New hospital opens in Sahuarita

New hospital opens in Sahuarita
Updated: Nov. 11, 2020 at 6:38 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Sahuarita’s first hospital opened its doors on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Officials said the new 77,000-square-foot hospital will allow medical professionals to help people in town with just about anything they need.

Staff will also be able to initially help anyone who contracts COVID-19 in the area.

Chief Administrative Officer Kate Schneider said the goal of the Northwest Medical Center-Sahuarita location is to give people more options in their own backyard.

“If there’s an emergency, we will be able to help someone through those emergent times. Whether it’s an emergency or not, if they need to be admitted, we’ll be able to admit patients at a Med Surge level. I think having healthcare closer to home is super important,” Schneider said.

Schneider added that the neighborhood hospital will also give anyone nearby in a potential life or death situation an extra 20 to 30 minutes inside an operational hospital, rather than inside an ambulance driving to Tucson.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Northwest Medical Center-Sahuarita features a full-service emergency department, two operating rooms, outpatient imaging, and lab services.

They also offer cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, and more.

To celebrate the opening, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place around 7 a.m.

Once the ribbon was cut, workers headed inside for their first official day.

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