For decades, health care has been a driving force for Greater Phoenix job growth, and in recent years the region has become a national health care hub.

As Phoenix’s economy and population continue to grow, five major health care systems have announced plans to expand as well.

The expansion announcements signal strong economic potential, an increase of job opportunities for people near the facilities, and more capacity for quality patient care in the region.

Abrazo Community Health Network
Abrazo is expanding with a new facility in Mesa. The microhospital, slated to open in Spring 2019, will provide emergency care and inpatient procedures. The 32,500 square foot facility will house surgery space, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pharmacy, and several other outpatient services. Chamber member, Adolfson & Peterson Construction will be serving as the general contractor for the new building.

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Banner Health
Banner Health has plans to expand in Chandler with a new hospital. The 240,000 square-foot hospital will have four-stories and provide expanded health care to residents in Ahwatukee, Chandler, and Gilbert. With an investment of more than $150 million, Banner Health hopes to have the new hospital operational by Fall 2020.

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Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is expanding to include two outpatient care facilities in March—one in the North Valley and one in Scottsdale—and is planning to open a third before the end of the year. In addition to the new facilities, CTCA announced a new partnership with Chamber member Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ). This new partnership gives more patients access to CTCA through their BCBSAZ insurance.

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Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center
Dignity Health is expanding in Chandler! Chandler Regional plans to develop a new campus building and hopes to complete construction in 2022. The expansion is to help the facility to continue to meet the growing health care demands in the Easy Valley. As a part of the expansion, Chandler Regional will be adding 132 patient beds and expanding patient and visitor parking.

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Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS)
Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) announced its acquisition of Maryvale Hospital and plans to reopen the facility’s Emergency Department. MIHS will be transforming the facility into a behavioral health hospital with more than 200 patient beds for mental health services in the West Valley. It is expected to open in early 2019.

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As the health care ecosystem in the Valley continues to grow, it is vital that business and community leaders focus on making Arizona known as a national leader in health care and hospital services. A key part of this is ensuring that the talent pipeline for health care and hospitals is robust and meets the needs of Arizona’s employers.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber and the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation are supporting employers and economic growth through the Health Care: Hospitals Workforce Collaborative. The Hospital Workforce Collaborative currently focuses on addressing workforce shortages for specialty nurses in Arizona’s regional hospital systems.

Health care has been a driving factor for Greater Phoenix job growth in recent years, and the region has the potential to become a national health care hub. Workforce shortages in health care need to be addressed to make this happen.

With key strategic goals, the collaborative is pushing to raise awareness about the talent gap in health care and working with employers to develop solutions to move Phoenix forward.

Interested in getting involved in the workforce collaborative? Contact Katelyn Harris-Lange, Workforce Development Program Coordinator at klange@phoenixchamber.com.

Posted by Danny Imes