A 172-bed hospital is poised to help care for the sick in the far East Valley. IASIS Healthcare’s Mountain Vista Medical Center will open July 23 on South Crismon Road north of the U.S. 60 in east Mesa. A community open house is scheduled for the afternoon and evening of July 18.
“I would just like ... many from the community to come enjoy and look at this beautiful facility,” said Kelly Adams, the hospital’s chief executive officer.
Mountain Vista will be known as a heart hospital and includes such state-of-the-art equipment as two 64-slice CT scanners, which can produce detailed pictures of any organ in a few seconds, and a nuclear medicine camera, one of only two in Arizona.
The hospital will open with a staff of 325 employees.
“We just feel so fortunate to have this latest, state-of-the-art equipment,” Adams said. “That’s the neat thing about opening a new facility. We can bring all the latest gadgets and equipment designed for health care in today’s market.”
Initial patient traffic will be in the emergency department, then will spread throughout the hospital, he said.
“We are anticipating a fairly busy emergency department starting day one, only because we know what the other facilities are doing and where those patients are going now,” Adams said.
Susan Dolezal, the hospital’s chief nursing officer, said the hospital has plenty of nurses to accommodate expected patient volumes.
“We have hired 180 nurses to date, and we have more nurses in the pipeline who are ready to come on board,” she said. “Definitely the location has been a drive because this is closer to their homes in the area.”
The timing of Mountain Vista’s opening will allow for a gradual build toward capacity, Adams said.
“We’ll be at a very good level managing and growing ... until October,” Adams said. “When the (winter) visitor season starts, this facility will probably get full like all the other hospitals.”