Archive for Thursday, December 6, 2007

Clinic, pharmacy relocating to The Commons

December 6, 2007

Lori Murdock and Kathleen McInnis are hoping for a mild winter.

The more nice days in the coming months, the more likely Cedar Creek Pharmacy and De Soto Family Practice can move into their new homes in The Commons on Commerce Drive.

Last week, the De Soto Planning Commission approved a special use permit for the pharmacy.

McInnis, the business manager for Mid America Physicians of Shawnee, said the owner of the clinic's current location on Lexington Avenue, Hospital Corporation of America, has notified the clinic it needed to move at the end of February. That's not surprising, McInnis said, because of Mid-America's association with Shawnee Mission Medical Center, which is a competitor of HCA.

Mid-America bought the De Soto clinic in 2003 from HCA with the intention of eventually moving to a different location, McInnis said. HCA's deadline moved the timing of that move up, she said.

McInnis said she would talk to HCA about extending the deadline, but with construction just starting on the new building, the De Soto clinic's operation might have to be temporarily moved to its Shawnee office.

"I don't want to scare the community, but the reality is we can't move into a new building until it's finished," McInnis said.

Despite the uncertainty about the completion date, De Soto Family Practice will return to the city in a newer and better facility, McInnis said.

"We're still working on the floor plan, but what we're trying to do is keep what makes it more practical. It will be a more streamlined design, so it's really efficient and nice and clean."

The De Soto clinic is adding about 50 new patients a month, McInnis said.

"We'll be doing more marketing and putting the new facility out there," she said. "The other one wasn't one we wanted to promote. We have been growing, adding about 50 new patients a month. But even at that, we know we can do better."

Also moving to The Commons is Cedar Creek Pharmacy, said its owner Lori Murdock.

She and her staff will greatly benefit from the move that will double the current pharmacy's 675 square feet, Murdock said. The extra room will allow her to add an office, have a larger break room and a bigger prescription drug area, she said.

"We're pretty much on top of each other here," she said.

The new site will have a drive-up window, Murdock said.

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