Construction starts on new hospital project

Members of the Derby community and the development team prepare to turn dirt at the Rock Regional Hospital construction site. The $41 million, 90,000-square-foot acute care hospital is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

Work on Derby’s latest health care resource is under way. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Sept. 8 for the Rock Regional Hospital project northwest of the corner of 63rd Street and Rock Road. The $41 million, 90,000-square-foot acute care hospital is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

“This is a really big deal,” said Derby Mayor Randy White.

White said the developers have “made a huge investment in Derby.”

A 31-licensed-bed, full-service acute care facility, Rock Regional Hospital will have 24 medical/surgical beds and seven intensive care unit beds. The facility will include four operating rooms, two procedure rooms, two heart catheterization lab rooms and six emergency department rooms. The hospital will anchor the Derby Regional Medical Campus, which will include a future medical office building and an inpatient rehab hospital.

“Rock Regional Hospital will be a vibrant asset to Derby and the surrounding area,” said Mike Belew, executive vice president of development for CBC Real Estate Group, the hospital’s developer.

CBC, based in Kansas City, Mo., has developed several million square feet of healthcare projects throughout the country. Along with well-known local area physicians, the hospital will be managed by Southlake, Texas-based Candor Healthcare, which develops and manages hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

The hospital will join a growing list of medical services providers in the North Rock corridor. They include a new Via Christi outpatient clinic, which is scheduled to open later this month, along with a Wesley Medical Center emergency room facility and a MedExpress Clinic.

The hospital will be in the planned STAR bond district, an area with specially designed tax status.

The company is designing the project with a “campus” approach to be able to accommodate additional developments such as offices and clinics.

As its name states, the facility will be regional in outlook, he said, serving not only Derby but Rose Hill, Mulvane, Douglass and other cities in the area along with unincorporated rural districts.

“The outlaying communities have grown,” Belew said.

Rock Regional would be a full-service facility able to handle about 90 percent of all health care cases, he said.

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