Dignity Health and Adeptus Health Partner to Enhance Medical Care

Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital to Open in Early 2015

Oct. 22, 2014

Dignity Health and Adeptus Health (NYSE:ADPT) today announced a joint venture to support the growing demand for access to quality medical care in Arizona. The new partnership will begin with Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital and includes plans for additional access to emergency medical care in the Valley. 

“This partnership reflects Dignity Health’s dynamic business model that is designed to promptly respond to the changing landscape of health care and to meet the growing medical needs of Arizona,” said Linda Hunt, President and CEO of Dignity Health, Arizona Service Area.  “The combination of Dignity Health’s well-established quality of care and Adeptus Health’s unique delivery model will be an excellent addition to the communities we serve.”

Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital, opening early next year in Laveen, will be a full-service health care facility, licensed by the state as a general hospital. Spanning 39,000-square-feet, the hospital will have inpatient rooms, two state-of-the-art operating rooms - for inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, an emergency department, a high-complexity laboratory and a full radiology suite offering the latest technologies. . Furthermore, patients will have full access to the Dignity Health’s current area facilities which include Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. Patients will also have full access to Dignity Health physicians, and the hospital will provide Valley residents with 24/7 access to emergency medical care.   

According to The American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) 2014 National Report Card, the nation received a D- in access to emergency health care; and, Arizona received an F, underscoring the need for additional access to emergency care. The Dignity Health-Adeptus Health joint venture will provide the Phoenix area an enhanced continuum of care through its “closer to home” approach, giving patients quicker access to all of the services provided by Dignity Health in Arizona.

“We look forward to expanding our business into Arizona and are confident our partnership with Dignity Health will ensure our patients receive the highest quality medical care,” added Thomas S. Hall, President and CEO of Adeptus Health. “As the operator of the nation’s leading network of independent freestanding emergency rooms, we are saving lives every day by making emergency medical care much more accessible.”

About Dignity Health, Arizona Service Area

Dignity Health in Arizona includes four outstanding hospitals – Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, which includes Barrow Neurological Institute, and St. Joseph's Westgate Hospital.  From this foundation, Dignity Health in Arizona has expanded into a comprehensive health care system, which includes imaging centers, clinics, specialty hospitals, urgent cares, an insurance provider, an accountable care organization and other clinical partnerships. The Dignity Health Medical Group has more than 40 practice locations with physicians who cover a wide range of specialties. Dignity Health, Arizona Service Area, is part of Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the nation. 

About Adeptus Health Inc

Adeptus Health Inc. owns and operates First Choice Emergency Room, and, together with Dignity Health, Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital.  First Choice Emergency Room (FCER.com) is the nation’s leading network of independent freestanding emergency rooms; it is both the largest and the oldest. First Choice Emergency Room is revolutionizing the delivery of emergency medical services for adult and pediatric emergencies by offering patients convenient, neighborhood access to emergency medical care. First Choice Emergency Room facilities are innovative, freestanding, and fully equipped emergency rooms with a complete radiology suite of diagnostic technology (CT scanner, Ultrasound, and Digital X-ray) and on-site laboratory. All First Choice Emergency Room locations are staffed with board-certified physicians and emergency trained registered nurses. First Choice Emergency Room has facilities in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Colorado Springs and Denver. According to patient feedback collected by Press Ganey Associates Inc., First Choice Emergency Room provides the highest quality emergency medical care and received the 2013 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence for exceeding the 95th percentile in patient satisfaction nationwide. 

About Dignity Health General Hospital

Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital will be a full service general hospital projected to open in early 2015 in the Phoenix area. Arizona General Hospital will have 16 inpatient rooms, 2 state-of-the-art Operating Rooms, an Emergency Department, a high complexity laboratory, and a full radiology suite. The new hospital, located in Laveen, will be capable of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures as well as provide the community 24/7 access to emergency medical care. For more information visit www.azgeneral.com. 

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