Ban­ner’s wait is over

De­layed by down­turn, new hos­pi­tal opens

Modern Healthcare - - Regional News - Re­becca Ve­sely

Ban­ner Health is sched­uled to open a new hos­pi­tal in Queen Creek, Ariz., on Nov. 1, af­ter a year-long de­lay. Ban­ner Iron­wood Med­i­cal Cen­ter is a 36-bed fa­cil­ity about 40 miles south­east of Phoenix, which is Ban­ner Health’s head­quar­ters. The 228,000-square-foot hos­pi­tal cost about $150 mil­lion and will pro­vide gen­eral and in­ten­sive care, ob­stet­rics and surgery.

Queen Creek and the wider re­gion were hit hard by the re­ces­sion and hous­ing cri­sis, prompt­ing not-for-profit Ban­ner Health to push back the open­ing, one of a slew of projects na­tion­wide that were de­layed by the down­turn (Nov. 24, 2008, p. 6).

But Deb Krm­potic, CEO of Ban­ner Iron­wood, said the re­gion is re­bound­ing. For in­stance, the growth rate for the Queen Creek area was 9.6% in 2009, she said. And data from util­ity com­pa­nies sug­gest that many houses in the area aren’t stand­ing empty. “There’s some pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tors,” she said.

Ban­ner Iron­wood will have a full-ser­vice emer­gency depart­ment, 12 med­i­cal/sur­gi­cal beds, 12 multi-or­ga­nized ser­vice beds al­low­ing vary­ing lev­els of care, and 12 post­par­tum beds, four la­bor and de­liv­ery rooms and two ce­sarean sec­tion suites. The hos­pi­tal also has four sur­gi­cal suites and med­i­cal imag­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Ban­ner Iron­wood will em­ploy 300 peo­ple.

The hos­pi­tal is on an 80-acre cam­pus with room for up to 500 beds. Of­fi­cials will be mon­i­tor­ing the re­gion’s re­cov­ery closely and say Ban­ner Iron­wood can ex­pand to 84 beds with­out fur­ther con­struc­tion.

Ban­ner Iron­wood Med­i­cal Cen­ter is leav­ing it­self room to grow—of­fi­cials say the fa­cil­ity can ex­pand to 84 beds.

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