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Kadlec Healthplex to offer many outpatient services

The new Kadlec Healthplex is set to open next spring, bringing several outpatient services together in what's described as a first-of-its-kind facility in the Tri-Cities.

The healthplex at 1260 Lee Blvd. in Richland will be home to more than 15 services, from cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation to wound care and physical therapy.

"I am very excited to see it come to life," said Angela Mohondro, Kadlec's director of rehabilitation and allied health services.

She said that, as health care providers, "we want to be able to provide a very comprehensive service for our patients and our community," and the new facility helps with that goal.

The healthplex, at about 50,000 square feet, is part of a larger facility purchased by Kadlec in 2010. Washington State University Tri-Cities will use another part of the building -- about 12,500 square feet -- for its nursing program, with that space opening in time for students in January.

The healthplex is expected to open in May. The cost is about $12 million, including construction and equipment.

Mohondro and other Kadlec officials gave reporters a tour Thursday. The facility is expansive, with treatment rooms, space for events and classes, a warm-water pool, gyms for adults and children, an indoor walking path, a demonstration kitchen and a health library, among other features.

More than 100 staffers will work there. They won't be isolated from each other by department, but will have integrated work space, promoting collaboration and communication, officials said.

The healthplex also will increase convenience for patients, they said.

"We have several patients that utilize many of the different services. They need cardiac rehab after having open heart surgery. They're on coumadin, so they need their levels checked and monitored. And they may have a wound and they need to see wound care ... now it's all going to be in one spot," said Jason Glade, anticoagulation manager.

Officials also noted the healthplex also will help ease the parking crunch at the main Kadlec campus on Swift Boulevard because some services there will be relocated.

The healthplex is one of several recent capital projects undertaken by the health system, from the new standalone emergency department that opened in June in the Southridge area of Kennewick, to the new three-story, 60,000-square-foot medical office building on Goethals Drive in Richland. A new neonatal intensive care unit also is under construction at the hospital.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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