With construction underway, Cave Creek’s first hospital will begin serving the community in the middle of next year.
The 35,000-square-foot Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital, which will offer emergency and operating services, is dubbed a “micro-hospital” and will be at 5227 E. Carefree Highway, Cave Creek.
“Cave Creek and the area around it continues to grow,” said Keith Jones, spokesman for Abrazo Health. “Even though there are other facilities 10 or so miles away, the micro-hospital concept really serves to bring the medical care closer to the community.”
The hospital will have enhanced cleaning procedures and COVID-19 screening protocol for patients, like temperature checks and mask requirements, Jones said. All suspected COVID-19 patients will be kept separate from the general patient population, he added.
The completed hospital will have a modern aesthetic featuring stack stone designs, soft surfaces and floor-to-ceiling glass windows giving a view of the desert landscape.
The construction of the building has seen significant progress. The building and framing are now up and “now they’re working on exterior finishes,” Jones said.
This part of the process will be lengthy, as it includes dry wall, tile and other elements.
Once the exterior is complete, the interior will need to be constructed, which will also take some time, Jones said.
Because the hospital will have an operating room, which sets it apart from a typical urgent care, the building must have proper ventilation and cleanliness to ensure the sterile operating room procedures for surgeries, he added.
Once construction is complete, staff recruiting and training will take place, Jones said, adding that “the final piece of the puzzle” will be getting licenses and certifications needed to fully open for patient care.
Cave Creek’s first hospital will feature one operating room, a three-bed pre-operating room and post-anesthesia care unit, a 13-bed emergency room, eight inpatient rooms, as well as an imaging suite with X-ray, ultrasound and CT.
“One of the unique things about this hospital is when you walk through the front doors, there are actually two separate registration areas and lobbies: one for the emergency department and one for the hospital itself,” Jones explained.
This design ensures that all emergencies are tended to in the most efficient manner so patients can be checked in and receive the care they need as quickly as possible.
“The hospital will be open 24/7. That applies not only to the emergency room, but there’s surgical coverage around the clock as well,” Jones said.
“If someone comes to the emergency room needing an appendectomy or gallbladder surgery, they can be admitted into the hospital and scheduled for surgery right there, rather than being transferred to a hospital somewhere else,” he added.
Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital staff will work together with emergency medical service first responders to serve Cave Creek and the nearby areas to get people of all ages the care they need, according to Jones.
The one-story facility will create around 50 jobs for clinicians, nurses, radiology and lab technicians, pharmacists as well housekeepers. This will be a major perk for people who hold these positions in the Cave Creek area because their job will be in the neighborhood, Jones said.
Community members have voiced positive comments about the opening of the hospital, as it will provide jobs and tend to the need for medical care that lies within the community, Jones said.
Abrazo Health runs seven Valley hospitals, like Abrazo Scottsdale Campus and the “acclaimed” Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, according to Jones.
The Cave Creek location will be Abrazo Health’s third and newest micro-hospital. The first one opened in Mesa toward the end of 2019, and the second opened in Surprise in October.
Micro-hospitals are a new concept with a smaller footprint, Jones said.
“They’re designed and built to provide services that are most often needed,” he added. “It’s really beneficial bringing these services closer to the patients rather than having the patients have to travel farther to a larger hospital that can provide those same services.”