Jared Muenzer, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Phoenix Children’s Medical Group, noted that PCH has offered services in Gilbert and the East Valley for about 25 years as they seek to deliver care closer to patients’ homes.
“But this building truly is a significant expansion, and it's what's going to allow us to deliver world class health care across all of the pediatric subspecialties and across the entire care continuum,” said Muenzer, who also is a practicing pediatric emergency medicine physician.
With the addition of the specialty clinic, PCH offers services in 30 healthcare specialties at 13 sites in the East Valley. The new building brings services for children with complex health conditions like juvenile diabetes, cancer and congenital heart defects who once had to travel to PCH’s Phoenix campus for specialty services, along with kids who need routine primary and behavioral health care.
Having those services in the area is important, according to Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels, who said she’s heard stories from women she works with about the relief the facility will bring to families who having children who need consistent care.
“To have something closer to home means that they can still care for their other children and that they can still work and that they can still have a quality of life,” Daniels said.
Brittany Miller has a 10-year-old daughter, Brooke, who was born with Aicardi syndrome, a rare, life-threatening condition from her brain not forming correctly when she was born. Miller said she timed her drive from home to the new Speciality Clinics building at 11 minutes, which was “awesome.”
“Like the mayor said, I am a working mom, and I have other children and having a world-class facility here of doctors who I trust and have the Phoenix Children's mindset and focus on families just gives me a lot of comfort,” she said.
Bob Meyer, president and CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, said that part of PCH’s strategy as it opens the new building is to have local physicians be part of the community.
“Many of the physicians that we're recruiting, we're asking them to live in the East Valley,” he said. It's a wonderful place to live—you all know that—as opposed to transient people that are here a day a week, half day a week, etc. Their predominant home is here as well as we hope to live here.”