Abrazo closes the doors to Maryvale hospital

Posted at 12:42 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 00:36:07-05

It's official. The Abrazo Community Health Network has shut down its Maryvale campus located near 51st Avenue and Campbell Avenue. 

The health group announced back in October it would shut down the hospital.

Abrazo said the campus had been reducing services, and had realigned as a satellite campus of Abrazo's West Campus in May, siting declining demand for services. 

Abrazo said the closure should not impact the community’s access to health care since there are 157 ER rooms within a six mile radius. 

But some people in this community are still worried about not having a hospital in their neighborhood. 

Theodore Potter said his family has depended on the Maryvale campus for years. 

"It's a convenience being here," explained Potter. "It's not so far away...a few minutes could be life or it could be something different." 

Potter found that out the hard way. When he was in the 8th grade, he had an accident in his wood shop class and almost cut off his thumb with a band saw. 

"If you get hurt, you go right up the road. You're right here, and you don't have to travel too far," said Potter. 

A quick Google search shows several nearby urgent care facilities, as well as several hospitals with emergency rooms, including the Dignity Hospital at Olive and 51st Avenues.

The Abrazo Central Campus is also located near I-17 and Bethany Home Road. Both are 5-6 miles away. 

Abrazo Maryville employees impacted by the closure will all have priority for open positions at other facilities.