New Hospital in Cave Creek Expected To Open Next Year

Artist’s conceptual rendering of Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital. Courtesy of Abrazo Health

Abrazo Health announced in early February that it is set to begin construction a new small-scale community hospital in Cave Creek near the intersection of Carefree Highway and Cave Creek Road. Expected to open in 2021, Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital is a new type of neighborhood hospital, sometimes referred to as a “microhospital,” designed with an emphasis on quality medical care, convenience, efficiency and short ER wait times.

Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital will focus on emergency and surgical services, with eight rooms for patients needing overnight care. The single-story, approximately 35,000-sq.-ft. facility at the southwest corner of Carefree Highway and 53rd Street will include a 13-bed emergency department, an operating room and eight inpatient rooms, along with additional services.

“I am thrilled to have Emergency Services available in the area,” said Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch. “I believe this makes Cave Creek a more complete Community.”

Abrazo Health currently operates six Valley hospitals including the acclaimed Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital. The Cave Creek hospital will be Abrazo’s third neighborhood hospital. Abrazo Mesa Hospital opened in October 2019 and Abrazo Surprise Hospital is expected to open later this year. Each is closely integrated with Abrazo’s larger sister hospitals, medical group and community physicians.

“We all prefer to receive care closer to home, and this type of hospital meets a need for access to medical care beyond what’s available at an urgent care or freestanding emergency center. The hospital will offer a 24/7 ER and have the ability to perform surgical procedures, with around-the-clock general surgery, hospitalist and emergency physician coverage,” said hospital CEO Ed Staren.

“Our goal is to provide multiple points of access for those who choose Abrazo for their care. Emergency care and operations like appendectomies and gall bladder procedures, for example, can be performed in the neighborhood hospital setting,” said Staren.

Patients with abdominal pain, sprains and broken bones, minor trauma, lacerations, dehydration, pneumonia and flu are typical of injuries and illnesses expected to be treated in the Abrazo Cave Creek Hospital emergency department.

“We’re anxious to begin providing care for our neighbors and friends in the Cave Creek area,” Staren said. “Providing quality medical care and excellent patient satisfaction are among our top priorities, and we want our ER waiting times to be among the shortest they can possibly be.”

When completed, the hospital is expected to create approximately 50 jobs. General contractor for the hospital is Adolfson & Peterson Construction; the facility was designed by E4H Architects.

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Kiwanis Marketplace Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

The Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store is approaching its five-year anniversary. Opening Aug. 14, 2014 with no paid staff, the store is now led by its general manager, Sandra Carrier, along with the help of a small staff and a committed group of nearly 80 active volunteers. The volunteers at the Marketplace serve as store personnel or as “roadies,” who offer free pickup service for larger, gently used donations from homes in the area.

Pictured, L–R: J. Scott Brown, Kiwanis Marketplace Committee Chairman, and Sandra Carrier, general manager

Aside from its wide selection of affordable items for customers, ranging from furniture and house wares to clothing and electronics, the Marketplace provides a fun environment with meaningful and rewarding work for volunteers, most of whom are retirees. The store functions as a tight-knit community within itself, with staff and volunteers who are passionate about service, and loyal customers who can hunt for treasures while supporting a charitable organization.

The Marketplace serves the community in several ways by funding projects to help local students as well as community projects. Over the past several years, the Marketplace has generated over $1,000,000 in scholarships and merit awards for area graduating high school seniors who are entering college. It has also sponsored many other projects including the STEAM Lab at Foothills Academy, the Kiwanis Kids Creative Corner at the Desert Foothills Library, the Kiwanis Sundial Splash Park in Carefree and the Kiwanis Field’s Little League scoreboard.

Donated items that are not marketable by the Marketplace are passed on to Sunshine Acres in Mesa, which has its own thrift store to provide funding for a home for children who have been separated from their parents. Additionally, the Marketplace helps the environment by repurposing items that otherwise might end up in landfills.

The Kiwanis Marketplace is no ordinary thrift store; it is an organization committed to enriching the lives of children. To learn more about the Marketplace and its impact on the community, or to find out how to volunteer, visit

Cave Creek’s Vibrant Music Scene

Pandy Raye, one of Cave Creek’s longtime local concert promoters and musician with Rondavous.

Pandy Raye, one of Cave Creek’s longtime local concert promoters and musician with Rondavous.

Talented musicians take the stage throughout town

Part one of two-part series

By Curtis Riggs ~ Cave Creek has always been the cool and funky kind of small town that has attracted musicians and music lovers over the years. Today, live music can be heard in Cave Creek at least five nights a week. From acoustic to electric, the sounds range from pulsating rock and country at Harold’s – to blues and bluegrass at the nearby Janey’s Coffeehouse and Bordega. Music is alive and well here with a wealth of talented musicians. Longtime Valley band leader, musician and concert series promoter Pandy Raye says the Cave Creek music scene simply has a different feel to it than other Arizona communities.

“Musicians are like family up here,” says Raye, co-founder of the well known band Rondavous, which played venues all over Cave Creek for many years.

To her, there is “something comfortable” about playing in Cave Creek. She talks about how venues like Janey’s and The Grotto support local songwriters when discussing why musicians feel so at home in Cave Creek. The Open Mike Nights, which have been moved to the Horny Toad, are another way the community reaches out to up-and-coming players, she says. Raye, along with local pickers Hat Man Dan and Mad Coyote Joe run an electric open mike at the Toad on Sunday afternoons and an acoustic one there on Wednesday evenings. To Raye, the difference between Cave Creek and other towns with many music options is the way each venue is just around the corner from the other one in Cave Creek.

“Cave Creek has so much music in such a small area and that’s what also makes it special,” she adds.

Part II will examine how the music scene has changed in Cave Creek over the years and where it’s headed.

Roadwork Planned To Prepare For Next Season

Dust control, increases in pedestrian lighting on tap

By Curtis Riggs – Cave Creek and Carefree have major road projects in the works. Cave Creek is putting the finishing touches on a $1.2 million chip seal project to help reduce dust and comply with dust control regulations. The money came out of Cave Creek’s general fund. Carefree has major road work planned on Tom Darlington Drive and Cave Creek Road with crack sealing on the two major arteries – to replace existing bad pavement.

Carefree Town councilman Glenn Miller says, “The road work will be completed by this September.”

Carefree also plans to place seven gas lamp poles near the Town center to increase lighting for pedestrian safety and to attract visitors into the Town center and businesses. Funding for Carefree’s major road projects come from the Town’s extended road improvement program. | CST

Book Signings At Western Delights

Picture of Lies by C.C. HarrisonCAVE CREEK – Western Delights, a unique gift shop located at 6140 Cave Creek Road, will truly delight you with its unusual one-of-kind items, most of which are made by Arizona artists ranging from jewelry and pottery, baskets and books, home and garden décor, to fine art and many other offerings too numerous to list. You will just have to stop by to see what Peg, knowledgeable owner and Arizona native has for you.

Book signings:

Friday, February 17, 6-9 pm – Author Patrick Grady, Cave Creek resident, with his book Out of the Ruins, Pioneer Life in Frontier Phoenix, Az, Arizona Territory 1867-1881. C. C. Harrison will also be in attendance.

Saturday, February 18, 1-4 pm – Meet nationally recognized suspense author and 2008 Golden Quill winner, C.C. Harrison and her latest book release, Picture of Lies.

There will be goodies by Fat Cakes, a local gourmet artist and baker, as well as taffy and prickly pear licorice on your way out. For information, call 480.488.6394.

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