MU Breaks Ground On University Physicians-South Providence Clinic
COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Health Care today (Wednesday, June 26) held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on the University Physicians-South Providence clinic at South Providence Medical Park.
With more than 50 physicians and more than 100 staff, the new University Physicians-South Providence clinic is expected to receive more than 100,000 patient visits in its first year of operation in 2015.
The cost of the project, including the clinic building and the cost of the property where the South Providence Medical Park is located, will total approximately $35 million.
The two-story, 85,500-square-foot clinic will house pediatric primary care services currently provided at the University Physicians-Green Meadows clinic, family medicine services currently offered at the University Physicians-Green Meadows and University Physicians-Woodrail clinics, and expanded outpatient behavioral health services.
Located on 25 acres at 551 E. Southampton Drive, near the intersection of Providence Road and Southampton Drive in Columbia, the clinic will offer patients a wide range of care in a single location. Construction of the clinic is expected to be complete in spring 2015.
"We designed this clinic to take advantage of a collaborative model of care and reinforce our ability to provide excellent patient care in a convenient setting," said Mitch Wasden, Ed.D., MU Health Care chief executive officer and chief operating officer. "By offering these services in one location, we can offer all-around care to the whole person and the whole family."
The new facility will include:
30 rooms dedicated to pediatric patients, each with in-room height, weight and vital sign measurement stations
15 rooms dedicated to outpatient behavioral health care
Two conference rooms for group behavioral therapy
48 rooms dedicated to family medicine patients
A 2,000-square-foot pharmacy with drive-through service
Radiology services that will include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, X-ray and mammography
An on-site laboratory for medical testing
“This expanded facility will allow us to accommodate increased demands for outpatient services,” said Harold Williamson Jr., M.D., vice chancellor of the University of Missouri Health System, Jack M. and Winifred S. Colwill Endowed Chair in Family and Community Medicine, and family medicine physician. “By investing approximately $35 million in outpatient services, we are working to fulfill our mission of improving the health of all Missourians.”
The focal point of the University Physicians-South Providence clinic will be an open atrium space. With a glass-enclosed open entrance, patients will be able to easily find their physician’s clinic. The building also will be equipped with sustainability features to reduce its environmental impact. Each exam room will automatically turn off the lights when the room is unoccupied. The building also will include other environmentally friendly features such as exterior storm water basins that will double as decorative water features and provide a natural landscape