Kennewick Public Hospital District announces plans for additional facility at Southridge

The Kennewick Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners has announced plans to break ground on a medical office building/ambulatory care center adjacent to the new hospital currently under construction at Southridge. The Commissioners voted at a special board meeting on November 25, 2013 to build a seven-floor, 160,000 square-foot facility, which will be called the Trios Care Center at Southridge. The structure will include a walk-out basement.

As part of Trios Health Southridge campus, the building will be connected to the Trios Southridge Hospital and commissioned primarily for outpatient services and medical staff offices. Planned services include advanced diagnostic imaging, a retail pharmacy, laboratory, physical therapy, a medical infusion center, and other ambulatory services. Office space for support services to the hospital will be included along with a coffee shop and central registration area.

The structure will also feature three floors of physician practices, consolidating offices currently located around the Tri-Cities into a more convenient location conducive to a powerful team-medicine approach. It is expected that most of the physician offices will be occupied by a large contingent of the Trios Medical Group, particularly for specialties that more commonly need proximate access to the hospital for in-patient rounding and treatment. Since 2008, Trios Medical Group has hired more than 45 new providers. Space will also be available for independent practices. Trios Health currently has more than 280 providers on its medical staff serving the region’s growing healthcare needs.

“The construction of this new facility will enable us to keep pace with physician demand for office space near the new hospital while providing expanded ambulatory services to meet the needs of our growing community,” said Jim Mefford, president of the KPHD Board of Commissioners.

The new Care Center will be constructed by CD Smith, which is building the Southridge Hospital, and privately financed through Kennewick Trios 2014 LLC. It is expected to cost $48.2 million and will include a structural connector to the hospital. The facility is expected to be completed within 15 months of groundbreaking and, as with the Hospital construction project, it will involve a high proportion of local subcontractors.

Once fully occupied, hospital officials anticipate that the new campus, including the Hospital and the Care Center, will create additional permanent, direct healthcare jobs. Currently, Trios Health employs more than 1,100 individuals, with an annual impact on the community of $87 million including payroll, benefits, and taxes.