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Expansion Plan

Northern Arizona Healthcare - Major Expansion

Northern Arizona Healthcare (NAH) is committed to delivering high-quality healthcare close to home for all communities it has the honor to serve. The organization is excited to share plans for expansion on its Fort Tuthill property, to include ambulatory services, a new state-of-the art hospital, and a future Health and Wellness Village.

For more than 50 years, NAH nurses, physicians, clinical professionals and staff have provided outstanding care to the residents of northern Arizona. The current campus has served well and also offers some significant challenges and restrictions to NAH’s ability to further prepare for the next generation of healthcare needs.  This means a continued investment in necessary improvements and expansions of NAH’s healthcare services and campuses. These continued improvements will ensure NAH can best serve communities throughout northern
Arizona for years to come.

Over the course of time, NAH seeks to design and bring to life a Health and Wellness Village on the Fort Tuthill campus. A Health and Wellness Village is a relatively new concept in the healthcare space, bringing onto one site services such as clinical and hospital-based healthcare, ambulatory services, rehabilitation, sports medicine and residential, patient or provider housing. Amenities such as spas, gyms, health food stores, restaurants, as well as a mix of other practitioner services, may be offered. All of the experiences are designed to have a central location for services, and to focus on keeping populations well.

The unique populations served by NAH also deserve, and demand, comprehensive, leading and seamless healthcare options and care delivery, at an affordable cost. The new NAH campus will be highly accessible to all members of the community, capitalizing on neighboring developments and amenities. NAH plans to involve community members, neighbors and others in the (development) process and will socialize the vision for the community during meetings this summer.


Is this master facility and services plan and construction project “standalone,” or is it one phase of a multi-phase program?

  • The proposed new hospital campus, and ultimate Health Village, in Flagstaff is part of a comprehensive plan to continuously improve care for our patients throughout northern Arizona now and for generations to come 

  • Our plans for the future Health Village will be implemented in multiple stages; We’re prioritizing a new ambulatory care center and hospital, but also including complementary services and resources that support the community and campus guests with new walking trails, hotels near the new facilities, and businesses that support healthy lifestyles  

  • The Health Village will be a significant opportunity for NAH’s ability to improve upon the quality of care we provide to our patients; This will complement other initiatives such as the development of new breast health and breast cancer care services in Sedona 

Will this be a replacement hospital?

  • Yes - The new campus will be the primary location for our ambulatory and in-patient care facilities and other related services offered by NAH in Flagstaff  

What will happen to the existing Flagstaff Medical Center Campus?

  • Discussions are underway about the future use of the existing Flagstaff Medical Center, and it is too early in the process to confirm our plans 

What if there is a long delay in securing other business use for the Flagstaff Medical Center campus?

  • Discussions are underway about the future use of the existing Flagstaff Medical Center, and it is too early in the process to confirm our plans  

Will this increase NAH’s costs of care to patients?

  • The Health Village will benefit our patients by allowing us to deliver comprehensive, high-quality healthcare close to home. Building the new facilities will not directly impact healthcare costs.  

  • This is a budget-neutral development plan, and will be funded through a variety of mechanisms, including capital investment and the work of NAH’s new Office of Philanthropy that is tasked with fundraising initiatives  

How much is the anticipated cost of this project and how is it being funded?

  • The current budget for the hospital and ambulatory center is $750M. This is inclusive of the building itself, site work that relates to the hospital campus as well as equipment, design costs and permitting. The funding mechanism for this project will be approximately $450M in bonds and $300M in cash. NAH will be the funding source for this work and the community will not participate financially.  

Are there any other anticipated costs that residents and the community as a whole should expect to take on as a result of this initiative?

  • We have carefully considered how to move forward with the development of the new hospital and ambulatory services, then the Health Village and other improvements for our services throughout the region  

  • This includes identifying how NAH will fund development  

  • For example, NAH’s new Office of Philanthropy that is tasked with raising the funds needed to build the Health Village and make other improvements that benefit the entire region NAH serves 

Will there be expansion of existing services or introduction of new ones in conjunction with new construction?

  • Our plans for the future Health Village will be implemented in multiple stages; We’re prioritizing a new ambulatory care center and hospital, but also including complementary services and resources that support our colleagues, health care guests and community, including new walking trails, hotels near the new facilities, and businesses that support healthy lifestyles  

  • The Health Village will be a significant opportunity for NAH’s ability to improve upon the quality of care we provide to our patients; This will complement other initiatives such as the development of new breast health and breast cancer care services in Sedona  

Will some services or care currently being offered by NAH be stopped or cancelled?

  • Our plans are focused on how we can enhance the quality of care we provide to northern Arizona communities now and for generations to come  

  • This includes improvements that will increase our capacity to serve more patients and their families as well as enhancements that expand our service offerings, such as the development of new breast health and breast cancer care services in Sedona  

  • If asked about Sedona specifically: As we grow our campuses and services to meet patient and family needs, our commitment to the Sedona community to continue operations of the Sedona Emergency Department stands strong, and will remain for five years as promised 

What challenges or opportunities to the landscape/environment arise from this new construction?

  • As we develop the new Health Village, we are keeping in mind the important role nature can have in improving health and wellbeing 

  • Our goal is to create a gathering place for the community that is integrated with the natural environment 

  • This will include building new nature trails that make the area more accessible to the entire community and planning our designs and construction to minimize the negative impact on the area 

How will patient population change over time? Will new construction be flexible enough to respond to this evolution?

