The Sun City hospital was already expecting a $60.4 million new emergency room, but last week Banner Health’s board of directors also approved construction of a new $46 million, six-story patient tower.
Banner Health and Sun Health Foundation are partnering to fund the construction of the new 40,000 square foot emergency department; the tower is funded by Banner Health and will partially sit atop the new emergency department.
By rolling both projects into one, the non-profit health system expects less disruption to patients and campus operations as well as to produce savings on construction costs.
The new patient tower, which will partially sit atop the new emergency room, will become the new main entry point for the hospital when it’s completed in the fall of 2020. The tower’s first floor will contain the main lobby, gift shop, retail pharmacy, admitting desk and chapel. The four floors above the ED and lobby will remain reserved for future inpatient rooms.
From Banner Boswell CEO Debbie Flores,
I am thrilled about the board’s decision to move forward. Their decision reflects the confidence they have in our physicians, employees and volunteers, and it further demonstrates Banner’s unwavering commitment to this community. This is huge news for our patients and the community we serve.
In addition to the new emergency department and patient tower, the project will convert the current 17,000-square-foot emergency room into a new unit for patients requiring short-term observation and create a shelled space for future build-out of a new cardiac catheterization lab.
Banner Boswell Medical Center is a 515 bed hospital located at 10401 West Thunderbird Boulevard in Sun City.
Sun Health Foundation raises philanthropic support through individual contributions that help fund life-giving services and research at Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, and Banner Sun Health Research Institute, and support the Sun Health Wellness programs available to the community.