By Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s will soon begin work on a freestanding emergency department and multi-specialty clinic in Avondale, which will provide West Valley families access to top-ranked, pediatric-specific emergency care and expanded specialty services, now closer to home.
The opening of the Southwest Campus is part of a larger strategic effort by Phoenix Children’s to expand access to care for families in the West Valley and throughout the state. The Southwest Campus will be built on the site of Phoenix Children’s Southwest Valley Specialty and Urgent Care Center at 1665 N. Avondale Boulevard. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2021. Phoenix Children’s expects to open all aspects of the new site by the spring of 2023.
Since opening the Southwest Valley Specialty and Urgent Care Center, Phoenix Children’s has experienced a surge in patients who had critical or complex needs and required advanced care. There are more than 30,000 pediatric emergency visits each year in the Avondale area, but no pediatric-specific option for emergency care. As the West Valley’s population is projected to grow at twice the national rate over the next five years, the demand for children’s health services will continue to increase.
Phoenix Children’s will invest $33.5M to build and equip a new 71.25KSF, three-story medical office building and retrofit the existing 35KSF building to provide emergency services. The Southwest Campus will expand Phoenix Children’s urgent care to emergent care. The new emergency department will offer 24/7 emergency care; access to physicians in more than 75 pediatric sub-specialties; 40 rooms that include triage, treatment and resuscitation rooms; six fast-track “quick turnover” beds; ultrasound, CT, fluoroscopy and digital radiography. Nearly 130 Phoenix Children’s employees are expected to work out of the Southwest Campus location, with half of these being new positions.
Also of note, the clinic will expand pediatric psychology and psychiatry services in response to growing demand across greater Phoenix.
Phoenix Children’s multi-specialty clinic, which will be located next door to the emergency department at the Southwest Campus, will expand services in numerous high-demand specialties including cardiology, developmental pediatrics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, general surgery, plastic surgery, genetics, nephrology, neurology, neuropsychology, neurosurgery, orthopedic and hand, pulmonology, rheumatology, rehab therapy, neonatology, fetal development, allergy, dermatology and urology. The clinic will also offer more than double the number of patient rooms, from 27 today to 68 when the new site opens.
Phoenix Children’s plans to add more specialty services at the Southwest Campus in years to come. The site’s design will accommodate future development, up to and including inpatient care, as the community grows. The health system expects no interruption to urgent care or specialty services during construction of the Southwest Campus. (Source)