For East Valley health care, the beginning of a new era

For East Valley health care, the beginning of a new era

Chandler Regional celebrates a long-awaited expansion

katie chandler regional ERChandler Regional Medical Center has put the
finishing touches on a massive, two-pronged
expansion of its Dobson-Frye Road campus
that includes a five-story, 96-bed patient tower and
the addition of Level 1 trauma services to a now
enlarged Emergency Department.
Dignity Health, which has overseen the
hospital’s growth since it opened 50 years ago,
will hold a community celebration of the project’s
completion from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.
The $125 million project, for which development
spanned 2½ years, includes a new, larger emergency
department with Level I trauma services and two
helipads. The addition will also allow the hospital to
expand its radiology department, surgical services
and intensive-care unit.
Hospital officials say the addition of the
171,000-square-foot building will add more than
200 permanent, full-time jobs and expand a
comprehensive menu of services.
The project was launched to help keep pace with
population growth in the area and, with the Level I
addition, enable quicker access to trauma services
when minutes can mean the difference between life
and death.
Included in the Aug. 23 celebration will be tours,
face painting and appearances by Arizona Cardinals
cheerleaders.
Said one official:
“Chandler Regional is truly a community
hospital; our new tower and services exemplify the
East Valley’s considerable growth. We are proud to
expand and continue serving our community’s health
care needs.”

Photo by Billy Hardiman

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