.... Read more»1

'No change is good,' docs say: Giffords critical but stable

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition after she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents Saturday. "No change is good, and there is no change," said a neurosurgeon.... Read more»

UMC ranked one of nation's best pulmonary hospitals

University Medical Center is the 48th best hospital in the country the treatment of pulmonary disease, says U.S. News & World Report. 3 other Arizona hospitals - all in the Phoenix area - received high marks in other treatment areas.... Read more»1

Light rail

Downtown streetcar to get $63 million from feds

Tucson's modern streetcar project will be awarded $63 million in federal stimulus money, say Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Raúl Grijalva... Read more»

Downtown streetcar

Tucson could get federal streetcar help

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is expected to announce Thursday that Tucson will get federal funds to extend the city's streetcar line.... Read more»1