Carondelet Health Network and the Rancho Sahuarita Company proudly announce plans to develop a health and wellness pavilion for residents in Sahuarita, Green Valley and other growing communities along Interstate 19. This health pavilion concept is the result of several years of collaboration between Carondelet leadership, physician partners, local community leaders, residents in Sahuarita and Green Valley, Carondelet’s Board of Directors and Rancho Sahuarita.

As one of Arizona’s most dynamic and fastest-growing communities, the Town of Sahuarita has established a clear vision for planned future growth. Thanks to the revolutionary approach of its founders and the enthusiasm of local residents, Sahuarita has built a reputation for both quality and innovation − making it an ideal place for two well-established community members to enhance the region’s healthcare offerings.

To be built in two phases on a 21-acre parcel originally purchased by Carondelet in 2006, the medical pavilion will be located just south of Sahuarita Road along Desert Gem Lane. The new facility will become a featured landmark within the community’s master-planned town center. The first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013 and is expected to be completed during the summer of 2014.

Carondelet’s health and wellness pavilion will initially offer residents along I-19 a wide array of outpatient medical services – including robust primary care offerings for people of all ages and in all stages of their lives. The size of the initial complex will allow Carondelet to more than double the number of primary care physicians serving the Sahuarita area. Additionally, the pavilion will also serve as a satellite location for cardiovascular specialists from the nationally recognized Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital and neurologists from the Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital, designated as a Center of Excellence in the neurosciences. Carondelet’s plan will allow for convenient access to these specialists and many other medical specialties in Sahuarita. This will ensure patients receive preventive, diagnostic and follow-up care close to home. Public educational programs, together with health screenings and wellness workshops, will also be available at the pavilion.

Carondelet will continue working collaboratively with community leaders, residents and physicians to identify additional offerings that may be needed now and in the future. Carondelet is evaluating the addition of lab, imaging, urgent and/or emergent care services, space and technologies for outpatient procedures and same-day surgery, outpatient rehabilitation and pharmacy offerings in the Phase Two expansion, currently slated to begin in 2014.

Carondelet’s goal is to provide convenient access to a wide variety of comprehensive, meaningful and high quality healthcare services in Sahuarita and the specialized inpatient care available at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Tucson and Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Ariz.

“Our health and wellness pavilion in Sahuarita will offer a unique venue for local residents and the surrounding communities’ current medical needs. Additionally, it will possess the structural and programmatic flexibility to adapt and expand,” said Christen Castellano, Carondelet Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.

“Healthcare has and will continue to rapidly evolve,” said Castellano. “Advancements in medical science have led to a growing trend toward outpatient care in our industry. Many procedures that once required hospitalization no longer do – affording patients easier access, faster recuperations and the ability to get back to their busy routines sooner. As a result, outpatient care has become the option of choice for many patients and their families. This fact, coupled with technological advancements, presented Carondelet with a blueprint for a progressive model of healthcare that can meet needs now, and flex as those needs grow and change.”

“Carondelet has made a promise to serve individuals and families throughout our region by providing access to services in convenient locations and customizing those services to meet their individual expectations,” said Jim Beckmann, Carondelet President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe our efforts to create a facility that will grow with the communities of Sahuarita and Green Valley is a great example of our Ministry working to fulfill that promise.”

“Our discussions with Carondelet about this concept began back in February. We are so excited by the vision Carondelet has shown and the direction it has chosen for the development of a health and wellness pavilion within the Sahuarita Town Center,” said Bob Sharpe, Founder of the Rancho Sahuarita Company. “Carondelet’s innovative approach to healthcare will continue to set Rancho Sahuarita apart from other communities in Southern Arizona. We are committed to partnering with outstanding organizations like Carondelet on projects that create a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle for all of our residents and our neighbors in Green Valley.”

Nationally, physician leaders and medical experts encourage the expansion of patient-centered primary care environments as well as a move toward providing more ambulatory care options for patients. In fact, a number of studies have shown that healthcare built on the development of strong relationships between primary care physicians and their patients result in longer, higher quality lives for patients, better outcomes and lower costs of healthcare.

“As the future of healthcare reveals itself, fewer and fewer people will need to be hospitalized for any significant period of time,” said Carondelet Chief Medical Officer Dr. Donald Denmark, MD, FAACP, FCFP, MMM, CPE. “Most will be better served through preventive medicine and the development of valued relationships with their primary and specialty care providers.”

“Carondelet embraces this direction because we recognize its value to our patients and our community,”
said Beckmann.

About Carondelet Health Network Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare system dedicated to responding to the health, prevention, education and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet 132 years ago. Carondelet’s acute care facilities include St. Mary's Hospital and, St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson, and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Ariz. Carondelet also offers the community two specialty institutes, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Carondelet’s family of services also include more than 20 primary and specialty care offices, an ambulatory surgery center, several imaging centers, Hospice and Palliative Care, and a variety of other outpatient services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, non-profit healthcare system. In Fiscal Year 2012, Carondelet provided more than $65 million or 14 percent of its net revenue in Community Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to healthcare. More information about Carondelet Health Network is available at

About Rancho Sahuarita Rancho Sahuarita was built with the future in mind; with a vision that it would be the most affordable and highly amenitized master planned community in the country. In offering numerous events, activities, clubs and classes, Rancho Sahuarita is a place where community is not just a word, but a lifestyle, making it easy for families to spend time together enjoying what’s really important in life. Rancho Sahuarita continues to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs and desires of our residents. In short, Rancho Sahuarita strives to help make their lives better. It is the many families who call the community home and personify Rancho Sahuarita’s deep sense and spirit of community, who truly give life to this incredible place. For more information, go to

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