Banner Health is planning an 80-acre medical campus southeast of Queen Creek, and area residents get to vote on the new facility’s name.
Company officials narrowed down more than 100 name suggestions collected from residents, community groups and local businesses during an outreach effort in 2005. Six names remaining are currently posted on the company’s Web site, www.bannerhealth.com, where residents can vote on their favorites.
The choices are: Banner Ironwood, Banner Vista, Banner Horizon, Banner San Tan, Banner Skyline or Banner Sunrise.
“There really is a lack of health-care services in northern Pinal County,” said Jill Habenicht, Banner Health director of planning. “As we entered the community, we wanted to be a good community member and reach out.”
At present, there is only one hospital in Pinal County: Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.
The Banner facility, on Gantzel Road south of Combs Road, will be built in phases and is scheduled to open in early 2008. Habenicht said Banner plans to break ground in early 2007.
The first phase includes primary emergency services and a medical office building. As the area’s population grows, the Pinal County facility will expand into a full medical campus, Banner Health officials said.
Pinal County Supervisor Sandie Smith said she is pleased Banner made an investment in Pinal County and that people can both live and work in the community with the jobs the hospital will bring.
“It’s one of about three locations where we need hospitals,” said Smith, noting that Apache Junction and Florence/Coolidge also need medical facilities. “I think it’s a great start.”
What’s in a name?
What: Cast your vote to name Banner Health’s Pinal County medical campus.
When: Votes will be taken through Oct. 6
and type “name” into the Enter Keywords field on the upper left corner of the screen.