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New HQ gives outpatient imaging business a clear view, room for growth

June 22, 2017
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As seen in the Kansas City Business Journal. Reported by Elise Reuter. (Jun 19,2017)

Diagnostic Imaging Centers PA recently moved just a stone's throw away into its new Overland Park headquarters. The outpatient imaging services company's new facility brings its Overland Park clinical operations under one roof and gives it room to continue its steady growth.

Gregory Reuter, a neuroradiologist and vice president at Diagnostic Imaging Centers, said the site would allow the company to see more patients, with room for growth built in.

"We've built this facility such that we can expand," he said. "We're always looking at growing. There will always be more demand for less expensive services."

Reuter said they selected the new headquarters for its visibility off of Interstate 435, and its location near the "health care hub" along that corridor.

"We were presented with a number of opportunities. In this area, there's one construction project after the next," he said. "We selected the site with VanTrust — they were very easy to work with. We were able to get into the discussion from day one."
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VanTrust Real Estate purchased the 5.3-acre site at 6650 W. 110th St. for $2.14 million. Leawood-based Finkle + Williams Architecture redesigned the structure and it was rebuilt by Kansas City-based McCownGordon Construction.

Diagnostic Imaging Centers will occupy 25,000 square feet of the three-story medical office building, with the first floor dedicated to clinical services, and the second floor hosting its business operations, including administration, IT, engineers and a call center.

The building also includes space for two tenants: a small second-floor office and a large space on the third floor.

"At our old site, we had offices in three suites. It was not very efficient for us, or convenient for patients," Reuter said. "Now everybody's under the same roof."

Reuter surveyed staff members and colleagues to help create the most efficient space to see patients. It's designed with lots of natural light and color in waiting areas, and soundproofing to maintain patients' privacy and mitigate the noise from large MRI machines.

"We wanted something bright and airy, not medical," Reuter said. "We've built a lot of imaging centers over the years and learned a lot of good lessons."

The new facility also has some considerations for back-end operations. The company updated its electronic medical record system and installed a backup data center at the new location.

The clinical space also features all the bells and whistles: new mammography machines, and an open MRI machine that takes high-quality images while not fully enclosing patients. It also includes private rooms for patient consultations.

"It's just critical," Reuter said. "I think people appreciate being able to discuss things in a private space."

Diagnostic Imaging Centers currently operates six locations throughout the Kansas City area in addition to its mobile 3-D mammography vehicle.

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