Banner Health is planning construction for a new, comprehensive hospital and medical center in Buckeye, which is located in the Southwest Valley of Metro Phoenix.

Banner Health is the leading health care provider across metro Phoenix, recognized for building new hospitals and ambulatory care sites to meet patient needs as communities grow. Most recently, the non-profit health care system opened Banner Ocotillo Medical Center in Chandler in November 2020, which was Banner’s 13th hospital in the metro Phoenix market.

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The newest hospital is slated to open in Buckeye, Ariz., in 2024. The four-story, 330,000-square-foot hospital will be located on the northwest corner of Verrado Way and the I-10 freeway. It will be adjacent to the existing Banner Health Center and will help fulfill the health care needs of area residents, including those in Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield and surrounding areas.

The Southwest Valley is one of the fastest growing segments in Maricopa County, with Buckeye and the surrounding areas representing a significant portion of the growth. The growth rate in these communities is outpacing that of the rest of the Phoenix metropolitan area and will require additional health care services. In addition to the rapid growth of the overall population, Banner also has approximately 100,000 members in its Banner Health Network insurance organization that reside in the Southwest Valley. They participate in value-based health plans that require convenient and affordable care.

“We want to provide convenient care that is close to home for our patients and their families,” said Scott Nordlund, chief strategy and growth officer for Banner Health. “Buckeye and the surrounding Southwest Valley is growing fast, and we want to make sure our patients and health plan members have care close to where they work or live when they want and need it.”

The hospital, which has not yet been named, is expected to open in the fall of 2024 with approximately 120 beds and offer imaging, surgery, labor and delivery, intensive care and an emergency room. The hospital will have room for expansion, with a potential build-out of more than 300 beds as the community grows and requires more services.