by John R. Karman III and Andrew Robinson, Staff Writers
Premier Surgery Center of Louisville LP, a group of local surgeons, plans to leave its downtown location for a freestanding, $6 million facility being built near the Old Henry Crossing business park in northeast Jefferson County.
Louisville-based Faulkner Real Estate Corp. is developing the 19,000-square-foot facility on 2.6 acres adjacent to Jewish Hospital Medical Center Northeast, according to Bryan Kiesewetter, the firm’s executive vice president and CFO.
The building, at 2511 Terra Crossing Blvd., will be owned by Premier Surgery Properties LLC, which is a partnership of Faulkner Real Estate, Louisville real estate firm Jefferson Development Group Inc. and the surgeons group.
Ground was broken last month, and construction is expected to take about a year, Kiesewetter said.
Kiesewetter said an adjoining, 2.8-acre site remains for the development of a future medical office building.
Surgeons see need for services in area
Premier Surgery Center plans to leave space it leases at 614 E. Chestnut St., said Dr. Whitney Jones, a principal with the group.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has approved a certificate of need for the new facility.
The new center will have four operating rooms, four endoscopy rooms and space to expand.
Jones said he and his partners decided to move their operation near Jewish Hospital Medical Center Northeast because that facility, part of the newly formed KentuckyOne Health Inc., does not perform surgeries.
The 120,000-square-foot Northeast facility opened at 2401 Terra Crossing Blvd. in August 2009. It has an emergency department and diagnostic services such as MRI, CT and PET scans and other radiology services. Its main focus has been on cancer care.
Premier Surgery Center will offer ambulatory, general surgery, oral surgery, gynecology, endoscopy and pain-management services, Jones said.
“We think that we serve a need within (KentuckyOne’s) network for high-quality, easily accessible and low-cost ambulatory surgery,” Jones said. “From the patient standpoint, it’s extremely beneficial.”
Jones said the new surgery center will offer state-of-the-art technology. He estimated a $3 million investment in new equipment and installation costs.
“From a technology standpoint, there are very few things that we can transport and take over there,” he said. “It’s more expensive to retrofit the building for our current equipment than it is to bring in the new equipment.”
Medical construction has boomed
The new center will serve the northeastern part of Jefferson County as well as surrounding counties, Jones said.
The northeast quadrant of Jefferson County has seen a boom in medical construction in recent years.
The area’s largest health care providers — the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare Inc., Baptist Healthcare System Inc. and Norton Healthcare Inc. — have combined to spend about $300 million on land and facilities north of Shelbyville Road and along the Gene Snyder Freeway.
It’s part of a migration of medical facilities closer to patients’ homes. The northeast part of Jefferson County grew more than any other part of the county between 2000 and 2008, according to researchers at the University of Louisville.