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Business briefs: Here's to your health!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
We have big news this month for Maricopans seeking good health: Banner Health Center opened. In addition, we highlight several businesses that offer healthful options -- plus, a positive sign for the local economy with a business expansion. The thread that connects the businesses, in addition to healthful pursuits, is a commitment to excellence in customer service.
Banner Health Center now open
Banner has a corporate commitment to “patient focused, exceptional customer service.” At the recent Banner Healthcare Center open house, the company credo was evident. The several hundred local citizens who came to see the new facilities were able to meet the doctors and staff and tour the facility. Three pediatricians, one OB/GYN, one family medicine, and one internist are leading the new medical team. As the need is demonstrated, services will be expanded and specialists will be available on a rotating basis.
Banner has a new concierge service that demonstrates a real-world approach to meeting needs above and beyond the usual health service. The concierge staff will be available one hour before and one hour after regular service hours. Regular hours are: Monday through Thursday from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Also, phones will not close at lunchtime, so patients can make appointments when it is convenient for them.
Other innovative services Banner will be offering in Maricopa include a groundbreaking telemedical service that will allow patients to be seen in real time by a specialist at Maricopa’s facility via computer. Little touches can mean a lot, too, as the intake area includes a scale for patients in wheelchairs to be weighed in their chairs.
On opening day, Banner Health Center had already booked over 250 appointments for their doctors. Patients can make appointments for up to three months in advance and be placed on a call list for appointments beyond that timeframe.
The state of the art facility has 32,000 feet open with 36 exam rooms to start, plus radiology and laboratory services available on the premises. Another 8,000 sq. ft. are immediately ready for expansion, with an eventual 80,000 sq. ft. available at build-out to accommodate 40 doctors.
The décor is attractive and soothing. The new center is a prototype, a first of its kind for Banner, which will roll out another facility in Buckeye in the future.
For appointments, contact Banner Health Center at (520) 233-2500. The new facility is located at 17900 N. Porter Road at the corner of Alan Stephens Parkway.
Keeping in shape
Beat the heat and stay healthy! Take refuge from Arizona’s summer while working out at Anytime Fitness, which lives up to its name: they are open 24 hours a day. If a member needs some guidance in how to use the equipment or to develop routines, several experienced trainers are available to show them (separate fee pertains). Classes are also available, as well as child care (selected hours).
Anytime Fitness is waiving the initiation fee and offers monthly membership fees ranging from $29-$49. Corporate groups can enroll and receive employee discounts. Men and women of all ages may join.
Located at 20924 N. John Wayne Parkway, Anytime Fitness can be reached at (520) 568-5226. Staffed hours are from 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00 A.M. – to 2:00 P.M.
A jolt of java
Coffee has been in the news lately as a healthful drink with antioxidant properties. To get your local fix, head to Seven Cups Coffee. A family-run café with free WiFi, Seven Cups offers coffee varieties including espresso and white chocolate mocha plus tea, crepes, smoothies, and frappes all served in a relaxing atmosphere.
The favorite crepe variety is their strawberry, banana, Nutella; their banana mango smoothie is scrumptious. For a super antioxidant boost, the acai, pomegranate, blueberry, and blackberry smoothie is a luscious treat. Their menu includes all fresh and natural products that are often sourced locally. For those who are looking for non-dairy products, they offer almond and soymilk alternatives.
And, for extra special customer service, Seven Cups will provide curbside service from 5:30 to 7:00 A.M. Call ahead -- (520) 494-2898 -- and the Hajaig family will have your order ready and bring it out to you so you can get going.
If you have some time to relax, they have featured attractive art from the Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped. With the free WiFi, some people camp out and relax while enjoying the food and beverages. Mohamad, Abbas, and Ali Hajaig couldn’t be more welcoming and friendly!
They are located at 20800 N. John Wayne Parkway, #115. Hours are 5:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, Saturday from 6:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., and Sunday from 6:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Contact them at (520) 494-2898.
And more coffee
Honeycutt Coffee is under construction at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 109, with an expected opening date in August. Owner Eric Graham is planning a “homey, comfortable, modern feeling” with 1,300 square feet being developed. The menu, while not finalized yet, will have espresso and other coffees, teas, juices, sandwiches, and salads. Pastries will be available, provided by local bakers. Breakfast sandwiches and other unique treats will be part of the menu.
When looking at the location, owner and entrepreneur Eric Graham was so impressed with how friendly everyone was that he moved to Maricopa! His parents will be involved with the business, but he will also be hiring four employees.
With hours from early morning until evening, seven days a week, he will definitely need some help to provide the level of customer service he is planning. (Send resumes to email@example.com.)
Check back in a few months for a great new location. The telephone number is not yet available.
First Lady Fashion Boutique on Honeycutt Road will almost double in size this August. In addition to the one-of-a-kind fashions and accessories, they will offer new and consignment furnishings and furniture.
Owner Cheryl Blake has a terrific eye for attractive, flattering clothes and the additions that make a great ensemble. She will do the same for home furnishings. Contact her if you have an item in good condition that you would like to put on consignment. She also offers a personal shopper service.
First Lady Fashion Boutique is located at 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 108. For more details, call (520) 423-9301. Their hours are 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Monday through Saturday.
New options are always welcome in Maricopa. Expansion is a great sign of belief in our improving economy. Remember to shop locally!
Shelley Gillespie / CopaNews.com
Left to right: Dr. Paul Mikel (OB/GYN), Dr. Hiram Rivera-Padilla (Internist), Dr. Cynthia Lowe (Family Medicine), Wendy Gallagher (Nurse Practitioner), Dr. John Seward (Pediatrician), and Dr. Dawn Sorenson (Pediatrician).