Abrazo Surprise Hospital celebrates one-year anniversary

Oct 12, 2021

SURPRISE – Abrazo Surprise Hospital, the city’s first full service hospital, celebrated its first anniversary Oct. 12, 2021. Surprise-area residents welcomed the neighborhood hospital, and the first patients arrived shortly after the facility opened its doors.

With around the clock emergency care and general surgery coverage, Abrazo Surprise Hospital offers care beyond what’s available at an urgent care or freestanding emergency center.

“Our team did a fantastic job opening up this hospital during the middle of the pandemic. I’d like to acknowledge the staff for the amazing impact they’ve made on this community,” said Stephen Garner, CEO of Abrazo Surprise Hospital and Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. “We’ve treated emergency patients, general surgery patients, cardiac patients, and helped save lives.”

“The fact that patients were seeking us out so quickly reinforced there is a need for hospital services in the City of Surprise,” added Abrazo Surprise Hospital Administrative Director Chrissy Salazar, RN.

“If someone comes to our ER with abdominal pain and needs an appendectomy or gall bladder surgery, for example, they can be admitted and the procedure performed in our Operating Room,” noted Salazar. “We even delivered a baby in August, a 7lb., 1 oz. baby girl!”

abrazoArea leaders, residents and first responders have clearly seen the value in having Abrazo in the community, noted Salazar.

"As Surprise continues to grow, care closer to home is extremely important," said Surprise Mayor Skip Hall. "We are thrilled that Abrazo Health chose Surprise to provide residents with 24/7 emergency care, minor procedures and outpatient exams within our city limits. Congratulations to the Abrazo Health team for an outstanding first year of service to our community."

Abrazo Surprise Hospital is a satellite of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. Garner noted the synergies between the Surprise and Arrowhead hospitals and community benefit they offer.

“What differentiates our Surprise hospital from an urgent care is the capability of extending care beyond the ER to the operating room, or admitting patients to our inpatient unit for lower acuity medical conditions. If more complex care is needed, our Arrowhead hospital can offer seamless transition for higher-acuity patients. It’s about providing the right care in the right place,” he said.

Abrazo Surprise Hospital is located at 16815 W. Bell Rd. in Surprise, Ariz.

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