Banner Health leaders and the nonprofit organization’s construction partners gathered at the Banner Ocotillo Medical Center building site on Friday, Oct. 4, to sign the final construction beam and witness it being hoisted into place to signify completion of exterior framing.

Banner topping off. (Photos by Mark Skalny)

Banner’s newest hospital is on track to open in November 2020 as planned. When it opens, the four-story hospital will offer imaging, surgery, labor and delivery, intensive care, gynecology, orthopedic, cardiology and gastroenterology services, and include a Level 2 emergency room. There will be 96 licensed beds, plus 24 observation beds, to start.

The hospital will employ roughly 430 full-time employees and have more than 500 physicians and other medical providers on staff. There will be room for expansion as the community grows and requires more services.

The hospital is situated on an 18-acre site and was designed by the architectural firm SmithGroup, with Okland Construction serving as the general contractor.

Laura Robertson is the CEO of Banner Ocotillo Medical Center, as well as Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children’s Medical Center. Nathan Shinagawa is chief operating officer (COO) of Banner Ocotillo Medical Center.