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Tucson Northwest Medical Center Set for $50M Operating Room Expansion

By Eric Jay Toll for The Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Tucson Northwest Medical Center’s expansion moves into the parking lot on the right side of the photograph. (Courtesy of Northwest Medical Center)

A $50M operating room expansion is planned for Tucson’s Northwest Medical Center, 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd. at W. Orange Grove Rd., The new surgical wing accommodates growing demand for procedures. The project will be completed in a series of phases breaking ground this winter and looking at completion within 18-20 months.

A design team and GC have been selected, but are not being disclosed until contract negotiations are completed in the coming weeks.

The new surgical wing extends from the current building into the existing surgery parking area. The expansion allows for future vertical growth when the need arises.

Four additional operating rooms bring the hospital’s total count to 16 suites. All are outfitted for minimally invasive procedures. An increasing number of surgeries fall into this category and the new ORs will better accommodate the technology. New operating rooms average 550 square feet—the existing suites average 400 square feet—allowing greater access for the da Vinci Robotic Surgical Assistant for minimally invasive surgical procedures.

The expansion creates a new integrated hybrid suite, designed specifically for advanced cardiac and vascular surgical procedures. It combines a traditional OR with the advanced imaging systems of a cardiac catheterization lab, affording patients with dual areas of expertise. Patients with blocked arteries can undergo stent procedures performed by a cardiologist and single by-pass grafts performed by a cardiac surgeon in a single procedure.

Along with OR expansion, NMC will renovate one of its Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Labs for patients not requiring the level of care the hybrid suite offers.

As patient volume increases with the capacity upgrade, new professional and medical staff are anticipated.

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