Kadlec's new three-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office building on Goethals Drive in Richland will do more than house a cadre of specialty physicians and providers.
It also will allow them to collaborate.
"This building to me, as a physician, represents more than just a beautiful piece of architecture," said Dr. John Droesch, a general surgeon with Kadlec Clinic and chief of surgery at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. "It represents an incredible single access point for our patients, a place where physicians can come under one roof and provide collaborative, well-orchestrated, excellent care in one place."
Droesch was one of the speakers Wednesday during a ribbon-cutting at the building at 1100 Goethals Drive. The $14 million facility will hold more than 45 doctors and providers from Kadlec Clinic and Kadlec Neuroscience Center, with specialties from audiology to vascular surgery.
Three new specialties also are joining the health system and will set up in the building: Kadlec Clinic Foot & Ankle, Kadlec Clinic Pulmonology and Kadlec Inland Cardiology.
The various providers and specialties will move in and open to patients during the next few months.
Kadlec officials have been discussing and planning the facility for several years.
"We had the vision (for) this building back in about '07," Rand Wortman, Kadlec Health System president and chief executive officer, said during the ceremony. Kadlec officials initially discussed a facility about twice the size, but plans were scaled back amid the economic recession and changes in health care funding.
Kadlec settled on the current size, planning to finish just two floors and leave the third as a shell for the future.
"In the meantime, Kadlec Clinic and Kadlec Neuroscience Center grew so fast that before we could get construction started, we decided we needed all three floors. So what we have now is a complete building. We've added a whole bunch of physicians to Kadlec Clinic and Kadlec Neuroscience Center, and basically the building is going to be full," Wortman said.
It's across from Kadlec Regional Medical Center, and fits with Kadlec's vision for expansion in the area. That vision was helped along earlier this year when the Richland City Council approved a plan for part of Goethals Drive, which eventually will allow a stretch of the road to close.
The stretch is about 465 feet and runs past the new medical office building. Officials have said the closure will improve pedestrian safety, among other benefits.
Before the road closure can happen, Kadlec must build a new connector street between Jadwin and Gillmore avenues.
During Wednesday's ceremony, Richland Mayor John Fox said the building will help attract more high-quality physicians and health care professionals to the community.
"Kadlec is positioning itself for whatever scenario will play out in the future health care structure in our society," he told the crowd.
He added that Kadlec is the major employer in the city's central area and the new building also hopefully will help attract more private investment.
Chervenell Construction in Kennewick was the general contractor, and the Edmonds-based TGBA Architects handled design.