Phoenix Children's Hospital (PCH) invests in the health of the next generation. Founded in 1983, the hospital provides a comprehensive range of medical services specifically for children and adolescents in the greater Phoenix area. The hospital has about 465 beds and provides care in a number of pediatric sub-specialties, including childhood cancers, hematology, neuroscience, heart disease, trauma, and orthopedics. In addition to a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at its main campus, PCH operates a second NICU on the campus of Banner Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (a member of Banner Health). It also has several pediatric outpatient care centers in surrounding Phoenix suburbs.
To meet population growth levels in the region, PCH is working to expand its medical center facilities. For instance in 2012 the hospital completed a multi-year $588 million construction project; the effort started in 2008 and increased the number of hospital beds from 350 to to 465. Capacity for specialties that include ICU, operating rooms, trauma care, neurology, sports medicine, and pediatric research were also added in the new patient tower. The expansion efforts also allow PCH to accommodate patients from other areas of Arizona and surrounding states in the Southwest.
PCH added further to its research and educational operations by forming an affiliation with University of Arizona's College of Medicine in 2010. The two entities collaborate on research projects and physician training programs. PCH has additional clinical and non-clinical research collaborations with other institutions to make advances in pediatric care, such as Mayo Clinic, Translational Genomics Institute, and the Children's Oncology Group. – less