Peoria has seen a rapid increase in state-of-the-art health care facilities in recent years. This expansion has made Peoria a center for quality health care that has impacted the community and economy.
“An increase in health care facilities reaps many benefits,” said Jennifer Stein, Peoria interim economic development services director.
“Services that were not offered within the West Valley or within a reasonable driving distance may now exist. Part of these services provides a proactive approach to health care. To our city, it provides a diversification of services and employment, which is something we always welcome and support.”
Stein said in the last year, Peoria added 300 health care jobs, and it will continue to work with leading industry experts to keep it growing.
The largest off-hospital medical campus in Arizona, Plaza del Rio, is one of the many recent additions to Peoria’s health care lineup. The 185-acre medical campus offers a variety of medical services, including more than seven types of senior living facilities.
Perry Gabuzzi, director of brokerage services for Plaza Companies, said the opening of Plaza del Rio has impacted the community.
“Additional medical services in the community have created options and increased the level of care available to patients while bringing new services closer to home for patients,” Gabuzzi said. “As the community grows, so does the demand for services, and with additional providers in the market, competition drives increased outcomes and levels of care for all.”
The community’s growth allowed for these facilities to open. The mutual relationship between the community, economy and health care facilities is why Stein and Gabuzzi predict that the health care industry in Peoria will continue to expand at such an accelerated pace.
Peoria isn’t the only West Valley city seeing a boom in health care, but Gabuzzi said there are many reasons why Plaza Companies chose Peoria to open its biggest facility.
“We chose Peoria for a number of reasons, market demographics and growth along with great city leadership among the most important reasons,” Gabuzzi said. “The company was founded in Peoria with medical office development projects, and we have deep market intelligence and deep relationships with the players in the market.”
In addition, Gabuzzi said most of its hourly wage workers live in the West Valley. Opening facilities closer to their homes can cut down on commute time, which is much more convenient for them and better for the environment.
Peoria resident Katie Roe, who is also the founder and CEO of the grassroots initiative, Upper West Side PHX, is one of the many community members who is thrilled about the growth of the health care industry in Peoria.
“The population in Peoria has grown exponentially over the last decade and especially in the last two to three years, so there is a huge pent-up demand for more health care in our community,” Roe said.
“It can take a while to get into doctors and specialists, and many primary care physicians are not even taking new patients because they are full. As Peoria continues to grow, the demand will just continue to increase as well, so we are happy to see more health care facilities coming to the area.”