As Kirby Medical Center puts the finishing touches on its two-year expansion and rehabilitation project, up next is some re-arranging in order to bring a pharmacy to the Monticello medical campus.

It will be open to the public. It’s going to be Kirby Rx, our own retail pharmacy,” said Kirby Chief Executive Officer Steve Tenhouse.

The pharmacy will be placed in the current gift shop, which will be moved just across a wall into a portion of the current therapy registration and waiting area.

Construction will begin in a couple of weeks and will be done by the end of August. Then you have to go through the licensure process, which will take time,” added Tenhouse.

He is not sure how long that will take, but hopes the pharmacy will be open by late 2019 or early 2020.

When completed, plans are to have extended hours, including early morning, evening, and Saturday hours.

Expansion

The three-phase, two-year expansion at the hospital was essentially completed this spring. It included the addition of 16,500 square feet of new space, a portion of which houses the expanded therapy department. Additional parking and a new employee training room were also included in the effort.

About 17,000 square feet of existing space was also remodeled, resulting in more room for the Kirby Medical Group and expansion of the surgery department into the existing education room.

The planned work is complete, but a couple of tweaks are being performed this summer, including installation of a second set of doors to the therapy department entry.

Right now you open that door and get a big blast of hot air or cold air, so we’re going to create a vestibule with a couple of sliding doors,” said Tenhouse. “We’re creating a vestibule to better control the outside elements coming into the building.”

Also, in order to free up more treatment space in the therapy department, the hospital’s dieticians are moving into former lab space at the facility.

Those projects should be complete by this fall.

Across Medical Center Drive, the five-lot, 10-acre Sage Crossing commercial/retail development is underway with the construction of a four-unit building being constructed by Doug Huisinga. Kirby has committed to leasing two of the spaces, with the other two open to other tenants.

Sage Crossing also includes four other lots for future development.

Tenhouse said the first building at Sage Crossing should be completed in early November.