Mayo Clinic Phoenix campus to double in size

The Mayo Clinic announced it will nearly double the size of its Phoenix campus to meet increasing patient demand.

“Over the last five years, patient demand for services here in Arizona has increased dramatically – locally, nationally and globally. With increased specialization in areas including cancer care, neurosurgery, cardiovascular disease and transplant, more patients than ever are seeking our care, ” Dr. Wyatt Decker, M.D., Vice President Mayo Clinic, CEO Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said. “This expansion will allow us to serve patients’ needs now and for years to come, and will create some of the most technologically advanced medical facilities available anywhere.”

The “Arizona Forward Project” will cost $648 million and add 1.4 million square feet of building space, allowing the campus to expand its clinical capacity, support services and infrastructure.

According to Dr. Decker, the “space will be used to take care of patients in our hospitals, in our operating rooms, in our clinics, as well as support functions like laboratory medicine, emergency department, and will allow us to continue to provide the outstanding care that we’re so well known for.”

The expansion is a five-year project with plans to open new patient areas as early as June 2020 and the final phase in April 2023.

According to Mayo, the plan will include new structures such as:  

  • “Six-story patient tower featuring new patient rooms, clinical and rehab space and an outpatient surgical center
  • Three-story building to house expanded Emergency Department, Laboratory Medicine, Radiology and Pharmacy
  • Central plant building to support additional building square footage;
  • 1,000-space underground patient parking garage
  • 1,600-space multilevel staff parking garage
  • Tunnel connecting existing hospital basement with west expansion basement for equipment, material and staff flow.”

Capacity impacts that include:

  • “Inpatient capacity will increase by 94 beds, allowing growth in critical care, intermediate, medical/surgical and rehabilitation beds [from 280 to 373]
  • Surgical capacity will increase by five operating rooms, in the hospital and in the outpatient surgical center, as well as expansion of Pre-op/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Surgical Pathology and Central Sterile spaces
  • The Emergency Department will increase from 26 to 57 beds, with an adjoining 24-bed Observation Unit
  • An incremental 130,000 square feet of ambulatory clinical space will be added
  • Expansion of important clinical programs such as Radiology, Apheresis, Dialysis, Ambulatory Infusion Center, Pulmonary Rehab, Pain Rehab and Pain Clinic
  • Doubling the capacity of Laboratory Medicine
  • Increasing Endoscopy capacity
  • Increased support space for Pharmacy, Food Services, Supply Chain Management, Environmental Services and the cafeteria.”

And a structural expansion adding four stories to the current Mayo Clinic Building.

“Mayo Clinic’s presence in Arizona has propelled our state’s health care and bioscience industry, and their enhanced investment is another sign that this industry is thriving,” Governor Doug Ducey said in a press release. “Not only will those of us in Arizona be served by expanded services at Mayo Clinic, but it will further secure Arizona as a global destination for excellence in health care.”

The Arizona Forward Project is also projected to added roughly 2,000 news jobs by 2029.

“An added benefit is a boost to the economy,” Decker said. “The expanded campus will draw even more patients and their families from outside of Arizona, who in turn will patronize the businesses and hospitality industry of the state’s economy.”

The Mayo Clinic was recently again ranked No. 1 in Arizona by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals and is the only medical center in the state on the U. S. News Honor Roll.

To learn more about the project click here.

Emily Richardson

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