70 2009 GREATER PHOENIX ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LIVING HERE healthcare Alzheimer's Institute provides compassionate care while finding treatment and prevention therapies for patients with Alzheimer's disease. Scottsdale Healthcare hosts Scottsdale Clinical Research Institute, which conducts research and offers advanced cardiology and oncology treatments in partnership with other prestigious research centers such as the National Institutes of Health and TGen. " The Valley's medical research programs bring groundbreaking therapies and new hope to patients who haven't responded to standard treatments," said Mark Slater, Ph. D., vice president for research at Scottsdale Healthcare. What's new in 2009 Many hospitals are expanding their facilities and services in 2009, including Phoenix Children's Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West and Mesa's new Banner Children's Hospital at Banner Desert Medical Center. Mesa will also be home to the new Banner Baywood Medical Center. Valley hospitals are dedicated to growing along with Greater Phoenix's increasing population, to continue to ensure, Rivers said. " Greater Phoenix hospitals are there to care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year." CONTINUED FROM PAGE 66 Campus activity in Scottsdale centers around a five- story outpatient clinic with 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center, a full- service laboratory, pharmacy, patient- education library, an endoscopy suite and an auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disci-plines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation. The campus also features the Samuel C. Johnson Research Center, a 75,000- square- foot research building for scientists, trainees and students who are focused on molecular genetics, molecular immunology, molecular and cell biology, molecular chemistry and surgical research. The 205- bed Mayo Clinic Hospital in northeast Phoenix opened in 1998 and is the first hospital entirely designed and built by the Mayo Clinic. Phoenix Children's Hospital Phoenix Children's Hospital in central Phoenix offers world- class care in 40 subspecialty fields of pediatric medicine. Most recently it has focused on the development of Centers of Excellence in neonatology, hematology/ oncology, neurosciences, cardiac services and orthopedics. In response to anticipated growth in metropolitan Phoenix over the next decade, Phoenix Children's has begun a $ 588 million expansion plan. New cancer treatment hospital opens in Goodyear On Dec. 29, 2008, a fourth Cancer Treatment Centers of America ( CTCA) hospital opened its doors in Goodyear to provide patients and caregivers in the western U. S. access to CTCA's comprehensive and integrative approach to fighting cancer. Integrative cancer treatment combines conventional care with complementary therapies, bringing together surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy with nutritional support, naturopathic medicine, mind- body medicine, physical therapy, pain management and spiritual support. — Debra Gelbart photos: the arizona republic Continued FROM page 68 Phase I improvements in the multi- year plan are expected to be completed by 2012. They include an 11- story patient tower that will increase capacity from 299 beds today to an anticipated 639 licensed beds; an expansive outpatient clinic space; a new central plant; a 750- car parking garage; a new, on- campus Ronald McDonald House; and a new main entry boulevard off of Thomas Road to improve access and way- finding for families and visitors. Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center on the campus of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea provides care and guidance for cancer patients and their families. The center offers prevention, research and clinical care, along with other unique services. These include an elegant boutique called Tina's Treasures, with products and clothes designed for the needs of cancer patients; a specially trained registered nurse called a cancer care coordinator who guides patients through cancer care and treatment; and a resource center for patients to find information about cancer. The Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center was dedicated on Dec. 6, 2001. In addition to providing community oncology services and academic medicine ( training for new doctors and researchers), it is now a clinical research site for TGen ( Translational Genomics Research Institute).