- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County is extending its financial support of a Tucson hospital and graduate medical education provided by the University of Arizona.

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved renewal of the county’s partnership with Banner University Medical Center South through June 2019 for $15 million annually.

The hospital on Tucson’s south side formerly was Kino Community Hospital and was under the county.

The county first transferred the hospital’s operation in 2004 to University Physicians Inc., which at that time was the physician faculty practice for the university’s College of Medicine. The hospital has since become part of the Banner chain and is currently Banner UMC South.

County officials say the county will continue to oversee the hospital’s operations to ensure it is providing quality health care to the community.

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