Abrazo Health announced today it is set to begin construction a new small-scale community hospital in Cave Creek near the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road. The new Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital will focus on emergency and surgical services, with eight rooms for patients needing overnight care.

Expected to open in 2021, Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital is a new type of neighborhood hospital, sometimes referred to as a “microhospital,” designed with an emphasis on quality medical care, convenience, efficiency and short ER wait times. 

The single-story, approximately 35,000-square-foot facility at the southwest corner of Carefree Highway and 53nd Street will include a 13-bed emergency department, an operating room and eight inpatient rooms, along with additional services. 

Abrazo Health currently operates six Valley hospitals including the acclaimed Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. 

“We all prefer to receive care closer to home, and this type of hospital meets a need for access to medical care beyond what’s available at an urgent care or freestanding emergency center. The hospital will offer a 24/7 ER and have the ability to perform surgical procedures, with around-the-clock general surgery, hospitalist and emergency physician coverage,” said hospital CEO Ed Staren. 

The Cave Creek hospital will be Abrazo’s third neighborhood hospital. Abrazo Mesa Hospital opened in October 2019 and Abrazo Surprise Hospital is expected to open later this year. Each is closely integrated with Abrazo’s larger sister hospitals, medical group and community physicians. 

“Our goal is to provide multiple points of access for those who choose Abrazo for their care. Emergency care and operations like appendectomies and gall bladder procedures, for example, can be performed in the neighborhood hospital setting,” said Staren. 

Patients with abdominal pain, sprains and broken bones, minor trauma, lacerations, dehydration, pneumonia and flu are typical of injuries and illnesses expected to be treated in the Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital emergency department. 

“We’re anxious to begin providing care for our neighbors and friends in the Cave Creek area,” he said. “Providing quality medical care and excellent patient satisfaction are among our top priorities, and we want our ER waiting times to be among the shortest they can possibly be.” 

When completed, the hospital is expected to create approximately 50 jobs. General contractor for the hospital is Adolfson & Peterson Construction; the facility was designed by E4H Architects.

Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital at a glance

Planned opening 2021

13 ER exam rooms

Surgical suite

8 inpatient beds

3 bed post-anesthesia care unit

Imaging suite with x-ray, ultrasound and CT scan

Separate ER and hospital lobby/registration areas