Staff and patients at the Kennewick Tri-City Orthopaedic Clinic will have a lot more elbow room this fall.
The partnership -- made up of Drs. James Hazel, Merrell Mark, Owen Higgs, Jonathan Perry, Travis Peterson and Janmeet Sahota -- is adding a new 7,018-square-foot building to the Kennewick campus.
The partners also own the Richland Tri-City Orthopaedic Clinic on Swift Boulevard.
M.H. Construction of Kennewick recently broke ground at 6703 W. Rio Grande Ave. and the building -- half offices and half physical therapy space -- should be ready for occupancy by October. The project is valued at $1 million.
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"There's physical therapy space at the Richland clinic, but in Kennewick, they've been using exam rooms for therapy. That part of the clinic has been growing and expanding, and it needs to have its own space in Kennewick," said Alex Linde, chief financial officer for the clinics.
Orthopaedics covers muscular/skeletal injuries and problems, including carpal tunnel, herniated discs in the back, broken bones and knee surgery.
The clinics offer examinations, physical therapy and surgery on an outpatient basis. They've also added a second MRI to the Richland clinic which, along with the one in Kennewick, is constantly in use.
"There's a lot of demand for MRIs and frequently when a patient needs one, it needs to be done fast. No one wants to wait. And there's a considerable cost savings to patients by having one done at our clinics, than at a hospital," Linde said. "That brings a lot of people in the doors."
The clinics also have added four doctors in the past two years, doubling the size of the practice. The new doctors' schedules filled up immediately, which brought more patients into the clinics, causing some congestion and longer waiting times. The partners also added an in-house billing service to the practice.
"Simply, we need more space," Linde said.