Rural hospitals get lift from University of Arizona center

Cronkite News, October 19, 2012

Teresa Vincifora, chief nursing officer at Benson Hospital, received a second role in April overseeing quality assurance. That was after recruiting to replace a retiring employee came up empty. "In rural hospitals, we wear many hats," Vincifora said. "Jobs are really hard to fill." Then a program administered by the University of Arizona provided funds for her to attend a quality directors' boot camp in Nashville."We don't have the resources that large hospitals do, so that was just such an opportunity for me and so helpful," she said. "There's so much to learn. It got me fired up for the position." The Center for Rural Health, part of the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, has been helping hospitals in those kinds of ways for 25 years.


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