Heart hospital nearing completion of new $6 million northeast office

Heart hospital nearing completion of new $6 million northeast office

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Wichita Business Journal by Jerry Siebenmark

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2000, 11:00pm CST

KHOP construction behind the existing Kansas Heart Hospital.

The Kansas Heart Hospital is nearing completion of a $6 million building in northeast Wichita.

The new building, which will be connected to the 47,000-square-foot hospital at 3601 N. Webb, will house offices for three practices and 14 to 17 doctors.

This marks the second phase of construction for the heart hospital, which was founded in 1999 by heart specialist Dr. Greg Duick and heart surgeon Dr. Badr Idbeis.

The 46,000-square-foot building -- to be called the Kansas Heart Office Plaza -- will boast a 38-foot-high atrium at its main entrance and a 4,700-square-foot waiting room for patients of Wichita Surgical Specialists, Cardiology Consultants of Kansas and Kansas Cardiology Associates, says Duick, who is a partner with Cardiology Consultants.

Idbeis is a partner with Wichita Surgical.

Wichita Surgical will have 3,800 square feet of space, Kansas Cardiology will have 10,000 square feet and Cardiology Consultants will have 12,000 square feet.

The plaza will serve as an adjunct to the practices that operate other offices throughout the city, Duick says.

They are leasing the space from the heart hospital, which owns the building.

Cardiology Consultants has an office at 1035 N. Emporia. Kansas Cardiology's main office is at 933 N. Topeka. Wichita Surgical operates three other offices: 818 N. Emporia, 551 N. Hillside and 1515 S. Clifton.

"All the groups will continue to practice at Wesley and Via Christi-St. Francis," Duick says.

Room to grow

The plaza will also provide much needed space for the heart hospital, says Lynn Jeane, chief operating officer.

Plans call for the hospital to use space in the basement of the two-story plaza building for storage of supplies, equipment and medical records.

That's extra space the 43-bed specialty hospital has been needing, Jeane says.

Long-term plans

Duick says the intention was always there to build a medical office on heart hospital grounds.

"Traditionally physicians like to practice next to a hospital they're associated with," he says, adding proximity is especially important in case a patient needs to be admitted to the hospital in an emergency. "It makes for better efficiencies to practice next to a hospital."

The plaza and hospital will be connected by an enclosed walkway.

General contractor for the project is Dondlinger & Sons Construction Co. Inc. Architect is McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry.

Construction of the plaza is expected to be complete in late January or early February.

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