June 28, 2017 09:59 PM
The staff at the Essentia Health Grand Rapids Clinic have been providing care to patients in the Lakewood Heights building since December of 2007.
It's not a large space, but it does have exam rooms, a small lab, and offices for the doctors. And they have made it work.
But in less than a year, they'll be moving into a much, much larger spot.
Essentia Health is investing $14 milion dollars to build a 25,000 square foot expansion. The expansion will be located right next to the current Lakewood Heights building.
"We will be going from 6 patient rooms to 24. We are so excited to have more room for primary care physicians," explained Marsha Green. She's the administrator and COO of Essentia Health Deer River. Teams from there, Rapids, and Remer all share in the anticipation of the new clinic.
Also, the Lakewood Surgery Center is now partners with Essentia. Lakewood is an outpatient surgery facility, and is located in the same building. The chair of the center, Dr. Dan Margo, said all patients will be free to see whoever they wish. As medical professionals, they do expect to see cooperation between the center and Essentia.
"One of our big agenda items to provide a low cost alternative for health care. If people can do it all in a one-stop-shop, with the same high level of care, than we've got it right," he told us.
All of the offices in the Lakewood Heights building will be open during the construction phase of the new Essentia addition.
Work will begin in July, and is expected to be wrapped up in late spring next year.
The public is invited to celebrate the expansion at a Groundbreaking and Ice Cream Social event. It's Tuesday, July 11th, from 2-4pm.
Updated: June 28, 2017 09:59 PM
Created: June 28, 2017 04:46 PM
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