A Texas-based company is planning to open a 20-bed hospital with an ER and urgent care clinic at the northwest corner of John Wayne Parkway and Honeycutt Avenue in Maricopa by fall 2021.
Exceptional Health Care Inc. CFO Saeed Mahboudi said the facility will have 10 inpatient beds and 10 ER beds that can fluctuate between the two functions as needed, plus five urgent care beds during the Oct. 12 meeting of the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
The commission unanimously approved the facility’s site plan, clearing the way for a planned groundbreaking Nov. 13.
Mahboudi said the company has 15 Exceptional Emergency Centers throughout Texas and Maricopa’s will be the first of six planned for Arizona. These facilities are described on the company’s website, www.eer24.com, as “standalone emergency rooms” open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
They are staffed by board-certified physicians who can treat conditions such as cold/flu, asthma, pneumonia, abdominal and chest pain, migraines and other headaches and blood clots. Trauma care is also provided for broken bones, concussions, sprains, lacerations, animal/insect bites and seizures.
Mahboudi said the Maricopa facility will be equipped with the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment available, providing CT scans, x-rays, ultrasounds and lab tests including COVID-19 testing.
The site plan includes a helipad for transportation of patients who require treatment or surgery at a larger hospital.
The 3.2-acre property is just north of the City’s railroad overpass and could spur further development in the area, a city report said. Mahboudi said Exceptional is in negotiations to buy an adjacent property for expansion.
Commissioners who had been under the impression the hospital would only have 10 beds were relieved to learn the actual number was at least twice that, and Commission Chair Linda Huggins said, “You’re so going to fill those up.”
Mahboudi said his company would make every effort to complete the 20,800 -square-foot facility within a year, partly because City officials had been cooperative in getting the plans approved quickly. “We want to be open before the flu season and COVID ’21, God forbid,” he said