Carondelet plans health-care pavilion near Sahuarita Town Hall - Tucson News Now

Carondelet plans health-care pavilion near Sahuarita Town Hall

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SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
The Carondelet Health Network will open a health-care pavilion near Sahuarita Town Hall by summer 2014, company President and CEO Jim Beckmann said.
The first phase of construction will start in summer 2013 on a 21-acre parcel purchased by Carondelet in 2006. The medical pavilion will be located south of Sahuarita Road along Desert Gem Lane.
"Carondelet has made a promise to serve individuals and families throughout our region by providing access to services in convenient locations and customizing those services to meet their individual expectations," Beckmann said. "We believe our efforts to create a facility that will grow with the communities of Sahuarita and Green Valley is a great example of our ministry working to fulfill that promise."
Carondelet's decision comes on the heels of Tucson Medical Center's announcement in September to open a 32-bed, acute-care hospital in Green Valley.

Carondelet said it will offer outpatient medical services, including primary care. The size of the initial complex will allow Carondelet to more than double the number of primary care physicians serving the Sahuarita area.
Additionally, the pavilion will also serve as a satellite location for cardiovascular specialists from the Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Mary's Hospital and neurologists from the Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital.
"Our health and wellness pavilion in Sahuarita will offer a unique venue for local residents and the surrounding communities' current medical needs. Additionally, it will possess the structural and programmatic flexibility to adapt and expand," said Christen Castellano, Carondelet Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.

"Healthcare has and will continue to rapidly evolve," Castellano said. "Advancements in medical science have led to a growing trend toward outpatient care in our industry. Many procedures that once required hospitalization no longer do – affording patients easier access, faster recuperations and the ability to get back to their busy routines sooner.
"As a result, outpatient care has become the option of choice for many patients and their families. This fact, coupled with technological advancements, presented Carondelet with a blueprint for a progressive model of healthcare that can meet needs now, and flex as those needs grow and change."
Rancho Sahuarita founder Bob Sharpe said discussions with Carondelet began in February for the complex.
"Carondelet's innovative approach to healthcare will continue to set Rancho Sahuarita apart from other communities in Southern Arizona. We are committed to partnering with outstanding organizations like Carondelet on projects that create a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle for all of our residents and our neighbors in Green Valley," Sharpe said.
Carondelet originally planned to open a $62 million, 78-bed hospital on the Sahuarita site. It announced plans in 2006 before abandoning the idea in 2008.
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