Banner’s wait is over
Delayed by downturn, new hospital opens
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.