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  • Surgery Center of Southern Oregon plans $3 million expansion

    Facility would add second building and expand current one
  • Surgery Center of Southern Oregon is poised for a two-front expansion, increasing its footprint by nearly 70 percent.
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  • Surgery Center of Southern Oregon is poised for a two-front expansion, increasing its footprint by nearly 70 percent.
    The 15-year-old medical center off East Barnett Road in Medford has submitted plans to the city for a two-story, 12,396-square-foot structure north of its current site, as well as a 1,081-square-foot expansion of its original 18,500-square-foot, one-story building.
    The project has not yet been put to bid, but Executive Director Michael Westmiller anticipates construction would cost about $3 million.
    "After 15 years, we're due for a fair amount of maintenance and capital improvements," Westmiller said. "Generators and stuff like that wear out."
    The 8,922-square-foot main floor would house a gastroenterology procedure center with four operating rooms and 12 recovery rooms. It would also contain physician locker rooms and storage.
    The 3,474-square-foot second floor would begin as a storage area and eventually become an overnight recovery area for patients.
    The makeover of the existing building would add about 1,500 square feet to the surgery center's sterile processing department by remodeling one existing operating room and extending the footprint by 1,000 square feet.
    Existing locker rooms would be remodeled into a larger operating room, Westmiller said, facilitating more complex cases — such as total joint replacements and spine fusions — in the future.
    Westmiller said the expansion would add space for six or seven new staff members — who would earn between $30 and $38 hourly with benefits — while enabling the center to conduct from 2,500 to 3,000 more procedures annually. He said construction should take about eight months.
    The Surgery Center has the equivalent of 66 full-time employees and 22 part-time and on-call staffers. The center is owned by physician members, with Asante holding a 20-percent stake.
    Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregMTBusiness and read his blog at www.mailtribune.com/Economic Edge.
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