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Medical services abound in Mesa and the East Valley. Mesa boasts world-class specialty and general hospitals with more than 1,300 beds combined, the nation’s largest simulation training center and higher education institutions focused on healthcare and secondary education featuring training in biotech and life sciences industries.

At Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus (ASU Poly) in Mesa, unique research includes the work of scientists Milton Sommerfeld and Qiang Hu and their conversion of algal feedstock to fuel. Time Magazine selected the researchers’ work as one of the best innovations for 2008 and they just received a $6 million grant from the Department of Energy. Unprecedented bioscience industry collaboration produced profound results in Greater Phoenix. World-class research translates into discoveries in personalized medicine and saving lives while adding jobs to the local economy.

healthcare education providers

Training and continuous education are critical elements of the healthcare delivery system. There are shortages in nearly every clinical discipline due predominantly to population aging and the exponential growth in medical knowledge. Quality healthcare delivery requires a deep understanding of body systems and how they are affected by a myriad of diseases and injuries.

The shortage of clinical personnel is a nationwide challenge. In Mesa, it is an opportunity for education providers to work in concert with industry to meet the demands of today and the future. Mesa has several local healthcare training facilities.

arizona state university polytechnic campus (asu poly)

ASU Poly campus is one of four campuses of Arizona State University and is located adjacent to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The campus offers bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees in 23 different programs.

a.t. still university

A.T. Still developed osteopathic medicine in the 1870s to focus on whole body care. The university is the oldest school of osteopathic medicine in the world and is now located in Missouri and Arizona. The School of Health Sciences in Arizona trains physicians and allied healthcare professionals in whole person care and is committed to preparing students to serve at the forefront of medicine.

The osteopathic philosophy of caring for the patient instead of specific symptoms is in line with the recent Healthcare Reform Legislation passed by Congress in March 2010.

mesa community college (mcc)

Mesa Community College is the largest of the 10 community colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. It enrolls approximately 29,000 full- and part-time students and offers 150 degrees and certificates. MCC has two full-service campuses at Dobson & Southern and Red Mountain, and branch campuses at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Downtown Mesa. It also has an online program. MCC is well-known for its Nursing Program, which is part of the Maricopa Community College District Nursing Program.

pima medical institute (pmi)

Pima Medical Institute has two locations in Mesa—one in East Mesa on Power Road and the other in Central Mesa on Dobson Road. PMI is in seven states and offers bachelor’s degrees in Radiologic Sciences and Respiratory Therapy and associate’s degrees in: Health Administration, Nursing, Medical Assistant training, Physical Therapy, Radiography, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Phlebotomy and other areas.

chandler-gilbert community college (cgcc)

CGCC is in Gilbert and Mesa and serves the higher education needs of residents at three locations in the Southeast Valley with university transfer and workforce development programs, continuing education and more. CGCC’s service area reflects a diverse multicultural environment and is experiencing burgeoning population growth. Recent accomplishments include opening new programs in engineering, teacher education, sustainability and ecological literacy, dietetics and nutrition, fire science, biotechnology and nursing, while expanding existing programs in healthcare, humanities, arts and sciences. CGCC currently serves more than 16,000 students annually.

east valley institute of technology (evit)

Considered a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education, EVIT provides students with hands-on, advanced skills and training in over 40 occupation-specific programs, which allow students to thrive in today’s competitive job market. EVIT is a public school district that serves students from 10 East Valley school districts.

(Source – City of Mesa)


Arizona Spine and Joint Hospital (23 beds) specializes in the intricate workings of the spine and joints. Surgical procedures run the gamut from total hip and knee replacement to knee arthroscopy. Suffering from such afflictions can be quite uncomfortable and the hospital can deliver relief through a multitude of innovative pain management procedures.


The Banner Health System provides Mesa with six locations to cater to their health needs. The 332-bed Banner Baywood Medical Center has been serving the community since 1984. A recently completed expansion enlarged the facility with the addition of a seven-story patient tower, increasing the bed count by 123. Construction has begun on the enlargement of the hospital’s emergency department. This acute-care facility is home to the award-winning Orthopaedic Institute at Banner Medical Center as well as the John J. Rhodes Rehabilitation Institute.

On the campus of Banner Baywood Medical Center, cardiac care lies in capable hands at the Banner Heart Hospital. The Banner Heart Hospital has performed more than 200 robotics-assisted surgeries. These types of surgeries use tiny incisions, allowing for a faster recovery.

Banner Desert Medical Center (549 beds) provides unique forms of treatment, which catapult this hospital into the top tier. The center excels in the areas of oncology, emergency medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, high-risk pregnancy, neonatal care and others. Together, with the help of robotics, the surgical department here is at the forefront of medicine. Patient pampering in the Oasis Spa speeds up recovery times with stress-relieving and restorative treatments.

The Banner Simulation Medical Center Sim Center) is a 55,000-square-foot “virtual hospital’’ in Mesa that Banner Health uses to help train its physicians and nurses before they treat actual patients. The Sim Center is one of the largest centers of its kind in the world and has the potential to elevate medical education efforts in Arizona to new levels. The Sim Center uses computerized mannequins to simulate real life situations in Emergency Rooms, Intensive Care Units, Operating Rooms, Neonatal Care Centers and General Medical/Surgical Units. Banner’s training center is also used to test patient flow processes, new equipment and furnishings.

Open November 2009, Cardon Children's Medical Center provides comprehensive pediatric care for Arizona's families. The hospital provides a full range of services including emergency care, general pediatrics, intensive care and community education on child health topics.


A new addition to the Mesa area, the Mountain Vista Medical Center (178 beds), is staffed by an experienced group of medical professionals trained to tackle the ailments of their patients. This facility is equipped with a 30-bed emergency department, cardiac care program, diagnostic imaging services, surgical suites, women’s health services, a pain management center and much more.


Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the largest of its kind in the state and only one of 10 in the country. While the main campus of this revolutionary facility is in Phoenix, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Specialty and Urgent Care Center lies in Mesa. This 30,000-square-foot facility features a multitude of specialty services and an outstanding level of care that stems from the standard of the main hospital. The center is open when most doctors’ offices are not to accommodate its patients’ schedules.

Mesa’s expansive selection of healthcare facilities has grown over time into an impressive network of physicians, nurses and other professionals who are dedicated to the care of patients.

Sometimes patients require care in their homes. Banner Home Care, Cypress HomeCare Solutions, Hospice Family Care, Inc., Time & Tea LLC, Hospice of the Valley and Visiting Angels are available to provide treatment in the comfort of one’s home.

(Source – City of Mesa)

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