Glendale sees surge in healthcare development
Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers
Mark Henle/The Republic
Dignity Health is going to where the people are with a new, free-standing emergency room in Glendale.
An 8,000-square-foot ER opened last month southwest of 51st and Olive avenues adjacent to a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Circle K, where customers seeking Polar Pops share a parking lot with patients who have broken bones and lacerated fingers.
“This is a part of the Valley that we felt was underserved” for emergency care, said Matt Cox, Dignity Health chief financial officer for Arizona.
The Glendale 24-hour emergency room is part of a surge of health-care-development projects recently completed, under construction or in the pipeline in the West Valley’s largest city. That includes a half dozen senior-living facilities with a combined value of about $50 million and more than 550 units.
Those complexes will have a range of services from assisted-living to skilled-nursing and dementia care.
“With the Valley growth slowly moving westward, that puts Glendale in a central location for our medical services,” said Dave McAlindin, Glendale assistant economic development director.
There is also easy access from Loop 101 to the health-care facilities, he said. Glendale did not provide tax incentives for any of the projects.
“With the Valley growth slowly moving westward, that puts Glendale in a central location for our medical services.”
Dave McAlindin, Glendale assistant economic development director
Glendale already is a hub for health care, with more than 6,000 employees combined at Banner Health Systems, Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital, Humana Health Care, Midwestern University and St. Joseph’s Westgate. Midwestern trains a wide range of medical professionals.
Kristin Stephenson, Glendale economic development administrator, cited estimates of one out of every seven new jobs created in Glendale within the next five years being in health care.
Glendale sees surge in healthcare development
Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, southeast of 59th Avenue and Bell Road, added about 50 new jobs when it opened in December. It has a full range of oncology care for its patients, along with support services including massage and yoga and a wig boutique, office manager Jeremy Castle said.
Other key projects to meet current and future demand for medical services in Glendale and the West Valley include:
An 85,000-square-foot health center Banner is planning in the mixed-use Aspera development northwest of 75th Avenue and Loop 101. Construction is expected to start in mid-2016 and be completed by fall 2017. The health center will include primary-care physicians and well as pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and geriatrics.
101 Healthcare, a five-building medical complex of 290,000 square feet that Simon Medical Imaging is planning on 21.7 acres at 99th and Glendale avenues. Phase 1 includes an 18,000-square-foot office building.
A 27,000-square-foot primary-care facility HonorHealth Medical Group is building at 6220 W. Bell Road. HonorHealth is a new company name announced in March and created by the October 2013 merger of Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network.
Nathan Anspach, HonorHealth Medical Group chief executive, said the new $12 million facility will combine two primary-care practices and a cardiology group from nearby buildings.
One new feature is cost-saving observation beds or chairs that allow medical staff to monitor a patient’s health for several hours without admitting them to the hospital or keeping them in the emergency room, he said.
HonorHealth expects to have about 100 employees at the facility when it opens in December, Anspach said.
HonorHealth is planing seven other similar facilities in the Valley.
San Francisco-based Dignity Health, which opened its St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center in May 2014 at Glendale Avenue and Loop 101, is partners with Texas-based Adeptus Health in the stand-alone emergency room venture and the partners have three others under construction in the southeast Valley.
Another notable Glendale project is redevelopment of the Zanjero Falls office complex north of the Westgate Entertainment District. The 147,405-square-foot complex, with its Spanish colonial architecture, was completed in 2008 but never has been occupied. Demand for office space plummeted during the Great Recession.
Select Healthcare, which bought Zanjero Falls in June 2014 for $9.1 million, is planning an oncology center in one building and converting a larger building into a senior living center, McAlindin said.
The city is reviewing the design plans for Zanjero Falls and renovation of the oncology center could start this fall, he said.
Additional demand for health-care facilities is likely to increase in the next few years as residential and commercial development spreads farther west in Glendale, including along a 10-mile stretch of the Loop 303 in the westernmost part of the city, McAlindin added.
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