The new Kadlec Healthplex on Lee Boulevard in Richland made its public debut Thursday with an opening ceremony and tours.
The 50,000-square-foot facility will hold almost 20 outpatient services, from occupational and physical therapy to wound management, respiratory therapy and testing and genetic and nutrition counseling. It has features from a warm water therapy pool to pediatric and adult therapy gyms, an indoor walking path, a demonstration kitchen and a health library.
The healthplex also has meeting space for support groups and classes, a shop were people will be able to buy specialty medical equipment and a coffee shop and deli.
The facility's price tag is about $11 million, including construction and equipment.
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TGBA Architects designed the healthplex. Bouten Construction Co. was the contractor.
The facility was designed to be logical and easy to navigate, with offerings that go beyond the standard outpatient services, Kadlec officials said. They said it also will increase convenience for patients by bringing together many programs.
"There are several of our patients that cross over into different disciplines, that use different services offered. Currently, they could be driving all over the Tri-Cities to have these appointments," said Craig Jamieson, wound care program director, on a break from talking with visitors Thursday.
The healthplex also will promote interdisciplinary collaboration, officials said. It has a large staff area filled with desks where people across various services -- more than 100 staffers will be stationed at the facility -- will work side-by-side.
The healthplex is part of a larger building that Kadlec bought about four years ago. Washington State University Tri-Cities is using another part of the building for its nursing program.
Angela Mohondro, Kadlec's director of rehabilitation and allied health services, said she's excited to see the new facility serve the community, noting a lot of time was invested in the research and design.
"This is a place where everybody is welcome," she said. "We want people to come for health and wellness education, for community education and -- if they need it -- for clinical services as well."
Services at the healthplex will open to patients in a staggered start later this month.
For more information, go to www.kadlec.org/krmc/healthplex.
-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @saraTCHerald