Leawood, Kan.-based Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute broke ground on a hospital expansion and renovation project.
Here are five things to know:
1. Construction began last month and is expected to run through spring of 2018. The expansion will add more than 22,000 square feet of hospital space to the 32,000 square feet of existing space.
2. The expansion will double the inpatient rooms, add three surgical suites and add clinic space for three orthopedic physician practices inside the facility.
3. The new hospital will have dedicated space for orthopedic urgent care; the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute opened Ortho Urgent Care in November 2016. The clinic will expand its hours and include weekdays as a result of the overall expansion project.
4. Pulse Design Group based in Kansas City is conducting the architectural planning and JE Dunn Construction is providing the construction management services. The facility engaged U.S. Bank as the construction lender for the expansion project.
5. Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute will add 35 to 50 new employees with the expansion and will bring on more nurses to care for patients in every phase of care.
"The expansion project demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing high-quality orthopedic care for all who need it," said Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute CEO Charles Rhoades, MD. "Adding more beds, rooms and amenities further enables us to meet growing consumer demand for specialized orthopedic care with enhanced comfort and convenience."