TUCSON — Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the Tucson area and more people could have healthcare options closer to where they live. Northwest Healthcare is expanding again with a new hospital on the eastside.
“This is part of our natural progression on the east side,” said Northwest Healthcare Market CEO Kevin Stockton.
Stockton says they are keeping up with that growth with a new 70 bed hospital to be built on the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Houghton Road.
“We continue to grow and expand and add services to where residents are. So if you look at where the high growth areas are in Tucson, Eastside, Vail, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Marana, Oro Valley, etc. we've invested in those locations."
Stockton says 600 jobs will be added to the area. Northwest Healthcare predicts an economic impact of 567 million dollars over five years.
"It's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab techs, radiology techs, it's a wide variety of job opportunities,” said Stockton.
It's the latest in an economic win streak that includes the Raytheon expansion, Amazon and the Home Goods Distribution Center.
“We were slow coming out of the recession,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “But we're catching up rapidly.”
Mayor Rothschild says the positive growth helps to build on itself.
“These employers are seeing that that kind of workforce is here, and that's one good positive cycle after another.”
Stockton says they hope to serve the growing demand in our region.
“It is a very exciting time for Southern Arizona when you look at the jobs and in the companies are relocating here,” said Stockton.