The Carondelet Health Network, which had previously scrapped plans to build a hospital in Sahuarita, is now planning to build a new multimillion dollar primary care clinic there.
The non-profit health network will team up with developers from the Rancho Sahuarita Company to develop the clinic, officials say. They estimate the cost at $12 million to $16 million.
The first phase of the project is expected to be complete in 2014. The clinic, which officials are calling a “health and wellnesss pavilion,” will be on 21 acres of property Carondelet already owns just south of Sahuarita Road along Desert Gem Lane, which is part of the town center area of the Town of Sahuarita.
Sahuarita is about 15 miles south of Tucson. The town does not have a hospital, but Tucson Medical Center recently announced plans to build one to serve the Green Valley and Sahuarita area. That new hospital is slated to be built with developers from McDowell Enterprises in Scottsdale on a 22-acre site just east of Interstate 19 by the Canoa Ranch exit, about 25 miles south of Tucson. Its projected completion date is 2014.
According to Carondelet, the clinic in Sahuarita will initially offer outpatient medical services and serve as a satellite location for specialists, including cardiovascular and neurology specialists from Carondelet’s hospitals. Carondelet operates three Southern Arizona hospitals — Carondelet St. Mary’s and Carondelet St. Joseph’s in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross in Nogales, Ariz.
Officials say they are evaluating the addition of other services including outpatient rehabilitation, a lab, imaging, and emergency care. They say they decided to build a new clinic instead of a hospital because of a need for more comprehensive preventive care, more primary care physicians and other outpatient services.
“People prefer outpatient care. It is beneficial to patients because it allows them to recuperate in their own homes,” Carondelet spokeswoman Lisa Contreras said. “Most importantly for us is the fact that studies point to strong primary care physician relationships increasing the health and wellness of people.”