PCH making $200 million investment in pediatric care in West Valley

In an effort to increase access to quality pediatric medical care in the burgeoning West Valley, Phoenix Children’s Hospital announced on Wednesday that it is building a new $ 135 million detached hospital in Glendale.

The news comes on the heels of two other new Phoenix Children’s projects on the Westside – a detached children’s emergency department and a youth sports clinic.

Bob Meyer

In total, the three projects represent $ 200 million in investment and 650 new jobs for the region, said Bob Meyer, Phoenix Children’s president and CEO.

Most importantly, though, it will bring pediatric care “closer to home” for West Valley children, said Meyer, who was joined by the mayors of Glendale and Avondale and other community leaders.

“The West Valley is booming. The population is expected to grow at twice the national rate over the next five years, ”he said. “Children represent a large part of this growth. It is estimated that the number of children will grow by 25 percent, from 400,000 children now to 500,000 in 2030.

“These kids deserve to have world-class pediatric medical care right in their own backyard.”

Three projects will be able to handle 133,000 annual visits

Together, the three projects represent one of the largest expansions in the organization’s history, Meyer said, with capacity for up to 133,000 visits per year.

This is what is planned

-Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Arrowhead Campus, Glendale The new hospital is expected to open in 2024 and will offer inpatient care, an emergency department, an outpatient surgery center and a multi-specialty clinic. Construction will place it next to Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital at 18701 N. 67th Ave. in Glendale.

The 180,000 square foot hospital will open with 24 inpatient beds with space for up to 48. It will require approximately 473 employees and handle up to 76,000 visits per year. Also on campus will be a clinic with more than 25 specialized services, including cardiology, dermatology, general surgery, nephrology, neurology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology and psychiatry.

-Southwest Campus for Emergency Care, Avondale A new Southwest Campus in Avondale is scheduled to open in Spring 2023. It will house a detached emergency department and multi-specialty clinic at the current location of Phoenix Children’s Southwest Valley Specialty and Urgent Care Center at 1665 N. Avondale Blvd. .

The emergency department will have the capacity to provide 40,000 visits per year and fill a void in the West Valley for pediatric-specific critical care, hospital officials said.

“Children with serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries do much better in a pediatric emergency department than in an adult emergency room,” said Jared Muenzer, chief physician at Phoenix Children’s. “This site will be staffed with board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists who have the training and expertise to care for the most critical of patients.”

Phoenix Children’s will invest $ 39.9 million to construct and equip a new 71,250-square-foot three-story building and adapt the existing 35,000-square-foot building for emergency services. The emergency department provides access to physicians in more than 75 pediatric subspecialties; 40 rooms including triage, treatment and resuscitation; six “quick turnover” beds; ultrasound, CT scans, fluoroscopy, and digital radiography. Nearly 164 employees are expected to work on the Southwest Campus, half of which are new positions.

-Youth Sports Medicine Clinic, Avondale The The clinic is expected to open this year in Avondale at “The BLVD,” near the American Sports Center, Arizona’s largest indoor sports complex with more than 500,000 visitors annually. The clinic will operate a physical therapy, rehabilitation and education center offering sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation specifically for the youth and high school students in the West Valley.

The 7,880-square-foot facility is located at 765 N. 114th Avenue and is expected to cost approximately $ 2.1 million, has the capacity to handle 17,000 visits per year, and employs approximately 16 people.

About Phoenix Children’s

Phoenix Children’s is one of the nation’s largest pediatric health systems. Its inpatient, outpatient, emergency, trauma, and emergency care services have been recognized as a “Best Children’s Hospital” by US News & World Report. The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of employers who use their collective purchasing power to structure their insurance contracts to reward the best performing hospitals, has also named Phoenix Children’s as one of only 13 to be designated a “Top Children’s Hospital.” .

The health care system includes Phoenix Children’s Hospital-Main Campus; Phoenix Children’s Hospital–East Valley at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center; four pediatric specialty and emergency care centers; 11 pediatric practices in the community; 20 outpatient clinics; two ambulatory surgical centers; and six community-related outpatient clinics throughout Arizona.

For more information, visit: phoenixchildrens.org.

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