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Proposed Green Valley hospital design incorporates modern healing ideas

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

We're getting our first look at a new hospital that could be coming to Green Valley.

It would provide southern Arizonans with a health care option closer to their homes, instead of having to travel to Tucson or Nogales.

Plans call for it to be built on land on the east side frontage road, south of Continental Road.

The plan is to put a full service hospital on a 22-acre site just south of Green Valley.

It's a beautiful spot and architects say they want to incorporate some of that beauty into the building.

They are working on the plan for a 32-bed hospital.

"Full imaging department. 24/7 emergency department on site, small surgery suites with four   O-R's that'll have a kind of a focus on orthopedics, eye surgery. Cath lab for some cardiovascular work and improvement there, and a small ICU as well," says Swain Associates Architect Mark Bollard 

Bollard says there would be room to expand to 50-beds.

Preliminary drawings show us a two-story hospital with medical offices on 12 acres.

The location in an open spot in the desert has the Santa Rita Mountains as a backdrop.

Over the years, hospital design has changed.

Studies show windows, natural light and natural settings help people heal.

Bollard says that's all in the design that is geared toward patients and their families.

"Each room is a family-centered patient room which means it's an extra large, single-patient model room for family members to sleep over--stay with the family member through their stay. It's very important to us also to provide outdoor spaces that are conducive to healing. We're going to have some walking garden space, some outdoor ramadas," Bollard says.

If all goes according to plan, the Green Valley area could see its first hospital open its doors in the spring of 2014.

There are homes north of the proposed hospital site.

Some residents oppose the hospital or certain aspects of it.

There will be a public hearing on possible zoning changes on Wednesday, November 28, at 9:00 a.m. before the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission in Tucson.

The hearing will be in the County/City Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Avenue, in the Basement Conference Room C.

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