Health Care

$40 million hospital planned for Derby

CBC Real Estate Group says it plans to begin construction this year on a 65,000-square-foot hospital in Derby near Patriot Avenue and Rock Road. The company says it plans to open in 2018.
CBC Real Estate Group says it plans to begin construction this year on a 65,000-square-foot hospital in Derby near Patriot Avenue and Rock Road. The company says it plans to open in 2018. Courtesy illustration

A Kansas City-based real estate company says it plans to build a $40 million hospital across from Derby North Middle School to open in 2018.

CBC Real Estate Group says it hopes to begin construction this year on what will be called Rock Regional Hospital, near Patriot Avenue and Rock Road.

The 65,000-square-foot hospital will feature 12 inpatient beds, 12 surgical beds, six intensive-care unit beds, three operating rooms, two procedure rooms, three catheterization lab rooms and three emergency rooms.

The hospital will have 12 inpatient beds, 12 surgical beds, six intensive-care unit beds, three operating rooms, two procedure rooms, three lab rooms and three emergency rooms.

An adjacent 40,000-square-foot building will house medical offices, according to the real estate company.

CBC Real Estate Group says the hospital will be designed as a community hospital with a surgical emphasis.

Candor Healthcare, a Texas-based hospital management company, will oversee Rock Regional Hospital.

“We’re excited to come expand services and be a part of the life of the community,” said Keith Biggers, president and CEO of Candor Healthcare.

The hospital will hire about 125 employees, but Biggers said he did not yet know what kind of specialists and medical providers that would include.

CBC Real Estate Group said it approached Candor Healthcare about a year ago with the project idea.

Medical expansions in Derby

Derby’s health care offerings have quickly expanded. Wesley Healthcare plans to open its Derby ER in November, and another walk-in clinic, called MedExpress, opened last week.

Mike Belew, executive vice president of development for CBC Real Estate Group, said he and his team researched Derby health care projects for several years before deciding on Rock Regional Hospital.

Belew said the market research showed Derby’s growth and surrounding towns could support the size and scope of Rock Regional Hospital.

“We love the growth of Derby as a community,” he said.

The hospital plans to serve patients in areas between St. Joseph in Wichita and Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington – including Derby, Mulvane, Udall and Rose Hill.

But he added the need to serve patients in areas between Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in south Wichita and Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington – including Mulvane, Udall and Rose Hill.

“Derby seems like a logical place in terms of transport access,” he said, noting its connection to K-15 and Rock Road.

Wesley pointed to many of those same proximity issues when it announced its plans for its Derby ER a year ago.

Allen Poston, vice president of marketing and public relations for Wesley Healthcare, said Wesley would not change any of its plans for the ER because of the announcement.

“We always knew that Derby was a good part of the city, and is a good market,” he said. “We anticipated that another health care entity would come into the market, so it’s not unexpected.”

Kathy Sexton, Derby city manager, said she’s excited about Derby’s health care advancements because of the area’s aging population who originally came to Derby and nearby communities to start families.

“Now they’re baby boomers and looking at, ‘Where am I going to retire?’ ” she said.

“People here are finding they can age in place because of these medical expansions.”

Sales tax bond

The plans for Rock Regional Hospital became public at a public hearing Tuesday with the city of Derby.

Sexton said she saw the project details for the first time Tuesday. She said she knew about Belew’s plans to build a medical facility but didn’t realize how large it would be until Belew’s presentation.

“Not only are the mayor and city council excited about having a hospital here, but the people of the community are excited as well,” Sexton said.

“I’m excited they see Derby as a regional hub,” she said about the developers.

Belew hopes to receive a Sales Tax Revenue Bond, also called STAR bonds, for the project.

The bond issue would include a proposed $39 million dinosaur-themed destination. The attraction would feature life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a three-dimensional theater and a fossil dig site. The bond also includes restaurant and hotel projects.

The Derby City Council is expected to vote on the $24 million bond July 26. It then goes to the Kansas Department of Commerce for approval.

Gabriella Dunn: 316-268-6400, @gabriella_dunn

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