Mid-year opening planned for Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital

Mar 24, 2021

Neighborhood hospital will offer emergency, surgical care for North Valley residents

CAVE CREEK – Construction is nearly complete and a mid-year opening is planned for Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital near the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road.

Recruiting is underway for registered nurses with emergency department and telemetry experience, respiratory, occupational and physical therapists, radiology and laboratory professionals, and environmental services (housekeeping). Applicants can see current job openings here.

“We are excited to expand Abrazo’s services in the North Valley by creating more access to efficient, convenient medical services of a fully licensed hospital. That means Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital will have an emergency room that’s open 24/7 year-round, with on-site imaging and surgical facilities and inpatient rooms for overnight stay,” said Sarah Bird, RN, BSN, administrative director.

Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital interiorThe single-story facility at 5227 E. Carefree Highway will include a 13-bed emergency department, an operating room and eight inpatient rooms, along with x-ray, ultrasound and CT scanner, and other services to meet patient needs.

“People want to receive care closer to home, and Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital will be the community’s hospital for emergency care, low-acuity surgical services and related care,” said Bird. The hospital will be capable of caring for patients of all ages, she said, and staff will work closely with first responders and EMS to serve Cave Creek and North Valley communities.

“Patients with abdominal or chest pain, sprains and broken bones, lacerations, pneumonia and flu are typical of the types of conditions we expect to see in the emergency department,” noted Dr. Brian Hess, medical director of Emergency Services for Abrazo Health. “This hospital will help minimize the need for transfers to larger medical facilities for patients with lower acuity conditions.”

Hess added that despite the coronavirus pandemic there is still a need for routine and emergency care.

“When care is delayed, there is a greater risk for secondary issues, complications or lengthier recovery times. Hospitals and ERs are safe places for care. Minutes do matter in an emergency,” said Hess.

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