Late May opening for new NAH med center in Camp Verde

The new Northern Arizona Healthcare facility in Camp Verde is expected to be open in late May, said Rick Peterson, vice president of Professional and Support Services for Northern Arizona Healthcare. (Photo by Bill Helm)

The new Northern Arizona Healthcare facility in Camp Verde is expected to be open in late May, said Rick Peterson, vice president of Professional and Support Services for Northern Arizona Healthcare. (Photo by Bill Helm)

Passersby can't help but notice the big changes taking place at the new Northern Arizona Healthcare construction site at SR 260 and Finnie Flat Rd.

Along with the recent additions of signage and siding, groves of newly-planted trees are also making an appearance.

"We anticipate an opening date in late May," said Rick Peterson, vice president of Professional and Support Services for Northern Arizona Healthcare. "Construction will be about 85 percent complete as of the first week of April."

New landscaping

"Currently there are over 120 large trees and 300 to 400 shrubs to be planted. It's actually the largest landscape project since the Cliff Castle Casino was built," said David Grondin, owner of Green Earth LLC in Cornville.

"We have 13 varieties chosen for color and longevity. We started the first week of February and planting continues as areas of the site become available," he said.

Varieties include crepe myrtle, mondell pine, locust, mesquite and other species chosen for their low-water use and adaptability to local climate.

All the landscaping at the new facility is sustainable drought tolerant and approved by the city of Camp Verde - - otherwise known as "Tree City."

"Northern Arizona Healthcare does a nice job of maintaining both the landscape and property," said Grondin.

What healthcare

services will be offered?

Once the new facility opens, look for big improvements in patient access and services.

"EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine will increase its suite size by 400 percent, allowing staff to offer occupational, speech and aquatic therapy," said Peterson. "This is the first location EntireCare will offer aquatic therapy in the Verde Valley."

"EntireCare will also add a number of private treatment rooms, which will allow them to see more patients and reduce wait times for appointments. An outside courtyard specifically designated for sports rehab will allow EntireCare's continued support of Camp Verde high school athletes, as well as other athletes of all ages," he said.

What will become of the Verde Valley Medical Clinic?

"Existing lab and imaging services will still be provided. The Verde Valley Medical Clinic practices will continue providing services, and additional providers are being recruited to expand hours to weekday evenings, as well as weekends," said Peterson.

"A new service to the Camp Verde Campus is Verde Valley Medical Clinic - Ophthalmology, including an optical shop for frames, glasses and contacts," he said. "Healthy Families will also have an office in the new facility."

Next steps

Even after the facility is built, it will take another "four to five weeks for a 'fit out' of the building's equipment, furniture and support systems," said Peterson said.

"The Arizona Department of Health Services must conduct an initial survey before we begin providing patient care, so the actual opening date is dependent on their schedule."

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