It used to be said that you couldn’t be born or buried in Gilbert.
But six years ago, at least part of that statement changed with the opening of Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.
The town finally got its first full-service hospital. Since then, more than 14,000 babies have been born at the south Gilbert facility, including 96 sets of twins.
“At times, we carry the census,” with half the hospital’s patients being in the labor and delivery area, said Tammy Passante, clinical supervisor for labor and delivery.
Since that 2006 opening, the hospital has expanded, adding rooms, as well as a healing garden, and more than doubling its employees.
More is on the horizon. While there are no immediate plans to build, the hospital is seeing volume increase in neurosurgery, general and reconstruction surgery, as well as electrophysiology and vascular surgery.
“We know our patients have experienced hard times in recent years,” said Tim Bricker, president and CEO of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers. “But we have also witnessed inspiring stories of healing within our walls. Our level of compassionate care and high-quality service set us apart from other health care facilities in the East Valley and we take pride in our ability to be innovative and serve as a leader within the industry. Our growth is a tribute to those efforts.”
Some employees have been with Mercy Gilbert since the hospital’s opening, including Dayna Lasco, a charger nurse in the Lund Family Birth Center.
Lasco transferred from Chandler Regional — Mercy Gilbert’s East Valley sister hospital — where she had worked for eight years.
“I was excited about going to the new hospital. I wanted to be in on the ground floor of something, making decisions about things,” Lasco said.
Just last month, the hospital set a record for births: 265. Typically, eight to 10 babies are born at the hospital each day, Passante said.
“The community is growing and it’s a lot of young families,” she said.
The hospital is participating in cardiovascular research surrounding coronary heart disease, atrial fibrillation, heart failure and heart attack, as well as genetic studies and peripheral vascular disease and carotid artery disease.
Because of new equipment available at the hospital, including the Third Eye Retroscope, which can catch polyps early during colonoscopy, more patients are choosing the hospital, staff said.
US News & World Report ranked Mercy Gilbert Medical Center No. 9 for hospitals in the Valley on its 2011-2012 list. It also received the “outstanding patient experience award” by HealthGrades recently, making it one of the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation.
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