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New Hospital planned for northwest corner of Ellsworth and Elliot roads.  Woot for east Mesa!

California-based Dignity Health, the non-profit company that runs St. Joseph’s Hospital in central Phoenix along with major medical centers in Gilbert and Chandler, plans to open a new hospital in southeast Mesa by spring 2017.

The small, 50-bed hospital will provide inpatient surgery services, an emergency room and helipad as part of a three-story building at the northwest corner of Ellsworth and Elliot roads, according to development plans filed with the city.

Dignity Health and Texas-based Adeptus Health last year announced a partnership to expand emergency medical care in metro Phoenix under the name “Arizona General Hospital.” A 16-bed, 39,000-square-foot facility opened in Laveen earlier this year. The Mesa hospital will be about two-and-a-half times larger at 92,000 square feet.

The Arizona General Hospital in Mesa will have four operating rooms, 14 positions in the emergency room, 46 inpatient rooms, and four rooms for an intensive-care unit, according to development plans. A Dignity Health spokeswoman declined to comment on the project.

The new hospital would sit just north of the former General Motors proving ground, which DMB is redeveloping into a massive residential and employment complex called Eastmark. Earlier this year, Apple revealed plans to transform a failed sapphire factory one mile east of the hospital site into a “command center” to support the company’s digital services, like iTunes music and iCloud data storage.

The nearest existing hospital to the area is Mountain Vista Medical Center at Crismon Road and Southern Avenue in Mesa, about three miles to the north.

Meanwhile, Dignity on Nov. 18 announced the start of construction on its East Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, which is expected to open next fall in Chandler.

Dignity is teaming up with Kindred Healthcare to build the two-story hospital, which includes a stroke unit, physical-therapy gym and 50 beds for patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal-cord injury and other similar conditions.

The hospital will be located on the south side of Chandler Boulevard between Dobson and Alma School roads and is expected to employ about 190 people.