General Surgeons start building larger office
General Surgeons of Western Colorado, 1001 Wellington Ave., broke ground Thursday on a new site down the street at 2440 N. 11th St.
The 10,000-square-foot building will offer the practice’s 10 surgeons twice the space they have in their current location. General Surgeons Practice Administrator Carla Blue said the current office was built to accommodate three surgeons when it opened in 1977. Today, staff are doubling or tripling up in offices and branching into the attic to find office space.
“To have room for everyone will be really nice,” Blue said. “We knew we needed the space.”
They also needed the funding. The doctors of General Surgeons were able to get a loan from Wells Fargo that they will pay off themselves over the next 20 years.
Dr. Joyce Sekharan of General Surgeons said the practice bought the land, which had been used by St. Mary’s Hospital as staging ground during the Century Project, because it was close to the old location, making it easy for staff and patients to adjust to the move.
The practice’s surgeons offer services at their building and at four local hospitals. Blue said the practice is growing in patients and surgeons because they provide a variety of services, from trauma care to bariatric procedures. That growth meant a need for more space and meant the practice’s surgeons could afford a new building to accommodate even more growth.
“We had to get bigger to meet the community’s needs,” Blue said.
FCI is constructing the building and predicts it will be complete in December.