A new patient tower was unveiled at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center with a dedication ceremony July 16, according to a news release from Dignity Health.

The new tower, Tower D, is designed to accommodate a growing East Valley and increased health care needs, according to the release. It marks the second major expansion for the hospital in less than a decade, according to the release.

Tower D is scheduled to open to patients early next month, according to the release.

“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 the release. “It is a direct result of the outstanding care our team provides. Their hard work and dedication are why people seek services at Chandler Regional and why the hospital has continued to undergo tremendous growth.”

Tower D will serve as the hospital’s main entrance and include 96 additional patient care beds. This will bring Chandler Regional’s total bed count to 429.

The structure includes:

  • first floor: a new main hospital entrance and lobby, patient admitting, cardiac rehabilitation, an ambulatory therapy unit, a gift shop and a chapel;

  • second floor: a surgery registration area, preoperation and postanesthesia care units, and 24 thoracic patient rooms;

  • third floor: 36 intensive care unit patient rooms;

  • fourth floor: 36 standard patient rooms;

  • fifth floor: shell space for future beds; and

  • basement: new pharmacy, materials management department and a new loading dock.

In addition to the new five-story Tower D, the construction project also includes a new parking structure with additional surface parking to accommodate more than 1,100 vehicles and renovations to existing space that will allow for eight new surgical suites as well as the expansion of key outpatient services and operational departments, according to the release.

Chandler Regional first opened in 1961 as a community hospital with 42 beds, but it steadily grew. In summer 2014, Chandler Regional opened the first of its major expansions of the last decade, Tower C, which provided space for the hospital’s Level I Trauma Center and 96 additional patient beds, according to the release.