Increased demand from a large population spike in the EastValley drove the expansion, say Desert Samaritan officials.Phoenix-based Kitchell Contractors, which built the original275-bed hospital in 1973, was the general contractor.Orcutt/Winslow's Phoenix team was the architect for theexpansion.

A 13,000-sf lab expansion was the last leg of the project. Thelab expansion added 8,000 sf of new space and includes athird-story equipment penthouse, built large enough for futureexpansions of neonatal ICU and a proposed education center. A5,000-sf remodeled area brought a new blood drawing area.

Kitchell also completed a new women's center designed for labor,delivery and recovery; a North Tower with 84 more patient rooms forcardiac care, endoscopy, surgery, patient admissions; and a 12-bed,pediatric intensive care unit in the children's center. A surgerycenter expansion included a 20,000-sf addition of six surgery roomsand an expanded post-anesthesia care unit.

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