Working at Arizona General Hospital ERs

We think it should go without saying, but we believe that all doctors should practice good medicine. We believe physicians should treat the staff and patients with respect and dignity. This is true no matter where you work. At Arizona General Hospitals and ERs, those traits are expected but also are just the beginning. We pride ourselves in hiring physicians who share our same values such as empathy, accountability, zeal, honesty, integrity, focus on service, and do something good to name a few.

We know what it is like to work in the grinder.

We have all been in that busy, chaotic, out of control Emergency Department. At times it is exciting and fun, but the constant high pressure mixed in with the bureaucratic headaches can wear even the most ardent doctor down. We eliminate the friction of delivering quality care and offer some flexibility back in your life. This way you can remember what is it like to have time to work with your patients and go home after a night shift without feeling like the walking dead.

What kind of doctors are we looking for?

  • Doctors who understand what is like to be a patient… the worry, the unknown, the fear of how much things are going to hurt.
  • Doctors who stay current. Not the “prescribe the newest antibiotics because it the newest” kind of current, but doctors that strive to know what is the most recent best evidence. Our EMR has several features to help provide EBM at the point of care.
  • Doctors who don’t mind a little cutting edge. We will employ telemedicine and audio recordings for patient care.
  • Doctors who help build a positive, professional and fun work environment.

If you're an ER physician looking for an opportunity to deliver care above the status quo, please contact us today.

Our Core Values

Do Something Good

We actively seek to create positive experiences for patients, their families, and coworkers. We go above and beyond what is required and we look for ways to serve others. We do the right thing, not the easy thing. If it is legal, good for the patient, and good for the company, we do it. We take initiative to improve outcomes and processes.

Empathy

We understand the vulnerability and fear associated with being injured or ill. We genuinely seek to: (1) understand and respect others’ perspectives and emotions, (2) encourage a culture of compassion, empathy, and support, and (3) alleviate suffering whenever possible. We offer emotional support and/or tangible assistance to patients, their families, and coworkers. We understand how our actions and attitudes affect our team members and our patients and strive to uplift in all we do and say.

Zeal

We work as a team with enthusiasm and dedication. We have a passion for TEC’s mission, vision, and values. We model excellence and enthusiasm for our work and speak positively and enthusiastically about TEC and its future direction. We set an example of courage, dedication, and self-sacrifice.

Accountability

We demonstrate a high level of dependability in all aspects of the job. We take responsibility for our words and actions and can be relied on consistently. We fulfill our commitments and take personal responsibility for seeing efforts through to completion. We admit mistakes, misjudgments, or errors and immediately inform supervisors when we are unable to meet commitments. We are accountable to our team, our patients, TEC, and the higher calling of medicine.

Leadership Team

The Emergency Center, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Paul McHale, MD and Jason Linder, MD as Hospital Emergency Department Medical Directors at Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital Laveen and Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital Mesa, respectively.  It has also appointed Dr. Joel Betz as Regional Medical Officer overseeing Arizona General Hospital’s satellite EDs.  In these new roles, Drs. McHale, Linder, and Betz will provide leadership and direction to the emergency departments of the Arizona General Hospitals and will serve on the executive team for The Emergency Center.


“I am truly blessed to be working with all these great people, both with Dignity and TEC. I am excited to implement these improvements to further excellent patient care through this health care model.”
-Joel Betz, MD

Dr. Joel Betz brings over 15 years of clinical and leadership experience to this position. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2002 and then attended University of Arizona School of Medicine graduating in 2006. After medical school he completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Betz is board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians. After residency Dr. Betz joined the group covering Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. Three years later he joined Banner Gateway Emergency Dept. as Assistant Medical Director. Subsequently, Banner Health acquired Banner Payson Medical Center, and Dr Betz served as Medical Director during the transition and for 2 years following, after which he returned to the Phoenix metro area joining the Adeptus and Dignity family. Currently he serves as Regional Medical Officer East Valley, based at the AGH Mesa Hospital location.

His current interests and focus include increasing physician and staff communication, with a special focus on culture improvement. He is also passionate about patient satisfaction as well as physician satisfaction, and strongly believes the two are closely intertwined. Dr. Betz has organized and attended several medical mission trips to Guatemala and has provided care to the underserved communities in the Guatemalan highlands. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and training for triathlons, recently completing his second IronMan in Houston.

 


“I am humbled and excited to join the team at Arizona General Mesa. It is a facility on a great growth curve in a great location and I believe will ultimately bring a modern twist on the idea of a community hospital. It will also bring the highly specialized network of physicians throughout Dignity Arizona to the East Valley in the form of care close to home with a network of specialists to fit your individual needs. I hope to be part of building a healthcare facility that serves the community in the way I would want for my own family. “
-Jason (JJ) Linder, MD

Dr. Jason Linder is a graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri (1996). In 2000, he completed his residency at Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ and is board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also trained in Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dr. Linder has an extensive clinical, teaching, and leadership background. He brings with him over 25 years of experience. Previously Dr. Linder served as Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Indiana University (2000-2003). He also was a former partner in Chandler Emergency Medical Group where he served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department (2006-2009) and Medical Executive Committee Member at Large (2009-2012) at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and Department Chair of Emergency Medicine (2013-2015) at Chandler Regional Medical Center. Most recently Dr. Linder has served at CRMC and MGMC as Vice Chief of Staff (2017, 2018) and Medical Staff President (2019, 2020). His other roles include: Member of the Ethics Committee (2004-2013) CRMC and MGMC; CRMC (2008-2012), and Track and Mass Gathering Physician, Phoenix International Raceway (1998-Present).

