HonorHealth Aims to Open New Hospital in 2020

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A rendering of the planned new Sonoran Medical Center (left) and the existing facility (right), looking north from Dove Valley Road. Image courtesy HonorHealth

Construction will start in December on the previously announced HonorHealth Sonoran Medical Center, with a planned opening in September 2020, the company said recently. It will be part of an eventual health campus that could include office space, residences and possibly a hotel. It will all sit on 85 acres where the company’s existing Sonoran Health and Emergency Center opened in 2013, along the east side of I-17 at Dove Valley Road.

The new facility will initially offer:

  • 24-hour emergency care.
  • Obstetrical and gynecological care, including prenatal and postpartum care, labor and delivery services, and a Level II neonatal intensive care unit.
  • Joint replacement surgery and minimally invasive orthopedic and spine surgery.
  • General surgery procedures, treatments and therapies.

“The hospital will open with more than 40 beds, with the ability to expand… to nearly 80 beds based on community needs,” the company said in a statement. “We have structured the building to expand to 300 beds to meet future growth.”


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If fully built out several years from now, the new facility could eventually be similar to the 204-bed Deer Valley Medical Center at I-17 and Loop 101. But in the near term, there are no plans to make it a trauma center. Any possible trauma-center designation would likely be at least 15 years out, company spokesperson Preston Allred told In&Out. Deer Valley, previously a Level 3 Trauma Center, was upgraded last year to a Level 1 Trauma Center, able to handle the most severe cases, Allred said.

Sonoran Health and Emergency Center (the facility currently on Dove Valley Road) is not a trauma center. Plans for that building are not fully formulated, but imaging services, breast health and physician offices currently in that building will remain, Allred said.

In later phases, the company envisions the Sonoran Medical Center campus to include residential and commercial uses. Possibilities include a hotel, senior housing facility, pharmacy, fitness center and retail establishments related to health and wellness, the company has said.

The development, first announced in 2016, is limited to 120-foot-tall buildings in an area that’s just north of a long-planned “urban core” that stretches from Dove Valley road to southward about 1.5 miles to south of Sonoran Desert Drive. In May, a developer announced plans to build a sports arena and hotel in that planned urban core.

HonorHealth also plans to build a medical facility in Anthem to provide “care center” services ranging from MRIs and CT scans to sports medicine and possibly sleep therapy, as well as outpatient care for immediate, non-emergency situations. There is not yet a timeline for that project, Allred said.

Another rendering of the planned hospital, looking north. Image courtesy HonorHealth
HonorHealth’s existing facility north of Dove Valley Road is surrounded by acres and acres of empty land. In&Out Publications Staff Photo

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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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