News and Information

For Immediate Release

Florence Community Healthcare will be the latest addition to the growing community of Florence, Arizona.

(July 28, 2009)- Renovation of the former Pinal General Hospital will wrap up in the Spring of 2010 with Florence Community Healthcare, a 65-bed full-service community hospital opening its doors to the community.

Florence Community Healthcare will be a world-class hospital, close to home.  It will feature state-of-the-art technology as well as superior patient care.  “One of our top priorities is to provide patients with an exceptional experience, in a caring and safe environment,” said Edward McEachern, MD and CEO of parent company, Initiatives Healthcare, Inc.  “We also recognize the central role healthcare plays in a community and look forward to being a strong partner in creating a healthier community. We will be participating in a variety of community activities from now until our opening, and welcome the opportunity to present to local organizations.”

At the time of completion, it is anticipated that over 200 permanent positions will be created.  This will enhance the local and regional economy as well as provide a variety of employment opportunities.  “We are offering excellent career opportunities for healthcare professionals as well as other positions in the service industry sector,” McEachern said. “We are looking for people who want to make a difference in the community and seek candidates who want to be part of the Florence Community Healthcare team!”

A new website will be launched and information on career opportunities, upcoming job fairs, medical services, physician and staff introductions will be made available.  For more information on employment opportunities, call 520-868-3000.

Florence Community Healthcare, Opening First Quarter 2010

The Business Story

-       In 2007, Initiatives Healthcare, Inc. (IHI) acquired the former Pinal General Hospital.  Renovation and construction began in May of 2009.  Completion date set for the first quarter of 2010.  Initiatives Healthcare, Inc the parent company of Florence Community Healthcare is based on Boise, Idaho, with offices in Chicago, Salt Lake City, and London.  Founded in 1997, IHI is a hospital management company whose purpose is to provide superior patient focused healthcare.  IHI is known for founding and building state-of the-art-facilities, including the University of Utah’s Orthopaedic Center, the University of Missouri’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute as well as others.  Their model is patient focused from ease of access to wellness and health education.  Known for putting the “hospitality” in hospitals, they are leaders in the field of innovation in the healthcare industry and receive high marks from patients, physicians and employees.  Florence Community Healthcare will be managed similar to other IHI entities and will provide the region and community with much needed healthcare services as well as wellness and healthy living education.

-       Through the acquisition of the Pinal General Hospital and upon completion, IHI will have added over 200 new positions to the region.

-       Initiatives Healthcare is committed to being a leader in the regions they serve.  “Providing world-class healthcare, close to home.”

The Facility- The Next Step

A full-service 65- bed community hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology and exceptional patient care to the first quarter of 2010.  Located in the former Pinal General Hospital at 450 West Adamsville Road.

Project Update:

Upon completion of Phase I of the Florence Community Healthcare Project, FCHC will be the pre-eminent healthcare provider in the community.  Our wide spectrum of services include:

  • An Exceptional Patient Experience
  • Experienced, Integrated Team of Physicians, Nurses and Healthcare Professionals you can trust with your health
  • 25 Private Bed/Medical and Surgical Care
  • 40 Semi-Private Bed/Long Term Care/Assisted Living
  • Full-service Pharmacy
  • Diagnostic Imaging  (MRI, CT Scanner, ultrasound, nuclear imaging and general X-ray)
  • Cardiac Cath Lab
  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Surgery Services
  • Out-patient and endoscopic procedures

If you are a member of the media and would like more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Crystal Thudium,  Director of Human Resources  (520) 494-3210