Banner Health breaks ground on Verrado Health Center
BUCKEYE, Ariz. (Feb. 9, 2012) -- More than 150 people today came to the groundbreaking for the Banner Health Center in the Verrado community of Buckeye.
The first phase of the health center is expected to open its doors late Fall 2012. The 12,000 square-foot building will cost $7.5 million and will include 20 exam rooms, laboratory and general radiology, a large waiting room and staff support areas.
Those participating in today's ‘tossing of the ground’ included Town of Buckeye’s mayor, Jackie Meck, vice-mayor Brian McAchran, councilmembers Craig Heustis and Michelle Hess, vice president of operations for Banner Medical Group, Robbie Carlson, and Dan Kelly, senior vice president, DMB Associates, Inc.
Along with the adults, children from Odyssey Preparatory Academy also donned hard hats and dug shovels into the dirt.
The center will focus on primary care, including family practice, internal medicine and pediatric services. The center will open with two primary care providers and as the population around the center increases, Banner will expand the development and increase the number of physicians in the center, which will include selected specialists to support their primary care colleagues.
“We are excited to move forward with this development in the Town of Buckeye that will mark the start of a long-term Banner presence in the community – we are in this for the long haul and look forward to growing our health care services delivery along with the city’s growth,” said Jim Brannon, chief executive officer of Banner Medical Group.
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Banner Medical Group operates physician clinics in six states that Banner Health serves. Our employed physicians fill a critical role in the communities where they practice by providing both primary and specialty care. Currently, more than 800 physicians are part of the Banner Medical Group.