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Banner Health delays opening Pinal hospital

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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:09 pm | Updated: 8:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Banner Health is pushing back the opening date for a new facility in Pinal County to save money until the economy grows stronger.

Construction will continue on the $128-million first phase of the Banner Ironwood Medical Campus at Gantzel and Combs roads in unincorporated Pinal County, said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gordon.

But the hospital will not open its doors in November 2009 as scheduled to save the company money on start-up costs. Gordon said it will probably be a year delay, although a firm timeline isn't in place yet.

"We fully are committed to opening the hospital," Gordon said. "All we're doing is delaying the opening a little while, just until the financial environment is a little bit stronger."

No current jobs or services at other Banner facilities will be affected.

However, the move will delay the creation of about 200 jobs, which is the number of employees Banner Ironwood is projected to open with.

It also allows the organization to push back the costs of purchasing supplies, training staff and operating the hospital, Gordon said.

The decision to delay opening the hospital was not a response to any specific budget concern, Gordon said.

"Certainly, just like any other organization, we are experiencing some challenges," Gordon said. "We've always had a very solid financial and operational foundation. The measures were put into place to ensure that."

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