IMG_39794webCentura Health opened its second regional ambulatory Health Neighborhood today. The public opening followed a sneak peek last week, providing local dignitaries and health care officials a preview of the facility.

Located at 1263 Lake Plaza Drive, the 35,645-square-foot location will offer urgent care, primary care, physical therapy, occupational medicine, behavioral health, lab and orthopedic services and PENRAD Imaging’s sixth regional operation. PENRAD brings with it a seven-ton Magnetom Skyra 3T scanner and Somatom Perspective CT scanner.

Penrose-St. Francis CEO Margaret Sabin said the location, which is similar to Centura’s Monument facility, is fulfilling the organization’s mission to provide accessible and affordable health care throughout the region.

“We have made a deliberate and conscious decision to be part of the health care solution with these kinds of urgent care, high-quality … entities in partnership with the community, as opposed to building free-standing emergency centers we see all over the state now. We think those are part of the problem, not the solution,” Sabin said.

Mayor John Suthers said the Health Neighborhood is an asset for the city’s southern residents.

“Most of us choose a home close to everything we need. Groceries, coffee shops, entertainment — and health care is also an important consideration,” he said. “Centura Health and Penrose-St. Francis are working to make facilities like this one convenient for everyone in our community.

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“But easy access to health care is more than just a convenience,” Suthers added. “It means having enough providers in the community that patients can get in to see their doctor in a timely fashion. … As our community grows, and it’s growing, health care services have to keep pace and grow right along with it. … Creating new or small locations like this one is vital to health care in the community.”

Dr. Allen Kemp with the Centura Health Physician Group said strategy began for Centura’s Health Neighborhoods more than three years ago.

“The vision we had … was to create a culture of collaboration so we could coordinate care of patients. Building these neighborhood health centers gets us to that point,” he said. “Overall our goal is to manage 25 percent of the population’s health in Colorado and western Kansas. Based on this I can see we’re well on our way.”

Al Winstrand, chief economic development officer with the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, said, “It’s a wonderful building, a wonderful facility. But even more then that, it’s an investment in the future. It’s a belief that Colorado Springs is on the move.”

The Business Journal reported in September 2014 that the property south of Lake Plaza Drive near Venetucci Boulevard was acquired for $2.7 million by the Boldt Company, according to Jake Garro, vice president of the Wisconsin-based Boldt Development Group. Boldt was also responsible for the 50,000-square-foot Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion in Monument, which fully opened earlier this year.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is also collaborating with the Boldt Company on expanding its eastside medical campus, adjacent to St. Francis Medical Center, near the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Woodmen Road.

Boldt is constructing a 60,000-square-foot medical building, joining a campus already occupied by the Sisters Grove Pavilion and the Healthcare Realty Trust-owned North Care Medical Building.

Centura Health also announced a $100 million St. Francis expansion project in September, which will include growing the emergency department, adding new operating rooms with shelled space for expansion, doubling the capacity of the neonatal intensive care unit and creating additional parking. The expansion project will add 134,000 square feet of space via a four-level addition on the west side of the campus and work is expected to be complete in January 2018.