$4.6 million kidney dialysis center on track to become Modesto business park’s first building

jnsbranti@modbee.comNovember 27, 2013 

— The first building in the long-planned Bridges Business Park next to the Kaiser Permanente medical center is nearing completion.

The $3.6 million structure is about finished, and an estimated $1 million in interior work is planned to turn the 11,500-square-foot building into an outpatient dialysis center for those with kidney problems.

The business park, at Dale Road and Kiernan Avenue, was annexed into Modesto along with Kaiser in 2004. But about the time the property was ready for construction, the recession hit.

Park developer Ronald Malik is optimistic about attracting new companies there, now that the economy has improved.

“We have an enormous amount of interest,” Malik said about prospective businesses. “People are evaluating the market … and having a billion-dollar anchor in Kaiser is very helpful.”

Malik said road improvements on Dale and Kiernan also have improved the park’s desirability.

“There are many things going for this location,” Malik said. “It’s a wonderful project that we’re very proud of.”

The Meridian Property Co. of San Ramon purchased the first 1.2 acres there in March; this summer, it began building the dialysis center. The address will be 3001 Health Care Way.

“Hopefully, we will be the catalyst to get more buildings out there,” said John Pollock, Meridian’s chief operating officer. Meridian is building four outpatient clinics in California for those suffering from kidney failure, but it will not reveal which medical company plans to run those dialysis centers.

Meridian is a real estate development firm that specializes in medical facilities on the West Coast.

The dialysis center it is building will serve 32 patients at a time. Pollock said it is expected to create 16 to 20 jobs for health technicians, nurses and administrative staff. He said hiring should starting within a couple months.

Pollock said his company is “a big advocate of the paradigm shift toward lower-cost settings such as outpatient facilities.” He said Modesto has a particularly strong need for another dialysis center because the region has so many people with diabetes, which can cause kidney problems. “Clinics like this offer a more economical way to provide the dialysis services.”

Two types of dialysis will be provided at the clinic, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, often called PD. The PD portion of the clinic may open as early as January, Pollock said, with the rest of the facility opening in April.

Pollock said the clinic is expected to serve patients who live within a 10-mile radius: “Unfortunately, these people need dialysis three times a week, and it usually takes four hours each time,” he said. It is important to have dialysis services near where patients live, he said, because “they’re in dire need of it by the time they get there.”

The new clinic was designed by Harriman Kinyon Architects of Walnut Creek. GDR Engineering of Ceres provided the civil engineering, and Envision Construction and Design of Dublin is the general contractor.

Bee staff writer J.N. Sbranti can be reached at jnsbranti@modbee.com or (209) 578-2196.

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