Samaritan’s physical therapy department to expand

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Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald A construction worker sands drywall at Samaritan Healthcare’s new Patton Boulevard clinic.

MOSES LAKE — The physical therapy department at Samaritan Healthcare will be expanded and moved, but will stay in the same building.

Hospital district commissioners approved a $41,000 request to remodel the space last week. The physical therapy department is located at one end of the former professional services building across the parking lot from the hospital. Other departments in the building moved earlier this summer.

Construction is expected to take six to eight weeks, Chief Administrative Office Alex Town said.

The physical therapy department has seen enough demand to cause scheduling delays. That demand is expected to increase, Chief Executive Theresa Sullivan said, as doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners join the Samaritan staff.

The anticipated growth led hospital district officials to decide to expand it.

Commissioner Joe Akers asked about moving physical therapy to Samaritan Clinic, but Town said all space at the clinic is being used.

Samaritan Clinic is also undergoing a remodel. One of the projects, a remodeled podiatry department, is scheduled to open Sept. 11. The new pain treatment clinic is set to open Sept. 30.

Sullivan said work at the new Samaritan rural health clinic on Aspi Boulevard was expected to be done by Sept. 30. An open house and ribbon cutting will be scheduled sometime in October.

The new clinic, located off Patton Boulevard north of Moses Lake, will offer an urgent care facility and family medicine.

The Patton Boulevard clinic’s hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for urgent care, and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the Family Medicine Clinic. Town said the clinic’s hours could be expanded if business warranted it.

A dedication ceremony for the hospital’s new MRI is scheduled for Sept. 27. Donors will be among the invited guests.

Sullivan announced that the next workshop in the ongoing initiative to design the new Samaritan Hospital is scheduled for Sept. 9 to 11, with an open house for the public at 5 p.m. Sept. 11.

Planning for the new hospital began in January. The third workshop will use the information gathered in the first two to refine the design for individual departments within the new hospital.

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

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