30 years of caring for our Northwest Valley neighbors

Jeff Patterson
Abrazo Arrowhead Campus CEO

When the doors to what is now known as the Abrazo Arrowhead Campus opened at 7 a.m. Oct. 17, 1988, the dream of a community hospital serving the new Arrowhead Ranch area became a reality. In those early days, our service area encompassed a five-mile radius of the hospital’s location near 67th Avenue and Union Hills. As the Northwest Valley grew, so did the capabilities and service area of our hospital, which today offers treatments and technology only dreamed of 30 years ago.

The hard-working team of physicians, nurses, support staff and other caregivers at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus continue the legacy of the original staff at Arrowhead Community Hospital. That 84-bed hospital has grown to 217 beds, but that’s only part of the story. Healthcare has transformed to include much more education and prevention, and now, surgery often is minimally invasive, meaning shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to recovery.

So much has changed in the past three decades. For example, cardiovascular care has evolved at a rapid rate, particularly in the past 10 years. Who would have ever thought that a patient could send data from his heart to his doctor’s office over a Wi-Fi connection? It’s a reality today for those suffering from heart failure, thanks to an FDA-approved device called CardioMEMS.

In the operating room, robotics have revolutionized the approach to surgery. With the advent of DaVinci and other robot-assisted systems, what were once major open surgeries are now performed with minimal incisions. This has benefited patients in urologic, gynecologic, orthopedic and spine procedures, for example.

Women’s and infants services have always been a big part of the Arrowhead Campus. We are continually improving the facility and making it the place to deliver for expectant mothers. We’ve even had two generations of Arrowhead deliveries when the hospital’s first baby returned for a delivery of her own. Our staff is proud to welcome newborns into the world every day, and we look forward to further upgrades to our Women’s Care and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the near future.

By the numbers, Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is a busy place. Serving a population of approximately 3 million Northwest Valley residents, our surgeons perform nearly 11,000 surgeries annually, and our Emergency Department treats more than 43,000 patients every year. And those newborns? Every year, more than 3,100 babies are born at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes we have noticed is that patients are more empowered and more active in making healthier lifestyle changes. It’s encouraging to see because we can’t do this alone. Patients and their families must take an active role in managing their health.

I am full of optimism for the future of the Abrazo Arrowhead Campus. We have great momentum and a laser focus on fulfilling our mission to our patients, physicians and colleagues to help them live healthier, happier lives. Our patients demand quality care and an excellent experience, and not only are we dedicated to continuous improvement in those areas, we remain poised to execute on additional opportunities to serve our community.

We are a part of something very special, creating the future healthcare environment for our communities. We believe that caring for you or your loved one is a privilege, and we are most grateful to you for entrusting your care to Abrazo Arrowhead Campus.

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