Before the advent of state-of-the-art medical facilities, the climate â€" the dry desert air of Arizona â€" was recommended by doctors across the country for patients with respiratory problems. Today, however, the Valley of the Sun boasts some of the most sophisticated health care available anywhere. Some of the largest facilities are highlighted below.
In September 1999, Phoenix-based Samaritan Health System and Fargo, ND-based Lutheran Health Systems merged to form Banner Health System. The Arizona division owns or operates Mesa Lutheran and Valley Lutheran Hospitals as well as Desert Samaritan, Thunderbird Samaritan, and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Centers. Located in central Phoenix, the 680-bed Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 1111 E. McDowell Road, 602/239-2000, is one of the largest regional medical complexes in the area.
Phoenix Children's Hospital is the only hospital in Arizona that cares exclusively for kids. It provides the majority of pediatric care in the stateâ€"more than twice that of any other single hospital. In addition to serving the Metro Phoenix area, it is a regional referral center for children with highly specialized or life-threatening conditions.
To meet the growing demand for services, the hospital recently opened a 22-acre, all pediatric campus in the heart of Phoenix -making it one of the Top Ten largest children's hospitals in the nation.
Phoenix Children's Hospital is located at 1919 E. Thomas, just off the State Route 51. for more information.(602) 546-1000. www.phoenixchildrenshospital.com
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, is a private, not-for-profit center of clinical excellence and education. It includes the internationally recognized Barrow Neurological Institute and an American College of Surgeons accredited Level 1 Trauma Center. The organization also includes research facilities, cardiovascular services, high-risk obstetrics, pediatrics and rehabilitation programs, and the children's health center.
St. Joseph's history and commitment to Arizona spans more than 100 years. The hospital's community involvement includes school-based medical clinics, a mobile prenatal program, health education and a dental clinic. St Joseph's is currently constructing a new patient care tower which will expand the hospital's capacity by 25 percent and allow the organization to continue to meet the healthcare needs of our growing community. St. Josephs is located at 350 W. Thomas Rd. For more information, call 602-406-3000 or visit www.ichosestjoes.com.
Paradise Valley Hospital, 3929 E. Bell Road, 602/923-5000, also has 24-hour emergency services, breast diagnostic services, skilled care unit and a Women's Center including obstetrical services and a newborn nursery. (Both have day surgery facilities) seniors' associations, and Diagnostic Imaging.
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