HonorHealth recently kicked off an expansion of its Scottsdale Osborn Medical Campus in downtown Scottsdale with a groundbreaking for the healthcare company’s new Neuroscience Institute.
The groundbreaking on Oct. 30, marked the beginning of work on the 120,000-square-foot institute, which will open in spring 2021, at Osborn Road and Brown Avenue just east of Scottsdale Road.
Although HonorHealth has locations throughout the Valley, the Osborn campus was the most logical landing spot for the new Neuroscience Institute, said Kim Post, HonorHealth’s executive vice president of operations
Post said the Osborn campus already provides advanced-level neurological care to many patients.
Post said physicians at the campus have “grown the program over the years to really sort of the Mecca for neuroscience.”
The institute will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of brain and spinal disorders and provides in-house experts ranging in fields from neurology, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, speech, occupational and physical therapy, infusion therapy, phlebotomy, imaging to even research.
The combination of so many services under one roof provides easier access to care for patients, Post said.
“We’re surrounding these patients, which depending on their issue or their disease can have very debilitating or degenerative issues that make it difficult for them to travel amongst many, many sites and many, many physicians to get the this multi-disciplinary plan of care,” Post said.
HonorHealth also employs nurse navigators onsite, charged with guiding patients and families through the healthcare system.
“They have a relationship with (patients); they’re checking on them and they’re helping them navigate all the things that they need to navigate to get a care plan so they can stay out of the hospital and live a good life,” Post said.
Post said the new facility will put all of those providers in one location, which will improve communication amongst the different departments working with each patient.
The new building will include a 26-chair infusion center, Spine Group Arizona, neurosurgeon offices and a physical therapy center.
Teams at the new five-story facility will also provide treatment for multiple sclerosis, or MS, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
It also allows HonorHealth to expand its teams of neurologists and neurosurgeons on-site, Post explained.
The facility will also include a bioskills laboratory and auditorium space for training and teaching individuals how to properly care for patients with specialized needs.
“The physician leadership that’s there is very excited to offer education and consultation that will help improve care not just patients at HonorHealth but (with) other physicians and other sites across the country,” Post said.
The institute will also have access to HonorHealth’s research infrastructure, and patients will have the ability to participate in clinical trials.
HonorHealth is already the single largest private employer in Scottsdale with 6,841 employees – more than double the 3,300 employed Vanguard, the second-ranked company in the city, according to the Scottsdale Economic Development’s annual report.
The new institute has the potential to create even more jobs.
Post said as the facility attracts more patients, she envisions growth in positions like physical therapists and nutritionists that specialize in caring for those patients.
She also said Spine Group Arizona, which specializes in back pain and spine issues, is already very busy and could support employment growth in the future.
“Really all that complex care could drive other clinicians and other supportive services that would be able to interact with patients,” Post said.