A new chapter in the 140-year history of the county’s public health safety net system began as Valleywise Health held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new medical center at the Roosevelt campus. Built by Kitchell and designed by the Cuningham Group and EYP Health, the state-of-the-art medical center will be constructed adjacent to the current medical center and will continue to serve the healthcare needs of the community during construction.
The new hospital tower, located at 2601 E. Roosevelt Street in Phoenix, will be approximately 673,000 square feet, 10 stories tall and will feature the same services for which the health care system has come to be known.
Funding for the new medical center came as a result of the resounding response of voters approving Proposition 480, which provided Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System) more than $900 million to transform the Valley’s public teaching hospital and safety net system of care. Beyond the world-class healthcare services Valleywise provides to the community, it is also the state’s only public teaching hospital. This new facility will only further the ability for future physicians and nurses to get the training they need through state-of-the-art devices and upgraded amenities.
“At the core of all we do, we keep the patient, their care and experience top of mind,” said Steve Purves, CEO at Valleywise Health. “In building this new medical center, we are honoring the request of our community members and are so proud to take this monumental leap to serve the healthcare needs of those who need it most and thankful to all those who made this possible.”
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From left: Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors: Chairman Mark Dewane; J. Woodfin Thomas, director, District 4; Mary Harden, director, District 1; and District Medical Group President and CEO Kote Chundu; Steve Purves, president and CEO, Valleywise Health; Mary Rose Wilcox, vice chairman, Maricopa County Special Health Care District; and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego break ground on the 673,000-square-foot Valleywise Health Medical Center in Phoenix.
Arizona’s biggest parking garage is going up in the middle of Phoenix in one of its oldest shopping centers — Park Central Mall.
The 10-story parking garage with 551,000-square-feet space will have more 2,000 spaces for the new $100 million Creighton University medical school, apartments, restaurants, office tenants and another hotel.
Construction is scheduled to start on a Hilton Home2 Suites/Tru with 207 at Park Central later this year.
Park Central, built in 1957 at Central and Earll avenues, has been surrounded by asphalt parking lots. Sometimes the lots are more than half empty, since the former mall’s big retail tenants such as Dilliard’s moved out more than 20 years ago.
The former mall, in the heart of midtown, languished as the rest of the area drew new residents, developments and retail and office tenants.
Then a few years ago, Plaza Cos. and Holualoa Cos., which redeveloped the rundown south Scottsdale mall Los Arcos into the Skysong ASU Innovation project, struck a deal to buy Park Central and begin its renovation.
The city supported developers move to revitalize the aging mall, but asked for more parking for Park Central that the light rail runs along.
The city and developers formed a Community Facilities District to fund the parking garage at 150 W. Catalina Drive. Phoenix-based Kitchell is building the garage with 12,000 cubic yards of precast concrete that will be topped off later this week.