$3.5 million in projects in works at Kadlec medical campus in Richland

Two construction projects totaling more than $3.5 million are getting underway on the Kadlec medical campus in Richland to meet patient demand for electrophysiology and gastroenterology services.

One project involves adding a fifth catheterization lab to the main hospital building at 888 Swift Blvd. This will result in more resources for electrophysiology cardiology, known as EP cardio, and is expected to be finished in late spring.

EP cardio focuses on the treatment of heart rhythm disorders.

Jim Hall, Kadlec’s marketing and communication director, recalled years ago when there were just two catheterization labs at the hospital, and now the need has grown to support a fifth.

A remodel also is underway at the nearby Kadlec Healthplex at 1270 Lee Blvd. in Richland, which is home to several outpatient services, including aquatic physical therapy, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, massage therapy, a demonstration kitchen and classrooms for community education.

Crews are taking out the spot used by informational technology employees and replacing it with clinical space for gastroenterology physicians.

This work could be completed by later this fall and doctors could start seeing patients in the newly-built rooms.

A second project will result in four new endoscopy suites where scoping procedures will be performed.

The target for this work to be completed is by June 2020.

“These are both high need areas to meet patient demand with expanded area of service,” Hall said.

The general contractor on the project is Sletten Construction Co. of Boise.

The catheterization lab construction is valued at $250,000, and the endoscopy center at the Healthplex is valued at $3.3 million.

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