Medical Center Or Hospital
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
When 2-year-old Caleb Teodorescu was found unconscious at the bottom of a pool, there were fears he would die or suffer permanent brain damage. Thanks to doctors at Banner Thunderbird’s Pediatric Emergency Department, Caleb is alive and showing no signs of disability. Without Thunderbird, Caleb would have lost valuable minutes being transported to a central Phoenix hospital.
Nonprofit Banner Thunderbird’s $290 million expansion project, completed in 2011, represents one of the largest hospital expansion projects ever completed in Arizona. The project has directly led to the creation of several hundred jobs at the expanded facility. More importantly, West Valley residents now have access to a level of care never before available in the region, particularly heart care, medical imaging services, surgical care and pediatric care. The hospital now provides services and has equipment previously only available at hospitals in other parts of the Valley, such as critical care for children who have experienced a near drowning. Having West Valley hospital of this caliber makes the area more attractive to retirees, families with children and potential employers, contributing to a more robust economy. Today, Banner Thunderbird is the largest private employer in Glendale and one of largest in the West Valley.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) embraces the concept of developing individual treatment plans for each patient. The Patient Empowerment Medicine model works to boosts patients’ immune systems, reduce pain and improve quality of life through new drug therapies. CTCA initially began more than 30 years ago but opened in Goodyear in 2008 and has since doubled their patient volume. CTCA not only focuses on patient services, but assists in community projects and non-profit organizations as well. The medical center also sponsors the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena Awards that honor women who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishments.
Chandler Regional Medical Center
For more than 50 years, Chandler Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has served as the largest hospital provider in the East Valley area. CRMC was also the area’s first hospital with advanced cardiovascular services with the opening of the Heart and Vascular Center and first in the West to install a broadband MRI. They were voted “Best Place to Work” among Phoenix metro employers and tiered number one for medium-sized hospitals by Ranking Arizona. CRMC annually co-hosts the Spina Bifida Bike Rally providing free bikes to children with the disease and a Back to School Immunization clinic administering free shots to minors in Chandler.