Plans have been announced for the construction of a facility that will center on one of the fastest-growing sectors of healthcare today: sports medicine.
The Banner Health system says it wants to build a $54 million sports medicine care center in Scottsdale that will comprise three floors.
Based in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest non-profit health systems in the country, with around 30 hospitals located mostly in Western states.
A joint project with the Alter Group, a Skokie, Illinois-based real estate developer, the center is being seen as a comprehensive care facility providing treatment and attention for everyone from student to professional athletes.
As envisioned, the center will house physical therapy space, a surgery center, rooms for performance training, and a sports psychology department, among other features.
In a statement, Evan Lederman, head of Banner’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine program, said the Scottsdale facility will be a part of the larger overall sports medicine services Banner provides to Arizona residents.
“Athletes have unique needs related to their fitness training, injury prevention, and injury recovery,” said Lederman. “They require specialized and focused care, which we are dedicated to providing in a convenient location.”
That location, in a planned 80,000 square foot building, is on Loop 101 as it meets the Indian Bend Road.
According to a recent report published by the firm Markets and Markets, the sports medicine industry in the US has been expanding at an unprecedented pace, and is expected to grow from its current $5.5 billion to more than $7.2 billion in the next 5 years.
Typically, sports medicine practitioners treat those who have been injured due to participating in athletic competition, with a focus on concussions, dislocations, fractures and strains, while also helping athletes to improve their performance.
The preliminary design process for the Banner facility is already underway, with work expected to begin sometime next year.
By Garry Boulard
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