Tucson citizens will soon have a new option for medical services, as Tucson-based Northwest Healthcare recently announced the opening of a new hospital in southeast Tucson by late 2020. The new facility will be a 70-bed hospital near Houghton Road and Old Spanish Trail.
This new expansion is the latest step in the organization’s plan to grow their reach across the state. Before this new location, Northwest developed a free-standing emergency room in Vail, which expanded coverage in the southern part of the state. Northwest Healthcare marketing director Kim Chimene explains that the new southeast location was the best next step.
“We’ve really done a lot to try to grow and meet patient demand,” Chimene notes. “A couple years ago, we launched an access campaign, where we’re making it easy for people to get in anytime and anywhere with the appropriate level of care. Our main goal is opening different types of services, whether it be urgent care, walk-in clinics, or free-standing centers for people to access when they need it.”
What sets Northwest Healthcare apart from other providers, in Chimene’s opinion, is this focus on accessibility. Investment in technology like check-in ER services, online appointment portals, online payment options, and more has made Northwest a convenient health care option for local citizens.
Northwest Healthcare regional president Kevin Stockton elaborates, “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for patients to receive care in the most appropriate setting, when and where they need it. We look forward to serving even more of the health care needs of residents in the eastside communities through this new facility.”
In addition to aiding patients’ health, Northwest also helps to bolster the local economy. Over the next five years, this new facility alone will generate $570 million in revenue and over 600 jobs. Joe Snell, president and CEO of Sun Corridor, Inc. expressed his excitement about the expansion.
“With the addition of nearly 600 jobs, this expansion of Northwest Healthcare will deepen the health care assets on the east side of our region,” Snell stated. “Access to quality health care is always a top concern of site selectors and we congratulate Northwest on choosing Tucson and Southern Arizona once again.”