The typical growth pattern in Phoenix Arizona is the following: the residential homes are constructed, the developers watch the population increase until the critical number to sustain grocery stores and retail establishments is reached. Then we cross our fingers and hope that road construction catches up. A longer leadtime but very important infrastructure component is the addition of hospitals to meet the healthcare demands of the growing community. The east valley has seen the addition of 4 major hospitals open their doors to the public in the last 4 years. The Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, pictured above opened in June 2006, Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa opened July 2007, Banner Gateway in Gilbert opened Sept. 2007, and Banner Ironwood in Pinal County is scheduled to open in November of 2010, even though construction was finished Fall of 2009.