The Brownsville, Texas, Exceptional Emergency Center is the closest model of what the company wants to build in Maricopa. (

Exceptional Emergency Center would like to be able to break ground on an emergency room in 60 to 90 days.

Those are the plans explained by company Chief Financial Officer Saeed Mahboubi. Maricopa would be the first location for the Texas-based company, followed by Yuma, he said.

Exceptional ER shares a parent company with Exceptional Pets, which is also building a veterinary hospital in Maricopa.

Mahboubi, who is also an architect, said city officials spoke to him about ongoing efforts to have a human hospital as he was introducing plans for the animal hospital.

“So, we started looking into it,” he said.

Exceptional ER has 13 emergency centers in Texas. Mahboubi said the design for Maricopa will be most similar to the Brownsville location.

“It will be 20,000 square feet on two-and-a-half acres,” he said. “We will have 24-hour service.”

Mahboubi said the plan is to have a staff of 60, included 40 full-time employees.

He clarified the center would be only an emergency center, not a surgery center. Only “minor surgery,” such as lacerations and broken bones, will be done on site. The location plans to have a helipad to transfer patients to hospitals for major surgery.

Exceptional ER expects to have contracts with surrounding hospitals for easy transfers.

The company still must start the permitting process at City Hall, including development review. It posted signs at its location just south of the overpass bridge before obtaining a sign permit. Mahboubi said once ground is broken, construction will take eight to nine months.