New Outpatient O.R. & Spa Set for Bend’s Westside, Central Oregon Surgery Center & Revived Anjou Spa to Anchor Center

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(Photo above: Central Oregon Surgery Center | by CBN Staff)

A modern multi-tenant complex anchored by a new surgery center evoking a more comfortable feel than the traditional norm is nearing completion on Bend’s evolving and increasingly eclectic west side.

One of the two emerging buildings at 835 NW Pence Lane, off Shevlin Park Road, will accommodate Central Oregon Surgery Center in a state-of-the-art 4,800 square foot facility, while the other will house Anjou Spa, which has been searching for a new location since its former site off Franklin Avenue was destroyed by fire. A smaller third suite will be occupied by a yet-to-be announced physician practice.

The approximately 9,444 square foot total of structures on the .52 acre commercial zoned lot are being developed by Med-Tech Properties of Central Oregon, which has a wealth of experience in bringing specialized medical and mixed-use commercial space to fruition.

Exterior features include bamboo and metal accents, giving a functional contemporary elegance aesthetic, while COSC’s website touts its goal of “redefining the surgical experience” while providing specialties ranging from anesthesia to ear, nose & throat, orthopedic, plastic & reconstructive procedures
and podiatry.

Med-Tech Principal Scott Morgan, who is also a major shareholder in COSC, said: “The overall aim is to provide safe care in a comfortable environment.

“The idea was not to have too austere of an environment. Typically, you might think of a white lobby and clinical feel but this is more like a nice hotel or medi-spa and we really wanted to provide a soothing ambience.

“We saw the demand for a facility like this, especially as the town continues to grow, including in the medical/commercial field in that area, and the need to offer such a facility that could be convenient for patients and a good fit with the demographics in the context of
services offered.”

General Contractor for the project was Hackbarth Builders of Bend, while design was conducted by Portland-based medical design specialists PKA Architects and local firm Tekneek Architecture. Sustainable outdoor landscaping tailored to the area’s unique client lifestyles and reflective of the rugged and vibrant Central Oregon terrain was carried out by Niche Gardens.

COSC will be an Ambulatory Surgery Center (AMC), certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be accepting insurance, Medicare and fee for
service patients.

A spokesperson added: “Our property is conveniently located on Bend’s Westside and our dedicated staff members have decades of experience in providing for unique needs of surgical patients.

“With two Class C, CMS Certified Operating Rooms we are prepared to handle a wide range of surgical procedures. Focused on patient outcome, and not volume, we are able to give our patients the personalized care they deserve.”

Morgan said that, per Oregon Health Authority requirement, the outpatient surgery center features a 100kW backup generator and switch gear that can ensure needed power can be regained in less than 10 seconds in the event of an outage.

The main entrance, off a “porte cochere” covered area where vehicles can stop under shelter to discharge passengers, features an inviting reception area and coffee bar leading to patient changing rooms and pre and post-op areas.

Morgan added that conventional hospitals such as St. Charles Medical Center were prioritizing as much general surgery as possible to be carried out off-site from the main medical campus, which can prove significantly more expensive than a satellite surgery center service.

He added. “We toured some 15 different surgery centers throughout the Northwest as part of the design process in an effort to combine best practices for the facility, which includes extra storage space for different specialties to provide for more efficiency in the process.

“We were cognizant that operating rooms have no windows and oriented the staff lounge so that medical staff could get natural light relief
between procedures.”

For convenience, there is a separate staff/surgeon entrance and Morgan remarked that the facility had already been well received by medical community taking preliminary tours.

Tekneek Architecture’s Larry Wright said, “PKA did the layout for the surgery suites and I did the exterior building shell and worked on the tenant improvement design in the other suites.

“The style is a more modern north west look and feel and something that fits in a complementary way with the west-side location with a clean and compatible look, with a homier touch in the medical suite.

“This really was a great team to work with — very professional and creative —
and it was a pleasure to collaborate on this project.”
Wright added that construction drawings had been completed for the Anjou Spa space, which is aiming for fall occupancy.

A spokesperson for PKA Architects said, “We are passionate about every aspect of medical architecture. Our team of highly-trained experts develop effective solutions for any healthcare project, such as this, no matter
how complex.
“We strive to provide our clients with unique and innovative designs that exceed expectations, and that provide patients and staff with the very best healthcare environment.”

In September 2016, Bend’s organic spa, Anjou Spa’s downtown facility was taken in a fire where thankfully, no-one was hurt.

It moved to a temporary location and during a challenging transitional time, owner Jenna Walden, was nominated for 2017 Woman of the Year via the Bend Chamber of Commerce, in part due to her resolute spirit in the face of the grief and emotional devastation she was experiencing.

With a determination to keep Anjou Spa in the community she was unwavering despite obstacles, ultimately securing every employee’s salary and the promise of “a
bigger and better spa”.

After much touring and pondering, she decided to relocate to the commercial center at the bottom of College Way and Shevlin Park Drive where Anjou will sit between the confluence of Awbrey Butte, Shevlin Park, NorthWest Crossing and Westside neighborhoods with
a mission to “become Bend’s neighborhood spa.”

Services will include facial, waxing, massage and nail services in the facility, which will feature an enlarged lobby with more seating and retail offerings.

There will be a nail room with a brow bar, manicure tables and zero-gravity pedicure chairs, together with a couple’s room, unique Korean hot sand sauna and steam room.

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