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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Construction Begins on Laveen’s First Hospital

Laveen General HospitalThe machinery moving dirt just north of the northeast corner of Baseline Road and 51st Avenue signals the start of construction on Laveen’s first full-service hospital.


But exact project details remain elusive.


Ryan Rogusky, senior project manager from Freese Johnson, the Atlanta-based company providing design-build services for the hospital, could only confirm construction started at 7171 S. 51st Avenue. He declined when asked for a completion date.


In addition, a representative from Wood, Patel & Associates Inc., the civil engineering company that shared project information with the Laveen Village Planning Committee in October 2013, turned down opportunity for comment.


According to online documents from Freese Johnson, the 38,900-square-foot Arizona General Hospital will provide outpatient and inpatient care, and feature a full-service emergency department with nine treatment bays. The single-level facility would have 16 private patient beds and four critical care beds.


Other amenities include a diagnostic imaging department with a CT scan and R&F X-ray, lab, pharmacy, and two multi-specialty operating rooms.


“Even though it wouldn’t be a Level 1 trauma (center), it would be able to stabilize you and prepare you for transport to another hospital,” said Stefany Scovell, a member of the Laveen Village Planning Committee. “It’s a very worthy cause that’s desperately needed in our area.”


Scovell is involved with developers on plans for another hospital near 59th Avenue and Dobbins Road. She stressed Arizona General Hospital won’t affect future plans for the larger medical facility.


Construction on that hospital wouldn’t start until after the South Mountain Freeway is in place.


“We (the Laveen Village Planning Committee) have agreed that, from completion date – meaning the freeway is completed from the I-10 in west Phoenix all the way to Ahwatukee – they have 60 months in order to pull permits to get the hospital built.”


At a minimum, Scovell estimates a larger hospital in Laveen is at least 15 years away.


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