Construction started on a 220,000-square-foot medical tower at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center in July.
The tower, which is set to open in spring 2021, will add 96 patient beds and is expected to also add about 200 jobs, according to a news release. Chandler Regional’s fourth patient tower, Tower D, will bring the medical facility’s total bed count to 429—a stark contrast to when the hospital originally opened in 1951 with 42 beds.
“This expansion project is very exciting for all of us at Chandler Regional, and for the community at large,” said Mark Slyter, president and CEO of Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical centers, in a release. “The new tower will not only bring new jobs to the East Valley, but it will allow us to further our commitment to providing the best care possible to our growing and aging community.”
The new medical tower will be built south of Chandler Regional’s current main entrance on what is currently a parking lot, according to the release. The tower will increase surgical capacity, add cardiac-rehabilitation services, and will also feature:
- First floor: a new main hospital entrance and lobby, patient admitting, cardiac rehabilitation, ambulatory therapy unit, gift shop and chapel
- Second floor: a surgery registration area, pre-operation and post-anesthesia care units and 24 thoracic patient rooms
- Third floor: 36 intensive care unit patient rooms
- Fourth floor: 36 additional standard patient rooms
- Fifth floor: shell space for future beds
- Basement: new pharmacy, materials management department and a new loading dock
The project is being done by McCarthy Building Companies, which will also renovate 55,000 square feet of the hospital’s existing Tower C, which opened in 2014, according to the release.
The renovations will allow for eight new surgical suites and the expansion of outpatient services and operational departments. Renovations to Tower C will be completed in 2022 as part of Phase 2 of the project.