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Circle The City Medical Respite

Circle the City
333 West Indian School Road
Circle the City
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
United States
Linda Ross, CEO
Phone Number:
(602) 776-9000
(602) 776-9001

Circle the City (CTC) is Phoenix’s first medical respite center for homeless individuals. CTC collaborates with local healthcare systems to provide a comprehensive set of medical and social services to homeless patients suffering from acute illness or injury. While admitted to the respite center, patients benefit from 24/7 physician oversight, daily nursing care and non-licensed caregiver support, psychiatric consultation, physical therapy, case management, room and board, etc. In this way, Circle the City fulfills its mission of providing “a time and a place to heal” to people experiencing homelessness. CTC’s 17,000 square foot medical respite center at 333 W. Indian School houses 50 beds, including a dedicated 8-bed women’s unit, an on-site clinic with two private exam rooms, shared living and dining spaces for patients, a physical therapy room , salon, as well as CTC’s administrative offices. CTC employs approximately 25 staff members including nurses, patient aides, case managers, a driver, 24/7 security, housekeeping and other administrative staff.

On a typical day at CTC, a patient can expect to receive a comfortable night’s sleep in a semi-private dorm setting, three full meals prepared by CTC’s on-site chef, visit(s) with one of our on-site physicians and case managers, and if indicated, appointments with a staff physical therapist, psychiatrist or other specialist. CTC’s core outcomes include the full completion of a patient’s medical treatment plan, a safe discharge to permanent or transitional housing, a connection between each patient and a primary care physician, and a clearly defined plan for supporting the patient’s ongoing medical, psychiatric and prescription needs.

Operating Agency:
Facility Type:
Stand-alone Facility
Number of Beds:
Hours of Operation:
Average Length of Stay:
4 weeks
Admission Criteria:

Admission Criteria
• Age 18 or over
• Homeless or imminently homeless
• Has potential for improvement/discharge within approximately 6 weeks
• Does not require more than minimal assistance with ADL’s
• Does not require ventilator care
• Does not require the administration of IV therapy with special supervision (e.g., chemotherapy)
• Is psychiatrically stable (i.e. not a danger to self or others, not requiring physical restraints)
• Does not require management of alcohol, benzodiazepine or opiate withdrawal
• Does not need secured environment for dementia care
• Willing to come to the Medical Respite Center, abide by facility rules, and participate in own care

Clinical Staff:
Physician, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, Social Worker, Community Health Worker, Other
Support Services Provided:
Meals, Transportation, Case Management, Other
Funding Sources:
Hospital, HRSA, Medicaid/Medicare, Private Donations, Local/State Government, Foundations