Work progressing on new Davis Memorial Care Center

Construction continues on Davis Health System’s $13 million Outpatient Care Center, which will serve as the anchor to Davis Memorial Hospital’s physician and outpatient care services. Building coordinator and director of support services Steve Johnson took media representatives on a tour of the addition Wednesday.

“Most of the contractors on the job are local,” Johnson said. “Lots of those working on the building are listed on our white board sign to the far right of the construction site.”

Johnson said the weather fluctuations have caused “nightmares” with the construction.

“The building is taking shape; however, the weather changes, cold and snow have delayed the fire proofing, mortar and concrete work,” Johnson said. “Next week they are shooting to begin pouring concrete.

I am happy we are starting to get the walls up.”

“The facility will consolidate Davis Memorial’s specialty clinical programs and many of the physician practices currently located on the DMH campus into one convenient location,” said Carl Nichols, vice president of physician practices for Davis Health System.

“The demand for these services is growing,” Nichols said. “The Outpatient Care Center will provide a modern and efficient space to support this growth. One of the greatest advantages will be the ability of parking across the street, coming in the door and having all services available under one roof. If a prescription is needed, the physician can order it electronically from the on-site pharmacy, or send the prescription electronically to a pharmacy for the patient. Most everything will be available at the same facility.”

Despite the challenges of inclement winter weather, DHS building coordinators Steve Johnson and Jeri Trippett say the erection of the steel should be completed in early April.

“The project will progress more quickly once the steel frame is finished. The community will really see the building take shape in the coming months,” said Johnson.

The center is scheduled to open in early 2014. It is a three-story, 73,000 square-foot structure that will accommodate up to 20 physicians, exam rooms, minor procedure rooms, endoscopy center and a registration area.

A new, central entrance to both Davis Memorial Hospital and the Outpatient Care Center will be located on Gorman Avenue. This entrance will provide easy access to those visiting patients in the acute care setting of the hospital as well as to the outpatient services and physician offices. Inside the entrance, patients will find an open, inviting concourse which will contain a central registration area, self registration kiosks, a pharmacy and comfortable waiting area.

Also accessible from this entrance will be clinical programs including diagnostic imaging services like CT, x-ray, ultrasound and mammography. The Outpatient Surgery Center and laboratory service for diagnostics and preadmission testing are located here as well.

Physician clinics in the Outpatient Care Center include family practice, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and pulmonology.

A new Endoscopy Center will be located on the third floor. This center will include patient exam and surgical procedure rooms allowing patients to receive all endoscopy services in one location.

“The design is focused on enhancing the patient experience,” said DHS CEO Mark Doak. “Patients benefit from the proximity of clinical programs to the patient exam rooms in the physician offices. Patients and their families can expect more convenient, comfortable and efficient care in this new environment. This will also be more convenient for the physicians who are currently scattered across the DMH campus.”

“We are very excited about this opportunity for growth and providing the best possible quality and care to our patients in a modern facility,” Doak said. “We have also integrated the installation of a brand new computer system. We will be integrating lots of technology into this addition as well.”

Doak said Davis Health System has been spending its dollars more efficiently in anticipation of the construction.

“We have intentionally been reducing our debt load to bring on the new debt for this construction,” Doak said. “This will keep our level of debt equal but allow us to add space.”

Nichols said Davis Memorial Hospital currently has approximately 130,000 outpatient encounters per year, not including physician offices. The addition of the new structure is projected to add 40,000 to 50,000 more visits per year.

“We have worked with the local physicians through a physician’s integration roundtable,” Nichols said. “Doctors have the opportunity to add their comments and concerns.”

Johnson said Davis Memorial Hospital was built in 1902. Renovations, additions and updates were completed in 1963, 1972, 1980 and 1994.