VANCOUVER, Wash., July 28, 2010 – Vancouver’s Evergreen neighborhood is perhaps best known for the abundant Douglas fir trees for which it was named. But the verdant residential and commercial area will soon grow another local landmark: a 95,000 square foot outpatient medical center.
Construction of the three-story first phase of the new Evergreen Health Center is scheduled to begin during the first quarter (Q1) of next year, with completion slated for Q1 2012. A future second phase would roughly double the size of the facility, which will be affiliated with Southwest Washington Medical Center (SWMC) in Vancouver.
San Diego-based Pacific Medical Buildings (PMB) will develop, own, lease and manage the new building. SWMC will retain ownership of the underlying land and will lease part of the facility. The rest of the space will be leased by multiple physician practice groups.
Situated on a 12-acre site about 5-1/2 miles from SWMC’s 360-bed flagship hospital campus, Evergreen Health Center is part of the medical center’s “hub and spoke” strategy for making ambulatory care more convenient and accessible throughout the Vancouver area, according to SWMC.
Phase one plans for Evergreen Health Center call for one-third of the facility to be used for a comprehensive 18-bay Emergency Department (ED), including two trauma rooms plus imaging, physical therapy and a drive-through pharmacy. The freestanding ED will help to lighten the load at the main SWMC hospital campus, which operates one of the busiest EDs on the West Coast, handling more than 100,000 annual visits.
Another third of the new Evergreen Health Center will house Southwest Medical Group, an SWMC-affiliated multi-specialty physician group, with the final third available for lease to complementary third-party medical practices.
PMB emerged as SWMC’s choice to develop the satellite facility as part of a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process that included 20 respondents.
“Although we have owned and managed seven medical office buildings for SWMC since 2007, it was still a competitive selection process,” notes PMB President Mark Toothacre. “So it is especially gratifying that SWMC has once again placed its trust in PMB – relying on us to help make quality healthcare more available and convenient for Evergreen residents.”
The architect for Evergreen Health Center is Seattle-based NBBJ and the general contractor is Andersen Construction Co. Inc. of Portland. Nationwide Health Properties Inc. (NYSE: NHP) of Newport Beach, Calif., will provide or guarantee the construction loan and provide permanent financing, if needed.
Specialty physicians affiliated with SWMC are welcome to lease medical office suites in the new Evergreen Health Center.
About Southwest Washington Medical Center
Southwest is a community-owned, not-for-profit provider, 360-bed, medical institution located in Vancouver, Washington. Repeatedly recognized nationally as a 100 Top Hospital, SWMC provides a full range of outpatient and inpatient diagnostic, medical, and surgical services to Clark County residents. The region’s health care leader and steward for 150 years, Southwest is also one of Clark County’s largest employers. Southwest’s 3,280 employees and 545 active medical staff members help support dozens of medical specialty services and programs, focused on cancer, heart, emergency, trauma, neuro-musculoskeletal, family birth, and primary care.
About Pacific Medical Buildings
Pacific Medical Buildings (PMB) specializes exclusively in the development and management of medical office buildings, outpatient facilities and parking structures for hospitals, medical groups and universities. For more than 37 years, PMB’s executives have led the industry in the development and management of medical care buildings, with 76 healthcare facilities constructed to date throughout the Western United States. The firm currently owns and manages more than 44 facilities totaling about 3 million square feet with more than 7,000 structured parking stalls, and has seven projects under development that will total 750,000 square feet. The San Diego-based firm also has offices in Honolulu; Los Angeles; Phoenix; Vancouver, WA.; Portland, Ore.; Louisiana; and Nevada.
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