Medical plaza project starts today (Wednesday)

An artist’s rendering depicts the 87,000-square-foot medical plaza that will be built at 2373 G Road. Groundbreaking will take place at noon today for the Canyon View Medical Plaza, which will house a number of medical practices.

A groundbreaking ceremony at noon today will signal the start of construction on a two-story, 87,000-square-foot medical facility at 2373 G Road.

Canyon View Medical Plaza will house the new offices of Western Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Urological Associates of Western Colorado, The Pelvic Health and Wellness Center, Surgical Associates of Western Colorado and Mesa Women’s Health Care. Community Hospital will house a branch of its Orchard Pharmacy, an imaging center and the new Canyon View Surgery Center in the plaza as well.

Community Hospital will begin construction of its new hospital building south of the medical plaza 12 to 18 months after construction of the plaza is complete in December 2013 or January 2014, according to Community Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Thomas.

The hospital’s current location at 2021 N. 12th St. has been sold to nearby Colorado Mesa University so the school can expand its campus.

Thomas said the new surgical center at Canyon View Medical Plaza will be a joint venture of the hospital and local physicians and offer non-emergency urgent care.

He said reforms in the nation’s health care system will force hospitals to look for ways to reduce costs, something he believes having an urgent care center and a variety of other health services in one building will help accomplish.

“We’re going to have to form partnerships and find better ways to deliver health care together,” Thomas said.

Dr. Mitch Copeland of Western Orthopedics and Sports Medicine said the providers moving into the medical plaza are independent businesses but he suspects patients will have overlapping needs that send them to more than one office in the plaza over the years.

Copeland is a sports medicine subspecialist, so if someone comes to him with groin pain, for example, he could send that person down the hall to get checked for a hernia.

Copeland said he has wanted to change locations since 2005 and is excited to add improved magnetic resonance imaging technology, have more space and potentially offer more minor procedures after the move. He partnered with Urological Associates years ago to seek a new location, he said, and other practices joined on as a plaza was eyed at the new Community Hospital site.

The $21 million medical plaza will be built with a partnership between the hospital, physicians and Denver-based Development Solutions Group, LLC. Development Solutions Group hired the project’s architect and general contractor and helped find and provide funding for the project.


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