Green Valley Hospital

The name change to Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital is meant to show that it serves patients from Nogales to Tucson.

Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital, formerly Green Valley Hospital, is celebrating its reintroduction into the community after emerging from more than 18 months in bankruptcy, laying off dozens of employees and acquiring a new owner, leadership and name.

The name change came with the new owner, Lateral Investment Management, as the hospital came out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is meant to signal to the region that the hospital serves patients from Nogales to Tucson, said CEO Kelly Adams, who began on July 30. The hospital is managed by Utah-based ERH Healthcare.

“I talk with patients every day, and they say they’re tired of going to Tucson for their health care,” Adams said. “This encourages us to bring more physicians in and more services.”

The emergency department serves about 45 people a day.

“We’re staffed and ready (for the influx in winter population) and look forward to adding more employees back in,” Adams said. About 60 people were laid off when the hospital came out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy last summer. “We had to right the ship.”

Santa Cruz Valley Regional is located at 4455 I-19 Frontage Road in Green Valley, about 30 miles south of Tucson.

The full-service hospital includes orthopedics, gastroenterology, cardiac care, imaging, nine Medicare-certified swing beds for acute care or rehabilitation, a 12-bay emergency department, surgery, a blood lab and more. The 49-bed facility was built in 2015.

Contact reporter Mikayla Mace at mmace@tucson.com or 573-4158. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.