Construction begins on new Maplewood medical facility


On Aug. 17, Maplewood mayor Nora Slawik welcomed the construction of a new medical office building that will be located near St. John’s Hospital. She joined numerous community and project leaders in the official groundbreaking.

HealthEast will consolidate scattered specialty clinics

HealthEast officially broke ground Aug. 17 on a new, $35 million medical office building across Hazelwood Street from St. John’s Hospital. 

The project, which is expected to be completed fall 2017, will consolidate many of the HealthEast facilities scattered across Maplewood and add about 200 new jobs to the community.

“We’re designing it as a one-point destination as part of an integrated care model where patients can move fairly seamlessly throughout their care experience,” said Len Kaiser, HealthEast system director.

The Davis Group is the project developer and owner of the building, which will be located at 3005 Hazelwood St., and HealthEast will be the primary tenant. The 80,000-square-foot building is being erected on a vacant parcel next to HealthEast’s St. John’s Hospital and will be named Hazelwood Medical Commons. 

According to Kaiser, the new HealthEast clinic will include facilities for primary care, walk-in care, specialty groups, imaging services, a surgery center and a pharmacy with a drive-through. 

Primary care facilities include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and midwives. A few examples of specialty groups include vascular, geriatric, allergy, emergency medical technician and endocrinology.

Currently, HealthEast leases several facilities to house these components of its Maplewood health care system. For example, the vascular center is on Beam Avenue west of Maplewood Mall, but the primary care clinic is on Kennard Street.

“It’s really an opportunity to pull all these different services together so it’s one destination for patients,” Kaiser said.

Kathryn Correia, HealthEast president and chief executive officer, pointed out that HealthEast has been a part of the Maplewood community for 30 years.

“We know that the future is going to demand more than what we have been able to give today,” Correia said. “This is a huge opportunity for HealthEast to reinvest [and] recommit to the Maplewood community.”

The building will be constructed in three phases; the first two phases will be for medical facilities and the third phase will be a retail component near Beam Avenue. According to Mark Davis, principal of The Davis Group, the first phase of the building will be about 80,000 square feet, though the property has the potential to go to a total of 140,000 square feet by the end of the third phase. 

“The Davis Group and our team members are committed to developing a building that meets and exceeds the expectations of HealthEast. We truly believe this building will become the benchmark for all other ambulatory medical facilities in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest,” Davis said.

Maplewood Mayor Nora Slawik explained at the groundbreaking ceremony that Maplewood business community is primarily made up of three sectors: technology, retail and medical. She said that while Maplewood’s technology sector has the international headquarters for 3M and the retail sector has the Maplewood Mall area, the HealthEast facilities represent Maplewood’s growing medical sector.

“We are very happy that [The Davis Group and HealthEast] are here and adding this building. It’s really key to the city and key to our success,” Slawik said.

 

Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akinney@lillienews.com.

 

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