Valleywise Health broke ground Thursday, Feb. 27 on its new medical center at its Roosevelt campus in Phoenix.
The new medical center, which is scheduled to open in late 2023, will be adjacent to the current medical center and will continue to service the healthcare needs of the community during construction, according to a press release.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego was in attendance to take part in the ceremony along with Valleywise Health CEO Steve Purves, District Medical Group President and CEO Kote Chundu and members of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board Mark Dewane and Mary Rose Wilcox.
“Our great city continues to grow at record breaking pace and so does the demand for quality and accessible medical care,” Ms. Gallego said in a prepared statement.
“I believe a strong public healthcare system is imperative in making a city great and Valleywise Health has answered that call for more than 140-years and will continue to do so with this new medical center.”
The new hospital tower at 2601 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix, will be approximately 673,000 square feet, 10 stories tall and will feature the same services as other Valleywise Health locations. Kitchell will act as the lead contractor on the project.
Of the many improvements being made, the Arizona Burn Center at Valleywise Health will all be housed on one floor with its own external entrance and advancements will be made to the Level 1 Trauma Center, a release states.
Funding for the new medical center came as a result of the response of voters approving Proposition 480 which provided Valleywise Health --- formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System --- over $900 million for transforming the Valley’s public teaching hospital and safety net system of care.
Beyond the healthcare services Valleywise provides to the community, it is also the state’s only public teaching hospital, a release claims. This new facility will further the ability for future physicians and nurses to get the training they need through state-of-the-art devices and upgraded amenities.
“At the core of all we do, we keep the patient, their care and experience top of mind,” Steve Purves, CEO at Valleywise Health, said in a prepared statement.
“In building this new medical center, we are honoring the request of our community members and are so proud to take this monumental leap to serve the healthcare needs of those who need it most and thankful to all those who made this possible.”