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Maricopa Health District To Acquire, Renovate Maryvale Hospital

A publicly funded health-care system announced Wednesday it is taking over a Maryvale hospital that closed in December and will focus on mental health services.

Abrazo Community Health Network closed the Maryvale hospital last year after what company officials say was a decline in demand. The emergency department saw 40,000 visits annually.

Maricopa Integrated Health System’s district board voted to acquire the hospital and renovate it for $59 million.

The county health district will reopen the facility’s ER department and put an emphasis on behavioral health services, which officials say will help fill a void in the West Valley.

Taxpayers approved Proposition 480 several years ago to upgrade the county’s health system, and will help fund the renovation. The hospital will re-open in early 2019.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.