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Danielle Edwards holds her daughter, Amelia, after giving birth in 2014. During her pregnancy, Edwards gained 20 pounds in a week, a sign of high blood pressure. She now is the patient advocate for the new Arizona Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health to help improve maternal health care.

The AIM Collaborative brings together 33 hospitals across Arizona to help combat pregnancy-related deaths and address underlying causes using strategies based on evidence as federal and state officials have pushed for legislation to protect mothers. Read more»

Arizona National Guard service members conduct tests for COVID-19 on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation in this file photo from August. Since that time, cases have surged anew, averaging more than 4,300 cases a day for the past seven days, and experts worry things will get worse with both flu season and the holiday season upon us.

Arizona reported a record 10,322 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, more than twice the previous high, as cases surged ahead of a holiday season that one health expert said could be a “real scary time.” Read more»

Asked at the presidential debate about how to handle COVID-19, President Donald Trump cited Arizona as a state that had seen a spike in cases, and 'it’s now gone.' But in each of the states he cited, including Arizona, new cases have started a new surge.

President Donald Trump name-dropped Arizona early in last Thursday’s presidential debate, claiming the “very big spike” in COVID-19 cases in the state is “now gone.” Read more»

Despite reaching the somber milestone of 5,000 COVID-19 deaths, experts say Arizona’s overall coronavirus numbers are improving, which they attributed to measures like mask requirements, social distancing, restrictions on businesses and gatherings, and more.

Arizona passed 200,000 COVID-19 cases last week and the death toll from the disease topped 5,000 Saturday, but despite those somber milestones experts said the numbers are all moving in the right direction – for now. Read more»

A new report says the number of hospital beds typically available in Arizona could be quickly overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 cases, a problem mirrored in most states. Arizona officials say they are working to prepare for the problem, but say the report paints an unusually pessimistic picture.

A surge in coronavirus patients could overwhelm Arizona hospitals in the coming months if action is not taken now to expand hospital capacity and curb infections, according to a new study by the Harvard Global Health Institute. Read more»

Robin Schaeffer, executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association, which represents 80,000 Arizona nurses, worries that the current struggles faced by many nursing graduates will lead to a shortage when demand for nurses picks up again.

Nursing has long been considered a career with boundless demand, in part due to Arizona’s rapid growth, but recent years have seen a tightening job market. Experts, educators and leaders in the field of nursing point to the economic downturn, a state mandate that colleges and universities turn out more nurses and changes in the nature of health care as reasons. Read more»

With Arizona declining to establish a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, a lawmaker wants to make sure the state maintains its oversight of insurers and policies. Read more»

Eight of 31 eligible Arizona hospitals were ranked among the top 5 percent in the country in 2013 by a new national report card, giving the state the 13th-best showing in the nation for the percentage of hospitals that made the list.

Eight Arizona hospitals were ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation by a national healthcare rating agency, giving Arizona the 13th-best rate of high-achieving hospitals among states. Read more» 1

Gov. Jan Brewer made the prudent fiscal and economic choice by calling for Medicaid expansion. Now the Legislature needs to act. The math is clear. If you had the option of investing $1,650 and getting back $16,000, wouldn't you do it? Based on AHCCCS estimates, that's Arizona's Medicaid expansion deal. Read more» 1

A new report claims as many as 500,000 healthcare jobs – more than 9.800 in Arizona – could be lost next year if looming Medicare budget cuts are allowed to take effect. Click on the interactive map to see losses by state, with the hardest-hit in red, followed by yellow, green, blue and purple.

Arizona could lose more than 9,800 health-care and other jobs next year if a 2 percent cut in Medicare takes effect Jan. 2 as part of the $1.2 trillion federal budget “sequestration,” a new report claims. Read more»

A new report card on hospital safety gave a C – the lowest grade offered in this first year of the report – to well over half of the 47 Arizona hospitals that were ranked in the report.

More than half of the 47 Arizona hospitals ranked in a recent survey of patient safety got a grade of C, the lowest grade offered in the first year of the national report. Read more»

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble, shown in November 2010, said he was satisfied with Arizona’s performance in the report.

Arizona is prepared to respond to public health emergencies and to identify biological and chemical threats, but it needs to report test results for foodborne bacteria faster, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more»

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will vote for the health insurance reform bill, the congresswoman announced Saturday. Read more» 11