Phoenix Children’s

From left to right, Catherine Anaya, master of ceremonies; Dr. Heather Menzer, Phoenix Children’s orthopedic surgeon; Stephen Garner, CEO of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus; Robert L. Meyer, president and CEO of Phoenix Children’s; and Dylan and Melissa McQueen, Phoenix Children’s patient family, break ground at Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Arrowhead Campus.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital broke ground for its satellite Arrowhead Campus in Glendale on Nov. 9.

Children and families need and deserve world-class pediatric health services, right in their own communities.

That was the resounding theme of the groundbreaking ceremony of Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Arrowhead Campus on Nov. 9, where president and CEO Robert L. Meyer addressed community and business leaders, elected officials, and Phoenix Children’s staff and patient families.

The new campus, located at 18701 N. 67th Avenue, Glendale, will offer a full suite of pediatric health care through its 180,000-square-foot hospital and 45,000-square-foot multi-specialty clinic. 

Services will include inpatient care, an emergency department, state-of-the-art imaging, inpatient and outpatient surgery, and a multispecialty clinic offering expanded services in more than 25 specialties, including cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and behavioral health. 

Dr. Heather Menzer, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician at Phoenix Children’s, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.

“This new campus means that West Valley kids can receive surgical and medical care from clinicians who know exactly how to treat injuries and illnesses in children, how to place an IV in a tiny patient and how to handle seizures and other scary medical situations,” she said.

“Pediatric-specific care is important because kids are not small adults. They have different needs, medically and developmentally, and they deserve care that’s right-sized for them.” 

Meyer added, “Children who require specialized treatment for heart conditions, cancer or mental health challenges can visit our clinic here on this campus.”

The value of pediatric-specific care closer to home is something that cannot be overstated, according to Melissa McQueen, Sun City resident and mom to three children, including 13-year-old Dylan, who was born with dilated cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart condition.

“During Dylan’s first year of life, my husband and I spent many days either in a hospital clinic or living inpatient with our son,” she said. “The drive was long for us and, subsequently, that was more time taken from our other children and our family life overall. It would have been life altering to have care close to home for the appointments happening multiple times per week.”  

The multispecialty clinic will open in spring 2023. The hospital will follow a year later. Phoenix Children’s is investing $134.7 million in the new campus, which will support 76,000 annual visits and bring nearly 500 jobs to the West Valley.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Arrowhead Campus is one of three West Valley projects the health system has announced in recent months. According to Meyer, it’s all part of a multifaceted strategy to bring care closer to home for local families.

“Maricopa County is No. 1 in the nation for population growth,” he said. “The West Valley, especially, is booming. The population is projected to grow at twice the national rate over the next five years — and kids represent a big part of this growth. They deserve the very best health care.”

Over the summer, the health system broke ground on Phoenix Children’s – Southwest Campus, a freestanding emergency department and multispecialty clinic in Avondale. And in January, Phoenix Children’s Sports Medicine Clinic will open at The BLVD in Avondale to address the needs of young athletes.

Phoenix Children’s West Valley expansion represents an investment of $200 million and more than 650 jobs.

“For families in the West Valley, this means no driving to Phoenix, no delays in medical care, and access to clinicians working here in this community who have dedicated their lives to caring for kids,” Menzer added. “These are the same doctors and nurses who have helped Phoenix Children’s earn Best Children’s Hospital rankings from U.S. News & World Report for 11 consecutive years.”

For now, Phoenix Children’s leaders are keeping an eye on growth across greater Phoenix and are preparing to announce new sites of service. In the meantime, they’re focused on building their West Valley campuses.

“We can’t wait to serve families in this community,” Meyer said at the conclusion of the ceremony. “It’s an important day for us at Phoenix Children’s and for the West Valley. We are grateful for the people and partners who have helped us get here, and we look forward to playing a larger role in this vibrant area.”