Tucson to gain 1st freestanding emergency room

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson metro area will soon have its first freestanding emergency room. Northwest Medical Center announced plans to open the $7.2 million facility in the Vail area of southeast Tucson. Construction will begin in January, with a targeted opening date in late 2015. The new ER will create 30 health care jobs, including registered nurses and lab, imaging, admitting and environmental services staff.

“Northwest Emergency Center at Vail will provide faster access to emergency care for people living in the Rita Ranch and Vail areas,” said Kevin Stockton, CEO of Northwest Medical Center. “We have been serving more than just ‘Northwest’ Tucson for many years and this is another example of our commitment to expand healthcare in the greater metropolitan area.”

The new ER will feature 12 private patient rooms with radiology and lab services on-site, staffed by board-certified physicians, nurses and other clinical providers.

“We congratulate Northwest Medical Center on this expansion. Strong health care is a key focus area for economic development in the region,” said Guy Gunther, chairman of the board of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities. “A healthy workforce means a productive workforce, and workforce quality is a key consideration in a company’s decision to expand or

Northwest Emergency Center will be sited at 10146 E. Old Vail Road.

Source: Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities


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