Valleywise Health is the Phoenix area’s only public teaching health system. We are governed by a publicly elected Board of Directors focused on exceptional care for all who turn to Valleywise Health.
Quality Care for Over 140 Years
When you or a loved one are in need of medical care, you can always count on Valleywise Health. We’ve been caring for families and communities just like yours for the past 140 years.
Just like your health care, we’ve built this website with you in mind, so you can have easy access to information about Valleywise Health. You’ll be able to get information about our hospital, behavioral health centers, Comprehensive Health Centers and Community Health Centers located across the Valley so you and your loved ones can always conveniently find exceptional health care.
Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health
As Arizona’s only nationally-verified burn center, thousands of patients each year trust us to provide the specialized, outstanding care they need to begin their recovery.
The Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health treats every imaginable type of burn – including those caused by fire, hot liquids, electricity and lightning, chemicals, smoke inhalation, and Arizona’s extreme summer heat. We also care for patients with severe skin infections, such as necrotizing fasciitis and other skin diseases, as well as severe acute and chronic wounds.
Working in partnership with our nationally verified Trauma Center, the Arizona Burn Center offers critically injured patients a greater than 98 percent survival rate, exceeding the national average of 94 percent.
Working in the premier regional burn center in the Southwest, our medical staff provides outstanding, specialized care to more than 1,000 inpatients, 2,500 emergency room patients, and 5,000 outpatients a year who come from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Northern Mexico.
As the population of Maricopa County quickly grew during the 20th century, it became apparent the local communities would need a dedicated burn center. Under the leadership of MacDonald Wood, MD, FACS, the Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health began treating patients in 1965. Starting out as a five-bed unit, the center quickly expanded as patient demand grew.
After completing an extensive, $2 million renovation of the burn center in 1999, the state rededicated it to honor the pioneering leadership of Dr. Wood and his contribution to burn care treatment in the Southwest.
In 2000, the American Burn Association and American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma bestowed its highest level of burn care recognition on the Arizona Burn Center. Burn center verification is a true mark of excellence and indicates that a center provides the highest level of patient care from initial treatment through rehabilitation. Since that time, the committee has reverified the Arizona Burn Center in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012, 2015, and most recently in 2018. By 2006, the Arizona Burn Center had expanded to 35 beds, which included 19 dedicated for intensive care under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Caruso.
In 2007, the Arizona Burn Center acquired the majority of the 7th floor of the Valleywise Health Medical Center and increased capacity to 45 beds (19 ICU and 26 Telemetry/Medical/Surgical). The 7th floor also includes a dedicated pediatric telemetry/medical/surgical area as well as a pediatric playroom. During this expansion, the burn department significantly increased its rehabilitation services.
Our commitment is to make the future of healthcare in the Valley brighter and stronger than ever. We do this through exceptional care and training the next generation of physicians, nurses and other caregivers through the Creighton University – Arizona Health Education Alliance.
Teaching and Training Programs
At Valleywise Health, where we train physicians, students and other allied health professionals, we like to say “teaching is in our soul.” We are proudly training the next generation of physicians, nurses and other caregivers through the Creighton University – Arizona Health Education Alliance.
Emergency and Trauma Services
When you need care in an emergency, you can rest easy knowing your healing is our number one priority and that we’ll be by your side through it all.
No matter what you need when you come to our hospital, we’ll be here to serve you.
Our Trauma Center offers care for the most high-risk and traumatic events. Our Emergency Department helps you heal from less traumatic injuries and illnesses. You can trust that when you are brought to our Valleywise Health Medical Center that you will receive the best possible care from our Emergency or Trauma teams.
The Valleywise Health adult and pediatric emergency departments provide full-service emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We strive to address everyone who enters the ED with compassion and respect while caring for their needs. We see patients in order of severity and provide a fast track to help patients with less-serious conditions be seen quickly. Our high trained emergency medical staff includes board certified physicians, medical residents, and registered nurses. We provide chronic care, acute medical care and continued care and we also use top technology, such as our Point-of-Care Ultrasound machines that help us cut both costs and time for patients
Valleywise Health Medical Center is the only hospital in Maricopa County verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to provide adult (Level I) and pediatric (Level II) trauma care. That means we keep families together in their hour of need by offering comprehensive trauma care for all who enter our doors. Our trauma service has 24-hour, in-house coverage by highly specialized physicians and nurses prepared for the immediate treatment of critically injured patients. All Valleywise Health trauma surgeons hold dual board certification in general surgery and surgical critical care.
Whatever the injury, our team will provide you with timely, state-of-the-art care from admission through rehabilitation to put you back on the road to recovery. When every second counts, the Valleywise Health Trauma Center is the best answer for critical care. Our staff is ready for anything, at any time.