University Medical Center, Tucson (UMC) is a private, non-profit 487-bed acute-care hospital in Tucson, Arizona. UMC is part of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC), adjacent to the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health in Tucson, Arizona. When founded in 1971, UMC was part of the University of Arizona. UMC is currently in the process of being taken over by the University and reintegrated into the University of Arizona under the title name UA Healthcare .UMC is accredited by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) and the Council of Teaching Hospitals.The hospital specializes in numerous categories (see Best Hospital listings below) including cardiothoracic and multidisciplinary transplant programs and the artificial heart, which is used as a bridge-to-transplant for patients awaiting a suitable organ. UMC blood and marrow transplant programs are among the best in the Southwest.