Arizona’s Banner Health continues to beef up its physician roster. In February, the not-for-profit health system added Desert Vascular Specialists and The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA).

Banner Health owns and operates 28 acute-care hospitals in six states, as well as the Banner Health Network, Banner University Medicine, academic and employed physician groups, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services.

Desert Vascular Specialists provides diagnostic and personal treatment strategies for its patients using both traditional vascular surgical and lesser invasive endovascular interventions. Desert Vascular Specialists and its two surgeons will join Banner Health, retaining their current location but also performing surgeries at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa.

TOCA provides an array of orthopedic services, including fracture care, joint replacement, sports medicine, bracing and orthotics, physical therapy, hand therapy and imaging. It has 18 physicians, nine physician assistants and clinical and support staff.

The group will be renamed TOCA at Banner Health and will maintain its existing offices in Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale and Phoenix, and its providers will have privileges at Banner hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers throughout metropolitan Phoenix.

Just last December, Banner acquired another orthopedic practice, Phoenix Orthopaedic Consultants. That four-physician group specializes in fracture and trauma treatment for children and adults, hand surgery, joint replacement surgery, sports medicine, spine surgery and general orthopedic care. Financial terms weren’t disclosed for any of these transactions.

These three transactions are the first that targeted physician practices. Before December 2019, Banner focused on merging other not-for-profit hospitals, although it did make a foray into the home health sector in 2017. That year bought SunLife Home Health in Tucson for an undisclosed price.