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VALLEYWISE HEALTH WELCOMES PATIENTS TO NEW MEDICAL CENTER

200+ patients being moved to new state-of-the-art facility today


Valleywise Health opened its new 673,000 square-foot, 10-story medical center to patients, replacing the legacy hospital that has served the community for more than 50 years.


 After years of construction and months of planning, Valleywise Health staff is moving more than 200 patients from the existing tower to the new state-of-the-art facility. Each will have an individual patient room designed for both function and comfort, featuring private bathrooms and sleeper sofa/recliners.

 

The new Valleywise Health Medical Center has been decades in the making,” said Steve Purves, Valleywise Health President and CEO. “We’re thrilled to open it to the community today and grateful for all the support we’ve received since our funding measure was passed in 2014.”

 

Within the new hospital, the Diane & Bruce Halle Arizona Burn Center occupies an entire floor, boasting three dedicated trauma bays, a dedicated pediatric wing, a large physical occupational therapy room, a hyperbaric chamber and space for research and teaching.

 

“It’s hard to overstate the value of having a world-class public teaching hospital right here in this neighborhood,” shared Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego. “Valleywise Health has been a fixture in our community for over 100 years, and I think it’s safe to say the $935 million commitment to bring this new facility to fruition couldn’t have been put to better use.”

 

Also open to patients today, the new 34,550-square-foot emergency department includes three trauma bays, 88 private rooms, a dedicated pediatric space, indoor and rooftop decontamination showers as well as ground floor and rooftop helipads. By 2026, Valleywise Health anticipates nearly 86,000 emergency visits annually.

 

“The new hospital was designed to put patients first,” Purves added. “It incorporates both the latest technology and design improvements that will ensure comfort for both patients and their families. Beyond that, it makes unprecedented resources available to the hundreds of residents that Valleywise Health doctors train every year.”

 

Cuningham Group served as architect and Kitchell as the general contractor. The new medical center will host a variety of specialties including cardiology, trauma and emergency, maternity, NICU, oncology, pharmacy, radiology and more. With ten operating rooms, two interventional radiology areas, two cardiac catheterization labs and two helipads, the new site represents significant growth over the legacy site that opened in 1971.

 

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