New medical center under construction in Spaulding Business Park

RICHLAND -- Construction of a new medical center has begun at the Port of Kennewick's Spaulding Business Park in Richland.

The $4.5 million Eden Medical Center will be 35,000 square feet and have state-of-the-art medical labs and an imaging center. It also will provide specialty outpatient services.

The four-story center also will serve as an ancillary support for local hospitals, said Kishore Varada of Eden Medical. In recent years, the Tri-Cities has attracted patients from other parts of Eastern Washington seeking medical care, he said.

The center also will offer physician assistant and medical assistant programs, Varada said. The center is negotiating with a university to put a program in place, he said. The educational institute will be a boon for those considering a career in health care, Varada said.

The center also will help create about 100 well-paying jobs, he said. He expects it to be completed this fall.

Plans for a drug and alcohol detox facility also are in the works as part of the center, Varada said.

Dr. Cheta Nand, a board-certified sleep disorder expert, will move his Pinnacle Sleep & Wake Disorders Center in Kennewick to Eden Medical Center. The five-year-old clinic has three board-certified physicians, Nand said.

The new facility will give patients immediate access to multiple medical specialists under one roof, he said.

"All specialties (tend to) come together to help treat sleep problems," Nand said. "Sleep disorders can stem from a number of medical issues."

The center also will offer specialty clinics in weight loss, physical therapy, optometry, dentistry, psychiatry and psychotherapy, neurology and cardiology, Varada said.

Its clinic for women that provides services in cosmetology, plastic surgery and anti-aging also will add to existing treatment options for Tri-Citians, he said.

-- Pratik Joshi: 582-1541;