The first of two buildings constructed as part of a major expansion at Wickenburg Community Hospital opened for business Monday.
The new medical office building at 523 Rose Lane adjoins the older clinic building at 519 Rose Lane. All the physicians and staff from the 519 address have been relocated to the new building. As a result, WCH Clinic patients will be greeted with two changes when visiting their physicians – much more parking and a new entrance.
The new building has been named the Community Hospital Clinic Building. The older 519 Rose Lane building will become the WCH Specialty Clinic. Visiting physicians, who have been temporarily relocated to West Wickenburg Way, will be moved into the specialty clinic by the end of April.
In addition to the visiting physicians, 519 Rose Lane will house the new Orthopedic Surgical Clinic and orthopedic surgeon Mitch Wagner, MD, who is currently on staff and treating patient in the WCH Laser Center while he awaits relocation. Robert Ripley, MD, a general surgeon expected to start his practice in May, will also hold office hours in the General Surgical Clinic in the Specialty Clinic Building at 519 Rose Lane.
“The opening of the new Medical Office Building represents an important strategic springboard that will lead to the ongoing expansion of comprehensive community-based health services for the greater Wickenburg area,” said WCH President and CEO Jim Tavary.
The second phase of the project is completion of a new surgical and diagnostic center, which will adjoin the hospital. Ripley, Wagner and visiting specialist will be able to perform many surgeries and procedures never before available in Wickenburg. Target date for the surgical center opening is August 1.
“The progress here in the past five years is remarkable. The hospital received state designation as a Level IV Trauma Center in August 2011, expanded services by adding an interventional pain management program in 2014, and venous insufficiency program and an allergy program in 2015. Also in 2015 the hospital received certification as base hospital and most recently doubled the number of physicians available to the emergency room and acute care unit by employing a group of emergency rural physicians and hospitalists,” noted Richard Wedig, director of clinics and surgical services.
Published originally in The Wickenburg Sun | Written by Jeanie Williams Editor Wickenburg Sun