Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital, Nogales, Arizona

January 2016
Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital (CHCH)

Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital (CHCH), located in Nogales, Arizona, was recognized for innovation in emergency medical services (EMS). In 2014, health care providers serving residents of Santa Cruz County, Arizona, came together to create the Community Healthcare Integrated Paramedicine Project (CHIPP).

Positive Outcomes:

  • CHCH partnered with Rio Rico Medical & Fire District to maximize successes from federal Rural Health Services Outreach Program grant for CHIPP in 2015
  • Home visits from Community Paramedics showed a reduction in emergency department  visits and hospital readmissions
  • Active collaboration with state Flex Program

Top Accomplishments:

CHCH is a proud partner in CHIPP and continues to find innovative models of care to provide quality health care for all Santa Cruz County communities. Debra Knapheide, CHCH Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), states, “We are proud to be recognized for our work in this collaborative effort to deliver health care that is affordable, high-quality and necessary for the good of our community. Holy Cross Hospital is committed to keeping pace with health care transformation, which is key to sustaining access to health services for rural communities.”

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.