- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - A new top-level trauma center has opened to serve the western part of the Phoenix area and western Arizona as far as the California line.

West Valley Hospital in Goodyear opened its Level 1 trauma center on Monday to provide 24-hour emergency care.

According to the hospital, opening the trauma center follows a $26 million expansion project and the addition of 50 surgical specialists.

Officials say the hospital and EMS providers conducted 17 days of drills to prepare for the opening.

West Valley Hospital is part of the Abrazo Health network.

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