WIC Clinic building demolished to make way for 20,000 sq ft medical building
By Seann McAnally
Developers broke ground Friday on a new 20,000 square-foot medical office to be construced at 150 Highway and Byars Road.
Executives and physicians from future tenants Hickman Mills Clinic (Encompass Medical Group), and Carondelet Health and Carondelet Heart Institute donned shovels for the ceremony.
"The Carondelet Heart Institute is thrilled to celebrate our vision coming to life with a new healthcare facility that will offer clinical services, top physicians committed to providing high-quality care to families in the Grandview community," said David Ireland, CEO of the Carondelet Heart Institute.
The project is the first new medical office building in Grandview in several years. The single-story $5.3 million building will include primary care group, cardiology group, specialty physicians and a full-service pharmacy.
The land was blessed, and remarks were given. Dr. Steve Buie, a primary care physician and partner with Hickman Mills Clinic-Encompass Medical Group, spoke.
"My father started this clinic and we hope to continue that tradition of care out here in Grandview," Buie said. "We're proud of our continued presence in the south of the Metro area."
Grandview Alderman Steve Dennis said he's happy to have the new neighbors.
"I grew up at [Hickman Mills] clinic and your dad caused me a lot of pain," Dennis joked about getting shots when he was young. "This is an exciting time for development along 150 Hwy...I think things are really going to turn around here in Grandview."
Developers praised Grandview Economic Development Director Alan Kenyon for his assistance on the project.
"New medical development further enhances the overall quality of life in our community," Kenyon said. He also pointed out that the medical clinic will add momentum to the development of the 150 Highway corridor along the south of Grandview.
Due to open in November 2011, the new medical office building on 2.5 acres is designed by Hoefer Wysocki Architects and constructed by Taylor Kelly Construction Services.
LADCO Development's President & CEO Jon Garnaas gave praise to the city.
"We are thankful to the City of Grandview's leaders and residents for their support to make the new medical building a reality."
The Grandview Medical Office will house two primary tenants--the Carondelet Heart Institue and the Hickman Mills Clinic.
The Carondelet Heart Institute provides cardiovascular services including cardiac diagnostics, cardiovascular interventions, open-heart surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. The heart institute provides state-of-the-art cardiovascular care in a positive healing environment which includes preventing, detecting and managing complex cardiovascular disease.
The Hickman Mills Clinic-Encompass Medical Group located at the new Grandview Medical Office Building will include eight primary care physicians. The Encompass Medical Group offers family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, premier imaging, mammography and urgent care within multiple locations in the Kansas City metro area.
Since the groundbreaking, work has already began at the site. The building which housed the Jackson County Health Department WIC clinic has already been torn down.
A temporary WIC clinic is up and running at 15211 E. 71 Highway, just off the East Access road near Rodeway Inn.
Shane Kovac, a representative of Truman Medical Centers, which runs the county program, said officials have targeted a permanent Grandview location, but that negotiations to secure it are still going on.