Phoenix Children’s new facility in Glendale is slated to partially open by the end of the year and is expected to be completed by next year.
The campus at 18701 N. 67th Ave. in Glendale is expected to serve 76,000 annual visits and more than 1,250 children and to provide close to 500 jobs as part of a $135 million investment.
The site will cater to in-patient services and surgical care with more than 25 subspecialties. This project is being developed by Kitchell Construction Inc., which broke ground in November 2021.
Russ Korcuska, Phoenix Children’s senior vice president of construction and special projects, said the hospital will include much needed care such as an emergency department, imaging, a multispecialty clinic, and a full surgical schedules and services.
Many of the new sites that Phoenix Children’s is building around the Valley, such as Avondale’s Specialty Care facility that opened in July, is to better serve the Valley as the population grows, Korcuska said.
“We’ve been hearing form a lot of happy parents that they can go to clinic appointment or God forbid an emergency department and have an emergency care closer to home... it just makes it a lot easier for the whole family,” Korcuska said.
The multispecialty clinic on the Glendale campus is expected to open in November with the hospital opening planned for 2024. The specialty clinic is a 45,000-square-foot, two story building that will have offices for orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, oncology and more.
Korcuska said the layout is similar to Phoenix Children’s other locations with having a set color pallet for the inside to help children navigate the different rooms as well as to create a comfortable environment.
There will be amenities for children to feel safe and calm. Televisions will be included in many spaces, and the facility will include play areas in the hospital building.
The West Valley population is projected to grow at twice the national rate in just five years, with the pediatric population to growing from 400,000 to nearly 500,000 by 2030, according to Phoenix Children’s.
Korcuska said it’s exciting to create a new location that can accommodate health care workers that have been wanting to work closer to home.
By 2024, the three-story, 180,000-square-foot hospital is expected to have 24 inpatient beds, six operating rooms, two minor procedure rooms and 30 emergency bays/trauma rooms.
Korcuska said Phoenix Children’s is looking to hire health care workers for this new site with positions like nursing, radiology techs, pharmacy techs, pharmacists, lab techs, security, food workers, and much more.
The hospital is being built with future needs in mind to accommodate the growing West Valley population, an additional 24 inpatient beds will be added when needed.