In the Pipeline: Chicago Hospital Bets Big on Suburbs

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Medical Park in Georgia Welcomes New Tenants

The Furys Ferry Town Center in Augusta, Georgia, added a dental office and plastic surgery clinic to its lineup this month, the second and third of a planned total of six offices to be developed on the site, according to the Augusta Chronicle. The ground has not yet been broken on the 10,000-square-foot Augusta Plastic Surgery office, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2018; the dental office, meanwhile, will be 3,200 square feet.

Mercy Health Grows Footprint in Ohio

Mercy Health opened a primary care facility in Howland, Ohio, earlier this month, local NBC affiliate WFMJ reported. The company plans to add extra services at the site within the coming months, including sports medicine and physical rehabilitation.

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Chicago Medical Center Bets Big on Suburbs

Rush University Medical Center broke ground on a $65 million outpatient facility in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, Illinois, earlier in April, according to the Daily Herald. The planned three-story, 100,000-square-foot facility is slated to open in 2019, with 17 specialty departments from gynecology to neurology to otolaryngology. The downtown Chicago hospital had considered sites in suburban Northbrook and Burr Ridge before settling on Oak Brook, the Daily Herald reported. About 68% of Rush University Medical Center’s patients come from outside the city, a hospital official told the paper.

Cleveland Clinic Hosts Groundbreaking in Lakewood, Ohio

The Cleveland Clinic recently broke ground on a new, 62,000-square-foot family health center in Lakewood, Ohio, reported. The three-story facility should be completed in June 2018, according to the site.

$1 Billion Medical Campus in Michigan Halfway There

Leaders behind a major medical development in western Michigan say they’re about halfway done with the 180-acre Metro Health Village. Developed by the Granger Group, the campus of medical buildings will also eventually feature two hotels—a Fairfield Inn and Suites and a Home2 Suites by Hilton—as well as restaurants and other retail space, according to MiBiz. Granger Group president Gary Granger told MiBiz that once completed, the $1 billion site will rival Grand Rapids, Michigan’s “Medical Mile.”

Metro Health recently announced a partnership with the formidable University of Michigan Health System, the publication reported.

Renovations Begin at Missouri Bone Clinic

After receiving approval from the hospital’s board, Western Missouri Medical Center kicked off renovations at its facility in Warrensburg, Missouri, the Daily Star Journal reported. The $1.5 million worth of upgrades will add 8,700 square feet to the existing building, which will hold 12 exam rooms. Hospital officials expect to welcome patients to the site by September 1.

BSA Life Structures of Leawood, Kansas, is the project’s architect.


Surgery Center, Office Building Planned in Milwaukee Suburbs

Aurora Health Care announced a planned ambulatory surgery facility and medical office building in the Milwaukee suburb of Greenfield, Wisconsin. The $55.5 million, 130,000-square-foot facility will house general surgery, pediatricians, urologists, and gastrointestinal specialists, among other medical professionals, when it opens in mid-2019. Aurora will lease the facility from Cobalt Partners, owner of the 84South development where it will be built.

Aurora to Replace Old Sheboygan Hospital with New Building

The Milwaukee-based Aurora also announced a $324 million plan to replace the “aging” Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Hospital with a new medical facility in adjacent Kohler, Wisconsin, Healthcare Finance reported. The facility has a planned completion date of 2021, and would sit on a 56-acre plot of land leased from the Kohler Co. As part of the plans, Aurora said it would contribute a total of $500,000 to the Sheboygan Area School District.

[Ed. Note — Sheboygan is one of MOB’s top-10 favorite place names to say aloud.]

Kaiser Permanente Looks to Expand in Northern California

Kaiser Permanente sent out feelers in the community of Roseville, California—outside of Sacramento—about the planned construction of a 210,000-square-foot replacement for its existing medical office in the town, the local Press Tribune reported.

University of Florida Approves New Office in Gainesville 

The University of Florida health system will construct a new $36 million, 72,000-square-foot medical facility on its existing UF Health Shands Springhill site in Gainesville, Florida, according to local PBS station WUFT. UF Health plans to house the college’s Internal and Family Medicine practice, as well as child psychiatry and anesthesia departments, the station reported.

Mercy Health Sets Sights on $3.5 Million Office Consolidation

Mercy Health will kick off the construction of a $3.5 million medical office in the Cincinnati suburb of Amberley Village, Ohio, this spring, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier. The 15,000-square-foot facility will replace separate primary care, cardiology, and gynecology practices in nearby Wyoming, Ohio, the paper reported; the cost of the facility also includes the property.

Boulder Community Health Drops $1.6 Million on Office Site

Boulder Community Health plunked down $1.6 million for 6.1 acres of vacant land in Erie, Colorado, where the company will begin construction of a two-story, 40,000-square-foot medical office building by the end of the year, BizWest reported.

Written by Alex Spanko