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Abrazo Arrowhead begins $14M neonatal unit expansion to serve Northwest Valley

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Abrazo Arrowhead Campus CEO Stephen Garner and Dr. Amit Agrawal, medical director of neonatology, joined hospital staff for a ceremonial “roofbreaking” to commemorate the hospital’s vertical expansion for an expanded neonatal unit. (File Photos/

Abrazo Arrowhead Hospital expands
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Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is expecting a special delivery: a $14 million expansion of the hospital’s neonatal unit for preterm babies.

More than 3,000 babies, including high-order, multiple births like triplets, are born every year at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, according to a press release.

The 8,500-square-foot addition will increase the neonatal unit from 21 to 35 beds, as well as support enhanced capabilities to pursue certification as a higher Level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for more complex maternal and neonatal medical conditions, obstetric and fetal complications, the release states.

“With this strategic expansion, Abrazo Arrowhead will be able to serve more families and keep moms and babies together in their community,” said Dr. Amit Agrawal, medical director of neonatology, in a prepared statement.

The new addition will be built adjacent to Abrazo Arrowhead’s existing Level IIIA perinatal care center. Expansion construction preparations are underway with the project expected to be finished in late 2023.

“Abrazo Arrowhead provides outstanding care for high-risk mothers and this significant investment will continue to advance our ability to deliver excellent quality care and outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Ravi Gunatilake, medical director of maternal fetal medicine.

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus CEO Stephen Garner says although new expansions are happening existing services are available without disruption.

“Our existing nursery will continue to be open and available during construction,” he explained. “The expansion will allow our providers and caregivers to offer an even higher level and care for babies of all gestational ages after the new unit is certified by the state.”

Architect’s renderings depict views of patient rooms and nurses’ station in the new Neonatal Care Unit at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. The hospital’s addition is expected to open in late 2023. (Submitted Graphics/

Abrazo Healthcare continues westward expansion

Abrazo Arrowhead is already certified to care for premature infants as young as 28 weeks’ gestation. Pursuit of the Level IIIB NICU certification means the hospital will be capable of providing complex care for babies of any gestational age, explained Chief Nursing Officer Julie Bowman, MSN, BSN, RN.

“We are extremely proud of the high-quality care our existing clinical staff and community OB/GYNs provide, as well as around-the-clock coverage with neonatal specialists, laborists and an OB emergency department,” said Ms. Bowman. “We are pleased to be adding more physician subspecialty coverage and capabilities to enhance the care we provide for expectant families.”

The hospital continues to enhance its clinical services in addition to women’s and infants care, including in heart and vascular, orthopedics, general surgery and more, added Mr. Garner.

“The future of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is bright, and I am proud of our hospital’s commitment to increasing access to high quality, specialty care closer to home for our Northwest Valley community,” he said.

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus nurses, physicians and leaders celebrated construction of the hospital’s Neonatal Care Unit expansion with a mock “roofbreaking” ceremony. The addition will be built adjacent to the hospital’s second-floor Level IIIA perinatal care center, which will remain open during construction. (File Photos/
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