Hospital groups partner to build freestanding pediatric hospital in Glendale


Phoenix Children’s is going big in the West Valley.

On the heels of investing $33.5 million to build a freestanding emergency department in Avondale, the pediatric hospital system is investing another $134.7 million to build a 3-story hospital in Glendale.

The 180,000-square-foot hospital and 45,000-square-foot multispecialty clinic will be built on the north side of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus at 18701 N. 67th Ave.

While HKS was selected as architect, a general contractor has not yet been finalized.

Plans call for breaking ground this summer with the specialty clinic opening in spring 2023 and the hospital opening in spring 2024.

The new hospital will be financed and owned by Phoenix Children’s. Abrazo’s role in the deal is to share its land with the pediatric hospital, while benefitting from having pediatric services on its campus.

It’s rare when a hospital takes space on another hospital’s campus. The last time Phoenix Children’s leased space on another hospital campus was when it first started out small on Sept. 18, 1983, a couple of floors at Banner Health’s University Medical Center – Phoenix back when it was called Good Samaritan Medical Center, or Good Sam.

It was always the intention of the pediatric hospital to build its own freestanding hospital, but it took 30 years to do so. By January 2013, Banner kicked Phoenix Children’s off its campus after the children’s hospital forged an agreement with San Francisco-based Dignity Health.

Meanwhile Phoenix Children’s is moving forward with plans to break ground this summer on its freestanding emergency department and specialty clinic at 1665 N. Avondale Blvd. in Avondale. HKS also is architect for that project, while Kitchell is general contractor.

In addition, Children’s Hospital is working on a $2.1 million comprehensive sports medicine physical therapy clinic at 765 N. 114th Ave. in Avondale that will encompass 7,900 square feet. Architect for that project — scheduled to open this fall — is Orcutt Winslow, with Gilbane serving as general contractor.

These projects, which are expected to bring more than 650 jobs to the West Valley, come at a time when the West Valley is projected to grow at twice the national rate in just five years, while the pediatric population is estimated to increase from 400,000 today to nearly 500,000 by 2030.

Phoenix Children’s now offers services at more than 40 locations throughout Arizona, with additional expansion plans in development, including a hospital in the East Valley.

“Phoenix Children’s has been focused on adding new health-care facilities providing access to a full continuum of health care to all pediatric patients Valleywide to accommodate the rapid population growth of Maricopa County,” said Julie Johnson, executive vice president of Colliers International and a long-time medical office broker.

Source: Phoenix Business Journal

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