Just days after completing a new physical therapy facility on their Kennewick campus, the owners of Tri-City Orthopaedic Clinic are ready for construction to begin on a new $3.4 million surgery center.
The partnership -- Drs. James Hazel, senior partner, Mark Merrell, Owen Higgs, Johnathan Perry, Travis Peterson, Janmeet Sahota, Faustin Stevens and Allen Shoham -- have two clinics, one on West Rio Grande Avenue and the other on Swift Boulevard in Richland.
The Richland clinic is small, with only two surgical suites, and the building is outdated, said Alex Linde, chief financial officer for Tri-City Orthopaedic Clinic.
In recent years, the practice has doubled and the surgeons and staff needed more space. With expansion in mind, the partners bought the eight-acre campus in Kennewick a few years ago.
"The clinic in Richland is landlocked; there's no place to expand," Linde said. "The new physical therapy facility and the new surgery center scheduled to open next year will allow us to accommodate the growth we've had and the facilities will be much nicer for our patients."
The Richland clinic likely will be converted to a pain intervention clinic where Shoham can do injections and other procedures to control pain, said Linde.
Construction on the more than 7,000-square-foot physical therapy building began last spring at 6699 W. Rio Grande Ave. in Kennewick. The $1 million building opened for business Tuesday.
The new facility consolidates all physical therapy into one place designed just for that use, said Linde.
M.H. Construction of Kennewick, the same contractor that built the physical therapy building, began putting in the foundations for the new 15,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center on the Kennewick campus this week. It should be open in 10 to 11 months.
The advantage of having surgical suites at the clinic, instead of at a hospital is quickness and quality of care, said Linde.
Because the suites at the clinic are devoted to elective surgery -- not emergency care -- when you're scheduled for wrist surgery at 9 a.m. it's very likely to be happening right at 9 a.m.
"In a hospital, where they handle emergency surgeries, wrist surgery can be overruled if someone who's been in an accident comes in needing immediate care," said Linde.
Having surgery in such a clinic also can save money for insurance companies and patients, Linde said.
"Typically, surgical patients are here for only two to three hours, a savings of hundreds of dollars, often more," he said.
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