By Jeremiah Sosa
Images Courtesy of Callaway Architecture and Irgens
In 2010, the city of Peoria had a population of 154,065, according to the U.S. Census. Just 10 years later, that number jumped all the way up to 190,985, and now in 2022, it is estimated that over 200,000 residents call Peoria home. With the continuing rise in people relocating to Peoria comes the need for an uptick in easily accessible health care facilities. To meet the demand, two new medical buildings are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022—Reunion Rehab Hospital and the Desert Harbor Medical Commons. In addition, HonorHealth also recently announced plans for a new medical facility.
Reunion Rehab Hospital
Reunion Rehab Hospitals, a chain of rehabilitation facilities that has locations in Colorado, Ohio, and Texas, have announced that they will open their second Arizona location in Peoria. The company opened their first Arizona location in Downtown Phoenix in January.
“Reunion Rehab Hospital will be a three-story facility with more than 40,000 square feet and 40 patient beds,” Peoria Economic Development Project Manager Susana Trasente says.
Peoria’s new Reunion Rehab Hospital, located at 13451 N. 94th Drive, will also include private patient suites, spacious therapy gyms, 24-hour nurses with specialized rehab training, outdoor therapy areas, and large common areas for visiting family and friends.
“The new hospital will offer in-patient rehabilitation care for people with debilitating illnesses and injuries such as stroke and brain injury, as well as other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions,” according to the city of Peoria’s website.
Although there is no official opening date yet, the city of Peoria expects for Reunion Rehab Hospital to open sometime toward the end of this year.
Desert Harbor Medical Commons
Another local medical facility in the works is Desert Harbor Medical Commons. Irgens, a real estate developer of commercial offices, healthcare buildings, mixed-use and manufacturing properties, is heading the project. On Dec. 9, 2021, it was announced that the company broke ground in Peoria.
“Desert Harbor Medical Commons will be a two-story medical building providing 44,000 square feet, and will be bringing in 200 new jobs,” Trasente says.
“I’m looking forward to the new jobs this medical hub will bring, so our citizens can spend more time close to home, enjoying the things that make them want to live here,” Michael Finn, Peoria Palo Verde District councilmember, says. “I am very pleased to welcome Desert Harbor Medical Commons to Peoria.”
The location will have ample convenient surface parking, a gurney-sized elevator, and an entrance off Thunderbird Road. Located at 9000 W. Thunderbird Road, this new building is positioned within a nine-mile radius of Banner Boswell Hospital, Banner Thunderbird Hospital, Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Westgate Hospital. It is also just minutes away from the P83 Entertainment District as well as State Farm Stadium. Trasente confirms that Desert Harbor Medical Commons is due to open by the end of the year.
HonorHealth Purchases Land for Medical Campus in Peoria
The Peoria City Council voted on Tuesday, Feb. 15, to approve HonorHealth purchasing a parcel of land in Peoria. This real estate purchase agreement between the city of Peoria and HonorHealth calls for the $3.43 million purchase of 7.51 acres with plans to develop a 75,000-square-foot HonorHealth ambulatory medical campus. The 7.51 acres of land is located between 83rd Avenue and the Loop 101 freeway, north of the alignment of Banff Lane and south of Skunk Creek. At this time, HonorHealth has not finalized a timeline or specific services that will be offered at this location. “HonorHealth is thrilled this land purchase is approved in Peoria,” says David Price, senior vice president of HonorHealth’s ambulatory operations. “This new location will provide the residents of Peoria increased access to a variety of top-quality healthcare services closer to home.”