Abrazo Surprise Hospital, the first hospital in the city of Surprise, will open at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12.
The hospital at the southwest corner of Loop 303 and West Bell Road is smaller than a typical general hospital, but still includes surgical services, a full emergency department, private inpatient rooms, ultrasound, x-ray and CT scan, laboratory, pharmacy and other services.
“Abrazo Surprise Hospital is in an ideal location for ease of access and we are able to provide a higher level of care than an urgent care. Our general surgery capability means if you come to the ER with gall bladder symptoms or appendicitis, for example, you won’t need to be transferred elsewhere. We will have 24/7 emergency and general surgery coverage,” said Administrative Director Chrissy Salazar, RN.
“Patients with abdominal pain, sprains and broken bones, lacerations, pneumonia and flu are typical of the types of conditions we expect to see in the emergency department,” noted Dr. Brian Hess, an emergency medicine physician at Abrazo Surprise Hospital. “We also have the capability of extending care beyond the ER to the observation or inpatient environment for lower acuity, uncomplicated medical conditions. It’s about ‘the right care in the right place’ for us.”
Abrazo officials and city leaders held a ribbon cutting this week to dedicate the hospital.
Surprise Mayor Skip Hall applauded Abrazo’s investment in the community, noting the city’s rapid growth and need for nearby hospital services for city residents. “Surprise is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. The new hospital’s location at Loop 303 and Bell Road will be easily accessible for our residents,” said Hall.
Hospital CEO Stephen Garner noted that Abrazo Surprise Hospital is meeting a community need as demand for quality healthcare, like the City of Surprise, continues to grow.
“Despite the pandemic, patients still need care. Abrazo continues to invest in talent, technology and facilities here and across the Valley,” said Garner. “Along with the health benefit, Abrazo Surprise Hospital will bring an economic benefit. I’m happy to say that many new, well-paying jobs were created to staff this hospital. We are excited to bring these services to the City of Surprise.”
Dr. Hess noted the community benefit of having medical care closer to home. “Whether it’s fractures, lacerations or illness, what sets our hospital apart is the capability of extending care beyond the ER to the operating room, or admitting patients to our inpatient unit for lower acuity medical conditions. It’s about providing the right care in the right place.”
Abrazo Health includes Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Abrazo Central Campus, Abrazo Mesa Hospital, Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, Abrazo Surprise Hospital and Abrazo West Campus – along with freestanding emergency centers, urgent care, primary care and specialty physician practices. Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital is under construction.