By TARA ALATORRE
PHOENIX – HonorHealth held a ground-breaking ceremony on December 5, for its sixth hospital called Sonoran Medical Center, which will serve the growing communities of Anthem, New River, Desert Hills and the greater north Phoenix Valley. It will open in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The new three-story, 210,000-square-foot HonorHealth Sonoran Medical Center will be located off the Interstate 17 and Dove Valley Road, and it will be built on the same campus as the Sonoran Health and Emergency Center. It will include an inpatient hospital, ambulatory surgery center and outpatient center to meet the needs of area’s residents, which has a population that is projected to keep steadily growing.
“The new hospital represents HonorHealth’s commitment to improve the health and well-being of patients in the fast-growing communities of north Phoenix and Anthem. We’ll provide comprehensive care that’s close to home,” Kim Post, HonorHealth CEO-hospitals and chief clinical officer stated in a press release.
Once completed HonorHealth Sonoran Medical Center will offer:
- Forty inpatient beds with the ability to expand.
- Comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological care, including prenatal and postpartum care, labor and delivery services, and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit.
- Surgical services with clinical expertise in joint replacement and minimally invasive orthopedic, spine and general surgery procedures, treatments and therapies.
- Twenty-four-hour emergency care for patients of all ages.
- The hospital will be designed with natural light and beautiful mountain views for a comfortable inviting space.
Currently the Sonoran Emergency Center serves 17,000 patients annually, according to HonorHealth.
In fact, HonorHealth has always planned on opening a hospital at the Dove Valley Road site but was waiting for a higher demand for healthcare services from the community, which is now, according to HonorHealth’s CEO, Todd LaPorte, who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony last week.
The existing emergency center located at Dove Valley Road, which opened in 2013, will eventually become the outpatient center that includes a Breast Health Center, medical imaging services and space for expansion. The outpatient portion of the hospital is projected to be completed by Spring 2020.
The new hospital represents an investment of $170 million.
HonorHealth recently received requests by investors nationwide wanting to purchase $2.2 billion in bonds that will fund the new Sonoran Medical Center, which is eight times more investment than the company asked for, LaPorte announced at the ceremony.
The groundbreaking ceremony last Wednesday included a virtual reality station where guests could “walk” through the new facility. As well as renderings of the new hospital and maps.
It was also attended by the Vice Mayor of Phoenix Jim Waring, Maricopa County Supervisor of District 3, Bill Gates, representatives from the governor’s office, the Anthem Community Council, Daisy Mountain Fire District and HonorHealth CEOs.
“This is truly a great day for the North Valley,” Supervisor Gates said at the ceremony. “This is going to be so important for people in this area, they aren’t going to have to drive for miles to get great hospital care anymore. It is going to be right here, next door.”
Gates went on to say that the hospital will also bring great jobs to the area and improve the quality of life for residents. He also commented on how the area “has just begun to grow,” and the investment in the new hospital signifies the future growth of North Phoenix.
“On behalf of the entire Maricopa County Board of Supervisors I just want to thank you in the investment in the North Valley,” Gates said. “We look forward to being partners with all of you for years to come.”
For more information about the new hospital visit honorhealth.com.