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Hospice group to embark on $25M Phoenix campus

Dementia Care and Education Campus

A rendering of a dementia care and education campus being planned by Hospice of the Valley in east Phoenix.

Phoenix Business Journal
December 12, 2019
by Angela Gonzalez

Hospice of the Valley is making plans to build a dementia care and education campus in east Phoenix.

The project is expected to cost somewhere between $20 million and $25 million, but those numbers won't be finalized for awhile, said Debora Britz, spokeswoman for the nonprofit hospice organization.

To be called Hospice of the Valley Dementia Care and Education Campus, the 140,974-square-foot facility will sit on 3.2 acres at 3811 N. 44th St., Phoenix, the former site of the Scottsdale Unified School District office.

Plans call for breaking ground in January, with a grand opening expected in early 2021.

The project will be financed with the help of the community, Britz said.

"We anticipate donor support and may pursue a capital campaign," she said.

Architect for the project is Lizard Rock while PCG Construction Inc. has been selected as general contractor.

The goal of the new campus is to provide care for patients with all stages of dementia.

The campus will feature an intergenerational adult and child-care center and an educational venue designed to bring people together to share best practices in dementia care.

This new campus comes as Arizona's fourth leading cause of death is Alzheimer's disease. By 2025, more than 200,000 Arizonans will have Alzheimer's disease, increasing by more than half from today, Britz said.