Moses Lake Community Health construction on track

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Courtesy photo When it’s completed, the expansion and remodel at Moses Lake Community Health clinic will add 18,000 square feet and completely remodel existing spaces.

MOSES LAKE — The expanded medical and dental area at Moses Lake Community Health is projected to open by the end of the summer. Construction crews are installing exterior siding and a new staircase is going in – an indication of the major changes coming.

Stephanie Melcher, MLCH marketing and communications director, said the expansion is the first phase of the project. “The whole building is getting a remodel.” Completion of the entire project is scheduled for summer 2020.

The construction right outside the entrance shows the extent of the project – crews are installing a new staircase just inside the front door. The existing staircase near the center of the building will be removed.

“We’ve been growing and growing, and we’ve grown out of this building,” Melcher said.

The 18,000-square-foot addition will increase the size of the medical and dental clinics by about 30 percent. “Our dental clinic is basically going to be brand-new,” she said, with all-new equipment.

The expansion will include spaces dedicated to pediatric patients in both the medical and dental departments. Community Health CEO Sheila Chilson said the new pediatric section will have its own open house.

The new medical-dental section is scheduled to open in late summer, possibly August, Melcher said. More room for services means more doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and clinic officials are working to recruit more staff, Melcher said.

The “same-day service” department also will be enlarged. “Same-day service – it’s our version of a walk-in clinic,” she said.

The second phase, remodeling the existing space, will affect every part of the clinic, from the reception area to maternity services, pharmacy to diagnostic imaging, behavioral health, the lab. (More ultrasound options will be added in diagnostic imaging.) “Moved and redone,” Melcher said. The wall colors, counters, carpets and furniture are based on the colors on the MLCH logo.

The first step in the project wasn’t expansion or remodeling, but building a parking lot. The expansion took some of the existing staff parking, so a parking lot was built across the street to accommodate those displaced cars. Some additional staff parking is planned, with the goal to ensure all parking in the clinic’s existing parking lot is open for patients.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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