Checking in on campus expansions at Campbell Clinic and Methodist University Hospital

Campbell Clinic and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare are in the process of expanding their campuses with new development projects totaling $318 million. 

Orthopedic specialist Campbell Clinic in Germantown is nearly tripling its campus size with the addition of a 120,000-square-foot building on a vacant five-acre parcel immediately adjacent to the clinic’s current 60,000 square-foot location at 1400 S. Germantown Road.

“We’ve had substantial growth over the years, and we’re not able to put people where we’d like them to be,” said Campbell Clinic CFO Daniel Shumate. “We have a high demand for some of the ancillary services like surgical services and physical therapy.”

The four-story building will feature a surgery center with eight operating rooms and two procedure rooms on the top floor, with the two middle floors tentatively scheduled to house additional outpatient orthopedic clinic space and leasable space for third-party tenants.

On the ground floor, half of the space will be used for expanded physical therapy and imaging suites, and half will be a new sports performance center with physical therapy, massage therapy and training services.

“Construction just got underway earlier this month, and the $43 million project is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of the third quarter or start of the fourth quarter next year,” said Shumate.

Flintco is the general contractor. Campbell Clinic partnered with Jupiter, Florida-based Rendina on the design, development and construction of the new facility. The clinic purchased the property in 1992 and held it in reserve for future expansion.

Campbell Clinic also operates locations in Collierville, DeSoto County, and the Memphis Medical District.

Across town in the Medical District, Methodist University Hospital is putting the final touches on its new $275 million Gary Shorb Tower by the end of the year, with occupancy expected in the first quarter of 2019. 

“The focus is really on patient-centered care," said Methodist University Hospital President Roland Cruickshank. “Today, it’s really difficult because you have to go to various towers on campus to get the care. With the new Shorb Tower you will go to one building, and if you have cancer, a transplant, or cardiac disease, you can go to one place and get the entire care.”

The nine-story tower will help consolidate services that are currently spread across the campus, and it will expand upon services to meet a growing number of patients seen each year. Methodist tallied 66,000 discharges and 389,000 emergency room visits overall last year, and the hospital expects those figures to grow by roughly 2 percent each year.

The tower’s service offerings will focus on transplant services around the liver, pancreas and kidney; a comprehensive cancer center to serve the Midtown/Downtown area; and cardiovascular services.

The number of ICU beds will increase by almost 30 percent with approximately 204 additional beds, as will the operating room capacity with 28 new operating rooms. Patients will be able to interact with iPads to control their air conditioning, turn on the TV, ask questions, or request service.

Once the tower is completed, the Crews Building at the corner of Union Avenue and Bellevue will be torn down to create a new entrance.

The project is the latest move by Methodist to upgrade its system in recent years, following the expansion its Germantown and South campuses, the opening of a new hospital in Olive Branch, and the renovation of the Midtown campus.

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