Project stakeholders gathered earlier this month at a grand opening ceremony for the Summit Healthcare Outpatient Pavilion. The pavilion encompasses three buildings totaling 173,243 square feet on more than 18 acres adjacent to the Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center (SHRMC) in Show Low, Ariz.

The project consists of:
• Summit Healthcare Outpatient Pavilion, three stories, 102,331 square feet;
• Summit Healthcare Outpatient Surgery Center, one story, 16,213 square feet; and
• Summit Healthcare Auxiliary Building, two stories, 54,699 square feet, housing administrative offices, community meeting rooms, and materials management space.

Denver-based NexCore provided strategic planning and development services for the overall campus, handling financing, development, leasing, property management, and asset management for the outpatient pavilion, which it owns.

The project was several years in planning and less than two years from ground break to completion. Improving patient convenience, provider synergy, and expanding outpatient and physician services were key objectives, because many providers were scattered across the service area in aging facilities. In addition, patients were commonly traveling as far as Phoenix (a three-hour drive) to get the care they needed.

Summit now has the ability to continue to grow and expand within this new platform. The building is designed to accommodate 14 additional providers and has the capacity to go beyond that with adjusted efficiencies.

Modeling indicated the new platform has the ability to produce 20 percent or greater additional capacity while remaining in a nearly identical footprint. On-stage/off-stage module design allows for increased provider productivity while maintaining a patient-focused feel.