When he is not working, JJ enjoys spending time hiking, biking, man caving, and camping in the family RV. As a 30-year veteran of Type 1 diabetes, he passionately donates his time volunteering for Diabetes Training Camp (DTC) each year to help support and teach people with insulin dependent diabetes learn how to live a whole active life.


 “I am extremely excited to join The Emergency Center, re-uniting with past colleagues from Maricopa Medical Center & Premier Emergency Medical Specialists.  I am proud to have joined the Arizona General team and look forward to bringing our energy, thoughts, and teamwork mentality to our hospitals & freestanding ER’s.”
-Paul McHale, MD

Dr Paul McHale is a graduate of Univ. of San Diego (1991), Univ of Minnesota Medical School (1996) and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ in 2000. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and trained in Hyperbaric Medicine.

Dr. McHale was a founding partner of Chandler Emergency Medical Group, PLC (PEMS), formed in 2002. PEMS provided clinical physicians & support for the Emergency Departments at Chandler Regional Medical Center & Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. During the last 18 years Dr. McHale has helped lead ER Redesign teams in 2005 & 2014, helped implement a scribe program, served as EMS Director (03-05), Medical Director at CRMC ED (05-09, 14-15), Chairman of ED at CRMC (09-13).  He also served on the East Valley Community Board (08-19) including serving as Vice Chair (14-16) and Chairman (16-18).

Dr. McHale is also employed by Air Methods Corporation as a Medical Director for several bases in the Arizona service region, from 2009 – Present.  He has also served as a Clinician for Gallus Detox (15-17) & interim Medical Director for BCBS AZ (18-19). Currently, he also serves as Medical Director, and is a minority owner in Trinity Air Medical, a logistics healthcare company based in Tempe, AZ (13-Present).

Dr. McHale believes in creating an environment that is trusting, professional, supportive, and most importantly, he realizes we should enjoy our workplace.

Paul Loves to work, but his most important role is family. He has been married to his wife of 25 years and has 3 children still at home. Paul loves to make food of all kinds, especially anything on the grill or smoker. He enjoys chasing Tarpon/Permit/Bonefish/Trout & other gamefish with a flyrod and some longtime friends.


The Emergency Center is thrilled to welcome these three outstanding physicians to its already robust team. The future of freestanding ED care in Arizona is bright with the addition of these three leaders to the partnership between The Emergency Center and Arizona General Hospitals.

“TEC is pleased to partner with AGH Dignity and Drs. McHale, Linder, and Betz to extend our vision of the highest quality emergency care across the largest and most renown satellite facility organization in the state of Arizona. We are thrilled that we can now positively impact the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of patients.”

-Dr. Keith Butler, MD, CEO
The Emergency Center

“I am grateful to have the opportunity to partner with TEC as we continue the Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital journey. Emergency Medicine is our largest service line and the clinical excellence and skilled leadership that Drs. Linder, McHale and Betz bring will help position us to continue to grow and follow our vision.”

-Jane E.T. Hanson
President & CEO
Arizona General Hospital, Phoenix

Arizona General Hospital and ER Locations

Arizona General Hospital – Laveen 
7171 S. 51st Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85339
(623) 584-5100

Arizona General Hospital – Mesa 
9130 E. Elliot Rd.
Mesa, AZ 85212
(480) 410-4500

Ahwatukee Emergency Room
4328 E. Chandler Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85048
(480) 454-3630

Chandler Emergency Room
2977 E. Germann Road
Chandler, AZ 85286
(480) 732-7540

Chandler McQueen Emergency Room
1064 E. Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 494-5100

Gilbert Emergency Room
4760 E. Germann Road
Gilbert, AZ 85297
(480) 494-5000

Glendale Emergency Room
5171 W. Olive Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85302
(602) 900-4780

Glendale Camelback Emergency Room
8310 W. Camelback Road
Glendale, AZ 85305
(480) 307-9610

Goodyear Emergency Room
251 N. Estrella Parkway
Goodyear, AZ 85338
(623) 322-6900

Mesa-Baseline Emergency Room
1910 S. Gilbert Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 410.6150

Mesa Emergency Room
1833 N. Power Road
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 398-7340

San Tan Valley Emergency Room
1419 W. Hunt Highway
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
(480) 245-4300

Surprise Emergency Room
14267 W. Bell Road
Surprise, AZ 85374
(623) 546-5230

Tempe Emergency Room
5125 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 306-8780

FAQs

We are not planning on making any adjustments to compensation.

We would like to keep the current schedule in place. There may be the need for additional staffing at some of the busier locations.

Our preference is to pay as independent contractors (1099), but if a majority of physicians would prefer W2, we would be open to consider that as well.

24-hour shifts may not be appropriate for high volume locations. For the slower shops, we are planning to keep 24-hour shifts in place.

We believe that locations that have a stable, dedicated group of core physicians works better than a location that is staffed with physician who only work occasionally. If, however, procedural skill set is degraded, then we may look for rotations through a higher acuity hospital-based ED on occasion.