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Dignity Health and Phoenix Children’s to debut Women’s and Children’s Pavilion

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EARLY NEXT YEAR, a new five-story, 378,000 square-foot Women’s and Children’s Pavilion is opening on the Dignity Health—Mercy Gilbert Medical Center campus. This state-of-the-art medical facility, located at 3555 S. Val Vista Drive in Gilbert, is a partnership between Dignity Health, part of Common Spirit Health — one of the nation’s largest health systems — and Phoenix Children’s, Arizona’s only nationally recognized pediatric hospital.

Left: London Stewart holds her son Aiden (2 months), who was born at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. They are shown at the front entrance of the Dignity Health—Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. Above right: Construction site of the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion. Below right: Campus map highlighting the new Women’s and Children’s Pavilion and new Medical Office Building.

The Women’s and Children’s Pavilion will double the size of the hospital, offering care for all types of births, including high-risk pregnancies and the most fragile of newborns. While every woman hopes for a normal delivery, complications are possible, and the new facility will cover every facet of specialized care.

“It will be a great advantage for our community to have maternal fetal medicine experts available for those moms needing specialized care,” said Meredith Hestand, Senior Director of Maternal Child Health, Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional Medical Centers. “We are also enhancing our services for those patients who desire a birth center experience, including labor tubs, birthing chairs, and other amenities.”

Slated to open next spring, the new facility will feature 24 labor and delivery rooms operated by Mercy Gilbert, plus 48 postpartum beds, 12 antepartum rooms with a hydrotherapy suite for floating and physical therapy, 12 OB private triage rooms, and an antenatal testing center. Midwifery services also will be available, providing a birthing center experience many moms desire within a safe hospital setting.

Above left: Postpartum and Antepartum room rendering. Below left: Delivery Room Featuring Labor Tub and Guest Accommodations rendering. Right: Awaiting delivery, patient Amy Martinez with Dr. Susan Morton-Pradham.

Phoenix Children’s will operate a new 60-bed Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to care for the most ill and premature babies, a 24-bed pediatric emergency department, six pediatric operating rooms and 24 pediatric beds. The expansion is designed to meet the needs of the rapidly growing East Valley and beyond.

“We are proud to work with Phoenix Children’s on such a momentous project that will allow both of our organizations to provide the best possible medical care to families in the East Valley,” said Mark Slyter, President and CEO of Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional Medical Centers. “We are also thankful for the ongoing support from the Town of Gilbert. The Women’s and Children’s Pavilion located right here on Mercy Gilbert’s campus will be a game-changer for our community.”

“It is encouraging to hear the positive response from the community on this project,” said Bob Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children’s. “We continue to listen to our patients and address their needs to the best of our ability. This new facility is a response to that, and gives us and Dignity Health the ability to deliver exceptional care that is convenient to the growing families in the East Valley.”

Women’s and Children’s Pavilion highlights

A first of its kind in Arizona, the Pavilion will feature obstetrical care for normal and high-risk pregnancies with two separate but connected wings, one focused on women’s services and the other on pediatric care.


Above: Emergency and OB Triage entrance. Below: Discharge lobby.

Mercy Gilbert’s Women’s Unit

  • High-risk labor and delivery service
  • Birth center providing excellence in midwifery care
  • 24 labor and delivery suites with labor tubs
  • 12 antepartum rooms, including a hydrotherapy suite
  • 4 operating rooms
  • 48-bed postpartum unit
  • 12-bed OB triage unit
  • Newborn nursery rooms
  • Antenatal testing center
  • Birth concierge service offering personalized navigation
  • Baby-Friendly® with certified lactation specialists

Above: Alternate view of main entrance. Below: Phoenix Children’s registration area.

Phoenix Children’s Pediatric and Newborn Unit

  • 24-bed pediatric emergency department
  • 60-bed level III newborn intensive care unit (NICU) located near postpartum
  • 24-bed pediatric inpatient unit
  • 6 operating rooms
  • Diagnostic imaging

For a sneak peek and more information about our expansion and new services, visit dignityhealth.org/PavilionAZ

Architecture and Interior Design by CannonDesign and Construction by JE Dunn.


Dignity Health and Phoenix Children’s have teamed up for several projects in the past. In 2014, Phoenix Children’s opened a 22-bed unit inside Mercy Gilbert. In 2011, Dignity Health and Phoenix Children’s worked together to improve access to high-quality care by participating in the Arizona Care Network.

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