Medical facilities continue to be a big part of the construction activity in the Yuma area with development of new doctors' offices and other health care facilities. Here are three projects coming up, all designed by Yuma architect Christopher Thompson of Patterson Thompson Architects.
A new medical building is to be constructed in Tuscany Plaza, 28th Street and Avenue, in Lot 26, for the practices of Dr. Shawn Hermenaus, Desert Spine Institute and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rodney Henderson. The new 6,200-square-foot building will have three suites, one for each of the doctors and the third one for a physical therapy center they will both use for the care of their patients.
Now out to bid, the project is expected to get started in late March and be completed by late July.
Hermenaus and Henderson both currently have offices at 2281 W. 24th St.
Plans have been submitted to the city of Yuma for a new medical office for Dr. Habteab Feseha to be located at 590 W. Catalina Drive on a standalone pad near the Wells Fargo Bank.
The new 4,300-square-foot building will be similar in design to Yuma Gastro, also designed by Thompson. He said construction is expected to start in April and be finished by fall.
Feseha, a cardiologist whose practice is known as the Red Sea Heart Center, currently is located at 2281 W. 24th St.
The third project is for tenant improvements to the former Eckert Drug building at 11509 S. Fortuna Road that was recently purchased by Dr. Todd Runyan, where he plans to open a Foothills satellite office for his orthopedic surgery practice.
Another part of the building will be developed into clinical space for Quality Rehabilitation Network, providing for convenient “one-stop shopping” for Foothills-area patients' orthopedic and rehabilitation needs.
Construction on the tenant improvements is expected to start by late March and be completed by early summer.
In business for 10 years, Quality Rehabilitation Network has more “out with the old, in with the new” to report.
To help with the increased workload of its new Foothills clinic, Rodney Thomas, a physical therapist with more than 16 years, has been added to the staff. But new therapists and licensed assistants also are sought.
In other business activity, Quality Rehabilitation no longer provides services in San Luis, Ariz.
Quality Rehabilitation is owned by David Gladysz, a physical therapist with 22 years' experience. The main office is at 1951 W. 25th St., Suite C, in the same building as Julieanna's Patio Cafe. It also has a clinical site at Pinnacle Health Care, 4343 E. 31st Place, that caters mostly to workers comp cases.
For more information, the main office can be reached at 726-7900.
The clinics are bilingual. Most insurances are accepted, and sliding scale rates are available for the uninsured.
In other health care news, a certificate of occupancy has been issued for Nationwide Vision at 182 W. 32nd St., Suite 2, in the Big Curve Shopping Center, reported Alan Kircher, city of Yuma deputy building official.
Kircher also reported that plans have been submitted Yuma Vision Center to open an office in Desert Plaza Shopping Center, 2750 S. Pacific Ave., Suites D, E and F. The tenant improvements for the 5,247-square-foot space have a construction valuation of $200,000.
Yuma newcomers Larry and Mary Kay Mallory saw a need and came up with a solution, putting to work their 40-plus years as owners of a State Farm agency in Hutchinson, Kan.
After noticing that no company was engaged in home watch activities for property in the area owned by winter residents, the Mallorys formed Home Watch Yuma, putting to use their background in home inspections, claims and underwriting.
They are not a security company nor a property management company. Rather, they provide home inspections on a periodic basis selected by the homeowner and apprise them of the status of their valuable investments. A thorough photographic record of each visit is transmitted to the homeowner, and an extensive list of items are inspected and the results sent to the owner.
The company will be bonded and insured for the owners' protection.
The Mallorys can be reached at (928) 248-4124.
8E Laundry, located at 3325 S. Avenue 8E next to the 32nd Street Walmart, is now open for business in a spacious store with walls decorated with painted murals of Yuma attractions.
It has card-operated, commercial-grade Dexter Express washers and dryers that are energy and water efficient. In another green move, solar panels are being installed on the roof by Yuma Solar.
The laundromat is currently open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Plans are to soon provide drop-off services and extended self-serve hours.
8E Laundry is operated by Arizona Western College associate professors Angeler Tripajayakorn, who teaches painting at the AWC San Luis campus, and Carlo Manzella, who teaches construction trades.
Last Sunday's Comings and Goings had a typo in an item about changes coming to a local insurance agency.
The item should have read: A.T.P. & Associates LLC doing business as A.T. Pancrazi Insurance currently remains in its current office at 333 W. 8th St. However, the business is remodeling space on the ground floor of the PMG Building (formerly Citizens Title) and will be relocating there once the work is completed. It hopes to move by early summer.
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