Dr. Swagert: Our 2016 Impact

Janey StarksClinics

As 2016 comes to an end, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued hard work and dedication to Mountain Park. When the doors opened over three decades ago, Mountain Park had only three employees working in a small space inside Phoenix Memorial Hospital. Fast forward to today, we have eight busy clinics with nearly 800 employees providing our patients affordable primary care and support where it’s most needed.

We celebrated completion of some important projects this past year that will make room for us to grow and serve even more people. We began the year with our Maryvale and Baseline clinic expansions. We added a second building to the Maryvale campus and moved the Baseline WIC department to a brand new space two doors down. We broke ground on the new Tempe Clinic located on the northeast corner of Broadway and McClintock--this state-of-the art clinic will add more than 80 jobs to the Tempe community and nearly triple the number of patients we are able to see. We can all be very proud of our work expanding access to affordable care across the Valley, and we do it because of your support.

We finished the year celebrating the anniversary of the Baby Box program on December 1 after giving away nearly 2000 boxes. When we started giving Baby Boxes to expectant mothers, Mountain Park was the only healthcare provider in the country to have a program of its scope and size. Although dozens of others have followed our lead, I am proud we were first. I applaud everyone who has been involved in the Baby Box program—thank you all for helping our new parents welcome their newborns into a safer and healthier world!

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And finally, as we go into the new year, I know there are still many questions about how the election results will effect Mountain Park and the patients we serve. As I’ve said before, the answers are still far from clear. But whatever happens, we will continue to provide the best possible care to our communities and we will be a safe and supportive place for our employees. We will stand together as a family and support one another through difficult times. This is who we are at Mountain Park, and that will not change. I ask you to remember that we are all playing on the same team, and we will have opportunities in the coming year to work together to ensure the best outcomes for our patients, our communities, and our Mountain Park team. Together we will continue to accomplish great things.

I hope you get to spend lots of time with loved ones and that you find peace and happiness this holiday season and in the upcoming year.

John Swagert, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Mountain Park Health Center