Nine Trios providers have moved into the new care center on the Kennewick-based health system’s Southridge campus.
They represent the first wave of doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners relocating to the $45 million facility, built as a hub of outpatient services and provider practices.
Additional practices expect to move in the next few weeks.
The new Trios Care Center at Southridge will allow for greater collaboration and cooperation, said several members of Trios Medical Group, which is the group of doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants employed by the Kennewick-based public hospital system.
The new care center offers what’s akin to “one-stop shopping” for patients, said Rachel Gorham, a women’s health nurse practitioner. “They can see multiple specialties in one place. It’s going to stop them from driving all around town.”
The new 168,000-square-foot care center has seven floors, including a daylight basement.
The hospital district is leasing the facility from a corporation formed by the builder. The same company built the new Trios Southridge Hospital next door.
The patients affected by the changes are being sent letters, and those with upcoming appointments also are getting phone calls.
Along with provider practices, the care center is set to offer outpatient services from diagnostic imaging to cardiac rehabilitation, with most up and running there by the beginning of September.
A retail pharmacy is set to open there next year, and the facility also will have a pain management suite.
It’s also the new home of administration and support departments.
A ribbon cutting and public open house were held in mid-July, and the staggered relocation of services started the following week.
The first wave of relocated physician practices opened at the facility Tuesday.
Those practices are : Dr. Pranjal Boruah, cardiology; Dr. Fernando Echaiz, infectious disease; Drs. Ranji Pillai and Nadia Toshani, internal medicine; Drs. Vamsi Kanneganti, Wassim Khawandi and Obioma Onuorah and nurse practitioner Robert Pleyo, nephrology; and Dr. Hassan Haddadin, pulmonology.
The rest of the initial 27 providers who are moving in are set to be open there by Sept. 1.
At full capacity, the building can hold 40 providers.
Dr. Khawandi, medical director of Trios Medical Group, said he’s excited about the new facility and the group’s future.
It’s a local vanguard — the medical group dates back two decades and is believed to be the first of its kind in the Tri-Cities.
It currently has about 100 providers, from family doctors to specialists in fields from cardiology to nephrology.
Khawandi said the group will need to add to its ranks as the local population grows and ages, requiring greater and more complicated medical services.
He said his focus in the next few years is to create the “ultimate provider culture” within the Trios system.
And he said the medical group strives to be the provider of choice for patients in an era of choice.
“What distinguishes us is that when a patient walks into the office, these people could be our family, our neighbor, our future neighbor, because we’re part of this community,” he said. “We’ve been the past, we are currently the present and we want to be the future.”
Dr. Arthur Cain, a founding part of what’s now Trios Medical Group, pointed to the Trios system’s long history in the Tri-Cities.
“Kennewick General Hospital (the original name) was founded over 60 years ago by a community interested in creating what was definitely needed at that time — a home for health care. We have taken steps, and we continue to take steps, to ensure that their community vision lives on,” he said. “We plan to be here a long time.”
Trios Care Center at Southridge is at 3730 Plaza Way.