Sutter Gould set to open new Turlock office Monday

08/13/2014 7:53 PM

08/13/2014 11:55 PM

Some of the window coverings have not been hung, the plastic remains on a few of the chairs, and a big equipment move is planned for the weekend. But for the most part, the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation’s new $23 million health care center is set to see its first patients Monday.

The two-story, 37,000-square-foot center at Golden State Boulevard and West Christoffersen Parkway replaces a medical office at East Main Street and Colorado Avenue that dates back to the 1950s.

Fourteen doctors will staff the center, along with six specialty physicians who will rotate through it, said Lee Breshears, senior manager of family medicine for Sutter Gould. Roughly 35 people will work there. Many of the employees will just move over from the Main Street building, but there are some new jobs and expanded services, with more to come.

Services that will be new to Turlock include ultrasound, infusion and a hydration area.

“We’re going to be adding (obstetrics and gynecology doctors) by the end of the year,” Breshears said. There also is room for more expansion as the need arises.

The center was designed to operate “lean,” Breshears said. That means that rather than individual offices for the doctors, they work in a pod setup, which puts them next to one another and to their assistants. Shared offices in each pod provide the physicians the opportunity to update records and do other computer work away from the main work area.

The old office complex will be put up for sale. But at the moment, it’s still operating.

Though much of the furniture and equipment is new, some will have to be moved from the Main Street site. That will happen this weekend, Breshears said.

For the urgent care clinic, the move will be even more compressed. “We will close Sunday night, then open here Monday morning,” Breshears said.

Sutter spokeswoman Susan Pimentel said a community open house is planned Aug. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. Screenings, blood pressure checks and glucose scans will be available.

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