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Banner Ironwood opens pediatric unit as Banner Children's expands in Queen Creek

New unit is part of larger pediatrics strategy to enhance care for children

QUEEN CREEK, AZ. (May 21, 2021) – Banner Ironwood Medical Center opened a new six-bed Banner Children’s inpatient unit this week to help meet the pediatric health care needs of Queen Creek and the surrounding area, which continue to grow and attract families. The new pediatric unit will provide fully integrated care for patients with health care needs that require an inpatient stay in the hospital. 

Soon after opening, the hospital admitted its first patient – a young girl treated for jaundice. Her mother said she’s excited that her daughter is the first patient admitted to the new pediatric unit. 

“As this part of Pinal County has grown so quickly with families and younger children in the area, our goal was to expand and integrate Banner Children’s pediatric services into Queen Creek and the local communities we serve,” said Robert Gardner, CEO of Banner Ironwood Medical Center. “This new unit is really the tip of the iceberg and part of a larger strategy that now includes a broader network of pediatric care right here in Queen Creek. On top of that, if a child requires a higher acuity of care, we are able to provide a seamless transition to Banner Children’s at Desert in Mesa, Arizona.” 

In addition to opening the new pediatric unit at Banner Ironwood, the Banner Children’s Specialist clinic opened this week on the Banner Ironwood campus and the Banner Health Center in Queen Creek completed its expansion and is now home to eight general pediatric doctors that are providing care at Banner Ironwood; this includes emergency care, as well as inpatient and observation services. Also, pediatric services are offered at two Banner Urgent Cares in the area. 

“This greatly expands our treatment options for pediatric care in Queen Creek,” said Gardner. “Now, with all the vast resources we can provide, more pediatric patients can get care close to home and parents can be assured that we will have the best health care providers available for them and their child.” 

According to the Town of Queen Creek, when Banner Ironwood Medical Center opened in 2010 the local population was 26,400 residents. Now, that number has more than doubled to 68,500 nearby residents.  

Gardner said, “We knew early on that providing pediatric care at Banner Ironwood would be important to this growing community. We are very happy to have Banner Children’s quality care inside the hospital and nearby as we focus on making health care easier for these families, so their lives can be better.” 

Banner Children’s, part of nonprofit Banner Health, cares for more kids than any other health system in Arizona. From well-child exams to treatment of minor injuries and illnesses to management of chronic conditions, the experienced team at Banner Children’s provides comprehensive, family-centered medical care for every child in Banner Health centers and clinics, emergency rooms, hospitals and outpatient facilities. Services include: behavioral health, cancer care, diabetes and endocrinology, digestive care, emergency care, heart care, neurosciences, primary care, surgery and more. For more information about Banner Children’s services, physicians and locations, visit

Banner Ironwood Medical Center provides patient care to the Queen Creek and San Tan Valley communities, including emergency services, intensive care, surgery, obstetrics and medical imaging. Banner Ironwood is part of Banner Health and represents a significant long-term investment in medical excellence for the East Valley. For more information, visit

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