Chandler Regional celebrates A 51st birthday bash

Peter Menor, vice president of operations at Chandler Regional Medical Center, served helpings of cake — and thanks for a job well done — to staff during celebration of the hospital’s 51st anniversary. Chandler Regional is an outgrowth of what was once the town’s only major medical facility. — Photo courtesy Julie Graham

What began as Chandler Community Hospital with 25 employees and 91 volunteers has evolved more than a half century later into a health care leader in the southeast Valley that continues to grow today.On July 17, Chandler Regional Medical Center celebrated its 51st year as the focal point of an expansive healthcare system that now goes well beyond the community it was established to serve.

What’s more,  there’s no sign of that growth stopping.

In December 2011, construction began on a $125 million expansion project, including a new tower that will add 96 inpatient beds for a total count of 339.

The project will add six operating suites and expand the emergency department as well as add a new chapel, dining area, second helipad and 275 new parking spaces. Nearly 200 jobs will be made available as a result of this project.

“This organization has a very rich history, and we continue to add to it each day as we work to expand our facility and bring the best services to our patients, their families and the entire community,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers.

By the Numbers (July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012)
Total staff: 1,998; Volunteers: 282; Hospital admissions: 17,521; Births: 3,580; Emergency Department visits: 64,095; Surgeries: 10,167.

Chandler Regional is a member of the Dignity Health family of Valley-wide hospitals.



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