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Green Valley gets 1st emergency room, hospital

The southern Arizona town of Green Valley is getting its first emergency room and hospital, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

A $52 million hospital with an ER is expected to open in Green Valley by the year 2014.

Tucson Medical Center officials announced Thursday that they entered a “memorandum of understanding” to develop and operate the new hospital with Scottsdale-based McDowell Enterprises.

TMC is non-profit but the new Green Valley hospital will be for-profit.

Tucson Medical Center officials say it’s too early in the process to know how much money they will invest in building the hospital.

The Arizona Daily Star says the hospital will give Green Valley and nearby Sahuarita residents their first emergency room.

Residents must now travel 30 miles when they have a medical emergency.