  • We know northern Arizona will continue to attract new residents of all ages; However, more people in Arizona and nationally are leading longer lives and experiencing age-related health complications 

  • We will design our new Health Village so that we are able to adapt our facilities to evolving healthcare needs of the community and ensure our colleagues can continue provide high-quality to their patients 

  • The new building will provide us the flexibility needed to accommodate emerging healthcare technologies as well mechanical systems that have the capacity to handle any future pandemic related issues as we saw in 2020. In addition, the new hospital will accommodate all private patient rooms which increases patient safety and patient satisfaction. The new ambulatory structure will create a one stop shop for outpatient care including outpatient imaging, surgery and multi-specialty physician care.  

What external factors (like adjacent property development or public transportation options) will impact the way the facility evolves?

  • We are confident the proposed location will help us improve the accessibility of healthcare for the northern Arizona region 

  • For example, the new location will be easier to access for our patients and their families, who often must navigate downtown roads and traffic that do not easily accommodate the volume of traffic the current FMC creates  

  • As planning continues, we will be working with the City of Flagstaff Planning and Development Office and others to address questions and concerns, and to take into consideration recommendations for how the Health Village can serve the needs of our community.  

How does this affect property value in Flagstaff? Taxes?

  • We have carefully considered how to move forward with the development of the new Health Village and do not anticipate that it will impact taxes or property values negatively 

  • NAH will fund the development of this facility through a variety of mechanisms, including the work of NAH’s new Office of Philanthropy that is tasked with raising the funds needed to build the Health Village and make other improvements that benefit the entire region NAH serves 

How is this going to affect Traffic?

  • While we are still in the early stages of planning, we anticipate the new facility will improve the flow of traffic downtown. For example, the proposed location for the new Health Village will reduce the number of emergency vehicles that must travel through the downtown area 

  • NAH remains committed to working with city traffic engineers, ADOT and Mountain Line to accommodate the proposed traffic this development will bring. We also continue to work with our EMS partners to ensure we have safe travel times to our new location for emergency services.  

How does this affect economic development and growth in Flagstaff?

  • We believe the new hospital campus, and proposed Health Village, will benefit Flagstaff 

  • The focus on creating new facilities and services that will bring the next generation of healthcare to Flagstaff will create new jobs and careers – keeping local talent close to home and attracting new residents who can build their future here 

  • The new Health Village also will generate new jobs and revenue through the construction phases over the course of 5 years and create opportunities for local and national businesses that support healthy lifestyles to open locations in Flagstaff  

  • A full economic development report has been put together and submitted to the City of Flagstaff as part of our zoning submission.  

How does the new construction in Flagstaff fit with what is happening at NAH’s other campuses?

  • The proposed Health Village in Flagstaff is part of a comprehensive plan to continuously improve care for our patients throughout northern Arizona now and for generations to come 

  • This will complement other initiatives such as the development of the integrative breast health center in Sedona 

  • Other examples of commitment to the Verde Valley, Cottonwood and Sedona areas are updates to the Verde Valley Medical Clinic - Camp Verde, a new Cottonwood Medical Office Building in 2019, and continued focus and expansion of programs in breast health and cancer care, in Sedona 

  • Future plans may also include a new ambulatory surgery center in cottonwood and continued improvements and facility enhancements at Verde Valley Medical Center 

Is this a second business district that is going to take away from the current downtown?

  • We believe the Health Village’s future offerings will complement and expand the unique offerings of downtown Flagstaff, and provide new amenities that improve the overall quality of life  

  • We also believe that the new Health Village will provide practical improvements such as reducing the number of emergency vehicles that must travel through the downtown area – making the downtown area more enjoyable for residents and visitors alike 

Is this project already approved? What does the planning process look like?

  • This project is not formally approved by the City of Flagstaff. NAH has applied for Specific Plan approval and Regional Plan amendment. We will continue to work with the community throughout the calendar year 2021 with the hope of receiving planning and zoning approval in October and City Council approval in December. In addition to the coordination with the city on the new Health Village NAH will also be participating in the City of Flagstaffs refresh of their general plan to help plan what the appropriate repurposing of the existing FMC campus should be.  

Will there be a helipad at the new hospital, and if so, will it interfere with the airport?

  • We will have a helipad at the new facility. It has not been determined if this will be a ground mounted or roof mounted landing spot. We are already coordinating the work with the Airport Commission and will file all necessary applications with the FAA to ensure proper safety.  

What is the environmental impact?

  • NAH plans to develop our land in an environmentally respectful manner. This is evidenced by our continued coordination with the County parks department to ensure proper coordination with the FUTS trails, submission of application of our heritage preservation commission application as well as partnerships with groups such as GFFP (Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership) who we are already working to ensure the forest is treated in a healthy fashion that supports fire prevention. In addition to being respectful of the land around us this new development will also give us an opportunity to design and build a much more energy efficient healthcare setting than the current FMC. Although we are increasing in size we are expecting a reduction in energy consumption of up to 30 percent.  

How will this move affect EMS Response times?

  • EMS response times will not be impacted by the relocation of the hospital, as Guardian Medical Transport has 4 stations spread throughout the area that ambulances are dispatched from (if not already out in the field).  The majority of patients being transported could experience shorter transport times (between where they are picked up and the hospital), as the result of the new campus being close to the intersection of the two major interstate highways.  Transport of patients from the Northern and Northwestern areas of Flagstaff will have longer transport times.  However, this is not as critical as the response times, in that during transport, the patient is receiving quality care.  Additionally, proposed roadways and roadway improvements (according to the City’s regional plan) will continue to decrease transport times to the new location. 


New Campus Layout


As Northern Arizona Healthcare moves through the planning and exploratory phases of our Flagstaff Expansion Project alongside the City of Flagstaff and all our neighbors throughout Flagstaff, we encourage our community to submit any questions they may have on the project as we move forward, together.

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