Banner Heart Hospital in east Mesa will undergo a nearly $30 million expansion next year to accommodate increasing demand for its services.
The hospital, next to Banner Baywood Medical Center, is designing a 26,000-square-foot expansion to its third floor. It has four catheterization labs, one electrophysiology lab and four cardiac operating rooms. The hospital will add two operating rooms, one catheterization lab and one electrophysiology lab.
The plan also features two shells for future use as catheterization labs. Construction is expected to start in February, with the first patient expected in February 2010.
"It's really to meet the needs of the community," said John Harrington, the hospital's CEO. "The growing population in the East Valley has some impact, and then the baby boomer bubble ... many of them are starting to see their cardiologists for the first time in their lives, and wind up getting cardiac procedures and needing cardiac care of some type."
Banner Heart Hospital is one of the top 100 cardiac facilities in the United States, and that means more people seek its services, Harrington said.
"The way that cardiac medicine is going in the future, more and more of it is going to be done on a short-stay basis and on an outpatient basis," Harrington said. "We're reconfiguring the pre- and post-procedure space associated with both the ORs and the cath labs so that we can accommodate the short-stay patient and the patients who are coming through outpatient, rather than admitting them to a hospital bed."
When the hospital opened in 2000, it had 59 beds, three operating rooms and four catheterization labs. In 2005, it expanded to 110 beds, four operating rooms and five catheterization labs.
"We will be adding more staff to the hospital, and they're not easy to come by, so it will take us that year to get them hired," Harrington said. "It's going to be crazy. We had a very busy summer and we did very well getting patients in and out. We will make sure that we have the ability to provide service and that the quality stays as high as it is."
The hospital also plans to expand its robotics programs and add more innovations in the coming year, he said.