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PCI looking to add tenants in expansion in Cedar Rapids

CEO envisions a 'medical mall' of services

Work continues this past Monday on the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa expansion in downtown Cedar Rapids. Tenants are being secured for the 98,000-square-foot building, which will be connected to the parking ramp and PCI building via a skywalk. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Work continues this past Monday on the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa expansion in downtown Cedar Rapids. Tenants are being secured for the 98,000-square-foot building, which will be connected to the parking ramp and PCI building via a skywalk. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
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BACKGROUND

CEDAR RAPIDS — Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa, the Cedar Rapids-based independent medical group, announced plans in 2017 to meet a growing patient demand by expanding its footprint in the MedQuarter.

Construction began on a medical facility and parking structure on 10th Street SE, across the street from the PCI Medical Pavilion, in 2018. The project costs $30 million, including the $9.5 million parking garage.

The 450-space parking garage was completed earlier this year.

Work on the 98,000-square-foot three-floor facility between Second and Third avenues SE is expected to be complete by January, said PCI Chief Executive Officer Michael Sundall.

According to PCI officials, the project was the largest expansion by the medical group since the construction of its Medical Pavilion in 2013, which closed down part of Second Avenue SE.

WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE

Officials this past week announced Eastern Iowa Sleep Center will move into the new space as a tenant, a move Sundall said helps achieve the “medical mall” concept he had envisioned for the project.

A medical mall offers several ambulatory medical services under the same roof. Some experts have described the concept as the same services found in a hospital, without the overnight beds.

PCI hopes to enlist other tenants that offer medical services to move into the 98,000-square-foot building as construction continues. Sundall said six tenants are in talks with the medical group, but are waiting to see the space before signing a lease.

Along with tenants, the third floor will be the new home of PCI’s neurology office, which also staffs the Eastern Iowa Sleep Center.

“So we’re basically taking the Sleep Center and Sleep Center physicians and consolidating them into one spot,” Sundall said.

The third floor also will be the new location of PCI’s business office. Those staffers now work in an old PCI office owned by Mercy Medical Center.

The second floor will house vascular surgery and podiatry, two specialties “that are really growing for us and have the potential to grow more,” Sundall said.

That floor also will include an imaging department and a new department called physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The first floor will include a satellite diagnostic lab for the Medical Pavilion.

It also will house primary care services, including family and internal medicine, which PCI first offered in January 2018.

“We really don’t have space for primary care,” Sundall said. “We’ve got some (offices) on the second floor, some on the first floor. So when we move, that will all be consolidated over into the new Primary Care Center in the new building.”

PCI underwent the expansion to address the growth the medical group had seen in the past decade, which Sundall hopes will enable providers to offer more services

In his 11 years as CEO, Sundall said PCI has grown from 42 to 90 providers, who are projected to reach more than 275,000 professional visits with patients in 2019.

Depending on the time of year, providers could see from 1,600 to 2,200 patients a day.

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