Apricus Health LLC, a fast-growing Scottsdale health tech company, is adding two surgery centers in the West Valley, with plans for two more in Arizona by the end of next year.
The company is spending $6.7 million in total development costs for a surgery center in Avondale and another $5 million for one in Surprise, said Dr.Kishlay Anand a Valley cardiologist and serial entrepreneur looking for ways to improve the health system
Those two surgery centers are expected to open by this summer, each equipped to serve 5,000 patients each year as the West Valley is projected to grow at twice the national rate over the next five years. By 2030, the area will be home to 2.1 million residents, up from 1.7 million today, according to West marc data.
Apricus Health Surgery Center of Avondale will take 10,320 square feet of the first floor of the newly constructed Akos Medical Campus on 107th Avenue and McDowell Road. The new surgery suite will feature three operating rooms, two procedure rooms and 16 patient care bays staffed by 40 clinicians and administrative employees.
Meanwhile, Apricus Health Surgery Center of Surprise will take 11,196 square feet at Bell and El Mirage roads in a joint venture with Peak Heart & Vascular, a Surprise-based medical group providing cardiology care. That surgery center will employ 60 staff members and will include three operating rooms, one catheterization laboratory and 13 patient care bays.
The architect for those projects is Cotton Architecture and the general contractor is Venn Construction.
Both surgery centers will be equipped for nonemergency surgeries, and procedures and will be Medicare-certified and fully accredited by the Joint Commission.
Plans are in the works for another surgery center in Flagstaff and yet another one around the Mesa area, Anand said.
The cardiologist started the Apricus model in 2019 in an effort to create a value-based ecosystem of care that includes telehealth care, 20 medical groups and a network of 1,400 primary and specialty providers in Arizona.
“We all use health care every day,” he said. “We’re doing anything we can do to improve that experience — make it more value based.”