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Tucson Hospital Plans Major Renovation

Banner Health, a Phoenix-based health company, is currently planning an expansion to Tucson’s only academic medical center. It would include an 11-story tower as well as a large outpatient clinic.

Officials have been in Tucson the past six months holding meetings with community members and neighboring buildings to discuss the expansion and renovation project. They have told the community to expect approximately three years of construction for the new tower.

The 700,000-square-foot building is expected to cost $500 million and will improve hospital conditions. Kathy Bollinger, president of Banner-University Medicine Division told Tuscon.com. “We are only adding seven or eight more beds to the hospital. The purpose is a better hospital, not a bigger one.”

The modest expansion will bring the hospital’s total capacity to 489 beds with the capability to add another 96 if needed. 

The new facility, which is set to open in late 2018, will include a new entrance on the north side of the tower. 

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