Northwest Healthcare, while planning to move out of one facility in the Marana area, plan to have a larger presence in early 2018 when they open a freestanding emergency department (FSED) adjacent to the Tucson Premium Outlets at Twin Peaks and I-10.
The new Northwest Emergency Center (NEC) Marana will be their second FSED. They opened their first in Vail in 2015. The new location will be open 24 hours a day, seven-days-a-week to serve patients who experience medical emergencies.
Northwest Healthcare will break ground this spring to open in the first quarter of 2018. The town has worked with Northwest Healthcare to expedite the process to insure the new facility is built in a timely manner.
lease ends at the end of the year. Those needing urgent care can use the QuickMed Urgent Care on Tangerine and Thornydale or Northwest Urgent Care at Orange Grove, the second of which is open seven-days-a-week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The family medicine physicians currently located in the Continental Reserve Urgent Care building will move to new offices at Silverbell and Cortaro and as Marana grows Northwest Healthcare will continue to explore other options in the area.
With their departure from the continental Reserve Urgent Care building it gives the town something it had been lacking, a pre-built spot suited for a corporate headquarters or another larger facility. Marana Economic Development Manager Curt Woody said one issue the town has had luring corporations is a lack of existing facilities. While having Northwest Healthcare leave an “empty storefront,” it does give the town options.
“A facility like that can be a corporate headquarters,” Woody said. “It is 35,000 square feet and is really nice. There are four or five additional pads around that site. … Even though they are vacating this property it puts a really nice facility for us to propose on in the future.”
There is no tenant lined up yet, but the town has already had inquiries into the facility.
The new NEC Marana will be just like a hospital emergency room, equipped to treat patients with illnesses and injuries that require a “higher level of care than urgent care facilities offer.”
The new facility will have 12 private patient rooms with radiology and lab services on-site. If a higher level of care is required patients can be transported quickly to nearby Northwest Medical Center or to Oro Valley Hospital.
The idea is to offer the same services as the emergency departments at NMC, OVH and NEC Vail. Patients will also be able to check-in online to reserve their place in line.
“Marana leaders have an innovative vision for the future of the town and we are happy to be part of that growth,” Northwest Healthcare Market CEO Kevin Stockton said. “We have provided healthcare services in Marana for more than 11 years and this new emergency center reinforces our long-term commitment to caring for this community. That commitment also extends to the 58 acres we have near Tangerine and Moore roads. We continue to evaluate the site as we plan for how best to expand healthcare services in the future.”
As part of the move Northwest Healthcare will close the Continental Reserve Urgent Care when their