Arizona-based non-profit health system HonorHealth has commenced an expansion project worth $170m at its Deer Valley Medical Center, reported ABC15 Arizona.

The project will add patient beds, operating rooms and key support departments at the medical centre in northern Phoenix.

HonorHealth CEO Todd LaPorte said that the expansion will enable HonorHealth to meet the requirements of an increasing population in the north Phoenix region.

During the ground-breaking ceremony, LaPorte commented: “By continuing to invest in key services and providing infrastructure to help us expand, both now and in the future, we will be able to grow alongside our community.”

The project is slated to finish in 2025, with construction set to start this summer (May to September).

Following the completion of new support services building construction and the operating division expansion, a new development phase will see an additional 166,000ft2 of space being added for new patient beds, reported

HonorHealth has six hospitals in Phoenix and Scottsdale in Arizona and the HonorHealth Medical Group has more than 70 primary, specialty and urgent care locations.

It employs more than 14,000 people.