Photo: Staff at the grand opening of the new Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital.
Abrazo Health has opened its newest neighborhood hospital. Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital opened July 26 near the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road.
The neighborhood hospital at 5227 E. Carefree Highway offers North Valley residents 24/7 care closer to home. It includes a 13-bed emergency department, an operating room and eight inpatient rooms. It will provide medical care beyond what’s available at an urgent care or freestanding emergency center, according to Administrator Sarah Bird, RN.
The hospital will serve patients of all ages. Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital is smaller in scale than a typical general hospital, yet offers surgical services, a full emergency department, inpatient rooms, ultrasound, x-ray and CT scan, laboratory, pharmacy and other services.
“Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital is in an ideal location for ease of access and was planned with an emphasis on quality medical care and efficiency,” said Bird. “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 have 24/7 emergency and general surgery coverage.”
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, explains Dr. Sara Beckett, medical director of Emergency Services at Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital.
“As an Emergency Medicine physician, it is an honor to be involved with this new hospital. The Town of Cave Creek and its residents will surely benefit from having medical care nearby. Minutes matter in an emergency, and our Emergency Department will accommodate all ages. We will strive to keep ER wait times short, and to provide safe, high quality care. It’s about providing the right care in the right place,” said Dr. Beckett.