Abrazo Health is set to build a medical office building and acute care hospital on 27 acres at the southwest corner of I-10 and Verrado Way.
The initial phase of the development is expected to break ground this year. Plans for the campus also include ambulatory services.
Abrazo Health anticipates that its new medical campus will be a health care anchor for the area and a driver of economic activity. Medical campus construction, staffing and support services for the future medical facilities are projected to add numerous jobs in the West Valley.
“Abrazo has cared for the West Valley’s health needs for nearly 20 years,” said Hans Driessnack, chief executive officer of Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear.
“We have seen and felt the rapid growth of this area, as well as clearly heard the needs of residents, physicians and our civic partners. As one of the Valley’s largest health care systems, Abrazo continues to invest in facilities, talent and technology to grow with the communities it serves. We are proud to partner with local civic leaders, our physicians and employees to offer needed services for those who entrust us with their care.”
Abrazo serves West Valley residents through its free-standing emergency center at I-10 and Watson Road and Abrazo West Campus, a 216-bed Level 1 Trauma and Stroke Center. Rapid growth and development in the area provide the opportunity to complement those existing services with the new campus, Driessnack said.
“A new campus in the West Valley will strengthen our ability to provide essential health services,” added Brian Elisco, Abrazo Health market chief executive officer.
“We view this as a long-term commitment to serve current and future residents.”
Several major residential and commercial projects have been announced in the area, which will add thousands of new residents. Proximity to I-10 and Loop 303 make the new Abrazo campus site an ideal location for accessibility for residents of Buckeye, Surprise and Goodyear.
“This is great news and an incredible investment in the future of Buckeye and the West Valley,” Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborn said. “Abrazo Health is already an excellent partner in our community, and this new facility will significantly enhance the health care services currently available to our residents and businesses, with the flexibility to expand with our fast-growing city.”
Planning for services provided at the new medical campus will include input from local health care providers and the community.
“It’s all about delivering the right care, at the right place, at the right time. We are excited to continue to partner with our communities through this new medical center,” Driessnack said.
Abrazo is well-positioned for expansion, Elisco added. “We view this campus as a critical investment for those we serve. Research shows that nearby excellent, cost-effective health care is considered a ‘must-have’ by employers and families alike,” he said.
Abrazo West Campus, which is 10 miles from the new campus, has made major investments in high-acuity services and technology, including trauma, stroke, cardiology and advanced spine care, and recently completed a 16-bed expansion. In addition to capital investments in its five acute care hospitals across the Valley, during the last three years Abrazo has opened microhospitals in Surprise, Cave Creek and Mesa.