Proposed NAH Health Village to impact economy, add jobs, improve patient experience

The new campus will be the first concept of its kind in the region focused on holistic health and wellness.

Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) is proposing to build a multi-million dollar Health and Wellness Village that is expected to shape healthcare services for Northern Arizona for decades to come and also generate tens of millions of dollars for the local economy.

“The Health and Wellness Village will be unlike anything ever built in Arizona,” said Steve Ice, vice president of real estate and development for Northern Arizona Healthcare. “This will change the way people perceive health care delivery while providing a significant economic benefit to Flagstaff.”

The new campus will be built near Fort Tuthill, anchored by a state-of-the-art hospital and ambulatory care center. It will also include community amenities that support Flagstaff’s growing population and needs, including new housing and grocery options. In addition, the campus will include a hotel, dining facility and outdoor opportunities to benefit NAH patients.

“NAH works with other developers to create amenities that promote healthy lifestyles and serve our community,” Ice said. “Revenues earned by NAH from these development opportunities will be reinvested in patient care, equipment and other healthcare technologies and innovations.”

At full construction, the Health and Wellness Village is estimated to generate an additional $389 million annually in economic benefit to Flagstaff and Northern Arizona over the existing Flagstaff Medical Center. It is also expected to generate $4.5 million in annual tax revenue for local jurisdictions such as the Flagstaff Unified School District and Coconino Community College.

Pending approvals from the city of Flagstaff, the campus will be built in several phases, starting with an ambulatory care center tentatively scheduled to open in 2025 and the new hospital opening in 2027.

Ice said the campus will not only stimulate the economy, but also act as a catalyst to attract more medical professionals and their families to Flagstaff, as the development will provide more job opportunities.

“By investing in a new hospital and ambulatory care center, NAH will contribute to the long-term economic vitality and growth of Northern Arizona. We will provide additional jobs while helping to retain healthcare professionals in the region,” Ice said.

NAH officials say the new campus will replace the current Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC), which cannot be retrofitted with the latest technology and innovations needed for a growing community. FMC will be available for redevelopment after the new hospital opens.

Ice noted that NAH is in discussions with several local organizations about redeveloping the FMC. This includes regular meetings with city officials, business leaders and community members who share a common interest in the success of downtown Flagstaff.

The new campus will be the first concept of its kind in the region focused on holistic health and wellness. This will allow NAH to build a space that can integrate medical, surgical, emergency, ambulatory and other healthcare services in one location. It will continue to be the only Level 1 trauma facility in Arizona north of Phoenix.

The new campus will include expanded clinical capabilities such as more comprehensive oncology services, advanced therapies and patient rehabilitation, a wound healing program with hyperbaric chambers and outpatient imaging.

“NAH is not just proposing a development that will offer more clinical options, but we are designing a new hospital that will provide their patients with an even higher level of care,” Ice said.

According to Ice, one of the most important features of the new hospital is the patient room layout, which aims to improve patient comfort during their stay. Patients can expect larger, private, suite-style rooms with full bathrooms. In addition, each room will have couches for patients and visitors and large windows allowing more natural light into each room. These features are designed to help improve patient experience and well-being.

Patients and their families will also be able to take advantage of the 22-acre nature sanctuary with trails that will be integrated into Flagstaff’s existing trail system.

“We are excited to provide a campus that will provide Northern Arizona residents with high-quality care and amenities dedicated to improving their health for generations to come,” Ice said. FBN

By Dawn Yengich

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