Phoenix Children’s Hospital proudly opened the doors to its new 11-story patient tower and completed a strategic alliance with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, making it the largest freestanding children’s hospital in the Southwest.
The expansion – Phoenix Children’s response to this community need – means the hospital will grow from 345 licensed beds to 465 this summer, ultimately targeting a total of 626 licensed beds at full build-out, which is expected in 2013. The tower features expanded clinic space, state-of-the-art operating rooms, cutting-edge pediatric radiology technology, a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a separate Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit to support the hospital’s growing Children’s Heart Center. Three floors remain as “shelled space,” ready for future expansion.
Construction costs for the new tower totaled $370 million, $50 million under original budget. The complete expansion, which also includes renovation of existing buildings and the addition of satellite centers, totals $538 million. The hospital was designed by architects HKS Inc., and the general contractor is Kitchell Corporation. Both were selected for their extensive experience with designing and building healthcare projects.