Marana’s newest hospital broke ground earlier this month, and plenty of dignitaries attended the ceremony.
The new, 32,500-square-foot facility is located at Interstate 10 and Cortaro Farms Road. Turning dirt on Carondelet Health Networks’ new micro hospital took place on Thursday, July 12, and among those that turned up were Carondelet CEO Mark Benz and Marana Vice Mayor Jon Post. According to Post, the location is a huge positive, as the new hospital will directly service thousands of surroundings residents in their time of need.
The microhospital will focus on providing emergency and less complex inpatient procedures like treating infections, pneumonia and taking out appendixes.
According to Benz, the microhospital will have a full-service emergency department, 14 beds and staff for board certification emergency. The facility will be open 24/7, and will include laboratory and diagnostic imaging, including x-ray, computed tomography and ultrasound.
“It’s a great concept, and it works really well with the Town of Marana because we need an emergency facility, but we don’t yet have the population for a huge facility,” Post said. “This is perfect for us right now.”
The microhispital is expected to offer quality jobs in the science industry, with approximately 50 full-time equivalent clinical and support staff positions expected at the site.
This would be Carondelet’s fourth facility in Southern Arizona. Benz said that Marana is a rapidly growing community, and that today’s consumer is looking for healthcare that is “accessible and convenient to them that is close to their homes and work.”
Maria Angulo is a Northern Arizona University journalism student and Tucson Local Media intern.