Maricopa Medical Foundation


Board Members
House Staff Achievement Grants


As a freestanding 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Maricopa Medical Foundation (MMF) provides support exclusively to Maricopa Integrated Health System:

Support for:

  • Basic and clinical research.
  • Continuing medical education for health care professionals.
  • Community health education programs and projects.
  • Continuing educational programs and projects for allied health care providers.
  • Patient services projects and programs

It is the intent of the Foundation to provide support for such services primarily at Maricopa Medical Center and allied Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) sites and on behalf of Medical Professional Associates of Arizona, P.C. (MedPro), MIHS, and agents.

  • Acquiring property, making investments, and applying income or making property available to Maricopa Medical Center, affiliated MIHS sites and other non-profit health care organizations.
  • To have and exercise all rights and powers from time to time granted to non-profit corporations by law and which are consistent with the 501 (c) 3 exemptions granted by the Internal Revenue System.

The financial support for Maricopa Integrated Health System contemplated by the above statement of purpose shall supplement, rather than substitute for other financial support available to MIHS.

  • Managing research and education accounts for MIHS principal investigators and clinical departments;
  • Promoting research activity;
  • Managing research grants and contracts awarded to MMF;
  • Maintaining compliance for receipt of federal grants;
  • Awarding research grants of $5,000 each for up to 10 grants per year
  • Managing CME accounts for MIHS Department of Academic Affairs;
  • Limited patient and social services for MMC from residual accounts

Maricopa Medical Foundation has a special place among the doctors, residents and patients at Maricopa Integrated Health System. Established in 1962, the Maricopa Medical Foundation benefits the research and education activities of the physicians and resident physicians at Maricopa Integrated Health System, a premise on which the Foundation was initially founded.

The Foundation offers support for basic clinical research and clinical trials, promotes and sponsors continuing medical education for health care professionals, and supports patient and social services as they apply to and benefit Maricopa Medical Center and its constituents.

The Medical Foundation has sound purpose-it fills a need of physicians to respond to the time sensitive demands of pharmaceutical clinical trials. When conducting clinical trials and performing research, physicians need a mechanism through which they can respond quickly and accurately under the necessary time constraints to apply, gear up and implement clinical trials. The Foundation provides this support.

A significant portion of the Foundation's resources are directed towards the implementation of rules and regulations that govern how research projects and their management are funded, conducted, monitored and reported, all vital to the management and execution of these projects.

Maricopa Medical Foundation provides philanthropic support for Maricopa Medical Center and Maricopa Integrated Health System in the following ways.

Financial support to the Foundation accomplishes the following:

  • Supports the development of research by house staff and faculty of Maricopa Medical Center and Maricopa Integrated Health System to encourage original research projects and furnish new knowledge relating to health care.
  • Provides financial support for faculty education and development at Maricopa Medical Center.

Why Maricopa Integrated Health System Participates in Research

  • MIHS faculty and residents can contribute to the expansion of medical knowledge concerning residents of Maricopa County and the State of Arizona;
  • MIHS patients receive care that they would not otherwise receive;
  • Participation in research helps keep faculty current in their field;
  • The research supports ACGME (residency programs) required scholarly activity.

History of Maricopa Medical Foundation

In 1962, Dr. Henry Hale and several colleagues founded the Maricopa County General Hospital Foundation as a way to receive grants, contracts and gifts for the hospital. As the Foundation evolved into a focus on education and research, the name was changed in 1962, 1986 and in 1996 finally becoming Maricopa Medical Foundation. In the mid-1990's the work was done to enable the Foundation to receive federal grants and contracts. Until late 2003, the Foundation received and managed all the clinical trials contracts for the physicians employed at the MIHS. That role was assumed by MedPro in 2004.

For more information on the Maricopa Medical Foundation or to donate to the Foundation, contact the Foundation by phone at (602) 344-1453 or fax at (602) 344-1955.