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A sign marking the location of the new St. Joseph's Westgate Medical Center is shown. (Bob McClay/KTAR)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The West Valley will soon be home to a new hospital.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday, where Dignity Health unveiled the name of its new facility.

"St. Joseph's Westgate Medical Center. I kind of like that ring," said Linda Hunt, Dignity Health Arizona's President and CEO.

The new hotel will be located near Glendale Avenue and the Loop 101 freeway, a short distance from the Westgate City Center, Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium.

Hunt said the $44 million hospital will bring much needed healthcare to the West Valley.

"It will have 24 inpatient beds, an emergency room and two operating rooms," she said. "It will offer diagnostic and imaging services, and initially will employ 200 fulltime people."

The hospital will have the capacity to expand to 200 beds as it grows.

Hunt said that there will be other structures on the 35-acre medical campus.

"We are planning for a medical office building, as well as outpatient imaging and other medical providers to co-locate on this campus with us. This will be a vibrant medical center in the heart of the West Valley."

The hospital is scheduled to open in March 2014.

Bob McClay, Reporter

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