Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Specialty Pediatric Clinic at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Jan. 9. The 45,000-square-foot clinic will bring world-class specialty pediatric care in 11 highly sought-after areas to East Valley families.
Phoenix Children’s Hospital leadership and staff, Town of Gilbert representatives, community members, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce members and patient families came together to celebrate the opening of the three-story facility which will offer behavioral health; cardiology; endocrinology; gastroenterology (GI), general surgery and hematology/oncology (beginning in 2021) to East Valley patients. With the addition of the specialty clinic, Phoenix Children’s now offers services in 30 healthcare specialties at 13 sites across the East Valley.
Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels said she’s proud Phoenix Children’s has found a second home in Gilbert. Daniels said she’s worked with lots of women, mothers and families across Gilbert and the East Valley who have expressed the need and relief that having a facility in the East Valley will bring to their families.
“For some families whose children require daily care and consistent doctor’s visit because of some of the health challenges that they have unfortunately been burdened with, and to have something closer to home means that they can still care for their other children and they can still work and still have a quality of life,” Mayor Daniels said.
“Thank you to each of you and especially to the providers and those who have chosen the healthcare profession…your commitment to service, your commitment to wellness, your commitment to people–I come back to that every time, we are a community of people, humans doing good things and wanting to serve one another and I’m continually grateful for those people who do that day in and day out sometimes without thanks or accolade, but always with a great appreciation from us here at the Town.”
“Until now, many of our patients have traveled to our main campus in Phoenix to receive the care they needed,” said Jared Muenzer, MD, chief operating officer of Phoenix Children’s Medical Group. “Today, East Valley children with juvenile diabetes, epilepsy, behavioral health concerns and a variety of other needs can receive the same world-class care, right here in Gilbert.”
Dr. Muenzer added that Phoenix Children’s has provided services in Gilbert and the East Valley for about 25 years. “This building is a significant expansion and it’s going to allow us to deliver world class healthcare across all of the pediatric subspecialties and across the entire care continuum. We’re extremely excited to bring those providers, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, the staff and administration here. These providers and staff members live in the East Valley so they’re part of this community.”
“The East Valley is booming, we’ve listened to our parents, families and physicians about the needs to be out here, but also the community deserves world class care, the kind of care that Dr. Muenzer was talking about that we can provide,” said Bob Meyer, president and CEO, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
“The Valley is the fourth largest pediatric market in the country, so it’s a grateful and exciting day for us here at Mercy Gilbert and Phoenix Children’s,” Meyer said. “We’re grateful for the partnership with the Town of Gilbert, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, community members from across the Valley in opening this specialty clinic. We’re thrilled to be part of a vibrant community and continuing to care for your children closer to home.”
Brittany Miller, whose daughter receives care at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and lives in the East Valley, said as a working mom who has other children, this facility will help reduce her commute and gives her comfort to know Phoenix Children’s is close.
“Having a world class facility here of doctors who I trust and have Phoenix Children’s mindset and focus on family gives me a lot of comfort and I know it will for many families who live in the East Valley that have children with medical needs. I know as these families drive down the Loop 202 and see the PCH logo, it’ll bring a lot of hope like it does to me everytime we see that.”
In addition to the Specialty Pediatric Clinic, Phoenix Children’s and Dignity Health will open the five-story, 367,341-square-foot Phoenix Children’s Hospital-East Valley early next year, which will bring together expert pediatric health services and Dignity Health’s maternity care, along with newborn nursery beds, a NICU, operating rooms, a pediatric-specific emergency department, and many other services.