United Hospital Center officially opened its doors in October of 2010. Since then it has continued expanding, including the newest construction project on the UHC campus: the UHC Orthopaedic and Spine Center.
"We have run out of office space and continue to grow, and recruit physicians; therefore we needed to expand our medical office space,” said Bruce Carter, UHC CEO.
The new 57,000 square foot facility will house Rehabilitation Services, Orthopaedics, and Neurosurgery.
Carter said the muscular skeletal center will more than double the amount of available space.
"In the physician office tower, that building is completely full. Our orthopaedic and spine program has grown over 60% in the last three years. That will then be used for expanding Gastroenterology, ENT, and Thoracic programs,” Carter explained.
Carter said the need for expansion is a good problem to have, and that the new Orthopaedic and Spine Center was a necessary project to start.
"You have to have appropriate office space or you can't move patients properly. Physicians are working out of two treatment rooms at a time and they should be working out of four treatment room pods to handle patients properly. We're looking forward to it,” Carter said.
The single-story building will be energy efficient, have a large waiting room, and feature an endless pool for rehabilitation services.
The building will house what was formerly United Rehab in Johnson Center, which burned down in 2013.
The project should be finished by April 2015.