Wolfe Eye Clinic held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday to celebrate the start of construction on its new medical facility in West Des Moines, Iowa, that will be the largest ophthalmologic specific ambulatory surgery center in the state.
Once complete, the 25,000-square-foot building will be the sole home of Wolfe Surgery Center and will have the capacity to serve patients from all over the Midwest for medical conditions of the eye. The new surgical facility will also give Wolfe Eye Clinic the potential to double its volume of more than 6,500 surgeries per year.
“Providing high quality, technology-driven ophthalmologic care to Iowans has always been our top priority,” said Kevin Swartz, chief executive officer for Wolfe Clinic. “This new, state-of-the-art facility will provide more convenient access for patients and more capacity as our organization continues to grow in ophthalmology sub-specialists and patient base.”
Wolfe Eye Clinic is a collaborating with The Weitz Company, SVPA Architects and The Waldinger Corporation to construct the center. By dedicating a new building to Wolfe Surgery Center patients and staff, it will allow new doctors to join Wolfe Clinic and create redesign opportunities within the current building that was opened in 2004.
Project completion is expected in the summer of 2019 just as Wolfe Eye Clinic celebrates its 100-year anniversary.
“We could not be more excited to partner with Wolfe Eye Clinic to expand their medical facility in West Des Moines,” said The Weitz Company Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Tousley. “It is especially rewarding to work together with a company who has a culture parallel to ours. Wolfe, like Weitz, prides itself on a culture of continuous improvement and outstanding service to our customers.”