BACKGROUND On September 18, 1983, Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) opened its doors as Arizona’s only hospital dedicated to caring exclusively for children as an independent non-profit hospital located on the campus of Good Samaritan Medical Center. PCH operated there for nearly 20 years. Due to rapid and steady growth, in 1999 PCH found the opportunity to establish its own campus and purchased a 22-acre site formerly occupied by the Phoenix Regional Medical Center. Phoenix Children’s Hospital began operations as a free-standing, specialized pediatric hospital in May 2002. Phoenix Children’s Hospital grew quickly, adding physicians, staff, and programs as the community realized the true value of a hospital with the necessary expertise and dedication to serve the healthcare needs of children. PCH continued to operate the 110-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit located at Banner Good Samaritan as well as 235 beds located at the new campus until March 31, 2013 when the NICU at Banner Good Samaritan was closed. In response to the significant population growth in the metropolitan Phoenix region over the next decade, PCH embarked on a massive expansion plan that would increase the total number of licensed beds. In June 2011, Phoenix Children’s Hospital opened a new 11-story tower on the main campus, which offers a comprehensive, family-centered hospital that has over 70 pediatric subspecialties. The 495 licensed beds allow PCH to provide specialty and subspecialty inpatient, outpatient, trauma and emergency care to children and adolescents and make PCH one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country. Today, PCH is one of the 10 largest children’s hospitals in the nation, and is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Arizona. Residency Training Programs Phoenix Children’s training programs are accredited by the ACGME, American Board of Dermatology and the Accreditation Council for Pediatric Neurosurgery Fellowships. The Pediat
ric Residency Program is affiliated with ValleyWise Medical Center and is accredited by the ACGME. The program was initially established in 1973 operating at Banner Good Samaritan until PCH opened its free-standing children’s hospital. The resident curriculum offered at Phoenix Children’s Pediatric Residency Program Alliance is broad-based, preparing pediatricians for careers in both primary care and subspecialty pediatrics. In 2002 the residency program was accredited for 36 positions. Today the program is approved for 116 pediatric slots. In addition to this program, PCH assumed sponsorship for the Child Neurology Residency Program formerly sponsored by St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, now Dignity Health. The sponsorship of the Child Neurology program was transitioned to PCH in June 2011. The program has increased the number of positions for a total of 3 residents per program level for a total of 9 slots. Phoenix Children’s continues to grow and expand fellowships.